We had a great time at the apartment in Isla Canela. The place is very quiet but that suited us very well - simple choices on a day to day basis involved selecting beach or pool (depending on which had most breeze etc). We hired bikes for most of our time there which proved to be very useful for getting about for coffees, dinner, ice cream etc. The apartment itself was really nice and we enjoyed watching the sun rise every morning. Great views over the ocean etc. The admin side was all very good and the management company were very helpful and accommodating.
Three generations of us had a wonderful time. We have spent many holidays in Isla Canela but this was the best rental yet. The apartment was excellent and well equipped; we even had use of the buckets and spades for the beach. Indeed, the whole complex was very clean and well maintained, including the pools. There were sufficient sun loungers even at peak season and the gardens were a tranquil place to read.
As advertised, there was direct access to the beach and to a walkway and cycle path lined with palm trees and wrought iron benches which skirts the beach. The walkway stretches to Isla Canela Playa on one side and Punta del Moral, the harbour, on the other. We exercised here every morning when it was like rush hour with joggers, roller bladers, power walkers and cyclists.
Isla Canela, almost an island but attached to the mainland by a series of canals, has a beach resort, a harbour and a golf course; what more could you possibly want.
Until a suspension bridge was built between, Portugal and Spain over the river Guadiana when Portugal hosted the UEFA Cup in 1992, this part of Costa de la Luz was quite secluded and is even now, compared to other resorts. This means that we have easy access to Monte Gordo, Tavira and Olhao in the Eastern Algarve as well as the Spanish resorts. There is a 1 hour time difference. The alternative route to Portugal from using the bridge is the passenger/car ferry which sails from Ayamonte to Vila Real de San António, in Eastern Algarve.
The nearest town is Ayamonte with its park with zoo, harbour, shops and restaurants.
Just a word about the new tolls on the Portugese motorways. From Spain to Tavira, there is no charge and you can take the national roads without paying. The toll can only be paid at a Portugese post office 24 hours after the journey. Hire car firms may invoice you later if, for example, you are returning to Faro airport by motorway.
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