Apart from the fact that Isla Canela is a top destination for the best beach holidays in Spain, this corner is also notable from a historical point of view. The magnificent sights of Isla Canela representing many different eras should certainly be seen during your Costa de la Luz holidays.
The most eminent attraction of Isla Canela is the Roman mausoleum of Punta del Moral. This family pantheon dating from the fourth century A.D. was discovered in 1986. This finding, along with other archaeological finds, confirms the belief that there were Roman settlements in Isla Canela dedicated to fishing and the manufacturing of salted fish, dating back to around 300 AD.
Another important place of interest is a stone tower, Torre de Isla Canela, which was raised in the 16th century by order of Philip II to protect the Atlantic coast of southern Spain from Turkish and Berber pirate attacks. The tower was renovated in 2009 to keep the history alive.
However, there is more to see in the area. Ayamonte, the municipality Isla Canela belongs to, has a lot to surprise tourists with. Without a doubt, the town’s defensive constructions are the most remarkable tourist attractions. Two of them which are certainly worth visiting are the Bastions of Las Angustias dating from the sixteenth century and reconstructed in 1999, and Buscarruidos also known as the Flower Bastion, protecting the northern and eastern walls.
In addition, while in Ayamonte spend some time at the emblematic Theater-Cinema Cardenio or the Palace of The Marquis of Ayamonte which is now the town hall. Another must-see place in Ayamonte is El Pintado Mill dating back to the 18th century and considered the best-preserved tidal mill in the Huelva province.
Finally, the religious architecture of Ayamonte is worth visiting too. We recommend you visit the Church of Nuestra Señora de las Angustias, the Church of San Francisco, the Mercedes Temple, El Salvador church and three chapels: San Antonio, Nuestra Madame del Carmen and Socorro. As you see, there is a lot to see in Isla Canela, helping you make your Costa de la Luz holiday experience a wonderful combination of beach and culture.