Guide to Ayamonte, a town in the Costa de la Luz region of Spain.
Costa de la Luz Towns - Ayamonte
Ayamonte - The westernmost resort in Andalucia, Ayamonte is also an important border town between Spain and Portugal. Less busy now since the building of a suspension bridge across the Guadiana River, Ayamonte still welcomes many travellers, and a ferry still runs between Ayamonte and Vila Real de San Antonio in Portugal.
Ayamonte is situated at the mouth of the Guadiana River, it has a population of around 18,000 (2007) and is the region known as the Costa de la Luz.
The old town of Ayamonte is a pleasant place for a stroll, with a maze of narrow streets, interrupted by attractive plazas, peppered with charming little cafés and restaurants.
Worth a visit in Ayamonte is the 15th century Iglesia de San Salvador with its attractive tower offering great views across to Portugal, take note of its fine Mudejar ceiling. Also worth a look is the 16th century Iglesia de San Francisco.
For the best beaches head for the nearby area of Isla Canela, a relatively new, made for tourism resort. Isla Canela can be reached via a causeway, which crosses the Marismas del Guadiana (salt marshes) an important wetland area for wildlife. The area enjoys some fabulous weather conditions, similar to that experienced on the neighbouring Algarve in Portugal.
The majority of hotels in the area can be found in Isla Canela although one recommended hotel in the old town is the Parador de Ayamonte Hotel. There are also plenty of self-catering apartments in Ayamonte.
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