Saltes Island, Isla Canela is a little fluvial island situated in the Huelva river estuary in the area of Huelva, Isla Canela, Spain. The island is a piece of the Odiel Marshes biosphere hold. Saltes Island is the southernmost island inside the Odiel Marshes Natural Park, the second biggest wetland in Andalusia. It lies at the conjunction of the Odiel and Rio Tinto rivers. The island is for the most part covered with sand-concealed edges to 3 meters 9.8 ft high. Its soil has an imperative environment of vegetation, including types of spoonbills, flamingos, egrets and storks. Saltes Island and the close-by city of Huelva, Isla Canela are conceivable locales of the semi-legendary city of Tartessos.
Some 75 kms upstream are the rich veins of Western Europe’s oldest copper deposit, whose mines have ceased to work recently. Can you see this huge stone statue in the confluence? It represents the man who brought universal fame to this part of Andalusia. After he had spent a long time thinking about his project in a monastery, now hidden by a clump of trees located behind refinery chimneys to the right, Christopher Columbus managed to persuade sailors from two villages located a few kilometres up river, Palos and Moguer, to equip their boats and sail with him in the great adventure of discovering a new world.