Spain, Andalucía Trail Ride
Andalusia is a fascinating part of Spain. This region borders two seas while being secluded from the rest of Spain by high mountain ranges. It has a mild Mediterranean climate, beaches and salty seas as well as high mountains, genuine historic towns and last but not least, the Andalusian horse.
Here in Andalusia, we can offer you a fantastic trail ride.
Costa de la Luz is the part of Andalusia located west of Gibraltar. Small whitewashed villages and beautiful beaches are interspersed along the coast and it is mainly Spanish tourists who come here. There are mountains, plains and vast beaches where horses are allowed to stretch out at a full gallop. That was why Joseph, originally from Germany, chose to settle down here about 20 years ago.
You will be picked up at Malaga airport. After a couple of hours’ drive the landscape starts to change, fewer and lower rise hotels and the scenery opens up. Once you arrive, waiting for you will be a nice welcome dinner and you will get to know your guide and the other riders.
After a good breakfast the following morning, you will be driven out to the farm right on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.
The trail ride begins with a beach ride, and later you ride through herds of grazing sheep, goats and even bulls. The road is lined with cork trees, olive groves and sunflower fields. On another day, you will ride along paddy fields and see storks and tortoises.
After a few days, you will reach the sea again at Zahara los Atunes where you get to enjoy long sandy beach gallops. On clear days, you can see all the way to Africa.
This is a lovely week with fun and exciting riding and a great atmosphere.
Accommodation and Food
You stay five nights at Hostal Los Pinos in Canos de Meca in double rooms with ensuite shower & toilet. You stay two nights in a double room with shower / toilet in a small country hotel in Benalup.
Breakfast is served at the hotel. Lunch is usually eaten at small restaurants along the route or as a picnic. Dinner at the hotels.
Single rooms can be booked for approximately 175 EUR / week payable on site. If there is no one to share a room with, a single supplement will be added.
Mainly Andalusians crossed with Arabians. The horses have Spanish dressage saddles, which are like western saddles and you ride with long stirrups. During the ride you brush and saddle your own horses. Some of the horses have saddlebags so you can put items like a camera in there. Otherwise, it can be useful to bring a fanny pack or another type of bag.
Arrival. You will be met at Malaga airport and driven to your hotel (about 3 hours). In the evening, you will gather for a welcome dinner at a restaurant.
After breakfast, you will meet the horses and after a short introduction you start the ride in the Brena de Barbate National Park. You stop and have lunch at a restaurant. After lunch, you continue your ride down to the beach and past the Trafalgar Lighthouse and in the afternoon you ride back to the farm.
You continue your ride on the beach towards Conil and enjoy lovely beach gallops. You will have lunch at a beach restaurant and, if the weather permits, take a dip in the sea. Then you continue on to "El Colorado" where you leave the horses and drive back to Canos de Meca.
Today, you pack your bags and move to a small country hotel in Benalup. The ride heads inland through large pastures and a beautiful hilly landscape. In the afternoon, you will be driven your hotel in Benalup.
Today, you continue your ride over forested mountains with breathtaking views of the Sierra de Cadiz. You eat a late lunch at the hotel in Benalup.
Today you pack your bags again and you move back to Canos de Meca. You ride on towards the coast, with opportunities for galloping alongside big rice paddies. Here you can see a variety of birds such as storks, ibis, herons and cranes. Lunch at a small ‘Venta’. In the afternoon, you reach Almarchal where you leave the horses.
After a short ride you reach Zahara los Atunes Beach and opportunities to raise a gallop on the way to Barbate. After lunch, which may be typical Asturian tapas, you climb up La Brena with its stunning views over the blue sea. On a clear and sunny day you can see Africa. Your path is lined with gorse bushes and wild orchids. You continue on soft sandy paths through a pine forest. You pass Cape Trafalgar and are soon "home" again.
Departure after breakfast to Malaga airport.
(Subject to change depending on local circumstances.)
Hot in the summer, pleasant in spring and autumn and cool in winter. Even during the hottest summer months, it is not too hot to ride when the air is very dry and there are beautiful breezes from the Atlantic Ocean. Obviously, you will be riding early in the morning and late in the afternoon with a siesta in the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest point. It can rain at any time, but it does so rarely in summer. It rains mainly from late October to early May, but even if it rains, the sun will make an appearance during the day. The sea is nice to swim in from May to October.
Ability description: Trail ride Level 2-3 >>
Included in the price: 7 nights, 6 days riding, breakfast and lunch, welcome- and farwell dinner and dinners in Benalup (excl. beverages).
Not included: Flights, transfers, insurance, drinks, food and extras not mentioned.
Travel: Book flight/rental car >> We help you book your flight if you wish.
Fly to Malaga.
Transfer: Book in advance with HorseXplore and pay on spot.
From Malaga airport to equestrian center.
Price: 2-8 persons - 85 EUR/person/return.
1 person - 170 EUR/return.
Meeting point: In the arrivals hall at the bar Cafe y Te.
Arrival time: Between 2.00pm and 6.00pm and is based on the last guest’s arrival time.
Departure time: Book a flight going home after 12.00 on departure day.
Season: February - December. Low season price, 6/2-19/3, 29/10-10/12. High season price, 19/3 - 22/10
Riding: The riding is very diverse in terms of both scenery and tempo.
Due to very good ground conditions you will be cantering and galloping quite a lot. You ride between 4-6 hours per day. Your luggage will follow in a hotel support car.
No. of riders: Minimum of 3 riders and a maximum of 8-10 riders.