For my holiday this year, I had the pleasure of going to Islantilla in Spain. Islantilla is a very quiet town that is sparsely populated. So if ultimate relaxation is what you are after, a holiday of doing nothing but perhaps a walk on the beach and playing the occasional round of Golf, then it is the perfect place. We stayed five star all inclusive meaning there was nothing to worry about. It’s a preferable option as restaurants are limited. Choose from just approximately 2 -3 restaurants and 1 – 2 bars near the beach front which offer a wide variety of foods and drinks at good prices.
The beach is wonderful with lots of shells for you and your children to collect, in many varieties, shapes and colours! The ocean, if a bit cold, is beautiful to look at, especially at sunrise (if you can pry yourself to get up early enough!) and sunset. It is very peaceful and uncrowded making it lovely and romantic if you are alone with your partner.
The Islantilla Golf Course consists of 27 holes, with residential areas built throughout. Definitely a site to see. The course itself is wonderful and very large. If staying in one of the hotels around Islantilla, you will be able to get a good deal for a round from where you are staying.
We did want to explore the surrounding areas close by and found it best to hire a car as taxis can be expensive and the bus took up to 2 hours to get around. We visited Isla Cristina, a wonderful small fishing village with a little port. It’s a very old rustic village with many friendly people – a real taste of Spain. Along the other side, the centre of Huelva is also a lovely town to see. Alternatively, you can go on tours including bird-watching or boat trips to explore your surroundings.
All in all, we really enjoyed our stay at Islantilla, and with perfect clear skies, 30 degree temperatures and total tranquility, who could ask for more?
The closest airport is Faro, about an hour drive away, so why not hire a car and enjoy the relaxing views while you cross the border? Auto Europe offer some great deals on car hire in Faro.