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Costa de la Luz

Spain's Southernmost Reaches
 
Delve into Andalucia’s fascinating history on this self-guided, two-centre walking holiday, with hire car included. Long sandy beaches backed by dunes, pine woods and two natural parks offer leisurely walking and opportunities for bird-spotting, and you can even go whale-watching.
Costa de la Luz. 7 nights
Costa de la Luz. 7 nights
 

Holiday information

 

A walking holiday on the Costa de la Luz

The Costa de la Luz derives its name from the clarity of the light (luz) which paints the succession of sandy beaches sweeping down to Tarifa, mainland Europe’s most southerly point, to such good effect. However, it could equally be called the Coast of Encounters, for it is here that the Atlantic’s waves converge with the Mediterranean’s calmer waters; Spanish and Moorish cultures fuse; and Europe and Africa come as close as they ever do to meeting.
Phoenician and Roman fishermen, Moorish conquerors, Barbary pirates, and the British Navy under Nelson have all sailed these blustery seas, while bluefin tuna, several species of whale and dolphin, and surfers, drawn by the waves whipped up by the Levante and Poniente winds, are still regular visitors. On dry land, there are historic whitewashed towns, Roman remains and ancient watchtowers, plus the sand dunes, pine woods and wetlands of two natural parks to explore at leisure either on foot or with your hire car. If you are travelling between March and May or September and October, bring your binoculars, as the spring and autumn migrations bring numerous species of bird to the area, including many raptors, and you can also join a whale-watching trip from Tarifa. One other great feature of the region which you can experience all year round is the cuisine, strongly influenced by that of Morocco and often incorporating locally caught tuna, mackerel and sardines.
 
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Walking & more

The key to Inntravel holidays is flexibility. You can start on the day of your choice, and are free to add extra nights. There’s no fixed itinerary, so take your pick of our suggested walking routes as the mood takes you.
  • The average maximum daytime temperatures and monthly rainfall relate to the nearest weather station and are intended as a guide only.
    Average temperatures and rainfall
      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
    °C 15 15 16 18 20 24 27 27 25 24 18 16
    mm 113 101 79 66 40 19 4 5 20 68 130 130
  • Arrival in Vejer de la Frontera
    Night 1: at Casa del Califa (the first of three nights here).
    As your first night's accommodation is on the day of travel, Day 1 is your first day of walking.
  • Choice of routes from Vejer: 8.5km to 10.5km

    Town trail
    There’s no denying the Moorish influences of Vejer de la Frontera, whose flat-roofed, whitewashed houses cluster on a ridge that rises abruptly from the plain. We provide a short walking trail to introduce you to the town, taking in its main points of interest and some of its many pretty courtyards.

    Circular walk from Vejer: 8.5km, 3hrs; ascent/descent 240m
    Step out of the whitewashed streets of Vejer, passing windmills to take an undulating, shaded path through woodland. Along the way you are accompanied by excellent views over the Barbate river plain.

    Linear walk to Barbate: 8.5km, 2.5hrs or 10.5km, 3hrs; ascent 130m/descent 145m
    You’ll need to drive to the coast for the start of this walk, perhaps taking in the dune-backed headland of Cape Trafalgar (site of the famous naval battle), before setting off on sandy tracks through a forest of pines to reach the 16th-century watchtower of Torre del Tajo. From here you gently descend beneath biscuit-coloured cliffs, to the evocatively named beach of Hierbabuena (mint). You won’t see any pirate ships these days, but you may spot dolphins, particularly at the start and end of the season, or shoals of tuna in April and May. Your target is Barbate, where you can relax on its attractive seafront promenade, or visit the town’s tuna interpretation centre to find out how these huge fish are still caught using the ancient netting technique known as the almadraba which dates from 1,000BC. Return to your car by taxi.
    The circular route from Vejer
  • Drive from Vejer to La Peña: 45km
    Today you drive towards the atmospheric coastal town of Tarifa, stopping just short of it at La Peña, where your base for four nights is the Hotel Hurricane. The direct inland route is a mere 45km, but you may prefer the coastal road, perhaps stopping to take a stroll along the virgin beach that stretches for miles beyond the whitewashed fishing village of Zahara de los Atunes.
    The beach beyond Zahara de los Atunes
  • Choice of routes from La Peña: 8km to 13.5km
    There are various walking options from which to choose while staying in La Peña. Pay locally for taxis.

    Linear walk from Bolonia to La Peña: 13.5km, 4hrs; ascent/descent 170m
    This varied and enjoyable walk starts with a taxi transfer to the extraordinary Roman ruins of Baelo Claudia. Set above the golden sands of Bolonia, this is one of the best-preserved Roman settlements in Spain; a town that was once famed for the production of a fermented fish paste that was exported throughout the empire. After an amble around the informative visitor centre, take a delightful path through coastal pine woods, beyond which lies a secluded beach and the massive sand dune of Valdevaqueros. Crossing the dune, you descend to more golden sands and one of the best kite-surfing beaches in the area. From here it is a short walk back to your hotel.

    Linear walk to La Peña: 10km, 3.5hrs; ascent 210m/descent 330m
    After a taxi northwards you have the chance to walk the final 10km of the trans-European long-distance footpath that links Athens to Tarifa. It’s a pleasant walk through pastoral scenery with far-reaching views towards the sea.

    Linear walk from La Peña to Tarifa: 8km, 2.5hrs; ascent/descent n/a
    Steps in the hotel grounds lead down to the inviting sands of Playa de los Lances, which you can follow all the way to Tarifa. Pause at the end of the sands to ponder the fact that you are standing as close as you can get to Spain’s – and mainland Europe’s – southernmost point before retracing your steps back to the hotel or taking a taxi.

    There-and-back walk from Tarifa: 11km, 3.5hrs (5.5km each way); ascent/descent 300m
    This beautiful coastal walk leads eastwards from Tarifa along a grassy shoreline interrupted by intimate coves. You can walk as far as you like, but our suggested turn around point is a delightful, flower strewn headland from where you can see the watchtower of Guadalmesí and below you the graceful arc of a pebbled bay.
    On the route from Bolonia to Hotel Hurricane
  • Visit Tarifa or take a boat trip
    Laid-back, cosmopolitan Tarifa is well worth exploring, either combined with a walk or as a separate outing. While its coastal setting is very different from that of Vejer, this is another fortified town with strong Moorish roots and a rich history (it was here that the Moors first landed, that Guzman the Good later gave up his own son to end a siege of the castle, and an Anglo-Spanish force withheld a siege by the French during the Napoleonic Wars).

    Having looked across to Morocco from Tarifa’s castle and ramparts, you may want to take to the sea. Not only do boat trips depart daily between March and October (weather permitting) in search of pilot whales and common and striped dolphins, but, given the proximity to Africa, frequent catamarans ply the strait to Tangier (the crossing takes just 35 minutes), offering a rare chance to visit two continents on one holiday.
    Tarifa
 

Accommodation

Your two hotels’ 2-star classification doesn't do them justice – they are both fantastic finds, with good facilities, plenty of character and excellent service.
 

Extend your stay

 
Prices & travel options
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  • 7 nights: 01 September - 15 December 2019 & 06 January - 31 May 2020

    Start any day | End by latest date(s) shown above

    Starting Price Single room
    1 - 13 September £835 £335
    14 September - 27 October £785 £305
    28 October - 30 November £695 £265
    1 - 8 December £665 £255
    6 January - 24 February £695 £265
    25 - 29 February £760 £295
    1 - 29 March £785 £305
    30 March - 2 April £835 £335
    3 - 12 April £880 £360
    13 April - 24 May £820 £325
    3rd & 4th person discount -£50
    Single traveller supplement £50

    Includes accommodation, meals and services integral to the holiday as described, plus walking notes and maps, but no travel from the UK, nor any connecting travel from the airport unless stated below.

    Price includes: 7 days' category B car hire (eg VW Polo (255, 255, 255) or similar with manual transmission)

    Driving time to the first hotel: Jerez 1h Seville 1h45, Malaga 2h30
    Driving time from the final hotel: Jerez 1h15, Seville 2h, Malaga 1h50

    Book your flights through us and we'll find the best route and times to suit you. Please contact us to find out more about our flight booking service. We can also book connecting travel - see below.

  • Room upgrades (£ per person per night)

    Casa del Califa
    'Africa' suite: 01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £55
    'Africa' suite: 15 Sep - 15 Dec 2019 £40
    'Africa' suite: 06 Jan - 02 Apr 2020 £40
    'Africa' suite: 03 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £55
    'Africa' suite: 13 Apr - 31 May 2020 £45
    'Especial': 01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £22
    'Especial': 15 Sep - 15 Dec 2019 £12
    'Especial': 06 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £12
    'Especial': 01 Apr - 02 Apr 2020 £16
    'Especial': 03 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £22
    'Especial': 13 Apr - 31 May 2020 £16
    Junior suite: 01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £30
    Junior suite: 15 Sep - 15 Dec 2019 £24
    Junior suite: 06 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £24
    Junior suite: 01 Apr - 02 Apr 2020 £28
    Junior suite: 03 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £30
    Junior suite: 13 Apr - 31 May 2020 £28
    Hotel Hurricane
    Luxury suite: 01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £46
    Luxury suite: 01 Nov - 15 Dec 2019 £38
    Luxury suite: 06 Jan - 07 Jan 2020 £55
    Luxury suite: 08 Jan - 29 Feb 2020 £38
    Luxury suite: 01 Mar - 04 Apr 2020 £46
    Luxury suite: 05 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £55
    Luxury suite: 13 Apr - 31 May 2020 £46

    Extra nights (£ per person per night) in a double or single room

    Casa del Califa (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 14 Sep 2019 £78 £124
    15 Sep - 15 Dec 2019 £64 £102
    06 Jan - 31 Mar 2020 £64 £102
    01 Apr - 02 Apr 2020 £72 £114
    03 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £80 £128
    13 Apr - 31 May 2020 £72 £114
    Hotel Hurricane (B&B) Double room Single room
    01 Sep - 31 Oct 2019 £88 £126
    01 Nov - 15 Dec 2019 £72 £102
    06 Jan - 07 Jan 2020 £98 £142
    08 Jan - 29 Feb 2020 £72 £102
    01 Mar - 31 Mar 2020 £88 £126
    01 Apr - 04 Apr 2020 £92 £132
    05 Apr - 12 Apr 2020 £98 £142
    13 Apr - 31 May 2020 £92 £132
  • RECOMMENDED AIRPORT(S):
    Jerez, Seville, Málaga

    Travelling from the UK

    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga or Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    Outward route Airline
    Aberdeen - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Belfast Intl. - Malaga Aer Lingus,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Birmingham - Malaga Flybe,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Bournemouth - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Bristol - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Bristol - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Cardiff - Malaga TUI,  Vueling 
    Outward route Airline
    Doncaster Sheffield - Malaga Flybe,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Nottingham East Midlands - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Nottingham East Midlands - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Edinburgh - Malaga jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair 
    Edinburgh - Seville easyJet,  Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Exeter - Malaga Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Glasgow Prestwick - Malaga Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Inverness - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Leeds Bradford - Malaga jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Leeds Bradford - Seville (via Amsterdam Schiphol) KLM 
    Outward route Airline
    Liverpool - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London City - Malaga British Airways 
    Outward route Airline
    Gatwick - Jerez easyJet 
    Gatwick - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  Norwegian,  TUI 
    Gatwick - Seville British Airways,  easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Heathrow - Malaga British Airways 
    Heathrow - Seville (via Madrid) Iberia 
    Outward route Airline
    Luton - Malaga easyJet,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Luton - Seville easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    London Southend - Malaga easyJet 
    Outward route Airline
    Stansted - Jerez Ryanair 
    Stansted - Malaga British Airways,  easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair 
    Stansted - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Manchester - Jerez easyJet 
    Manchester - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Norwegian,  Ryanair,  Thomas Cook,  TUI 
    Manchester - Seville Ryanair 
    Outward route Airline
    Newcastle - Malaga easyJet,  jet2,  Ryanair,  TUI 
    Outward route Airline
    Norwich - Malaga Flybe 
    Outward route Airline
    Southampton - Malaga Flybe 
    Travelling from outside the UK

    If you are flying from outside Europe,  we recommend flying via Málaga or Madrid. To discuss onward connecting travel to the start of your holiday, please contact us.

    This list of flight options should be used as a guide only, and you should check each airline’s website for current routes, frequency and schedules. Not all flights operate daily, and may not run for the entire season. You should also heed the latest flight arrival time and earliest flight departure time stated in the connecting travel section, as it may not be possible to arrange connecting travel outside these times. Please do not book your flights until we have confirmed your accommodation to you. Alternatively, our expert reservations team will be happy to offer advice and to make flight bookings for you. We charge £30 per person for our flight booking service (£50 for India and Nepal). Your flights are then covered by our package-booking conditions, which give you greater protection in the event of delay or cancellation, as well as providing ATOL cover.

What is included
  • 7 nights
  • 2 dinners
    7 breakfasts
  • route notes and maps
  • category B hire car
 
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FAQs

If you have any questions relating to this or any other Inntravel holiday, our friendly travel experts will be happy to help. You might also find our General FAQs section helpful.
  • We’ll send you route notes and maps 2-3 weeks before your holiday. The route notes not only contain directions to get from hotel to hotel, but also include practical information about places of interest and eateries along each route, plus cultural information about the area. If/when you are moving between hotels, you leave your luggage in reception as you leave, and it will be transferred ahead to your next accommodation, meaning that all you need to take with you are a camera, sun cream, drinks, food and waterproofs.

    For more detailed information, see our walking holidays in Europe page.
  • We can book a wide range of airlines and routes from the UK. As well as being more convenient for you to book all elements of your holiday together, it also means that we’ll accept liability for your travel arrangements, so if things go wrong, such as the airline going bust, we’ll make suitable alternative arrangements for you. For Europe and Morocco, there’s a £30 booking fee per person (£15 for children aged 2-11). For India and Nepal, the booking fee is £50 per person. More information on flights >
  • Absolutely! We are experts in tailored rail travel. Making use of sleeper trains or stopovers in cities along the route, we can get you from London to virtually anywhere in mainland Europe. We can even make arrangements to Mallorca, Sicily and Norway with a combination of ferries and rail. Please contact Abi to discuss your plans.
  • We can’t book flights that originate outside the UK, but if you wanted book your own flights to London (or elsewhere in the UK), we can make all onward travel arrangements (including flights) from there. Alternatively, if you are booking your own flights to an airport in continental Europe that’s appropriate for your holiday, we can book onward rail travel and/or taxis. More information about how we can tailor holidays for customers outside the UK >
  • Since our holidays are self-guided, we recommend calling us for a chat about your plans before making a booking, especially if it’s the first time you’ve booked with us.
    The price panel shows the supplement for a single room and also the single traveller charge (this covers (luggage) transfers and other costs which are usually shared between two people).
  • Once you’ve decided on your exact itinerary (our travel experts will be happy to offer advice), you need to provide us with your party’s details, either by phone or via our booking form. At this point we also ask you to pay a deposit so that we can secure a room for you immediately on confirming availability with the hotel(s). If it turns out that we can’t secure the accommodation for the holiday you’ve requested, or offer an acceptable alternative, we’ll refund your deposit promptly and in full. After booking your accommodation and other key elements, we'll then book your travel (or you can do so if you’re making your own arrangements) and send you a Booking Confirmation and Invoice.
  • Yes, it’s something we insist on, even for holidays in the UK. The vast majority of holidays go smoothly, but when things go wrong, it can be expensive to put them right. Buying a new pair of walking boots after your suitcase is stolen mightn’t seem so bad, but the bill for being airlifted down from a mountain with a broken leg or flown home while still recovering from an illness or accident can cost tens of thousands of pounds.

    You don’t have to buy our policy (if you live outside Europe you’ll definitely need to make your own arrangements, as the policy is only for UK and EU residents), but you do need to make sure that you’re covered for medical emergencies and repatriation. We also recommend that you are covered for other eventualities, such as cancellation and loss of luggage and passports.
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are in possession of the correct travel documents, with the correct validity. If you’re a UK citizen, you need a full British passport to travel to Spain, but not a visa (if you are travelling after 31 October 2019, see the Brexit question below for more information). If you are a citizen of another country, you’ll need to check requirements with the national embassy or your own consulate.

    Current information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found through the following NHS link: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/ You must make sure you have adequate insurance cover for illness, accidents and repatriation (see the insurance question). UK citizens should also obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) by applying at a Post Office or at www.ehic.org.uk. The EHIC allows reciprocal health care but should not be seen as a substitute for travel insurance. EHICs may cease to be valid in the event of a no-deal Brexit.
  • (Castilian) Spanish is one of several official languages; in Catalonia, for example, Catalan has equal status. The currency is the Euro. Spanish time is GMT/UTC + 1. It uses Daylight Saving Time, so in summer is on BST + 1.
  • Even in the event of a no-deal Brexit, it’s been confirmed that flights will continue as normal and that you won’t need a visa to go on holiday (the limit on stays is 90 days). What you will need if there’s no deal is a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival (extra months added because you renewed your passport early do not count) and adequate travel insurance to cover you for accidents and illness in case reciprocal health deals are suspended. If you are driving while on holiday, you will probably need an International Driving Permit (plus a Green Card if you are taking your own car to Europe). More information >
  • The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) provides up-to-date, country-by-country travel advice, as well as information on security, local laws, passports and visas for UK citizens.
    If you live outside the UK, see our essential travel information page for a list of relevant websites.
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