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Ayamonte
—  Municipality  —

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Ayamonte is located in Spain
Ayamonte
Location in Spain
Coordinates: 37°21′N 7°40′W / 37.35°N 7.667°W / 37.35; -7.667Coordinates: 37°21′N 7°40′W / 37.35°N 7.667°W / 37.35; -7.667
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Andalusia
Province Huelva
Comarca Costa
Government
 - Alcalde Antonio Rodríguez Castillo
Area
 - Total 142 km2 (54.8 sq mi)
Elevation 63 m (207 ft)
Population (2008)
 - Total 19,738
 - Density 139/km2 (360/sq mi)
 - Demonym Ayamontino, na
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 21400
Official language(s)
Website Official website

Ayamonte is a town and municipality located in the province of Huelva, Spain. According to the 2005 census, the city has a population of 18,001 inhabitants.

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Location and history

The township of Ayamonte preserves its old medieval quarter in the central district of the town, with many very narrow streets and historical buildings; this central area is a designated car-free zone.

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 between the two countries.

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. There are a number of quality golf courses in and around the area, including one built into the Marismas itself.

Notable births

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Artists

Antonio León Ortega, (1907 -1991). Sculptor, he had his professional education in Madrid and he created a personal style in the Andalusian imagery of the XXth century.

Singers

It is well known as the home of young Spanish idol, María Isabel.

Demographics

Demographic evolution of Ayamonte between 1999 and 2005

1999

2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005

16,980

16,939 17,084 17,292 17,402 17,623 18,001

Source: INE (Spain)

External links

General view of the town and the San Salvador church

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