I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your support in 2012. It may not have been the best of years but at least together we made the most of it. I look forward to seeing you all in Ayamonte at one stage or another in 2013.
May you and yours have a great Christmas and a Prosperous New Year 2013.
In February 2013 I hope to unveil a new site which will also help you get the best out of Ayamonte, watch this space.
Me gustaría dar las gracias a todos y cada uno de ustedes por su apoyo en 2012. Puede que no haya sido el mejor de los años, pero al menos juntos lo hemos aprovechado al máximo. Espeero verles a todos en Ayamonte en momento o otro en el 2013.
Que usted y los suyos tengan una Feliz Navidad y un Próspero Año Nuevo 2013.
En febrero de 2013 espero dar a conocer una nueva página web que también le ayudará a sacar el maximo partido de Ayamonte, vea este espacio.
Isla Canela, which when translated back into English means Cinnamon Island, is a natural Island situated in most westerly point of the Huelva coast. Isla Canela, is part of the municipality of Ayamonte and is surrounded by the Guadiana River to the West, the Atlantic Ocean to the South, Marismas de Isla Cristina (Isla Cristina marshlands) to the East and Ayamonte to the North.To access Isla Canela you drive through Ayamonte following the signposts to the beach, once you pass the Athletics Track San Blas on the right and the Ayamonte Football Stadium on the left you will come to a bridge that will take you onto Isla Canela. I have broken Isla Canela down into four areas: Barriada Canela, Isla Canela Golf, Isla Canela Beach and Punta de Moral – Isla Canela Marina.
Costa Esuri is the biggest golf residential development on the East Coast of Andalucia. Costa Esuri is 4.638 million square metres (463.8 hectares) in size and has two 18-hole golf courses around which the properties on this development are built. There are also another seven ample designated green areas known as “Zonas Verdes” where nothing can be built (see ZV on map below).
The development was originally urbanized by Fadesa contemplates the construction of 6,000 properties in Costa Esuri. Fadesa was later bought by Martinsa with the new company being called Martinsa Fadesa.
Ayamonte has a rich cultural history and throughout the year there are various exhibitions and concerts featuring local, national and international talent. There are various interesting old buildings and monuments dotted throughout the town.
The sports and leisure facilities are many and varied. The local fiestas have to be experienced to be believed. Here are some of the dates that should not be missed:
January – Procession of the three Kings.
The fifth of January is the night when the three Kings visit the children to bring their Christmas presents.
End of February – Carnival
Carnival in the south of Spain has a very musical theme and although carnival typically starts the week before Lent, the musical competitions that are associated with Carnival start their preliminary almost two weeks before that. In Ayamonte, “Ayamontinos” dress up in their carnival costumes and parade through the streets to the delight of the thousands of onlookers. Tractors, carts and other vehicles are drawn into the carnival to act as floats to transport the various groups of carnival participants as they make their way through the town. Meanwhile in the Cardenio Theatre (Ayamonte’s main Hall) musical groups that compete in Carnival musical competition, these groups are not your common street bands, but usually a group of friends or co-workers who compose a song that treats a common theme with irony and sarcasm. Politicians, the health service, the economic crisis are common topics that will undoubtedly come in for a severe pasting every year.
The festival on the street may not be like Rio de Janeiro, simply because it is winter here, but the parades (Gran Cabalgata de Carnaval) are well worth taking the time out to see. And for those of you who want to venture out to socialise during Carnival, some sort of a costume is expected. Carnival ends on Ash Wednesday with the Burial of the Sardine (Entierro de la Sardina), which is usually a giant cardboard sardine which is set on fire at the end of the parade.
March/April – Holy week (Semana Santa)
Holy week in Ayamonte goes back 500 years and is now considered to be an outstanding national fiesta. In Ayamonte, the children have started a new tradition of collecting the candle wax from the passing procession and it is not uncommon to see them with multi-coloured balls of wax the size of tennis balls by the end of Easter.
May – “Romeria”
The Spanish dress up in their traditional dress and celebrate. The “romerias” are a festival of colour and tradition with young and old alike attired in long Spanish dresses or suits. The “romerias” are a celebration of the local patrons and throughout the month of May in Ayamonte and surrounding districts you can join in with the locals and sing, dance, eat and drink the weekend away.
Beginning of September – “Las Angustias” fiesta
The majority of the partying goes on in Fairground located just behind the Congress Centre on the main road into the town centre.
13th. November – Saint Diego Fiesta