Ayamonte - Spain

Ayamonte is a town in the province of Huelva on south Atlantic coast of Spain located at the mouth of the River Guadiana which is the border between Spain and Portugal. The town has an attractive fishing port, magnificent beaches as well as historical and tourist attractions. In the centre is its old medieval quarter with many very narrow streets and historical buildings; this central area is pedestrianised. From Ayamonte it is possible to take an excursion to visit Seville. 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 across the river. 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.