Occupies an elevated position on the edge of a well-maintained and gated residential area on the banks of the River Guadiana, at the southern border between Spain and Portugal. Access is by self-drive car from Faro, or southern Spanish airports, of which Seville is closest. Some of the homes locally are occupied all year, others, like ours, are holiday homes. Complementing its own spacious outdoor areas is the shared garden with 2 pools and relaxing area.
We have refurbished and furnished the house with adults in mind, and to a most comfortable standard. Air-conditioned/heated, well furnished, indoors and out. Locally, there are walks, rambles, and a wide choice of golf-courses. Bird-watching, fishing and water-based sports are also local, though to get anywhere, you really need to have access to a car. With a car, you are free to explore the kilometres of wide open countryside around, in this fruit-growing region. Ayamonte, just 5km away, is a vibrant and colourful, working border town and fishing port, with restaurants. Isla Canela beach is closest. On the Spanish Algarve, 10 minutes from beaches, like Isla Canela, Manta Rota, with on-site golf and easy access to numerous courses in Spain and Portugal. Enjoy both cultures and cuisines.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom and 1 en suite, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Nearest beach||Isla Canela 13 km|
|Nearest Amenities||5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Faro 70 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Children's pool|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Single Beds (6), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
|Further details indoors|
Parking space right outside the house, which is quietly situated, and is on the edge of a gated community.
|Further details outdoors|
Sometimes known as the Spanish Algarve, we think that this region offers a taste of real Spain, and the chance to explore the Portuguese Algarve, right next door. Year-round sunshine and a breeze are features of the climate, though we cannot guarantee sunshine every single day of the year, it can rain, but rarely does in the summer. Max temperatures in the mid 30s celsius. Lovely sandy beaches, long navigable river, the border between Spain & Portugal, and interesting border towns and ancient fortresses on both sides.
Fishing, fruit growing and tourism, though the tourists tend not to come in their hoardes, especially quiet outside July and August, when the Spanish are on holiday.
Lots of protected countryside and national parks, salt marshes, towards the coast and forest areas in the hinterland.
Huelva is the main administrative centre and other towns offer shopping and places to visit.
Ayamonte is a town and municipality located in the province of Huelva, Spain. According to the 2005 census, the city has a population of 18,001 inhabitants. It is about 5 km by road from our house and easy to drive to.
Location and history
The township of Ayamonte preserves its old medieval quarter in the central district of the town, with many very narrow streets and historical buildings; this central area is a designated car-free zone. Great for wandering round the shops and stopping for coffee or tapas on one of the highly decorated town squares.
For centuries the ferry link between Ayamonte and Vila Real de Santo António was the traditional crossing point between Spain and Portugal. A modern bridge over the Guadiana River has now been built to the north of the town, linking the motorway systems of the two countries, but the ferry still runs and provides an inexpensive mode of transport between the two countries. NOTE: the bridge is free to use, has 2 lanes each way and is part of the motorway, so you cannot stop on the bridge, although it affords fabulous river views, as you cross.
The beach area of Ayamonte is Isla Canela, and is reached by a causeway across the Marismas del Guadiana; the marismas (salt marshes) are an important wildlife reserve, providing a home to many waterfowl, including herons and flamingos. Isla Canela is built along several kilometers of sandy beaches, and provides an ideal area for windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing. There are a number of quality golf courses in and around the area, including one built into the Marismas itself.