|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Tranquil luxury 5 bedroom house with private pool, 2 mns walk from the beautiful expansive 'white' Atlantic beaches of Isla Canela. About 3 mns on foot to restaurants, cafés and ice-cream vendors along the beach promenade and mini-market. The sea is very safe and ideal for water sports, with a sandbank uncovered at low tide where 'almejas' (mussels) can be fished. A sailing, wind-surfing and kite-surfing school opens in summer. The beaches are highly prized by Spaniards, but still little known to foreigners.
Views from the upstairs of the villa look out to the sea and Portugal. A secluded, elevated dining terrace overlooks the pool, garden and protected natural vegetation beyond. The living and bedrooms have marble floors and comfortable 2m beds. Two twin bedrooms and a bathroom are on the ground floor and 3 bedrooms plus 2 bathrooms on the upper level. The house has a large garden with gated parking for two cars.
Ayamonte & The Algarve: The very pretty fishing port & town of Ayamonte on the Spanish/Portuguese border is lined with street cafés, restaurants, tapas bars and nice boutiques/shops - the freshly caught fish and seafood in the restaurants is a must! The eastern end of the Portuguese Algarve is also worth a day trip or two, it is a beautiful and largely unspoilt region with lovely long sandy beaches, small fishing ports and villages and attractive national parks. The attractive, historic town of Tavira is only 40 mins drive away and has a lovely square next to the river with a hilltop castle/gardens, churches and other ancient buildings. It is also lined with street cafés and restaurants.
Other nearby places of interest are Huelva, from where Columbus first sailed to the New World; El Rocio, famous for the annual pilgrimage; and Andalucian capital Seville, home of tapas, flamenco, Moorish architecture and so much more.
Beaches and Activities: The long pristine sandy beaches provide a base from which to enjoy the watersports for which the area is famous. If you do not want to try it yourself, you can just relax on the beach and enjoy the skilful gymnastics of the kite surfers and windsurfers. There are marinas at Isla Canela & Isla Cristina where sailors of all abilities can hire boats to enjoy the Atlantic Coastline.
For younger family members, on the road into Cartaya (approx 30 mins) you will find Kartodromo de Cartaya (Karting) open year round, and the very popular Aquopolis water park which opens normally the middle of June until first week in September. 45 mins over the border into Portugal, near to Faro, you will find the Aqualand water park, the essential day out according to some of our guests from past years.
The area is a wildlife haven, from the Marismas at Isla Canela with flamingo and other wildfowl, to the National Park at Donana (45 mins drive) one of the most important nature reserves in Europe.
Golf: For the keen golfer the western Algarve, Costa de la Luz, Huelva and the Eastern Algarve are as yet “undiscovered', certainly when compared to the eastern Algarve and the Costas. Green fees are lower, the courses less crowded & less busy, making it much easier to get a start time that you want & to play a round in reasonable time & without delay. They are also some of best courses in all of Spain.
There are two excellent courses nearby, Isla Canela and the international standard Islantilla, winter home of the Swedish & Danish Golf Unions (please contact us for details). Facilities include Driving Ranges, Putting & Chipping Greens, Practice Bunkers, Resident Golf Pro. Isla Canela also has 2 international standard bowling greens, tennis courts & football training areas. Other nearby courses are Costa Esuri, El Rompido, Nuevo Portil and, just across the border, Castro Marim, Quinta de Cima and Quinta da Ria.
The house is one half of a pair of semi detached houses. It is on the second street back from the beach but is at the end of the street with fabulous views of the sunset over Portugal every evening.
Unheated but secluded swimming pool at rear of house- very nice.
House is marble floored, fully equipped and well cared for- a few minor defects like cracked glass in the back door.
Kevin, who looks after the house, is very helpful. He has one of the cafes on the beachfront.
Satellite TV with special button on remote that removes Spanish dubbing so that programmes in English can be heard in English- very clever.
Mostly Spanish holidaymakers, with German, Dutch and some English.
Isla de Canela is a modern seaside strip built in a reasonable Andalucian style. One big hotel with evening entertainment. Other cafe/ restaurants also have live music. Beach is sand and miles long. Shallow water. Kite surfing due to good winds.
Nearest town is Ayamonte, a nice little place with an old town and harbour with yachts. Lots of shops and a bull ring. Annual festival is first week in September, so all night celebrations in town.
Katherina was very helpful and provided plenty of information before we left. Only problem is the instructions on how to find it. A satnav would help to negotiate the 5 miles from the motorway through the town and down to the beach.
We found this property as a late booking at a reduced price. We stayed as a family of 5, so lots of extra space for us.
Our stay at Villa Mar was immensely enjoyable. The villa is spacious inside – with comfortable furniture, two well-equipped kitchens and well-furnished external terraces with views in every direction. The villa was clean and tidy with a real 'home-from-home' feel to it. The pool is a very good size, surrounded by a very spacious terrace. A query on our arrival about a bedside lamp was dealt with immediately and we felt confident that any problems would be dealt with promptly (although there were none). In our dealings with the company, we always felt more like family friends than clients.
Villa Mar suited the diverse needs of our party just perfectly. We are mixed bunch, made up of young people who want privacy, space and access to an external social life; older men, who to read quietly by the pool and to totter down to the nearest bar or restaurant when food is needed, and older women who hanker after close encounters with the natural world which was provided by the marshes and the river as well as the beach. There are ample opportunities to eat out and shop. The young people could join us for a drink in the evening, watching the sun set across the marshes towards Ayamonte, or they could abscond to one of the other terraces (the one on the roof looks towards the sea) when seeking privacy. They loved having immediate access to the beach and bars.
Set in a quiet residential area the Villa is two minutes from a vast, clean sandy beach and an array of chiringuitos (beach bars) restaurants and ice cream parlours. A small local grocery store provides day to day needs, while a large supermarket is just ten minutes drive away.
Although the Villa is extremely well-equipped for self catering, with a huge barbeque, most lunch times we walked to one of the chiringuitos on the beach which – with thatched umbrellas, vast golden sands and views to the sea – have a Carribean feel. The freshly made tapas, including just caught fish are quite delicious. In the evenings, more sophisticated food is available in several local restaurants - or you can drive to Ayamonte, which is a charming historic market town with an array of shops and restaurants, near the bridge across the river Guadiana to Portugal.
We spent an enjoyable 2 weeks at this property in August 2009. Whilst the location is quiet and neighbours next door in this 'semi' were very noisy especially between midnight and 3am every night.
The property is very basic, mainly kitted out with lowest quality Ikea furniture, often in need of repair. There were no pictures on the wall and an absence of quality was evident throughout the property which would typically lead to a rating of poor value for money.
There were problems with the cleanliness of the pool which took 4 days to sort out. When the gas bottle ran out we were asked to drive 4 km to Ayamonte to replace it. One night the front door lock jammed and we were locked out and our request for assistance was never answered.
During the two week period there was no change of linen or (thin, low quality) towels so we washed them ourselves. We would have expected a property of this cost to include more standard items, but it did not even have a rubbish bin.
Despite the daily trials and tribulations we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday in Isla Canela, the pool was lovely and the beach outstanding. Had it been explained to us that the property is a 'semi' and very basic then we might have still gone but only for a lower rental which would have been more reflective of the standard of the property. Finally, on 30th October 2009 we still have not received our deposit back some 9 weeks later even though promised to us several times by the owner.
Una casa perfecta para pasar las vacaciones con niños , con una piscina bastante grande y muy limpia, Muy cerca de la playa.
La casa está limpia y tiene todo lo necesario para grandes familias,
Tanto la propietaria como la cuidadoras han sido muy amables con nosotros y pendientes de todo.
Estupendo chalet para pasar unos días en familia ideal para los niños muy limpio y no le falta de nada la playa a dos minutos y estupenda lo recomiendo al que se quiera ir.las personas encargadas atentas.
La casa esta muy cuidada y limpia, los encargados de cuidarla son muy amables y atentos, nos ha encantado, los niños han disfrutado mucho de la piscina y de la playa q está prácticamente en la puerta, un diez en todo
Isla Canela is in the south west corner of Spain on the Costa de la Luz in the Province of Huelva, 1 hour drive west of Sevilla and 45 mins east of Faro. It is sometimes referred to as the Spanish Algarve, although is much less 'international'. It is the beach area of the characterful Spanish town of Ayamonte, with its market, little shops and tapas bars. Ayamonte now has a thriving yacht marina, with still predominantly Spanish tourism. The prized Atlantic coastal area of Isla Canela is connected by causeway over the salt marismas to this border town.
The area is a sailor´s paradise as there are many beautiful navigable and clean waterways. Sailing and motor boats can be hired. EasyJet, Monarch, MyTravel, Ryanair, Jet2 and British Airways fly to the area.
Other Activities: Four Golf Courses within 10 mins drive, Bowles, Kite surfing, windsurfing and bowling very nearby
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£87|
A booking/security deposit will be required.
For the peak season (July-August) this will be Euros 350 per week.
For mid-season (May, June, September, October) it is Euros 200 per week.
For low season (November to April) it is Euros 150 per week.
Balance to be paid 2 months before rental period commences.