14 days in Costa de la Luz Itinerary

14 days in Costa de la Luz Itinerary

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14 days in Costa de la Luz Itinerary

Start: Exeter
Train + Shuttle + Fly + Shuttle + Foot + Train:  9​h 15​min
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
— 5 nights
Bus + Fly + Bus + Train:  7​h 45​min
End: Exeter


Cadiz ©
Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Catedral de Cadiz and Arcos de la Frontera. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Cadiz and Yacimiento Arqueologico Gadir. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Cadiz: Jerez De La Frontera (Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, Iglesia de San Miguel, & more), Arcos de la Frontera (Paraje Natural Cola del Embalse de Arcos & Basilica Menor de Santa Maria) and Bay of Cádiz Natural Park (in El Puerto de Santa Maria). The adventure continues: take in panoramic vistas at Torre Tavira, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla, identify plant and animal life at Parque Natural Las Brenas, and learn about winemaking at Bodegas Tio Pepe.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Cadiz route tool .

Exeter, UK to Cadiz is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and shuttle. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Exeter to Cadiz due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Exeter in November, you will find days in Cadiz are a bit cooler (22°C), and nights are much colder (12°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Matalascanas.

Things to do in Cadiz

Historic Sites Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Jerez De La Frontera, El Puerto de Santa Maria, Arcos de la Frontera, Chiclana de la Frontera, Santuario de Nuestra Senora de Regla
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Catedral de Cadiz ©
Catedral de Cadiz
Playa de la Barrosa ©
Playa de la Barrosa


Matalascanas ©
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Torre de Rio de Oro, then visit a coastal fixture at Faro Del Picacho Mazagon, and then trek along Playa de Matalascanas. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Playa Del Parador and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Andalucia Nature Trips.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Matalascanas online route planner .

Traveling by car from Cadiz to Matalascanas takes 2.5 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Matalascanas can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Tarifa.

Things to do in Matalascanas

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

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Playa de Matalascanas ©
Playa de Matalascanas
Andalucia Nature Trips ©
Andalucia Nature Trips
Faro Del Picacho Mazagon ©
Faro Del Picacho Mazagon


Tarifa ©
As the southernmost point in Europe, Tarifa is famous for having the continent’s best windsurfing conditions, making it a well-known surfer’s paradise.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Phare de Camarinal and Enclave Arqueologico de Carteia. Escape the urban bustle at Playa de Bolonia and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tarifa: Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar (in Zahora) and Zahara de los Atunes (Playa de Zahara, Kite Manglar, & more). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through Playa de Valdevaqueros, get a taste of the local shopping with Atlas Beach, and appreciate the history behind Monumento al General Copons.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tarifa day trip tool .

You can drive from Matalascanas to Tarifa in 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tarifa when traveling from Matalascanas in December, with lows around 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tarifa

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Zahara de los Atunes, Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar, Sendero La Garganta del Capitan, Enclave Arqueologico de Carteia
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Playa de Bolonia ©
Playa de Bolonia
Playa de Zahara ©
Playa de Zahara
Dolphin & Whale Watching