Travel + Leisure has mapped out easy three-day itineraries for quintessential coastal routes in Europe, so you can avoid the traffic and long lines and head straight for authentic local experiences
Great European Drives
The Côte d'Azur, France
Explore the Southern French coast—from hidden coves to family-run wineries. By Danielle Pergament
Marseilles to Cassis
(45 miles, 1 hour)
On a map, the road tracing France's southeast coast from Marseilles to Nice is a series of squiggly lines. Seen from behind the wheel, it gains depth, clinging to jagged cliffs, running smoothly along stretches of sand, and hugging tight turns. The first day gets interesting once you pass crescent-shaped Cassis and see the water.
• Where to Stay Built into the cliffs above the town is the five-room Château de Cassis (33-4/42-01-63-20; chateaudecassis.com; doubles from $404), a 14th-century castle with pools, pillars, and archways. A Roman watchtower even before it was a medieval castle, the hotel has enormous stone fireplaces and cavernous stairwells that make you feel like you should put on a brocade gown and carry a candelabra. The view from every sweeping terrace dwarfs the humble village below. After finding your way to the inn (past all the propriété privée signs), spend the afternoon taking a long, meandering walk through the old port town.
• Worth the Detour You'd be remiss not to sample some of the region's famous rosé. The 250-acre Domaines Bunan (La Cadière d'Azur; 33-4/94-98-58-91), a 15-minute drive into the hills above Bandol, is run by brothers Pierre and Paul Bunan, along with their children Philippe, Claire, Laurent, and Françoise, and the family's three dogs. The Bunans export their popular rosé, Château La Rouvière, but it still tastes best when sipped alongside local restaurateurs, bar owners, and the Bunan's neighbors in the winery's stone farmhouse.
Cassis to Mougins
(107 miles, 1 1/2 hours)
To pass through the picturesque towns of Sanary-sur-Mer, Toulon, Le Lavandou, Cavalaire, and Port Grimaud—and not through the traffic of St.-Tropez—leave D1098 for coastal road D559. A hairpin turn six miles before Cannes drops you in Théoule (almost rhymes with fuel).
• Where to Eat Seafood restaurant Marco Polo sits on its own sliver of beach with thatched palapas (47 Ave. de Lérins, Théoule; 33-4/93-49-96-59; dinner for two $67). The house specialty is grilled loup de mer with sauce vierge (olive oil and basil).
Where to Stay Characterized by country estates and nice cars, the town of Mougins is 15 minutes inland from Cannes on N85. A cypress-lined driveway leads to Le Manoir de L'Etang (Allée du Manoir; 33-4/92-28-36-00; manoir-de-letang.com; doubles from $215). Camilla Richards bought the 19th-century ivy-covered stone mansion in 2004 from a woman whose family had run it for half a century. While updating the 20 rooms, Richards introduced quirky touches (collages of old Hollywood stars, colorful linen pillows). Relax by the pool on a cushy white chaise with a plate of seafood risotto, and pretend the place is yours.
Mougins to La Gaude
(19 miles, 30 minutes)
The farther inland you drive, the more serene the surroundings become.
• Worth the Detour Two miles past Gilette, a hamlet carved into the mountains, the regional park Clue de la Cerise is a welcome spot for a walk. At the limestone ravine, a 30-minute downhill path leads to a river, where you'll join picnicking families, young couples napping under the trees, and French boys daring one another to dive into the icy water.
• Where to Eat In the movie version of this drive, La Séguinière (2416 Rte. de St. Laurent, La Gaude; 33-4/93-24-81-56; seguiniere.com; dinner for two $68, daily membership $13.50) is the place you would happen upon one stormy night: you'd see lights in the window and go inside to find locals eating, drinking, and dancing. Owner Eric Seguin turned this farmhouse into a private jazz club and restaurant in 1979. La Seguinière doesn't keep regular hours; when it's open, the place is often full, so it's best to call in advance. The food (chicken and roasted potatoes, goat-cheese tarts) is made with organic ingredients from the region, and the jazz musicians play late into the night.
Total mileage: 171
T+L Tip Drive this route from west to east, so your views of the water won't be obscured by oncoming traffic.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
A sleepy coastal loop characterized by single-lane roads, signs in Gaelic, and mists swirling on craggy mountains. By Candice Gianetti
Skye Bridge to Colbost
(100 miles, 31/2 hours)
The most convenient route onto Skye, a 50-mile-long, lobster-shaped island in the Hebridean archipelago, just off Scotland's west coast, is via the mile-long Skye Bridge.
• Don't Miss Despite being the island's biggest town, Portree (pop. 2,500) doesn't have a whole lot to keep you occupied. A rare exception is the Isle of Skye Soap Co. (Somerled Square; 44-1478/611-350), right off the square; its wooden shelves are stacked with handmade aromatherapy soaps named after local mountain ranges.
• History Lessons A 45-mile loop around the Trotternish Peninsula begins just past the colorful harborfront town. At Staffin, dip into the Quiraing, an area of strange rock formations shaped by prehistoric lava flows and shifting glaciers. Toward the end of the loop, a road leads west to Dunvegan Castle (44-1470/521-206; tickets $15), a stronghold of MacLeod chieftains since the 13th century that's worth a visit if only to see the Fairy Flag, a piece of silk hundreds of years old that's said to have mystical powers.
• Where to Stay Getting to the Three Chimneys Restaurant & the House Over-By (Colbost, 44-1470/511-258; threechimneys.co.uk; doubles from $493, including breakfast), on the Duirinish Peninsula, is half the fun. A five-mile-long country lane passes islands floating in the distance and sheep munching grass by the roadside. Three Chimneys, the area's best restaurant, is in a former farmer's cottage with stone walls and peat-burning fireplaces. In high summer, be sure to order local wild salmon, in season for only a short time. In the adjoining hotel, House Over-By, each of the six modern rooms has French doors that open onto a garden.
(24 miles, 1 hour)
The route today could be speedy, but it's much more appealing to take your time exploring the island's wild northwestern corner.
• Tasting Tour Skye produces some of Scotland's best single-malt whisky. From the Fairy Bridge at the foot of the Waternish Peninsula, a one-lane road follows the coast to the village of Stein, where the 18th-century Stein Inn (MacLeod's Terrace, Waternish; 44-1470/592-362; steininn.co.uk) stocks 120 Scottish favorites.
• Worth the Detour Follow the west coast of the Dunvegan Peninsula to windy Claigan, a minuscule village with only a handful of houses. A mile-long walk across low hills stitched with old stone walls leads to Coral Beach, covered with bits of white and pink seashells. Look out on the tiny islets offshore to spot seals.
Colbost to Sleat
(80 miles, 2 hours)
• Tasting Tour At the Talisker Distillery (Carbost; 44-1478/614-308), 25 miles south of Colbost, the house tour demonstrates how copper stills transform the spring waters from a nearby hill into headier stuff. Sample your way through variously aged distillations to find one with just the right intensity of smoky peatiness.
• Worth the Detour A 12-mile-long lane off the main road, A850, twists and turns past fields and church ruins as it leads to Elgol; from the tiny town's pier, you'll take in the finest view of the craggy hills called the Black Cuillins, across the inlet.
• Where to Stay Noted cookbook author Lady Claire MacDonald has held court for over three decades at Kinloch Lodge (off A851, Sleat Peninsula; 44-1471/833-333; kinloch-lodge.co.uk; doubles from $396, including breakfast). Once a farmhouse, the pretty white building is surrounded on one side by sea and on the other by low green hills. Inside the 14-room inn, drawing rooms mix the baronial (ancestral portraits) with the comfortable (sofas piled with cushions). But the biggest draw is the formal dining room. There, Lady Claire serves dishes such as lemon-curd parfait with Skye strawberries marinated in elderflower liqueur—a delicious reward at the end of a summer's drive.
Local Sign Language
Cattle Crossing (you'll see dozens of these signs here)
T+L Tip Take it slow on the island. The roads are mostly unfenced, so expect to find sheep and lambs ambling onto the asphalt.
Total mileage: 204
Costa de la Luz, Spain
Just the right mix of nature and historic architecture along a rugged, windswept shore. By Valerie Waterhouse
Most major flights to the region land in Málaga, on the Costa del Sol, a 187-mile-long swath of beach crowded with high-rises and sun-seekers. Before speeding off west to the quieter Costa de la Luz, it's worth lingering for a day in Málaga, the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
• Don't Miss The extraordinary Picasso Museum (Palacio de Buenavista, 8 Calle San Agustín; 34/90-244-3377) displays 155 of his paintings, sculptures, ceramics, and more in a 16th-century palace with a bougainvillea-draped courtyard café. Of note this summer: "Small Figure," a temporary exhibition of Picasso's casts and sculptures inspired by African and Oceanic objects.
• Where to Eat It's possible you may see Picasso's daughter Paloma at Bodegas El Pimpi (62 Calle Granada; 34/95-222-8990; lunch for two $54), a wine-and-tapas cellar in an Andalusian house, decorated with antique flamenco posters.
Where to Stay Set atop Málaga's Gibralfaro hill, 59-year-old Parador de Gibralfaro (Castillo de Gibralfaro; 34/91-516-6666; parador.es; doubles from $209) is one of Spain's oldest paradors—the gray stone façade is built partly from the ruins of a Phoenician castle. Book one of the 38 yellow-and-blue rooms with a balcony looking out on the city and port.
Málaga to El Puerto de Santa María
(190 miles, 31/2 hours)
It's an hour-and-a-half drive inland on the AP7-E15 highway from Málaga to Algeciras, which avoids the nose-to-nose traffic on the A7 (N340), the toll-free route tracing the Costa del Sol (at Algeciras, you'll link back up with the N340). As soon as you round the bend from the town of Tarifa, where the Mediterranean morphs into the Atlantic at Spain's southernmost tip, windswept grassy dunes and grazing cows appear on the horizon.
• Worth the Detour Ten miles past Tarifa, switch over to the CAP-2216 to reach the beach at Baelo Claudia (Ensenada de Bolonia; 34/95-668-8530; juntadeandalucia.es), where you'll find the ruins of a Roman township, the best-preserved on the Iberian peninsula. The streets are still paved with the original flagstones, and you can amble past the ruins of temples and an amphitheater.
• Driving Tip Get back on the N340 and head toward Cádiz, turning off again just after Tahivilla to meet the shore, passing through maritime pine forests.
Where to Stay The town of El Puerto de Santa María, set on an estuary, is part of Andalusia's sherry triangle, and the 28-room Hotel Duques de Medinaceli (2 Plaza de los Jazmines; 34/95-686-0777; jale.com/dmedinacelli; doubles from $248) is the former residence of the prominent sherry-producing Terry family. Enter the 17th-century palace through a covered courtyard with a burbling stone fountain. In the adjoining 54,000-square-foot garden, picturesque paths wind through citrus groves.
El Puerto de Santa María to Málaga, via Cádiz
(180 Miles, 4 hours)
• Tasting Tour The Osborne Bodega de Mora (Bodega de Mora, Calle Los Moros; 34/95-686-9100; osborne.es; reservations required) has been in the hands of the same family for six generations, and inside the cellars cobwebs decorate the 12,000 barrels. Spring for one of the individually numbered bottles of rare sherries, such as Solera India (from $200).
• Don't Miss On the way back to Málaga, stop in the enchanting city of Cádiz. Shop owner Juan José Mera Leal has spent 10 years filling his shelves at Hecho en Cádiz with regional crafts and food (Plaza Candelaria; 34/95-628-3197). The store's name translates to "made in Cádiz" and you're likely to find any number of souvenirs worth taking home, from artisanal goods (hand-knit wool ponchos) to sweet local specialties (alfajores, paper-wrapped pastries of dried fruit, honey, and spices).
Local Sign Language
Watch out for stray rocks in the road
T+L Tip One of the best local road maps is Mapa Total, Mapa de Carreteras: España y Portugal. Pick one up in Málaga before setting off.
Total mileage: 370
The Dalmatian Coast, Croatia
Driving south to north, you'll find stylish hotels and sophisticated food and wine. By Valerie Stivers-Isakova
Day 1 Airport to Dubrovnik, via Ljuta (25 miles, 1 1/2 hours)
If you can, try to arrange to land in Dubrovnik in the late morning with a healthy appetite.
• Where to Eat Before beginning the northern drive, swing six miles south to Konavoski Dvori, in the village of Ljuta (385-20/791-039; lunch for two $55) for the coast's best smoked ham, and fresh, mild cheese served in homemade olive oil. Trout comes straight from a nearby pond, and the country-style kitchen is in an old mill with outdoor tables on the banks of a mountain stream. The restaurant attracts local power brokers and vacationing oligarchs, so you'll want to book ahead. A path behind Konavoski Dvori follows the river upstream to an old waterwheel; it's the perfect post-prandial stroll before beginning the 19-mile trip north to Dubrovnik.
• Where to Stay Until recently, most of the area's top hotels tended to be swaddled in staid carpets and drapes. For a hit of modernity, go 10 minutes north of Dubrovnik's Old Town to Dubrovnik Palace Hotel (20 Masarykov Put; 385-20/430-000; dubrovnikpalace.hr; doubles from $470), which has a white minimalist lobby with panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea and the forested Lapad peninsula. The 308-room hotel cascades down the cliff face to stone-and-concrete platforms with ladders leading straight into the splashing sea.
• Where to Go Out Right across the street from Dubrovnik Palace Hotel, pick up local bus No. 4, which leaves for Old Town every 20 minutes (buy a $2 ticket at the reception desk). At sunset, head to a bar known informally as Buza (Iza Mira St.; no phone). A sign with an arrow reading Cold Drinks With The Most Beautiful View points up a terraced street to the bar, composed of a series of tiny footholds in the cliff. Be careful: you're only shielded from the drop-off by a thin iron railing.
Day 1 Dubrovnik to Hvar town (132 miles, 3 hours)
The 8-E65, an old two-lane highway, clings to the curves of the karst hills. Arid gray mountains appear beyond the passenger's window. Out the driver's side, there are low-shouldered islands in the sea.
• Worth the Detour At Drvenik, 80 miles up the road, car ferries depart hourly in the summer for the 30-minute trip to the island of Hvar (jadrolinija.hr; $2 per person; $16 per car). It's smart to show up early because the ferries fill up (there are no reservations). After you land in Suc´uraj, take Route 116 into Hvar town—an exhilarating hour-long drive full of hairpin bends, with sea views on either side.
• Where to Stay Right on the yacht basin in Hvar's Old Town you'll find the Riva Hvar Yacht Harbor Hotel (385-21/750-100; suncanihvar.com/riva; doubles from $270), a century-old stone house. Matisse-like murals of nude, silhouetted swimmers hang in the corridors, and the 54 mostly bold-red rooms contain Modern art and Midcentury design classics.
• Don't Miss An American yoga instructor named Evening Lategano co-owns the hotel Suncokret Dream Body & Soul Retreats (St. Ana, Dol; 85-91/739-2526; suncokretdream.net) with her husband Stipe Skender, a Hvar native and informal tour guide. The couple takes students to off-the-radar sights such as promontories overlooking hidden pebble beaches for outdoor hatha yoga classes. Lategano's homemade vegan health bars and tea infusions (from her own garden) are a fitting post-class snack.
Day 3 Hvar town to Split (111 miles, 4 hours)
Take an early morning ferry back from the island of Hvar to the town of Drvenik, on the mainland. You'll want to leave plenty of time for the 60-mile-trip north along 8-E65 to Split, in the middle of the imposing Dalmatian range.
• What to Do Split, Croatia's second-largest city, has the coast's most extensive daily farmers' market. Dozens of varieties of local cheese—Goudas, fetas, hard yellow wheels—are sold beside bags of dried figs, homemade herb schnapps, and a spectrum of olive oils. Shopfront bakeries on the market's outskirts sell burek, a heavenly layered concoction of noodle-like phyllo dough stuffed with fresh, ricotta-style cheese.
• Where to Stay Jimmied into the original framework of Roman emperor Diocletian's ruined quarters, in the heart of Split's Old Town, is the Hotel Vestibul Palace (4 Iza Vestibula; 385-21/329-329; vestibulpalace.com; doubles from $325). Inside, each of the 11 rooms has understated black and taupe décor. Book No. 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6, for exposed walls of original Roman stonework.
• Where to Eat Split wine distributors Marijana and Edi Ganter supplied local hotels and restaurants before opening Enoteka Terra (6 Bra´ce Kaliterna; 385-21/314-800; vinoteka.hr; dinner for two $75), a restaurant, wine shop, and tasting bar. Try Grgich Hills' light, aromatic white Posip, made from grapes grown on the island of Korcula. The full menu of dishes (try the smoked fillet of sea perch and the tuna carpaccio) provides a welcome break from the country's many anonymous tourist traps.
Local Sign Language Brace yourself; strong side winds may blow off the water
T+L Tip It's illegal to drive here without your lights on, even during the day.
Total mileage: 268
Croatia Driving Directions
- Start out on 8-E55 from Dubrovnik Airport in Cilipi. (6 miles; 7 minutes)
- Turn left onto Route 6241. (7 miles; 11 minutes)
- Turn left onto Route 6239 and arrive in Ljuta. (8 miles; 12 minutes)
- Once you are in Ljuta village, drive over the small bridge before you, then turn left, and drive 150 meters until you reach the Konavoski Dvori parking lot. From the parking lot, descend a set of steps down to the restaurant Konavoski Dvori. (less than 1 mile; 5 minutes)
- To return to Dubrovnik, return to Route 6239, then turn right onto Route 6241. (2 miles; 4 minutes)
- Turn right onto 8-E65 and follow it to Dubrovnik. (20 miles; 30 minutes)
- Once you enter Dubrovnik from 8-E65, turn right at the first traffic light, then continue to go straight. Follow a series of brown signs to the Dubrovnik Palace. (2 miles; 10 minutes)
- Across the street from the hotel, pick up local bus No. 4, which leaves for Dubrovnik’s Old Town every 20 minutes.
- Once you’re in Old Town, walk from the bus stop to Buza on Iza Mira Street. (165 feet; 5 minutes)
- Take 8-E65 to Drvenik. (80 miles; 1 hour 30 minutes)
- From Drvenik’s center, follow the only road (bearing a sign for the ferry) to the pier. The Jadrolinija ferry will be visible on your left. Visit jadrolinija.hr for up-to-date scheduling information. (less than 1 mile; 2 minutes)
- After a 30-minute ferry ride, arrive in Sucaraj, on the island of Hvar.
- Take Route 116 into Hvar city, and park near the only bus station. (48 miles; 1 hour)
a. T+L Tip: Route 116 is very curvy, so drive carefully.
b. T+L Tip: The city of Hvar has a section known as the Old Town, but be specific when talking to locals, since there’s another town on Hvar island called Starigrad (literally translated: old town).
- To reach the Riva Hvar Yacht Harbor Hotel, walk to Hvar city’s Old Town, which is centered around the main square, and flanked by shops and the St. Stefan Church. The hotel is situated on the yacht basin. (5 minutes)
- To reach the Suncokret Dream Body&Soul Retreats, take Route 116. Pass the exit for Stari Grad on your left, then bear right at the junction for Dol. Dol is divided into two sections, Dol St. Maria and Dol St. Ana. The retreat is technically in Dol St. Ana, though it really falls between the two. Go straight until you reach a large, orange community center. Veer left at the center and ascend a hill until you reach St. Michael’s Church at its crest. Stay with the road as it descends. The retreat is the first cluster of buildings on your right once you pass the church. (12 miles; 20 minutes)
- Take Route 116 back to Sucaraj, on the island of Hvar, and return by car ferry to Drvenik. (48 miles/1 hour from Hvar town to Sucaraj)
- Take 8-E65 to Split. (60 miles; 1 hour 45 minutes)
- To reach the Hotel Vestibul Palace, drive to the center of town and park next to the Diocletian Palace. Walk along the Riva promenade, where you’ll go through an underpass that opens to Peristil Square. Climb the flight of stairs to another small square on which the hotel is situated. (5 minutes)
- To reach Enoteka Terra, walk away from the hotel toward the nearby ferry. The restaurant is located at 6 Bra’ce, along Bacvice beach. (5 minutes)
Isle of Skye Driving Directions
- From the Skye Bridge, which links the island with Kyle of Lochalsh on the mainland, take A850 to Portree. (35 miles; 45 minutes)
- To reach the Isle of Skye Soap Co., park near Somerled Square, Portree’s main square, and look for the shop’s sign next to the Church of Scotland.
- Head north on A855 to Staffin. (17 miles; 29 minutes)
- By Staffin Bay, briefly take an unnamed road to a parking lot for a view of the Quiraing, then return to A855 by the same road. (2 miles; 5 minutes)
- Travel north, then west and south on A855 as it loops around the Trotternish Peninsula. The road turns into A87 at the ferry port of Uig. Continue south, then bear right on B8036, just beyond Kensaleyre. Bear right again at its junction with A850, near Carbost. A850 continues west to Dunvegan via the Fairy Bridge (at the junction with B886). (43 miles; 80 minutes)
- Head north on A850 to Dunvegan Castle. (1 mile; 2 minutes)
- Stay with A850 as it goes south from Dunvegan Castle through Kilmuir. (2 miles; 4 minutes)
- Bear right on B884 and travel northwest to Colbost. (4 miles; 7 minutes)
- Once you’re in Colbost, look for the Three Chimneys Restaurant&the House Over-By on your left (it’s clearly marked and one of three buildings in the town).
- From Colbost, retrace your route on B884, then join A863 to Dunvegan. At Dunvegan, head east on A850 to the Fairy Bridge at the foot of the Waternish Peninsula. (8 miles; 15 minutes)
- From the Fairy Bridge, drive north on B886 to Stein, where you’ll see the Stein Inn to the left, on the water’s edge. (4 miles; 6 minutes)
- From the Stein Inn, retrace your route south and west on B886, then A850, to Dunvegan via the Fairy Bridge. From Dunvegan, go north along the west coast of the Dunvegan Peninsula on A850, past Dunvegan Castle, then take an unnamed road to Claigan. (13 miles; 35 minutes)
- Park in the lot, and follow the posted directions for a walk to Coral Beach. (1 mile; 2 minutes)
- To return to Colbost, retrace your path on the unnamed road, then A863, and pick up A884, heading northwest.
- From Colbost, take Route B884 southeast, becoming A863 at the junction at Lonmore. (4 miles; 8 minutes)
- Go south on A863 past Drynoch, then pick up B8009 and follow it northwest until Carbost. Stay on the B8009 and follow signs to the nearby Talisker Distillery. (19 miles; 35 minutes)
- From the Talisker Distillery, follow A863/A87 east to Broadford.(24 miles; 35 minutes)
- At Broadford, turn south onto B8083 to Elgol. (15 miles; 30 minutes)
- To reach the Kinloch Lodge, retrace your route via B8083 to Broadford, where it joins A87. (23 miles; 45 minutes)
France Driving Directions
- From Marseilles, take A50 in the direction of Nice for 14 miles, then take exit 8 toward Cassis. (14 miles; 20 minutes)
- 300 meters after the tollbooth, turn right following signs to Cassis and continue for 2 miles. Take a left just before the small Peugeot garage, and follow signs to the Super U Marché. (3 miles; 5 minutes)
- Approximately 1,000 feet from the garage is a rotary. Go straight though and veer left. Continue for about 2,000 feet until the second rotary, then take a left following the signs for “Casino”.
- Pass the casino on the right, until you reach another rotary. Take a left in the direction of “Parking Madie.” (1,100 feet)
- After about 500 feet, take a right onto the small road called Chemin des Lombards to the Chateau de Cassis.
- To reach Domaines Bunan winery in Bandol, turn right onto D559. Enter the rotary and take the first exit to continue on D559. Drive 14 miles and take the A50 entrance ramp on the left in the direction of La Ciotat/Toulon to A50. (14 miles; 15 minutes)
- Take exit 12 toward Bandol/Sanary-sur-Mer and turn right onto D559. Continue for about a mile to the next rotary and take the third exit to stay on D559. (1 mile; 5 minutes)
- Pass through a second rotary and take the first left after a bridge over a small channel, then follow signs to the Domaines Bunan winery. (1 mile; 5 minutes)
- To return to the Chateau de Cassis, turn left onto D559. Follow it to a rotary and take the first exit to Exchangeur de Bandol. After about half a mile, the Exchangeur will become the A50. Continue for 14 miles and take exit 8 to Cassis. Retrace directions above from exit 8. (15 miles; 20 minutes)
- From Cassis, turn right onto D559. Enter the rotary and take the first exit to continue on the D559. Pass through Bandol, Sanary-sur-Mer, Toulon, and Le Lavandou. (56 miles; 2 hours 15 minutes)
- 7 niles after the town of Cavalaire, turn right on the N98 and pass through Sainte-Maxime and Saint-Raphael, until you reach Théoule-sur-Mer. (47 miles; 1 hour 10 minutes)
- In town, turn left after the fire station to reach Marco Polo restaurant, which is in a parking lot.
- To reach Le Manoir de L’Etang in Mougins from Théoule, take N98 toward Cannes. Take the second exit off the rotary onto Avenue Jacques Soustelle. Avenue Jacques Soustelle becomes Boulevard du Bon Puits. (2 miles; 4 minutes)
- Enter the next rotary and take the second exit to D2098-Avenue du Maréchal Juin. (less than 1 mile)
- Enter the next rotary and take the fourth exit to RN7-Avenue de Cannes. Follow signs to Nice/Aix-en-Provence and take the entrance on the left to A8-La Provençale to Cannes/Nice. (1 mile; 2 minutes)
- Take exit 42 to Cannes-Centre/Grasse/Le Cannet/Mougins/Mouanssartoux. Stay to your left when the road splits. (6 miles; 8 minutes)
- Enter the next rotary and take the third exit to N1085-Pénétrante Cannes Grasse. Veer slightly to the right on D35 Avenue de la Valmasque. Turn right on Avenue de Grasses.(3 miles; 5 minutes)
- Turn right on the Promenade de l’Etang. (less than 1 mile)
- Turn right on the Allée du Manoir to the Le Manoir de l’Etang in Mougins. (less than 1 mile)
- From Mougins, take D35, past Sainte-Basile, then take the first exit at the rotary to travel along D3/Avenue de Notre Dame de Vie. (1 miles; 2 minutes)
- Turn left onto D6185 until you approach Cannes, where it becomes A8/E80, and take exit 52. (1 mile; 5 minutes)
- At Nice, the road becomes D6202. Near Saint-Martin-du-Var, turn left onto D2209. (8 miles; 8 minutes)
- Connect with the N202, and when you reach a rotary, take the first exit to travel along D227 until you reach Gilette. (15 miles; 24 minutes)
- A mile and a half outside of town, park on the side of the road to access the Clue de la Cerise. (1 miles; 5 minutes)
- Continue on D227 and take the third exit at the rotary for D2209.
- Near Gattieres, connect with D18 and take it to La Gaude. Follow signs to La Senguiniere. (5 miles; 12 minutes)
Spain Driving Directions
- From the Málaga airport, take 340 (1 miles) to A404 (1 mile) to E15/A7 towards Málaga Centro (2 miles; 5 minutes).
- Take exit 231A to Málaga Centro onto Avenida de Blas Infante, which turns into Avenida de Andalucía (2 miles to Centro), becomes Alameda Principal, and then turns into Paseo del Parque. Follow signs to Gibralfaro hill where you can stay at the Parador de Gibralfaro hotel.
- Walk to the center from here or drive to the parking lot at the Plaza de la Alcazaba, and walk 5 minutes to the Picasso Museum at 8 Calle San Agustín.
- Head to nearbyto Bodegas El Pimpi restaurant, at 62 Calle Granada, for dinner.
- From Málaga, take E15/A7 toward Algeciras. (82 miles; 86 minutes)
- As you approach Algeciras, after you pass San Roque, take exit 106A onto A48/E15.
- Take A48/E15 to a left turn onto E5/N340. (5 miles; 7 minutes)
- Take E5/N340 to Tarifa and then travel another 10 miles to CAP 2216, which leads you short distance to beach at Baelo Claudio. (21 miles; 25 minutes)
- From Baelo Claudio, return along same route to N340 heading toward Cádiz until just after Zarzuela where you turn off for a coastal detour. (25 miles; 37 minutes)
- Take A2227 to Zahara de los Atunes on coast. (Half a mile)
- Pick up A2231 along the coast North to Barbate. (6 miles; 15 minutes)
- Take A2233 towards Conil de la Frontera, continuing along the coast. (16 miles; 55 minutes)
- Just before Conil de la Frontera, veer to the right, continuing on A2233 (or Calle de Conil) back to N340.
- Take N340/E5/A48 toward Cádiz. (28 miles; 25 minutes)
- Where the highway forks, follow signs to Puerto Real/El Puerto de Santa María Turn onto CA-32 until you arrive in El Puerto de Santa María. (4 miles; 8 minutes)
- To reach Hotel Duques de Medinaceli in El Puerto de Santa María, drive through the zone of Valdelagrana, past Decatlón (a large department store), until you reach a rotary in front of the RENFE train station.
- Take a left at the rotary and park at the hotel.
- Ask the hotel concierge for directions to nearby Osborne Bodega de Mora at Plaza de Torres in El Puerto de Santa María.
- To return to Cádiz, get back onto CA-32, heading toward Cádiz. (7 miles; 15 minutes)
- Near Puerto Real, travel along N443 until you reach Cádiz. (7 miles; 15 minutes)
- N443 leads into Cádiz; take Avenida main road into Cádiz to the old port or “muelle,” where you can park. From here, walk 2 to 3 minutes to Hecho en Cádiz in the old part of town.
- To return to Málaga, take N443 to AP4. (4 miles; 7 minutes)
- Continue on AP4 heading toward Los Barrios and then Algeciras. (12 miles; 10 minutes)
- Turn onto A381 toward Algeciras/A7. (55 miles; 1 hour)
- Take exit 231A towards Málaga Centro and onto Avenida Blas Infante. (2 miles to Centro)