Located to the east of Spain's Andalusia province lies the pretty town of Ayamonte, with a wonderful wealth of cultural activities and pristine relaxation spots, there's something for everyone here.
Exploring the local Moorish history should be high on your agenda but relaxing with a summer read on the beach is compulsory in this sun-kissed region of Southern Spain.
If you want to keep the kids entertained, then the local zoo and botanical gardens are an excellent choice. You can hop over the border to Portugal easily for a day-trip and even relax on the beach as you watch the sunset over the suspension bridge that acts as a confluence between the two nations.
Almonaster La Real
This quiet town tucked away in a quiet corner of the Sierra is the magnificent town of Almonaster La Real. It makes a wonderful day-trip from Ayamonte, as well as other localities in Huelva, and it can be reached easily by bus or car. The white-washed stone houses that line the cobbled streets will transport you back in time. Sitting atop the highest hill in the city is a mosque of great architectural stature. Being located slightly inland, there are several enchanting walks for those who want to explore their adventurous side.
Situated just west of Ayamonte is the bustling Portuguese town of Tavira. This small municipality retains an authentic Portuguese feel, somewhat of a rarity in the Algarve these days. There are plenty of good restaurants, superb beaches and historic architecture to while away the day. There is also an abundance of wildlife situated in the surrounding marshlands.
This small fishing port remains a highly popular spot for locals to take a weekend away or even their entire summer vacation. Take a stroll along Carretera de la Playa and bask in the sunshine under rows of eucalyptus trees. Given that this is the second biggest fishing port in the province, it's no surprise that many of the cafes and eateries have a fish-focused menu. It doesn't get fresher than in Isla Cristina.
Municipal Park of Prudencio Navarro
This gargantuan expanse of land is more than a park – it plays home to a zoo, botanical garden and boasts plenty of recreational space. The zoo has lions, monkeys, bears, baboons and a number of other incredible mammals. The zoo also has an array of exotics birds and reptiles. To top it all off, there is no entry fee, making it a perfect destination for those travelling with children or those with an interest in the natural world.
Located just at the end of Paseo de la Ribera is the rustic Ayamonte market. The prices are considerably cheaper than you'll pay in the supermarket and you can shop like a local for your fresh produce such as meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. Though the market is mainly functional in the morning, by the afternoon there are plenty of churro sellers around the market so you can indulge in this delicious local snack. A visit here is a must-do but make sure you’re ready to barter.
Taking a river cruise from Ayamonte is a unique was to explore the local area – and get some sun while you do it. One of the most popular routes is the Sanlucar de Guadiana River. Heading up the river you'll have the opportunity to view the lush vegetation of this region in Southern Spain and witness a variety of birds and animals in their natural habitat. You'll have some free time to explore the town of Sanucar before heading back downstream. Delicious local snacks are served on the boat, along with some local live music to really set the atmosphere.
Virgin of Sorrows Monument
Located next to the pond in the botanical garden is the Virgin of Sorrows Monument. This majestic statue is dedicated to the patroness of the town. It was erected in 2006 and was done so to mark the 250 years since her death. This 12-meter high monument is carved out of Carrara marble and is one of the most beautiful features of Ayamonte.
Though technically not a beach as it is only accessible at low tide, a trip to the sands of the Guadiana Mouth is well worth the journey - especially at sunset! Marvel at the suspension bridge which connects Spain to Portugal and take a stroll to the literal end of Spain.
Playa Isla Canela
Located just a few minutes away from the centre of Ayamonte, this is the closest beach to the town. Stretching an epic 5.5km along the coastline, you'll never be short of a place to sit and relax. The marshes and sand dunes which line the beach are home to plenty of exotic wildlife to explore, perfect for keeping the kids entertained. The beach is popular with those with a penchant for water-sports and can also be reached by bicycle if you're feeling athletic.
Palay Punta Del Moral
This kilometre of beach is located just next to the marshes of neighbouring Isla Cristina. The beach has been awarded blue flag status and has plenty of parking nearby.
Food and drink should always be high on your holiday agenda, and Ayamonte is no exception. Excellent restaurants serving all the Spanish are plentiful both on the beaches and in the town centre. La Pureta Ancha is a popular choice for locals and tourists alike and serves everything you could wish for from a traditional Spanish menu.
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