The distance from Conil de la Frontera to Cádiz, a picturesque stretch along the Costa de la Luz, is about 30 miles (47 km). The most comfortable way to get between the two is by hiring a private transfer or driving a rental car—a journey of about 40 minutes. The route passes by several viewpoints and beaches, so you could easily build in a little time to stop and enjoy the Atlantic Coast. These are some of the most beautiful beaches in Spain, famous for fluffy sand and ideal surfing waves.
For public transportation options, a direct bus route runs a few times a day, taking about 50 minutes to 1 hour. If you're interested in a trip including this region, this 8-day itinerary takes you from Málaga to Cádiz, with stops in Jerez de la Frontera and Ronda.
By Rental Car or Private Transfer
Duration: 40 minutes (standard highway route), 1 hour 15 minutes (recommended road trip route)
The drive between Conil de la Frontera and Cádiz typically takes just 40 minutes, following major roadways like E-5 and A-48. But with just a slight detour and an extra 30 minutes of driving, you can visit two of the most beautiful beaches in the area: Cala de Roche and Playa Sancti Petri. As a bonus, this alternative route keeps you closer to the coast, so you can enjoy those sea views even while driving.
Cala de Roche
The first stretch of the drive is just about 15 minutes, heading northwest out of Conil de la Frontera and connecting to Cala de Roche via the CA-4202 roadway. Though the beach is your destination, you might want to stop at some viewpoints along the way. Mirador Faro de Cabo Roche is probably the most visited and connects to the Roche Trail, a hiking option for those interested. But you can also stop at Cala del Pato or Cala El Enebro, which both have pretty cool rock formations. Parking is easy along this stretch, but it can fill up during the busy season, so go early if you can.
Once you arrive at Cala de Roche, park your car and walk down to the beach. You'll find a sizeable parking lot near the beach's main entrance or look for street parking, particularly along Monaco Street. Rocks and a cove protect the waterfront, so it's perfect for swimming and sunbathing. And if you want to walk a bit, you can follow the path at the top of the cliffs that hug the seaside.
Playa Sancti Petri
Next, drive a bit farther down the coast, about 20 minutes, to Playa Sancti Petri. This 2.5-mile (4 km) stretch offers fluffy sand interspersed with rocky parts. It borders a large nature preserve, and you can enjoy views of the islands in the distance, one housing the Castillo de Sancti-Petri. You can visit the castle for fun, but check out the event calendar online, as there might be something interesting going on!
When you're ready to finish your road trip to Cádiz, you'll first head inland and then turn to follow the coast along the city's southern beaches via CA-33. This is a very scenic stretch, as there's water on both sides of the road. After about 40 minutes, you'll be in the heart of Cádiz.
Duration: 1 hour
You can also take the bus between Conil de la Frontera and Cádiz, a direct route by Transportes Comes that takes between 50 minutes and one hour.