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Horse riding holidays in Andalucia, Southern Spain

The mountains of Southern Spain offer some of the best horse riding anywhere in Europe. Riding top quality Spanish horses, we offer expertly led, one-week holidays for capable riders ...

Your Guide

Guide and trek organiser, Dallas Love

"Dallas is one of those people who has forgotten more about horses than I shall ever know. What a brilliant character. She looked after us so well".

Dallas has been offering riding holidays on top quality Spanish horses in Las Alpujarras for more than 20 years.

She came here from Britain at the age of eight, and has rarely been far from a saddle ever since. Riding since childhood and working with horses all her adult life, she established the first stables in Las Alpujarras and now has more than 20 horses, all of them broken-in, schooled and cared for personally.

She also possesses a great understanding and respect for the ways and customs of these mountains. Few people are better acquainted with its hidden valleys, lost paths and ancient waterways.

Over the years she has gained a wonderful reputation for the quality of her riding holidays. Excellent horses, a lifetime's knowledge of these mountains and her own carefully researched trails - through some of the most beautiful and rewarding riding country in the world - are some of the secrets of her success.

All the rides are accompanied by Dallas personally and as the owner / trainer of the horses she is the ideal person to select the horses for each participant, and to give advice or assistance whenever required.

As Horse and Hound Magazine wrote "her determination to make everything as much fun as possible is only superseded by her love for her horses".

The Horses

The horses

"Dallas should take pride in the standard of her horses, tack and stables; they were excellent. The horses are so capable, incredibly well-behaved, sure-footed and lovely to ride".

Most of Dallas' "family" of horses are Andalusian and Andalusian / Arab crosses, ranging from 15 to 16 hands.

Some of the horses are home bred, others came as youngsters, almost all of them stay with Dallas for life. Nearly all have been backed and schooled by Dallas and her brother Mordecai Love, a professional and highly respected dressage trainer. Most of the horses are given a basic training in classical dressage.

Due to the hard and demanding terrain most of Dallas' horses do not start work until they are 6 years old. Until then they are handled, backed and spend most of their time enjoying themselves out on the mountain, free in the herd and only returning to the stables in the evening.

Carefully selected for their intelligence, endurance and good nature (a trait of the Spanish horse), they are fit, happy and strong, they enjoy their work and are a pleasure to ride.

These are not the average riding school or trail horse, but well bred and properly schooled, responsive and fun to ride. One of the most frequent comments from riders is that the quality and schooling of the horses far exceeded their highest expectations. As Dallas says, "I wouldn't have any horse on the ride that I wouldn't enjoy riding myself".

They lead a happy and healthy life, working hard when needed and free to be horses in a herd when not working. Mostly they work one week on, one week off. As a result they enjoy their work and being with people.

There are a selection of horses to suit different riding levels and great care is taken in the selection of horses according to the riding abilities and preferences of each individual. Dallas keeps about 22 horses and each one has its own personality, each special in its own way. Knowing their different characters is an essential part of matching horse to rider.

The Trails

Week-long riding holidays

As Horse and Hound Magazine said, "Great horses, fantastic scenery, a never-to-be-forgotten week".

You will climb the high mountains of Sierra Nevada and pass through its beautiful foothills; the woods, water and valleys of the Las Alpujarras.

We ride from village to village, staying in little hotels along the way, eating in local restaurants, stopping for picnics beside rivers or on hillsides carpeted in sage, rosemary and thyme.

Dallas has chosen a selection of three trails which offer an amazing diversity of terrains, views and flora. Whichever ride you choose, you will follow ancient bridlepaths and drovers routes, many of which have been in use for a thousand years or more, as have the terraces and irrigation channels they traverse.

The average riding time per day is between five and six hours (longer - and more demanding - on the high summer, El Marquesado ride). On some days there are plenty of opportunites to trot and canter, other days it is mainly walking (due to the rough terrain). No matter what the pace, it is always a beautiful ride.

Here you can forget the pressures of daily life and ride all day, meeting only the occasional shepherd or farmer. No fences or tarmac roads, a wonderful sense of freedom and space, rarely found in Europe today.

La Alpujarra Ride

La Alpujarra ride

"The horses were of a very high standard. The daily trail rides were a good variety of difficult and not so, the landscape ... simply breath-taking".

Overnighting in the attractive white villages of Las Alpujarras, this week-long ride follows bridle paths and forestery tracks at an altitude of between 1,300 to 2,500 meters. We avoid the mid-summer heat, making the very best of the stunning views and majestic scenery during the late Spring and early Autumn.

An ancient land of pine forests and alpine meadows, wooded valleys and gorges, almond, olive and orange groves, La Alpujarra is the name given to the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Its natural splendour and heritage, harking back to times forgotten, is legendary within Spain.

We follow ancient bridlepaths and valleys where the horse, mule or oxen still pull the plow and thresh the harvest. Each day of the ride we pass through different terrain; from mountain pastures and pine forests to almond and olive groves.

Here is an opportunity not only to discover spectacular landscapes and sceneries, but also a culture where tradition remains very much part of everyday life.

There are plenty of opportunities to canter or gallop, but we do sometimes have to lead the horses on foot as we penetrate the heart of the mountains.

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Ride Details

La Alpujarra ride (7 days, 6 days riding)

Ride top quality Spanish horses on an expertly led, one week riding holiday in Las Alpujarras, this unique and very beautiful part of Andalucia, the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Dates, Prices & Booking

Dates 2014

La Alpujarra Ride takes place in the following weeks:

  • Saturday 26th April - Saturday 3rd May
  • Saturday 10th May - Saturday 17th May
  • Saturday 24th May - Saturday 31st May
  • Saturday 28th June - Saturday 5th July
  • Saturday 9th August - Saturday 16th August
  • Saturday 23rd August - Saturday 30th August
  • Sunday 31st August - Sunday 7th September
  • Saturday 13th September - Saturday 20th September

For early Spring and Autumn rides see La Contraviesa Ride detailed below. For high-summer rides see El Marquesado Ride (also below)

 

Prices

The inclusive price for the Alpujarra Ride is £1,190 per person.

The (optional) accommodation supplement for single clients wishing to occupy their own room in the hotels is £130. No supplement is required if clients are willing to share.

Prices include:

  • Seven nights accommodation in twin-bedded rooms
  • All breakfasts and lunches
  • Dinners on all evenings except for Day 6
  • Horses
  • Guide
  • Luggage transfers
  • Support vehicle
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, fees, credit card charges. There are no hidden extras at all

 

Prices do not include:

  • Airfares
  • Personal and Medical Insurance
  • Dinner on Day 6
  • Wines, sprits and refreshments

 

 

Booking your holiday

Please email or contact us with the date of the ride(s) you are interested in and how many you are.

We will let you know if there are places available and will hold a place (or places) for you for a couple of days.

We will need to know a brief summary of your riding experience, how long you have been riding, the type of horse you ride, your weight, height and age. Please also specify any dietary requirements.

To confirm the booking we require a deposit of 25% of the inclusive holiday price. Most of our clients prefer to make payment by credit card (we accept VISA and Mastercard).

 

 

As soon as we have received your deposit, we will send you a Confirmation of Booking, showing details of your reservation, the amount paid, the balance due for payment and when it is due.

The balance is due eight weeks before the commencement of your holiday. Unless you instruct us otherwise, the balance will automatically be charged to your credit card (if appropriate) at that time.

The Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to La Alpujarra

Transfer from Málaga airport to the village of Bubión in the picturesque Poqueira Valley where you will be met by your trek organiser and guide, Dallas Love.

Dinner with Dallas and your companion riders at a local restaurant before spending your first night in the comfortable Casa La Sevillana in the village.

 

Day 2 : 6 hr ride. Starting at 1,650 m up to 2,500

To allow you to acclimatise to the altitude and to get to know your horse, the ride will be local to the stables on the first day, before setting out the next day for the rest of the week.

This ride will take you high into the Poqueira Valley, travelling along bridle paths and forest tracks, these routes following the ancient Moorish irrigation channels and summer pastures watered by the snow melt. A picnic lunch is provided in an idyllic spot some 2,500 metres above sea level, with spectacular view all the way across to the mountains of Morocco (on a clear day). On your return to the stables, you will be driven down to the village to enjoy a set dinner in one of the local restaurants. Staying overnight in Casa la Sevillana before leaving the next day.

 

Day 3 : 26 km riding. Starting at 1,650 m; down to 1,300; up to 2,200; down to 1,550

Heading east we set off for the village of Trevélez, the highest village in Spain and famous for its cured hams and river trout. In the morning we follow the old bridlepath down to the village of Pitres and from here onto the village of Pórtugos.

After lunch following a combination of paths and dirt tracks we climb apporximately 800 meters through ancient Moorish terraces and chestnut groves to join the broad forest track leading to Trevélez. During the afternoon there are many opportunites for canters.

We spend the night in a comfortable hotel, situated in the old quarters of the village.

 

Day 4 : 21 km riding. Starting at 1,550 metres; up to 2,500; down to 1,300

A different day, a totally different terrain, through mountain farms and pine forests to the village of Berchules. The first part of the ride follows a very steep and rocky path up through woods and summer pastures to an altitude of 2,500 meters.

On a clear day it is possible to look south across the sea to Morocco and north to the highest mountain peak in Spain. Picnic lunch en route.

Then the descent (ultimately rough and we have to lead the horses for the final 30 minutes) to the village of Bérchules, where we will overnight in a very comfortable, family-run hotel.

 

Day 5 : 38 km riding. Starting at 1,300 metres; up to 2,200; down to 1,300

Bérchules takes its name from the old Spanish word "Berchel", meaning "mountain garden". As we follow the ancient Moorish bridlepaths through terraced orchards and fields, it is easy to understand how the area came by its name.

After a picnic lunch by the river we leave the bridlepath for one of the Sierra's broad forest tracks and return to the village on a alternative route, offering plenty of opportunities for trots and canters. And thus back to Bérchules for a second night in the village.

 

Day 6 : 25 km riding. Starting at 1,300 metres; up to 2,000; down to 1,550

Taking our leave of Bérchules and the alpline-like sierras, we descend to the River Guadalfeo. The landscape softens as we ride alongside small terraces of olive, almond and fig trees. With the sun reaching its height, we climb up through a spectacular gorge to the village of Júviles, where we stop for lunch.

In the afternoon we commence the long, gentle climb up to Trevélez. During the final, steep, 30 minute descent into the village it is necessary to lead the horses.

We spend the night here, again in the hotel in the old quarter.

 

Day 7 : 26 km riding. Starting at 1,550 metres; up to 1,800; down to 1,650

Today is a short (but fast) ride. A forestry track takes us through pine and oak woods, back to the stables high above the white villages of the Poqueira Ravine. This route not only offers breathtaking views over the southern Contraviesa mountains and the Mediterranean beyond but many opportunities for canters, too. We enjoy a late lunch on arrival in Capileira and the rest of your day is free.

Tonight we are back in Bubión for a farewell dinner, staying again at Casa La Sevillana.

 

Day 8 : Goodbye and Farewell

We wish you a fond goodbye and return you to Málaga airport for your homebound flight. With lots of memories of a fabulous week's riding through authentic Andalucía at its very best.

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La Contraviesa Ride

La Contraviesa ride

"The mountains are magnificent and the meadows full of delightful flowers, all in full bloom, were stunning. The horses were a credit to Dallas and her team and without exception everyone loved their horse".

Sierra La Contraviesa lies between the Sierra Nevada and the Mediterranean Sea. With the semi-tropical coast so close-by, Spring starts as early as February and wild flowers bloom through to June. Late autumn is also very mild, very pleasant, so this is Dallas' chosen route for the beginning and end of season trails. Here you can ride from winter to spring and from spring to summer, and then back again, all in a week.

A circular ride, the first day is the same as that for La Alpujarra ride, after which we are on lower trails dropping down to 800 meters.

These southern mountains have an extraordinary range of scenery, views and vegetation, all of which we will experience at first hand. We trek along old Roman and Moorish bridlepaths, tracks and riverbeds; always through beautiful, unspoilt countryside.

Small farms dot the lower slopes cultivating almonds, olives, figs and grapes. Little has changed over the centuries: mules and oxen still pull the plough and horses are the means of transport.

The pace of the ride is determined by the terrain: on two days paths are narrow and there is a lot of climbing (it is often necessary to dismount and lead the horses); on other days there are opportunities to canter and gallop.

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Ride Details

La Contraviesa ride (7 days, 6 days riding)

Ride top quality Spanish horses on an expertly led, one week riding holiday in Las Alpujarras and La Contraviesa, the mountains which guard access to the Mediterranean Sea.

Dates, Prices & Booking

Dates 2014

La Contraviesa Ride takes place in the following weeks:

  • Saturday 15th March - Saturday 22nd March
  • Saturday 29th March - Saturday 5th April
  • Sunday 13th April - Sunday 20th April
  • Saturday 27th September - Saturday 4th October
  • Saturday 11th October - Saturday 18th October
  • Saturday 25th October - Saturday 1st November
  • Saturday 8th November - Saturday 15th November

For late Spring / early and late Summer rides see La Alpujarra Ride detailed above. For high-summer rides see El Marquesado Ride (below)

 

Prices

The inclusive price for the Contraviesa Ride is £1,190 per person.

The (optional) accommodation supplement for single clients wishing to occupy their own room in the hotels is £130. No supplement is required if clients are willing to share.

Prices include:

  • Seven nights accommodation in twin-bedded rooms
  • All breakfasts and lunches
  • Dinners on all evenings except for Day 6
  • Horses
  • Guide
  • Luggage transfers
  • Support vehicle
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, fees, credit card charges. There are no hidden extras at all

 

Prices do not include:

  • Airfares
  • Personal and Medical Insurance
  • Dinner on Day 6
  • Wines, sprits and refreshments

 

 

Booking your holiday

Please email or contact us with the date of the ride(s) you are interested in and how many you are.

We will let you know if there are places available and will hold a place (or places) for you for a couple of days.

We will need to know a brief summary of your riding experience, how long you have been riding, the type of horse you ride, your weight, height and age. Please also specify any dietary requirements.

To confirm the booking we require a deposit of 25% of the inclusive holiday price. Most of our clients prefer to make payment by credit card (we accept VISA and Mastercard).

 

 

As soon as we have received your deposit, we will send you a Confirmation of Booking, showing details of your reservation, the amount paid, the balance due for payment and when it is due.

The balance is due eight weeks before the commencement of your holiday. Unless you instruct us otherwise, the balance will automatically be charged to your credit card (if appropriate) at that time.

The Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to La Alpujarra

Transfer from Málaga airport to the village of Bubión in the picturesque Poqueira Valley where you will be met by your trek organiser and guide, Dallas Love.

Dinner with Dallas and your companion riders at a local restaurant before spending your first night in the comfortable Casa La Sevillana in the village.

 

Day 2 : 6 hr ride. Starting at 1,650 m up to 2,500

To allow you to acclimatise to the altitude and to get to know your horse, the ride will be local to the stables on the first day, before setting out the next day for the rest of the week.

This ride will take you high into the Poqueira Valley, travelling along bridle paths and forest tracks, these routes following the ancient Moorish irrigation channels and summer pastures watered by the snow melt. A picnic lunch is provided in an idyllic spot some 2,500 metres above sea level, with spectacular view all the way across to the mountains of Morocco (on a clear day). On your return to the stables, you will be driven down to the village to enjoy a set dinner in one of the local restaurants. Staying overnight in Casa la Sevillana before leaving the next day.

 

Day 3 : 26 km riding. Starting at 1,650 m; down to 1,300; up to 2,200; down to 1,550

Heading east we set off for the village of Trevélez, the highest village in Spain and famous for its cured hams and river trout. In the morning we follow the old bridlepath down to the village of Pitres and from here onto the village of Pórtugos.

After lunch following a combination of paths and dirt tracks we climb apporximately 800 meters through ancient Moorish terraces and chestnut groves to join the broad forest track leading to Trevélez. During the afternoon there are many opportunites for canters.

We spend the night in a comfortable hotel, situated in the old quarters of the village.

 

Day 4 : 30 km riding. Starting at 1,550 metres; up to 2,000; down to 1,300

Today the path takes us south east. For approximately 15 minutes it is necessary to lead the horses through the village. Once across the river we will mount up and follow the moorish path bordering the 800 year old irrigation channel. This path climbs through evergreen oak woods and pines forests to approximately 2,000 meters elevation.

Riding down across open pasture lands we have a wonderful, panoramic view of the Contraviesa range of mountains, the Almeria coast and on a clear day as far as Africa.

After a picnic lunch we climb again through gorse, lavender and thyme to join the path as it winds its way down through small terraced farms to Berchules. At the end of the day we have a 25 minute walk leading the horses from the top of the village down to the stables. The evening is spent in a comfortable, family-run hotel in the village.

 

Day 5 : 21 km riding. Starting at 1,300 metres; down to 650

As yesterday, the first 15 or 20 minutes today is by foot, following the bridlepath through almond groves and small terraced cultivations down to the River Guadalfeo. Mounting up in the riverbed we follow the narrow path east through the green terraces of Narila. After Narila we have to join the road for approximately 20 minutes to pass over and into the next valley.

Here the landscape changes abruptly to dry lands, deeply eroded by the winter and spring rains. Early picnic by the river. After lunch the trail climbs steeply through almond groves and eventually leads us back down to the river bed where there are excellent opportunities for some good canters and gallops.

Tonight we stay at Alquería de Morayma, without doubt the most charming hotel in the area.

 

Day 6 : 20 km riding. Starting at 650 metres; up to 1,600; down to 650

We will spend a second night in the Hotel Morayma. Today is a short ride, approximately 3 hours with an early picnic lunch before returning to spend a relaxing afternoon at the hotel.

We ride to the summit of the Contraviesa range. The trail takes us through fields of almond and figs and higher up, vineyards. During the early spring the whole mountain is an amazing carpet of flowers.

The views from the top of the Contraviesa are quite special, across the whole of Sierra Nevada to the north and the mountains dropping into the Mediterranean Sea to the south.

 

Day 7 : 35 km riding. Starting at 650 metres; up to 1,000; down to 600

Today we return to the village of Bubión, a long climb for the horses. Crossing the river Guadalefao we follow a steep bridle path west to the villages Lobras and Timar. From here the route follows a small local road for approximately 7 kilometers before beginning the descent into the spectacular gorge of Trevélez.

This descent is on an ancient Roman path cut into the side of the gorge and must be made on foot, leading the horses. It is approximately a 30 minute walk down to a bridge at the foot of the gorge. From here we ride up, past the pretty village of Busquístar and on to Pórtugos for a well earned lunch.

In the afternoon we continue north west to Bubión, where we spend the final night of the week (at Casa La Sevillana). Tonight we are back in Bubión for a farewell dinner.

 

Day 8 : Goodbye and Farewell

As ever, we wish you a fond goodbye and return you to Málaga airport for your homebound flight.

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El Marquesado Ride

El Marquesado ride

"If you want an experience of a lifetime, physically challenging and spectacular then this ride is what you're looking for. I've never been so exhausted in my life but the experience will last with me forever".

This route circles the mountains at an altitude of between 1,600 to 3,000 meters - that's high - but it's the perfect altitude for mid summer.

It involves long, challenging - but wonderfully rewarding - days through some of the remotest and most spectacular parts of the Sierra Nevada.

We take some of the highest bridle paths on the Spanish Peninsula, accessible only by horse or foot. We will be riding through some of the most amazing, varied and often demanding terrain in Sierra Nevada and El Marquesado.

Following a combination of forestry tracks, bridle paths, old droving routes and Moorish irrigation channels we will cover approximately 30 to 40 kilometers per day, riding for between 7 to 9 hours per day. Each day there will be sections where it is necessary to lead your horses due to very steep and rough terrain. On 2 days there are downhill walks on foot of up to an hour and a half.

Endurance is key, so you have to be reasonably fit and confident about being in the saddle for a long time, mounting and dismounting regularly (sometimes from the off-side but there is usually a rock or something to use if you're not as flexible as you once were!).

One night is spend in a high mountain refuge, the other six nights in comfortable village hotels (three with swimming pools).

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Ride Details

El Marquesado ride (7 days, 6 days riding)

In mid-summer, ride top quality Spanish horses on an expertly led, one week riding holiday high into the dramatic landscapes of Sierra Nevada, Spain's highest mountain range. Not for the faint-hearted!

Dates, Prices & Booking

Dates 2014

El Marquesado Ride takes place in the following weeks:

  • Saturday 7th June - Saturday 14th June
  • Wednesday 18th June – Wednesday 25th June

For late Spring / early and late Summer rides see La Alpujarra Ride detailed above. For early Spring and Autumn rides see La Contraviesa Ride (also above)

 

Prices

The inclusive price for the Marquesado Ride is £1,200 per person.

The (optional) accommodation supplement for single clients wishing to occupy their own room in the hotels is £150. No supplement is required if clients are willing to share.

Prices include:

  • Seven nights accommodation in twin-bedded rooms
  • All breakfasts and lunches
  • Dinners on all evenings
  • Horses
  • Guide
  • Luggage transfers
  • Support vehicle
  • Airport transfers
  • All taxes, fees, credit card charges. There are no hidden extras at all

 

Prices do not include:

  • Airfares
  • Personal and Medical Insurance
  • Wines, sprits and refreshments

 

 

Booking your holiday

Please email or contact us with the date of the ride(s) you are interested in and how many you are.

We will let you know if there are places available and will hold a place (or places) for you for a couple of days.

We will need to know a brief summary of your riding experience, how long you have been riding, the type of horse you ride, your weight, height and age. Please also specify any dietary requirements.

To confirm the booking we require a deposit of 25% of the inclusive holiday price. Most of our clients prefer to make payment by credit card (we accept VISA and Mastercard).

 

 

As soon as we have received your deposit, we will send you a Confirmation of Booking, showing details of your reservation, the amount paid, the balance due for payment and when it is due.

The balance is due eight weeks before the commencement of your holiday. Unless you instruct us otherwise, the balance will automatically be charged to your credit card (if appropriate) at that time.

The Itinerary

Day 1 : Welcome to La Alpujarra

Transfer from Málaga airport to the village of Bubión in the picturesque Poqueira Valley where you will be met by your trek organiser and guide, Dallas Love.

Dinner with Dallas and your companion riders at a local restaurant before spending your first night in the comfortable Casa La Sevillana in the village.

 

Day 2 :

Setting out from the stables we cross the River Poqueira and climb steeply west on little used paths through small terraced farms and wood lands. Wonderfull views of the Mulhacen and the three white Moorish villages of the Poqueira valley.

The first part of the afternoon follows an ancient irrigation channel through oak woods to join one of the forestry tracks where we stop for a picnic lunch.

After lunch this track leads high into the valley of Lanjarón, where it joins a narrow path leading down and across the River Lanjaron. Horses camp out at about 1,800 metres. and riders transfer by vehicle to the village of Lanjaron (approx. a one hour drive).

Overnight in a comfortable 3 star hotel with swimming pool and air conditioning.

 

Day 3 :

Continuing west we start the morning with a steep climb to the ridge of El Caballo at approx. 2,500 metres. From here we descend cross-country on foot and horseback to the head of the river Niguelas where we join a dirt track leading to the source of River Durcal.

In the River Durcal we join an old droving route which we follow for the rest of the afternoon. For the first 20 minutes there is a steep climb on foot, the rest of the afternoon we ride until a final descent of approx 30 minutes.

During the course of the day the landscape changes dramatically and there are amazing views. Horses camp out and riders are driven to the town of La Zubia on the edge of Granada, a 30 minute drive.

Overnight in comfortable hotel.

 

Day 4 :

Today we head to the town of Gúejar Sierra.

During the morning we follow a very pretty bridle path through pine woods and high summer pastures. After a picnic lunch we join a dirt road where there are some good canters. Late afternoon we have a 6 km. descent on a secondary road to the town.

Overnight hotel with swimming pool.

 

Day 5 :

Leaving the town way below us, we climb during the day to 2,300 metres. The path follows the contours of the ridge offering spectacular views - to our right of the highest peaks in La Sierra Nevada and to the left the plains of Guadix and Zenet del Marquesado.

After a picnic by one of the mountain springs the path descends through pasture lands and pine woods to the Mountain refuge of Postero Alto at 1,900 mts.

Here we share rooms, you need a sleeping bag or sheets, the refuge provides blankets. Dinner at the refuge is basic but plentiful.

 

Day 6 :

Following the foot and bridle path across the open mountain side, we climb to 3,000 metres. From here the descent starts to the valley of Trevélez on the southern side of Sierra Nevada. Spectacular views of the Mulhacen and the Alcazaba, two of Spain's highest peaks.

Overnight in the village hotel in Trevélez.

 

Day 7 :

A long morning ride following a very pretty path through woodlands, joining up late morning with one of the forestry tracks which offer some good canters.

A late lunch in the village of Capileira and then a very well earned siesta before our farewell dinner. Final night in Bubión (at Casa La Sevillana).

 

Day 8 : Goodbye and Farewell

As ever, we wish you a fond goodbye and return you to Málaga airport for your homebound flight.

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Client Comments

More client comments

Here are just a few more kind words from clients. There are many others we could have chosen from ...

"A great holiday. Dallas, our guide, was very knowledgeable and experienced, and we rode across the most incredible country, including vast almond orchards, & acres of wild rosemary and thyme. Every day was different, and our horses were fit, strong, and incredibly sure footed. The two highlights were riding up to Trevelez, the highest village in Spain, and walking our horses down the precipitous gorge near Castaras. We would definitely recommend this holiday".

"Dallas couldn't have tried harder to please her clientele, she looked after us extremely well. Horses were perfectly fit for purpose and well behaved. The tack was spot on".

"The horses were of a very high standard and would rate at the top end of the scale compared to other rides we have done".

"Dallas made every effort to make our holiday enjoyable, Jeanette was a great help, the scenery and flowers were spectacular, picnic lunches were superb. The horses were very sensible and extremely well mannered".

"Exceeded my expectations, lovely horses and such comfortable saddles".

"The horses were absolute treasures; well cared for, fit and tremendously sure-footed. We all felt, at the end, that this was a trip that was exceptional, extra-ordinary".

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"What a fantastic experience. The ride was every bit as good as we hoped it would be. The horses were well behaved yet responsive, the scenery was fantastic, the food good and the post ride refreshments extremely welcome and unexpectedly cheap. A real big thank you to Dallas and her team and to the rest of our fellow riders for making this such a memorable journey. What a way to spend a 25th anniversary!"

Location

The stables are situated in the spectacular valley Poqueira, above the picturesque villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira. At 1.650 meters they are possibly the highest stables in Europe.

Just over an hours drive to the coast, an hour and 15 minutes to Granada and a little over 2 hours from Malaga.

 

How do I get there ?

Most clients fly in to Málaga airport, approximately two and a half hours drive from the village of Bubión. Guests arrange their own flights.

See our Airlines and Flights page for airlines travelling to Málaga from the UK.

We provide a collection service from Málaga airport, at 4 pm, on the arrival day. Please make sure that your flight arrives in good time for this; otherwise you will need to make your own way (and, unfortunately, pay your own way) to Bubión.

At the end of your holiday you will be transferred back to Málaga airport for your onward journey. The return transfer will leave no earlier than 7 am.

 

Where do we stay ?

We stay in small, family-run hotels and hostals, in twin-bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Most of the hotels are small, usually with no more than twelve rooms. They are comfortable, clean, pleasant and friendly.

Every effort is made to ensure the best accommodation available, but please bear in mind that you will be staying in rural hotels, often in remote, mountain village locations. Services offered are reasonably simple: you should not expect porters, elevators or air conditioning, for example.

 

Meals

Andalucía has many wonderful delicacies and La Alpujarra is particularly famous for its air-cured hams, cheeses, trout and mountain honey. A special effort is made to enable the visitor to sample the different local dishes, ordering what each place cooks best.

Some days lunch will be in a small village, on others we will take a picnic. Vegetarian (or other dietary requirements) can usually be catered for. Please specify if you have any special dietary requirements.

 

The Weather

There is every reason to expect the delightful Andalusian sun to shine during your holiday. However, there may be showers during spring and autumn. Temperatures range from 10ºC to 15ºC degrees in early March to 30ºC or 35ºC degrees in July and August.

Riding Ability

These rides are suitable for competent to experienced riders. You should be able to control a horse outside at all paces and be able to mount and dismount without assistance.

You will also need to be reasonably fit as you will be required to lead your horse on some of the steep descents, and will need to be comfortable walking on rough ground.

When booking it is important to specify your riding level and experience, age, height and weight.

 

What do I bring with me ?

Due to the high altitude the sun is strong and it is essential to have sun protection, dark glasses, long-sleeved shirts and a hat. In the evening, even during summer, the temperature drops and a light sweater or jacket is required.

It is a condition of booking that you accept that the guide is entitled to require you to dismount or to refuse to allow you to ride if, for any reason, such as ability, behaviour or health, she consideres that you may endanger the safety or welfare of the horses or any person.

Before late May and from early September bring warm clothing and light waterproofs.

Recommended items to bring include:

  • comfortable riding trousers
  • riding boots with a rubber sole (suitable for walking where necessary)
  • long-sleeved shirts (with collar)
  • rainproofs
  • jumper or jacket
  • gloves
  • full or half chaps
  • hat (a hard hat is recommended)
  • sun glasses (and a strap to hold them on securely)
  • sun screen and a water bottle
  • For El Marquesado Ride you will need to bring a sleeping bag (or sheets) as one night is spent in the mountain refuge. They provide blankets only

 

Insurance

All riders must take out holiday and accident insurance prior to commencing the ride.

Spain has a National Health Service and it is highly recommended that participants from other European Union countries obtain a European Health Card (this replaces the form E111 in the UK) from their local post office which will entitle them to free medical service while in Spain. Without this clients may be requested to pay in full for any medical treatment received in Spain.

Whilst every care is taken to ensure the safety of participants and their effects, neither Rustic Blue nor the trek organiser can accept responsibility for loss of personal belongings or injury.

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