Spain, Costa de la Luz - NEW

Costa de la Luz is the part of the Andalusian coast that extends from Tarifa to Portugal. Mass tourism has not reached this area yet, so here it is still genuine and personal, and you can get to know the real Spain. Join Jesus, who is a passionate rider since childhood, on trail rides, on one of his beautiful horses.

You can choose between two very different and exciting trail rides. At the trail ride Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez you will enjoy riding on beautiful beaches, among sand dunes and in two beautiful national parks with their famous corks. And for many the highlight of the week, visit the equivalent of the Spanish Riding School in Vienna, with the associated show. You will stay at two nice hotels of good standard where you can enjoy good dinners with wine. The lunches will be enjoyed at small local taverns or consist of good picnics.

On the trail ride From Gibraltar to Ronda, you follow historical hoof tracks from regents between the 800-1500s who are largely responsible for the presence of so many citadel, fortresses and castles. You change accommodation every night and every day you will be served very good food and wine.
Both rides are characterized by Jesus' local knowledge, enthusiasm, horsemanship and pleasant manners that both horses and riders love.

 

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Spain, Costa de la Luz - From Gibraltar to Ronda

The horse trail leaves from the Bay of the field of Gibraltar and arrives in Ronda following route of the 19th century travellers, we will also ride through another decade ,which ruled between the 8th and the 15th centuries, and the last part of the religious wars between Moors and Christians, which are largely responsible for the presence of so many citadels, fortresses, (alcazabas, alcázares), castles and towers, and for the tangle of races and religions that influenced many of these buildings As well of the historical significance it has unsurpassed scenery.

Preliminary day-by-day program

Day 1 - Day 1   Welcome - Customer pick-up in Malaga  airports and transfer to Los Barrios starting point. Horse allocating. Accomodation  ”Finca las Majadillas” or similar

Day 2 - You will ride through a Natural park “Los Alcornocales”
Approximate duration: 5 hours on horseback.
Dinner and  Accommodation in “Finca las majadillas” o similar  Picnic on the route.

Day 3 Los Barrios – Castle of Castellar |- This trail allows you to discover the Hispano-Muslim frontier heritage of the province from a privileged location in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, the southern edge of the Sierra de los Melones. The route heads north from Castellar Castle, built during the Nazar kingdom. 
Approximate duration: 5 hours on horseback (three in the morning and two after lunch)
Dinner and Accommodation in “ Castle of Castellar hotel o similar ”.   Picnic on the route.

Day 4 Castle of Castellar- Jimena de la frontera - The roads and crossroads that leave or arrive at this route were located in the middle of forests of oaks, gall oaks, cork oaks and a leafy thicket of rockrose, gorse and thyme, becoming the ideal setting for the mythical bandits who inhabited these lands. We will also know The Castle of Jimena de la Frontera constituted a defensive element of vital importance in the south-western border of the Nasrid kingdom that was united in the south with Castellar de la Frontera and in the north with Tavizna (Benaocaz).
Approximate duration: 5 hours on horseback (Half in the morning and another half in the afternoon)
Accommodation and dinner in “Hotel Enrieta o similar” in Jimena de la frontera. Lunch in either a typical bar or a picnic on the way.

Day 5 Castellar - Estacion de Gaucin - The romantic legend of these lands is linked to banditry. You will ride along the roads that traffickers of tabacco and the origins of the landings in Gibraltar took a Ronda(Malaga) where it spread to Andalusia and Spain .
Approximate duration: 5 hours on horseback (three in the morning and two after lunch)  
Dinner and accommodation in “Hotel la Frotuosa o Similar” in Gaucin

Day 6 Gaucin - Jimena de libar - That route never disappoints, it is a charming, rough valley, an authentic vegetal mosaic, a lush garden that we have bequeathed thanks to the care and care of its inhabitants, who have wisely managed to exploit its resources without undermining its landscape and natural wealth. Today's route take you through some of the old roads used by the muleteers in their racking to transport the wheat and olives that were milled in the numerous mills installed on the banks of the Genal River. 

Day 7 Jimena de libar-Ronda - The itinerary winds through valleys and slopes following the historic route that, at this point, already penetrates the Serranía de Ronda. The fruit trees and irrigation of the Guadiaro valley give way to the sharp slopes, forested hillsides and bare rocks of the landscape of Gaucín, which stands out like a sparkling spot on a rocky spur. This villa is the southern key of the sierra, the gate that leads to the constellation of small towns that dot the valley of Genal, protected in the lap of the mountains. Indispensable stopover on the route to the interior of al-Andalus of Berbers, Almoravides and Marinids, and after the smugglers and "travelers-tourists" from Gibraltar during the romantic period, Gaucín is the milestone where it is revealed before our eyes, in all its fullness, the fabulous magnetism of the rondeña region.
Approximate duration 5 hours on horseback (three hours in the morning and two after lunch) Picnic on the way.   
Dinner and accommodation in “Hotel restaurante berlanga ” o similar Ronda 

Day 8. Transfer to airport after breakfast.

Spain, Costa de la Luz - Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez

We offer you a tour of the southernmost territory of both Spain and Europe, picking a seven-day itinerant route that goes through both coast and mountains. Campo de Gibraltar is a region located southeast of the province of Cadiz acting as a border between Europe and Africa, as well as the Gateway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. That and the colony of Gibraltar makes it one of the top strategic locations in Europe. We’ll enjoy two natural parks, Los Alcornocales Natural Park, which houses the biggest, most continuous and best cared of mass of cork oaks. Its botanical and mycological richness justly earns Los Alcornocales its fame as the last European forest. The second Natural Park will be the strait of Gibraltar, where hundreds of millions of birds cross the strait every year in their migratory voyage between Europe and Africa, making it not only one of the most prominent destinations for bird watching, but one of the most ecologically diverse places in Europe too. 

Visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation, based in Jerez de la Frontera, is worldwide famous for their “How Andalusian Horses Dance”, a unique show that both exhibits and summarizes in a seemingly natural way all the work that the institution has done since its foundation. Lunch with Flamenco Performance in a typical tablao flamenco.

Prelimiary day-by-day program

Day 1  Welcome - Customer pick-up in Malaga or Jerez airports and transfer to Los Barrios starting point. Horse allocating. 
Accomodation Hotel la Montera **** o  ”Finca las Majadillas”

Day 2  We will ride through los “Alcornocales natural park”
Approximate duration: 4 hours on horseback
Dinner and  Accommodation in “Finca las majadillas” or similar. Picnic on the route.

Day 3 Los Barrios - Ojéns dal | "Prisoners 'Way" - We will go through the roads that were made by the Republican prisoners between 1931 and 1942, before World War II started. The route offers a splendid view over the Valley of Ojén, where you’ll be able to witness the great contrast between the areas of pastures of cattle and the leafy cork trees forests, as well as the bushy masses of gall in the wettest lands. You’ll also enjoy the particularly striking view off all kind of birds resting on these valleys.
Approximate duration: 5 hours on horseback (three in the morning and two after lunch)
Dinner and  Accommodation in Hotel la Montera or “Finca las majadillas”   Picnic on the route.

Day 4 Valley of Ojén – Tarifa “Bandits’ mountains and enchanted forests” - We will cross the mountains where the bandits once lived and assaulted carriages loaded with items coming from the landings in Gibraltar. 
Approximate duration: 5 hours on horseback (Half in the morning and another half in the afternoon)
Accommodation and dinner in “Hotel La Peña” in Tarifa o similar. Lunch in either a typical bar or a picnic on the way. 

Day 5  Tarifa (Circular)  “  Land of Phoenicians”  - This coastal territory was populated by the Phoenicians, and the Romans took advantage of the settlement to install several factories of sea products, as well as to establish a small colony that slowly grew into a rather important one back in the second century BC. We’ll ride for Punta Paloma through a pine forest along the Atlantic coast, enjoying splendid vews of the African continent. The Atlantic coast of Tarifa that we’ll traverse back mostly runs through fine sandy beach trails.
Approximate duration: 5 hours on horseback (three in the morning and two after lunch)
Dinner and accommodation in “Hotel La Peña”  o similar in Tarifa. Lunch in either a typical restaurant or picnic on the way 

Day 6. Breakfast in typical road restaurant in Jerez. Visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation, based in Jerez de la Frontera, is worldwide famous for their “How Andalusian Horses Dance”, a unique show that both exhibits and summarizes in a seemingly natural way all the work that the institution has done since its foundation. Lunch with Flamenco Performance in a typical tablao flamenco.          
Accommodation and Dinner  in “Hotel La Peña” or similar.

Day 7  Tarifa – Algeciras “Pillars of Hercules” - This could be considered the southernmost route of the Iberian Peninsula. It runs parallel to the coast through an old livestock route. The whole route constitutes a splendid natural viewpoint to the Strait, Morocco, and the colony of Gibraltar, with the other pillar of Hercules, the Djebel Musa, forever standing at the other side. The Djebel Musa was a mythological element in the strait of Gibraltar. It was the boundary of the Greek World until, according to Greek historian Herodotus, Colomo Satos went through back in the 7th century BC. 
Approximate duration 5.5 hours on horseback (three hours in the morning and two after lunch). Picnic on the way.   
Dinner and accommodation in “Hotel La Montera” Los barrios or similar

Day 8. Transfer to the airport after breakfast

Accommodation & food

On the trail ride Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez you stay in 2 different hotels in double rooms with shower and toilet and on the trail ride Gibraltar to Ronda you change accommodation every night. Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click "Book on request" under Dates & price. If there is no one to share room with, there will be single room supplement. Towel and sheets are included. 

Most lunches are served at small local restaurants that you pass by, with the horses kindly waiting outside, or you are offered a good picnic with a glass of wine. The dinners are three courses and you will get to taste many of the region's specialties in both food and drink.

Travel information

Ability description: Trail Ride Level 2-3 >>

Included in the price: 7 nights, 5-6 days riding, full board incl. water and one glass of wine or beer with meals

Not included: Flights, insurance, drinks (except above) 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 inform about your flight times.
From the airport in Malaga it takes about 2.5 hours to your first accommodation.
Price: One group transfer is included
Meeting point: At 18.00 by the Exit in the arrivals hall. Departure earliest at 07.00 from the last nights accommodation, please book a flight with departure after 12.00.

Single room: Can be booked with a supplement. For price click on ”Book on request” under Dates & prices. If there is no one to share room with, single supplement will be added. 

Currency: EURO
Credit card: You can pay with credit card at the hotels
Tipping: Not expected.

Wifi: Yes
Electricity jack: EU-standard

Group size: For Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez: Min 2 and maximum 10. From Gibraltar to Ronda: Min 4, maximum 10. This one can take place with less than 4 riders with a supplement of 300 EURO per person

Season: Set dates

Horses: Andalusian och andalusian crossings. You ride in English saddles. Saddlebags are available. Your luggage will be transported with car.

Pool: In several of the hotels but not in all

Climate

 

Dates and prices

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26/01/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in JerezEUR 1,350Book on request
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08/03/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - from Gibraltar till Ronda
Test ride
EUR 1,270Book on request
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26/04/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in JerezEUR 1,350Book on request
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23/05/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in JerezEUR 1,350Book on request
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21/06/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in JerezEUR 1,350Book on request
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16/08/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - from Gibraltar till RondaEUR 1,270Book on request
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06/09/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in JerezEUR 1,350Book on request
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18/10/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - from Gibraltar till RondaEUR 1,270Book on request
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29/11/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in JerezEUR 1,350Book on request
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26/12/20207Spain, Costa de la Luz - Beach Ride and Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art in Jerez
Special New Year
EUR 1,350Book on request
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