32 days in Pas-de-Calais & Tarifa Itinerary

32 days in Pas-de-Calais & Tarifa Itinerary

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32 days in Pas-de-Calais & Tarifa Itinerary

Start: Manchester, United Kingdom
Fly:  8​h 30​min
Arras, France
— 5 nights
Calais, France
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Montreuil-sur-Mer, France
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
Tarifa, Spain
— 16 nights
bus + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Manchester, United Kingdom

Arras, France

Arras ©
Arras is just small enough for you to enjoy over a leisurely walk along the two great squares providing a splendid collection of 155 unique façades of Flemish baroque architecture, with stop at the many bars and cafés along the way for refreshments.
Explore hidden gems such as Wellington Tunnels, Memorial to the Battle of Arras and Château de Cercamp. Your inner history buff will appreciate Necropole Nationale Francaise de Notre-Dame de Lorette and Carriere Wellington, Memorial de la Bataille d'Arras. Change things up with a short trip to Dud Corner Cemetery in Caubios-Loos (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Grand Place, admire the masterpieces at St Vaast, stroll the grounds of Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Eglise Saint Jean Baptiste.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Arras trip itinerary maker.

Manchester, UK to Arras is an approximately 7-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Manchester to Arras is 1 hour. In March in Arras, expect temperatures between 12°C during the day and 3°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Calais.

Things to do in Arras

Historic Sites Museums Fun & Games

Side Trips

Ablain-Saint-Nazaire, Cimetiere du Cabaret Rouge, Chateau de Cercamp, Les Terrils Jumeaux du 11/19, Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos
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Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery ©
Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery
Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos ©
Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos

Calais, France

Calais ©
Overlooking the Strait of Dover, the narrowest point of the English Channel, Calais is a major port for ferry traffic between France and England as the closest French town to Dover.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like La Coupole and Cité internationale de la dentelle et de la mode. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Calais Beach and Blockhaus at Eperlecques. Venture out of the city with trips to Saint-Omer (Saint-Omer Cathedral & Jardin Public de Saint-Omer) and Fort d'Ambleteuse (in Ambleteuse). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Cap Blanc Nez, steep yourself in history at Forteresse de Mimoyecques, kick back and relax at Plage De Boulogne Sur Mer, and stop by Calais Wine Superstore.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Calais trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Arras to Calais by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In March, daily temperatures in Calais can reach 11°C, while at night they dip to 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to travel to Montreuil-sur-Mer.

Things to do in Calais

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Saint-Omer, Audinghen, Boulogne-sur-Mer, Wissant, Blockhaus d'Eperlecques
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Calais Beach ©
Calais Beach
Saint-Omer Cathedral ©
Saint-Omer Cathedral
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques ©
Blockhaus d'Eperlecques

Montreuil-sur-Mer, France

Montreuil-sur-Mer ©
Montreuil or Montreuil-sur-Mer is a sub-prefecture in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. Get a sense of the local culture at La Citadelle and Etaples Military Cemetery. Explore hidden gems such as Rue St. Jean and La Maison du Perle. On the 14th (Tue), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Le Touquet Beach.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Montreuil-sur-Mer trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Calais to Montreuil-sur-Mer in an hour. In March, plan for daily highs up to 11°C, and evening lows to 3°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Tarifa.

Things to do in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Le Touquet – Paris-Plage, Etaples, La Cave du Perle, Ducas Racing Kart
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Le Touquet Beach ©
Le Touquet Beach
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Etaples Military Cemetery ©
Etaples Military Cemetery

Tarifa, Spain

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Avenida del Mar and Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Playa El Palmar and Catedral de Jerez de la Frontera. Explore Tarifa's surroundings by going to Jerez De La Frontera (Palacio del Virrey Laserna, Tabanco Plateros, & more), Marbella (Puerto Cabopino Beach and Marina & Iglesia Mayor de la Encarnacion) and Estepona (Plaza de las Flores de Estepona & Del Cristo Beach). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Baños Arabes, explore the world behind art at Museum of Cadiz, Head underground at Pileta Caves (Cueva de la Pileta), and kick back and relax at Playa de Valdelagrana.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Tarifa online itinerary creator.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Montreuil-sur-Mer to Tarifa. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Montreuil-sur-Mer in March, with highs in Tarifa at 20°C and lows at 15°C. You'll set off for home on the 1st (Sat).

Things to do in Tarifa

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Ronda, Jerez De La Frontera, Marbella, Chiclana de la Frontera, Estepona
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Playa El Palmar ©
Playa El Palmar
Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar ©
Lighthouse at Cape Trafalgar
Los Lances Beach ©
Los Lances Beach