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Reviews



I cried when I had to leave and can't wait to return- would recommend this to anyone with a love of horses and a sense of adventure.

Lisa H., Read review
We had a thoroughly wonderful time with Sarah. The weather was perfect and the horses a delight and there is no doubt that we would love to return probably sooner rather than later. Chris and Dave were very friendly and catered for our every needs and Ann surpassed our expectations, we look forward to stopping with her again. I can recommend our holiday to anyone. Thanks ever so much!

Jane and Paul C.
We had a brilliant time, everyone made us feel welcome and at home. The horses were lovely, the scenery was beautiful. Overall we loved it and the horses were excellent. I cannot pinpoint anything specific as a favourite memory, but Irene's was cantering round the hairpin bends for the first time. Excellent accommodation, much more relaxing than hotels and Ann particularly was an excellent cook. Sarah was a very experienced host and guide, always making sure we were informed and OK with everything without overly fussing, very easy to get along with.

Steve C.
Absolutely fantastic! People and horses were extremely top class, could not fault the accommodation or rides. Some of the best scenery ever with extended or shortened ride lengths, very flexible. My favourite memory was sitting eating lunch, listening to the waterfall with the horses tethered nearby and watching Ibex jumping on the rocks close to us. Great hosts and very well catered for our Veggie needs with lots of local produce. I would thoroughly recommend this ride too all as Sarah takes great care to full-fill all your needs.

Haylie T.
This holiday was brilliant, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves - horses beautiful, scenery amazing and people friendly and kind. Altogether a fun week! We really enjoyed trekking over the mountains and valleys, a good adventure. We loved allowing the horses to wonder and graze whilst we had lunch or tying them up in the town whilst we had a drink, a laid back way of life!

Claire A.
We rode high enough to experience some wonderful views of the landscapes and although the snow was unexpected, it didn’t hamper my trip or my enjoyment of the riding.

Emma T: Far and Ride, Read review
Andalucia trail was a wonderful week of horseback riding. It was a lot of fun and I've never felt so well looked after. Cantering through the Andalucian countryside, eating lunch under the pine trees with the horses, enjoying a delicious meal in the company of lovely people - too many favourites! Very happy with the accommodation and the food was delicious and I was pleasantly surprised at how appetizing the packed lunches were. My horse was wonderful. Your service was excellent and I throughly enjoyed my holiday and appreciated the personal attention I received when investigating my options.

Katherine E
Andalucia Trail was a wonderful week of horseback riding. It was a lot of fun and I've never felt so well looked after.

Katherine E.
"it was just superb!! Sarah is a very relaxed & friendly host/guide, the horses are amazing, the scenery breathtaking, the accommodation comfy & the food yummy!... what more can I say! I've started recommending the trip to others already... it really is a must for horse lovers!"

Chris W
Thank you, thank you! our trip was a fantastic success. Mum and I couldn't stop grinning from ear to ear throughout the whole experience :-). The horses, accomodation, food and Sarah all exceeded our expectations. I've been raving about my trip to anyone who will listen :-).

Sarah M
Fantastic start to finish. Superb food, hospitality, scenery and above all horses. The horses had lovely temperaments, and were willing and uncomplicated to ride.

Mike and Fran F.
It was sensational - spectacular scenery, gorgeous forward going horses, fabulous weather, great company, accommodation and food. I loved it. A fabulous experience and adventure, a must for horse lovers. The guide was excellent - friendly, fun, relaxed and informative.

Steph M.
Hello, I cannot begin to tell you how much we enjoyed the trip. The whole "horse community" in Lanjaron are amazing. Everyone is so welcoming and friendly. The accommodation is very clean and comfortable. The food is wonderful and plentiful served with good company and a glass of wine! The horses are fantastic and obviously loved and looked after, we were well matched with our horses and got exactly the horses we requested with regard to speed and temperament. The guides were knowledgeable and good company. Pick ups and drop off were very efficient.The views from the mountains were incredible, my 16 year old daughter loved, of all things, the silence and peacefulness! The only problem was we didn't stay long enough. I fell in love with my horse (Lucero) and shed a tear or two when I had to leave him behind! We would definitely like to return for longer next time and would recommend this trip to everyone. Thank you for organising everything and hope to book again with you soon. The trip has definitely rekindled my passion for riding, however after riding the Andalucia Trail riding in England will not compare!

Lynda P.
Great experience, loved riding out somewhere so very different and away from all the UK traffic. Very knowledgeable guides and good horses.

Catriona G.
All the good we had been told or had read about was true. Excellent all round. The horses and provision of equipment was excellent. Our guided provided us with what we wanted but always considered the needs of the horses - perfect.

Chris D.
Very well organised, great horses and excellent guides. (Favourite memories?) The hospitality extended at every place we visited, the friends made and the willing and fun horses.

Tina W.
It simply doesn't get better than this!! These horses were simply amazing - all beautifully trained and pure heaven to ride. Add to that a countryside and destinations that were beautiful and interesting, food that was great, and the folks at the ride who are very friendly and fun!

Nansi S.
My room was very nice and the food was great. Nothing was too much trouble! I would definitely stay there again. I loved riding the horses and I can't decide which horse was my favourite! They were all lovely and very fit. Amy (the guide) was great, very friendly and helpful. So to sum it up, it was a fabulous holiday!

Julie S.
Really good holiday. Good, tough treks. Beautiful scenery. Excellent guides. accommodation lovely and owners couldn't do enough for you, to make you feel welcome.

Clifford C.
Very good. Extremely warm welcome from all people we met. (Favourite memory?) No one individual thing stood out - the whole package was excellent!. (Accommodation & food?) Good food and friendly hosts. Accommodation very good - always a warm fire to sit in front of! My horse, Ciel, was a gentleman - very honest and easy to ride. Amy the guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I honestly can't think of anything that needs addressing!

Angela G.
Absolutely fantastic. It was tough but what an achievement. The scenery was out of this world and quite often felt on top of the world. It is just the best way to explore a different country.On day two we rode up to 2600m. It was so peaceful and the smell from the alpine flowers was amazing. We sat eating lunch watching the golden eagles flying in the valley.

Lindsey C.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Primarily Spanish origin (Andalusian and Andalusian Crosses) with some other breeds as well.

Nature of horses:

Well mannered, good natured and forward-going. Horses to suit all levels from complete beginner to experienced rider.

Height of horses:

12hh - 17hh

Weight limit:

100 kgs/16 stone

Tack type:

English (there are a few Western saddles available on request).

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This unique trekking centre is based in the heart of Andalucia, made famous by its Moorish influences and impressive horses, and it enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year. The centre offers both based stays and trail rides with Spanish farmhouse accommodation and all meals included. Your main riding guide is an experienced English horsewoman with a stable of well-kept horses and a spirit of adventure.

From the base you will explore a beautiful part of Spain, riding free from traffic and walkers, following secret trails in the wonderful countryside. Horses and riding routes are available to suit both complete beginners and those very experienced in the saddle - your hosts will ensure that you are placed on treks with riders of similar ability. Single travellers are always welcome! Children may join family treks, or ride with other children of similar ages, from the age of 5.

Although set in a remote location, the centre has easy access to Lanjaron, Orgiva and even Granada to visit the Alhambra Palace and other places of interest. Lanjaron is a spa town, famous for its water springs which are dotted all over the hills - many Spanish people go there to drink the water which is said to contain minerals for eternal youth! Orgiva is a busy little market town containing a myriad of small streets and great tapas bars to explore and discover. A visit to this town is in itself an adventure!

The local towns are heavily influenced by Gothic and Moorish architecture. Whilst out on the hills you will be surrounded by almond, olive and citrus groves still tended to by "man and his mule". This area of Spain really is steeped in history and rich in culture and the trails will take you out into remote areas where you can truly appreciate the countryside and the companionship of a fabulous horse.

This destination was visited by a Far and Ride staff member in 2009. It has also been checked out by the comedian John Bishop who wrote an article about his wonderful experience for the The Guardian newspaper. John seems to have hit the nail on the head: "Riding for the first time is like falling in love for the first time: when it's happening, it's the best thing in the world; the day after it's over, you hurt like hell. But you count the days till it happens again."

NB. Please note that although the programmes listed below include point to point trail riding (with some nights in remote mountain cottages), this riding centre can offer based stays all year long allowing you to keep the same room the whole time. This is a very flexible set-up so please contact us if the programmes below aren't quite what you are looking for!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

On the based ride accommodation is in a simple farmhouse. For the trails you will spend nights at the farmhouse or hotels and in remote mountain lodges.

The farmhouse is based in a fabulous location with views extending across to Africa on a fine day. The rooms are simply furnished in a rustic style. There is a variety of accommodation to suit singles, couples or families all with en suite facilities. The farmhouse has a large swimming pool for summer use.

The mountain lodges offer self contained accommodation set in beautiful remote areas. Whilst they can offer day to day amenities you cannot expect modern high powered facilities as many places are self sufficient and eco friendly running from solar powered energy. So this is the place to visit if you wish to totally relax, put away the make up, forget about the computer and enjoy the stunning tranquil views.

NB. Sometimes riders are accommodated in nearby hotels (instead of the farmhouse) when this is more practical.

You will receive a tasty breakfast made from local produce including freshly squeezed orange juice straight from the trees at the farmhouse.

Lunch is usually a picnic which you will carry in your saddle bag. These are freshly made and usually consist of rolls, fruit, cereals bars and drinks. You will stop in remote areas of the countryside to enjoy a relaxed carefree picnic - fun but not fancy - straight from the saddlebag.

Evening meals are freshly prepared, plentiful and tasty using homegrown and local produce. Wine is provided with your dinner and other alcoholic drinks may be purchased at each venue/night stop. Dinner is usually served around 8pm. Vegetarian and other diets can be catered for. You can expect healthy, hearty food in all venues.

 

Activities

The farmhouse is ideally located to enable guests to relax or explore as they please. Apart from enjoying the wonderful local countryside, the local towns are steeped in history and rich in culture. Lanjaron is a local spa town worth visiting with its water springs containing minerals for eternal youth, whilst Orgiva has great tapas bars to explore and discover. You may wish to travel to Granada to visit the Alhambra Palace and other places of interest. You can walk to Lanjaron from the farmhouse following steep mountain paths, this takes around twenty minutes.

 

Further Details

Languages: English and Spanish.

Health requirements: None .

Age limit: 5+ for riding.

Tuition: Yes, BHS instruction available

Included: Full board accommodation, riding and English speaking guide.

Not included: Costs of transfers from airport, but these can be arranged for you. Flights and travel insurance are not included.

 

Travel Information

Granada airport is only 45 minutes away from the centre. Flights are available with Ryanair or Monarch airlines.

Malaga is about 90 minutes away from the centre and is the most convenient airport for most travellers.

Another alternate airport is Almeria.

Transfer Costs: To pay locally on arrival
From Malaga: 90 euros each way, for a car of up to four people
From Granada: 45 euros each way, for a car of up to four people

There is a fantastic bus service connecting the local villages and cities. A train service is only available from Granada. Hiring a car is also easy and cheap.

Airport: Granada

Alternative Airport: Malaga

 

Programmes


The Alpujarra Ride



The beautiful and extremely diverse land of the Alpujarras ranges from pine forests and alpine meadows, wooded valleys and gorges to almond, olive and orange groves. La Alpujarra is the name given to the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. The floral and fauna of the Alpujarra is spectacular with a fantastic range of views and scenery.

You will follow old moorish mulepaths and valleys where the horse, mule and oxen still pull the plough and harvest the land. Each day of the ride you will pass through different terrain; from beautiful mountain pastures to pine forest, almond and olive groves. Here is an opportunity not only to discover spectacular landscapes and inspiring scenery, but also to experience a culture where tradition remains very much part of everyday life.

There are plenty of opportunities to canter or gallop, but occasionally, you will have to lead your horse downhill when the terrain is steep.

Example Itinerary

Day 1:

You will transfer from Malaga or Granada airport (cost not included) to the tiny spa town of Lanjaron, 'the gateway' to Alpujarras, where you will be met by your guide, Sarah. Dinner will be prepared by the excellent cook, Ann, at the simple and beautiful Spanish Farmhouse. Your first night will be spent on the Farm.

Day 2:

You will go up to the ranch to meet your horse, then begin by heading north up above the Lanjaron River gorge. You will then ride through the ancient oak forests towards the summit of the Pico del Caballo, reaching over 2000 metres of altitude, before dropping through the logging trails of the pine forests to Puente Palo.

A picnic lunch will then be enjoyed in the pine forest, before riding east to an idyllic location high on the slopes of the Poqueria valley, where you will spend a relaxing night in the beautiful mountain cottages. Views extend across the Poqueria valley to the white washed mountain villages of Capileira, Bubion and Pampaniera.

Day 3:

You will start today by heading across the Poqueria valley. Here there is plenty of opportunity to open up for canters and gallops as you ride towards the picturesque town of Capileira, which is one of the highest towns in Spain. With Mulhacen being the highest peak in Spain and forming the backdrop, this valley is truly stunning! After visiting the town, you will take the the old moorish bridlepath down the gorge, until you reach the wide forest track that takes you to the mountain cottages for a good nights rest.

Day 4:

Today you will head south down through mountain and pasture land via an old mule track that was used for trade with the Greeks (the track goes all the way to Greece!), stopping for refreshments in the local Spanish bar, Los LLanos. You will then head down through the olive groves of Padre Eterno for a picnic lunch and then on to the farmhouse accommodation for a delicious, well deserved dinner. For those wishing for a slightly longer ride, you can drop off your saddle bags and head off for a final gallop before dinner.

Day 5:

Today you will head down through the olive groves of Cerro Negro, to the small white washed town of Tijola and on to Orgiva for a stroll round the local market. The market offers a wide range of local produce and artisan products as well as clothes, shoes and tourist souvenirs. Orgiva is the largest town of Las Alpujarras. After the market you will take part in a fast valley ride with a picnic on the hillside overlooking mount Lugar and the impressive mountains of the Sierra de la Contraviesa, before heading up to the town for the night.

Day 6:

This is a lovely long trail ride as you head up cobbled mule paths through an ancient chestnut forest to the waterfalls of the Rio de Lanjaron. You will then head west towards the la Valle de Lecrin, with stunning views across the plains to Granada as you sit under a landmark aged chestnut tree to enjoy a relaxing picnic.

After lunch you will follow the old moorish water channels down into the town of Lanjaron and stop for a refreshment in the town, before heading up narrow bridlepaths to the Casa del Viento Farmhouse. You may take a well deserved dip in the pool!

Day 7:

Today you will head down through the old Roman and Moorish bridlepaths, the tippee 'hippie' valley of Beneficio, along tracks and riverbeds to the South until you reach the immense riverbed of the Rio Guadafeo. This is where the horses really enjoy themselves, stopping for a splash and a drink in the river, before heading across the valley. You will stop for a picnic lunch under the oliver trees before taking a fast climb back up to the ranch. 

Day 8:

You will be wished a fond farewell from your team as you are transferred to either Malaga or Granada airport (cost not included).

Please note, the itinerary may vary and be altered according to the abilities of the group at the discretion of the guide.



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Strong novice to experienced
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Average Riding time per day 5 - 6 hrs
Departure dates: 2017: Dates are available on request all year round. Please just get in touch!
 
Pricing: 2017
£1015 per person

Price includes 7 nights full board accommodation (based on double/twin accommodation), all riding and experienced guide. Price does not include flights, transfers or travel insurance.

Single supplement (when available): £12 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75




The Mountain Ride: Three Day Programme



This is an opportunity to experience the beautiful and diverse land of the Alpujarras, ranging from pine forests and alpine meadows to wooded valleys and gorges as well as almond, olive and orange groves. A chance not only to discover spectacular landscapes and inspiring scenery, but also to experience the culture of the area.

Example Itinerary

Day 1:

You will be transferred from Malaga or Granada airport (not included) to the tiny spa town of Lanjaron, 'the gateway' to Alpujarras, where you will be met by your guide, Sarah. Saddle bags will be provided to transport anything you will need for the trip. Dinner will be prepared by the excellent cook, Ann, at the Spanish Farmhouse. Your first night will be spent here. 

Day 2:

You will go up to the Ranch to meet your horse, then begin by heading north up above the Lanjaron River gorge. You will then ride through the ancient oak forests towards the summit of the Pico del Caballo, reaching over 2000 meters of altitude, before descending through the logging trails of the pine forests to Puente Palo.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the pine forest, before riding east to an idyllic location high on the slopes of the Poqueria valley, where you will spend a relaxing night in the beautiful mountain cottages. Views extend across the Poqueria valley to the white washed mountain villages of Capileira, Bubion and Pampaniera.

Day 3:

You will head south through mountain and pasture land, down an old mule track that was used for trade with the Greeks (the track goes all the way to Greece!). You will stop for refreshments in the local Spanish bar, Los LLanos, before heading down through the olive groves of Padre Eterno for a picnic. You will then ride on to the farmhouse accommodation for a delicious, well deserved dinner. For those wishing for a slightly longer ride, you may drop off your saddle bags and head off for a final gallop before dinner.

Day 4:

Today you will head down through the olive groves of Cerro Negro to the small white washed town of Tijola and on to Orgiva for a stroll around the local market. The market offers a wide range of local produce and artisan products as well as clothes, shoes and tourist souvenirs. Orgiva is the largest town of Las Alpujarras. After the market you will take part in a fast valley ride with a picnic on the hillside overlooking mount Lugar and the impressive mountains of the Sierra de la Contraviesa, before heading up above the town of Lanjaron and back to the ranch.

You will be wished a fond farewell and transferred to either Malaga or Granada airport (not included).

Please note, the itinerary may vary and be altered according to the abilities of the group at the discretion of the guide. Local conditions and weather may also affect the itinerary.



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Beginner to experienced
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Three days riding
Departure dates: Dates to suit
 
Pricing: 2017
£460 person

Price includes 3 nights full board accommodation (based on double/twin accommodation), 3 days riding and a qualified English speaking guide.

Single supplement (when available) £12 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75

Price does not include flights, transfers or travel insurance.



Alpujarra White Village Ride: Four Day Programme



This is an opportunity to experience the beautiful and diverse land of the Alpujarras, ranging from pine forests and alpine meadows to wooded valleys and gorges as well as almond, olive and orange groves. A chance not only to discover spectacular landscapes and inspiring scenery, but also to experience the culture of the area.

Example Itinerary

Day 1:

You will be transferred from Malaga or Granada airport (not included) to the tiny spa town of Lanjaron, 'the gateway' to Alpujarras, where you will be met by your guide, Sarah. Saddlebags will be provided to carry what you need into the remote areas where you will be riding.

Dinner will be prepared by the excellent cook, Ann, at the Spanish Farmhouse. You will spend your first night here. 

Day 2:

You will go up to the ranch to meet your horse, then begin by heading North up above the Lanjaron River gorge. You will ride through the ancient oak forests towards the summit of the Pico del Caballo, reaching over 2000 meters of altitude, before descending through the logging trails of the pine forests to Puente Palo. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the pine forest, before riding East to an idyllic location high on the slopes of the Poqueria valley, where you will spend a relaxing night in the beautiful mountain cottages. Views extend accross the Poqueria valley to the white washed mountain villages of Capileira, Bubion and Pampaniera.

Day 3:

Today you will start by heading across the Poqueria valley. Here there is plenty of opportunity to go for canters and gallops as you ride towards the picturesque town of Capileira, which is one of the highest towns in Spain. With Mulhacen being the highest peak in Spain and forming the backdrop, this valley is truly stunning! After visiting the town, you will take the old moorish bridlepath down the gorge, until you reach the wide forest track that takes you to the mountain cottages for a good nights rest.

Day 4:

Today you will head South down through mountain and pasture land, down an old mule track that was used for trade with the Greeks (the track goes all the way to Greece!). You will stop for refreshments in the local Spanish bar, Los LLanos, before heading down through the olive groves of Padre Eterno for a picnic lunch. You will the ride on to the farmhouse accommodation for a delicious, well deserved dinner. For those wishing for a slightly longer ride, you can drop off your saddle bags and head off for a final gallop before dinner.

Day 5:

Today you will head down through the olive groves of Cerro Negro, to the small white washed town of Tijola and on to Orgiva for a stroll around the local market. The market offers a wide range of local produce and artisan products as well as clothes, shoes and tourist souvenirs. Orgiva is the largest town of Las Alpujarras. After the market you will take part in a fast valley ride, stopping for a picnic on the hillside overlooking mount Lugar and the impressive mountains of the Sierra de la Contraviesa, before heading back up above the town of Lanjaron and back to the Ranch.

You will be wished a fond farewell before being transferred to either Malaga or Granada airport (not included).

Please note, the itinerary may vary and be altered according to the abilities of the group at the discretion of the guide.



Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Beginner to experienced
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Four days riding
Departure dates: Dates to suit
 
Pricing: 2017
£599 per person

Price includes 4 nights full board accommodation (based on double/twin accommodation), 4 days riding and an experienced guide.

Single supplement (when available) £12 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75

Price does not include flights, transfers or travel insurance.



Farmhouse Based Stay



This based option is perfect for those looking to remain in one place each night, or for those who are perhaps less experienced riders who would not be able to manage the full trail rides. Each day you will ride for as long as is possible on the trail routes, but return to the farmhouse accommodation each night.

The farmhouse is well located in the Alpujarra mountains of Andalucia and offers comfortable guest bedrooms, tasty meals and access to a fantastic swimming pool to help you cool off after a day in the saddle. For the beginners and novice riders, or those who would like to take advantage of a little practice, riding lessons can be arranged at the stables in order to help you improve and hone your riding skills.

The farmhouse stay can be booked alone, or as an extension to the trail riding itineraries. Should you feel confident toward the end of your stay, it may also be possible to join a trail group for one or two nights as well.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Beginner to Experienced.
Type of ride: Based stay.
Total riding time: Approximately 5 hours per day.
Departure dates: Dates to suit.
 
Pricing: 2017:
7 nights: £1015 per person
4 nights: £599 per person
3 nights: £460 per person

All prices include full board accommodation based on double/twin rooms, with approximately 5 hours of riding per day (either tuition or trail rides) as with the trail itineraries.

Single supplement: £12 per night
Extra night accommodation (full board) with morning departure: £75 per person.

Price does not include flights, transfers or travel insurance