Mark and his teenage daughter chose to settle on wild and incredibly beautiful island of Sicily. Mark has done many different things in his life, including being a racing driver, but then he saddled up and renovated a farm 700 meters above sea level in the Madonie Mountains. The farm is located in one of the most fertile valleys in the region – the Gurfa Valley, named after the prehistoric caves there. At this altitude, you will enjoy spectacular views of mountain peaks and vast rolling hills.
This is a small, personal farm where in addition to the riding, Mark will show you charming little villages, their favorite restaurants and interesting places that tourists normally never discover. He also knows a lot about Sicily's history and culture and likes to share his knowledge.
They have developed a weekly program where you get to experience and see the best of their new homeland on horseback. The horses are a mixed bag of Andalusians, Haflinger, and various local crosses. They are always keen on a gallop but also totally unafraid of anything that you might encounter out on the rides. Lunches and dinners are usually eaten at local restaurants, which are chosen because of their beautiful location, nice owners or skilled chef. In the middle of the week you spend a full day in Palermo, Sicily's capital. You visit markets for shopping, sightseeing and you will get to taste some typical local specialties. On the last evening you will enjoy a BBQ grill and drinks on the terrace overlooking Gurfa Valley (weather permitting). Mark's friends, many of whom you've probably met during the week, often participate in the festivities. After an early breakfast (and bags packed), you head out on a brief farewell ride before it's time to leave this fairytale island.