Costa de la Luz riding holiday in Spain - Far and Ride
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Costa de la Luz, Spain





Reviews



It exceeded my expectations! (Favourite memory?) The peace and quiet of Barbate and the friendly and informative guides.

Tracey C.
Favourite memory? - Riding on the beach, miles of sand and the really blue sea.

Lucy B.
Favourite moment was the ride to the beach at Cape Trafalgar which allowed for a good long canter/gallop. Riding was almost totally free of roads. I liked my horse who was a good ride and could go fast. (February 2016)

Mark S
Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for recommending and organising the riding in Barbate. I had such a wonderful time and it is certainly one of the highlights of my trip. It was a pleasure riding with Caroline, she is such a great host and the horses were beautiful.

Barbara M (August 2016)
Excellent horses & riding. Comfortable, clean hotel. Plentiful food. (Favourite memory?) Fast beach ride on forward going horses (Romeo & Levante).

Judith & Peter H.
Thoroughly enjoyed my holiday, a lovely destination with horses that know their jobs but are still suitable for a range of experiences of riders. Guides were knowledgable, very focused on the welfare of their horses and at allocating riders to horses. As a vet the horse part of the holiday was critical and I was really pleased with what I experienced. I would come back happily

Andrea L
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Andalusian, Hispano-Arab and Anglo-Arab horses.

Nature of horses:

Various characters but all are well mannered, forward-going and responsive with a kind and calm temperament.

Height of horses:

14.3 hh - 16.3 hh

Weight limit:

13 stone/83.5 kilos/182 pounds

Tack type:

Top quality English saddles and bridles.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

These holidays are run by a small and friendly company owned and operated by Steve and Caroline since 1996. They take great pride in offering a mixture of both exhilarating and relaxed horse riding that is always fun, safe and enjoyable. Everything will be organised for you so that your holiday is hassle free (with a friendly atmosphere to boot!), allowing you to relax and enjoy every wonderful moment. Steve and Caroline are involved in every aspect of constructing your holiday; from your riding, to the accommodation and transfers. They will be available at any time during your stay, should you require any help or advice. All the horses here are well mannered and responsive, ridden in quality English tack.

Enjoy the experience of combining an exciting horse riding adventure with relaxation and socialisation on the beautiful Spanish Coast. Steve and Caroline will do their very best to ensure you have a holiday to remember. You will be able to ride in the stunning countryside by day and return to your comfortable hotel for an evening of shopping, sightseeing, visiting bars or simply relaxing on the beach with a good book - whatever you prefer! This holiday is a great choice for those who like the option of some nightlife.

The riding centre borders the Barbate nature reserve and offers direct access to lovely off-road riding through unspoilt forests, as well as unforgettable rides on the beach. Long wide firebreaks and twisting forest tracks ensure the park could not have been better designed for horse riding. Each day there are plenty of opportunities for long controlled canters and exhilarating gallops along the soft sandy tracks. Between canters the horses relax and walking at a leisurely pace enables you to take in the peaceful tranquillity of the forest. During the beach riding days your dreams will come true with miles of sea and sand stretching out before you. Unlike other destinations on the Iberian Peninsular, there is still the option of a blast on the beach even during the summer months. Horses are legally banned from all beaches all year around. This law is enforced locally, with the Cadiz coast ban being from 16th June until 15th September. However, with common sense being used it is possible to use the beaches all year around but in the busy summer months the hours of riding on the beach will be much shorter. The going is good, whatever the weather!

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The owners of this destination believe that good accommodation is a very important part of your horse riding holiday and have taken great care in selecting the hotel they offer. During your holiday you will stay in the well appointed hotel Adiafa***, in the heart of the beautiful seaside town of Barbate. The hotel is ideally situated only 50 meters from the beach and is perfect for providing a sense of relaxation after a day exploring the area on horse back. The hotel itself is family run and offers a friendly and welcoming service to all its guests. Rooms are spacious and include large twin beds, with en-suite bathrooms equipped with bath and shower. All bedrooms have air-conditioning, wifi internet and digital TVs with international channels.

Rooms will be allocated without a balcony, but a small supplement can be paid if you would prefer to upgrade to a room with a balcony and sea view. Single rooms are available for solo travellers - at no additional cost - but cannot always be guaranteed. However, single travellers who upgrade to a room with a balcony and sea view will be guaranteed their own room.

Your holiday would not be complete without good food and a refreshing drink or two. All of the holidays here are full board with a relaxed breakfast served in the hotel's cafe each morning. Lunches are taken (after your ride) in traditional "tapas" bars and dinners will be in quality local restaurant back in Barbate. All meals are typical ‘Andaluz’ with superb meat and fish dishes being served. Vegetarian and specialist diets can also be catered for by prior arrangement.

During the week long riding tour Thursday is a free day when lunch and dinner are not included. You will instead be free to choose where and when you eat. Any drinks with the evening meals and food or snacks outside of set mealtimes are also not included.

Lunches and dinners are eaten as a group with the other riding guests.

 

Activities

Barbate is a medium sized seaside town with a busy fishing port and a population of around 22,000 local people. The town's beach is a beautiful expanse of golden sand and runs for almost 2 km from the River Barbate to the Marina. The beach is overlooked by a wonderful promenade which features plenty of lively bars and restaurant. You will be made to feel more than welcome by the local people. Barbate also has a lovely town square and busy town centre. Shopping facilities are great here and offer the perfect excuse for some souvenir shopping. Many shops accept bank cards and there are a number of cash points in the town. There are good bus and taxi services should you wish to explore further afield after the days riding has finished, or during your free day.

Andalucia has much more under the sun than flamenco music and impressive Moorish cities and culture. Almost one-fifth of Andalucia's total area has protected status, with the variety of habitats, from wetlands to desert, making it an interesting place for bird-watching. Birdwise, something always happens in Andalucia. Many birds return much earlier after winter because of the moderate Mediterranean climate. Migration can be followed throughout the year, with peak numbers present in spring and autumn. This area is a prime location for all migratory birds. It is said that the number of birds in transit here is higher than the number passing the Bosporus in Greece.

A visit to Jerez de la Frontera to see the famous stallions of the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art is recommended on the horses' rest day and even non-riders will find this enjoyable.

For those looking for some more active pursuits there are also a number of other sports available in the local area. For scuba divers there is a diving school based in Barbate harbour and it is possible for beginners to take a PADI course and immersions for PADI licence holders can be arranged. It is possible also to enjoy wind surfing and golf.

 

Further Details

Languages: Spanish and English.

Health requirements: Riders must be "saddle-fit" and able to control a forward going horse, at canter and gallop, in open country.

Age limit: There is no specific age limit but the ride is not recommended for younger children - all riders must be able to ride a well-schooled horse at canter and able to cope with up to four and a half hours of riding a day. Children must be confident handling and riding a small horse as there are no ponies here.

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, meals, riding as per itinerary and set time Malaga airport transfers.

Not included: Drinks with evening meals, airport transfers outside of set times, travel insurance and flights.

 

Travel Information

Flights are available to Malaga from most UK airports and set-time transfers from Malaga airport are included in the cost of your holiday.

On arrival day, collection is no later than 14:30pm (Sunday and Wednesday)
On departure day, you will arrive at Malaga at around 10:00am (Sunday) in time for flights from 12:00pm.

Transfers from Gibraltar (or Jerez) airports can also be arranged for you, please contact the office for further information. There will be an extra charge for these transfers.

Airport: Malaga

Alternative Airport: Gibraltar (GIB)

 

Programmes


8 Day Beach and Forest Ride



This trail provides two days of fantastic beach riding, as well as three days of great forest riding. Each day is unique and includes steady canters along sandy forest tracks, as well as faster stretches through the trees and along the shoreline. Between canters the pace is relaxed allowing you to enjoy this beautiful place.

Itinerary (which may be subject to change, if necessary):

Sunday: Your holiday will start at Malaga airport where guests are collected from 13:00pm and then transferred to Barbate (no later than 14.30pm). Over dinner this evening you will be able to discuss the weeks holiday.

Monday: You are collected from the hotel at 09:30am each day and taken to the farm to meet the horses. Today's ride will lead you through the beautiful pine forest to a 17th century Mecca tower overlooking cape Trafalgar. This will be a slower introductory ride, allowing you to get to know your horse. The faster paced work will be introduced as your confidence grows. Each afternoon you will be returned to Barbate for around 16:00pm allowing plenty of time to explore the town and beach.

Tuesday: Your first beach riding day! The route today will take you through the pine forest to the beach - ‘Hierbabuena'. There are plenty of opportunities for long slow canters, culminating in a truly memorable beach gallop.

Wednesday: Today's route will take you to the top of the cliffs overlooking the town of Barbate - a unique view point. You will experience superb views of the town, the surrounding mountains and on a clear day you may even spot North Africa in the distance. You will be able to enjoy lots of long gentle canters today.

Thursday: A day free from riding. An optional excursion to Jerez to visit the Royal Spanish riding school is available and is an experience not to be missed (extra cost, to be paid locally).

Friday: Today you will head to the scene of the famous sea battle where Lord Nelson lost his life at the Cape Trafalgar. You will follow the coastline around to El Palmar, spending time on the beach enjoying canters and the occasional gallop too.

Saturday: On the final day the ride follows "roller coaster" like sand tracks, giving you plenty of opportunity to enjoy long fast canters and gallops. The route eventually joins the cliffs and leads westward to the seaside village of Los Caños de Meca.

Sunday: Morning transfer to Malaga, leaving Barbate at around 08:00am to arrive at Malaga shortly after 10:00am. 

NB: Please note that beach riding, although still possible, will be limited during the summer months of July and August.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Strong Intermediate and above - riders must be happy to control a forward going horse, at canter and gallop, in open spaces.
Type of ride: Based with trails
Total riding time: 5 full days of riding (approximately 4-5 hours per day)
Departure dates: 2017: 5-12, 12-19, 19-26 February, 26 Feb-5 Mar, 5-12, 12-19, 19-26 March, 26 Mar-2 Apr, 2-9, 9-16, 16-23, 23-30 April, 30 Apr-7 May, 7-14, 21-28 May, 28 May-4 Jun, 4-11, 11-18, 18-25 June, 25 Jun-2 Jul, 9-16, 16-23, 23-30 July, 20-27 August, 27 August-3 September, 3-10, 10-17, 17-24 September, 24 Sep-1 Oct, 1-8, 8-15, 15-22, 22-29 October, 29 Oct-5 Nov, 5-12, 12-19, 19-26 November.
 
Pricing: 2017:
Low Season (5 Feb-29 April and 29 Oct-26 Nov):
Rider : £1050 per person
Non-rider : £525 per person
Guaranteed single room: £75 (No supplement if prepared to share)

Mid Season (30 Apr-24 June and 10 Sep-28 Oct):
Rider : £1150 per person
Non-rider : £575 per person
Guaranteed single room: £125 (No supplement if prepared to share)

High Season (25 June-4 Sep):
Rider : £1150 per person
Non-rider : £575 per person
Single room supplement: £195 (Payable by anyone in a single room)

*** "Balcony and Sea view" upgrade: £75 per room

Price includes 7 nights accommodation in a standard twin room, all meals (except lunch and dinner on Thursday), soft drinks with breakfast and lunch, 5 days of horse riding with a bilingual guide and set-time Malaga airport transfers.

Prices do not include lunch and dinner on Thursday, lunches for non-riders, drinks with dinner, optional excursions and extras not mentioned, transfers outside of normal collection times (or from alternative airports), travel insurance or flights.



5 Day Beach and Forest Ride



This shortened trail provides three days of fantastic beach and forest riding, for a truly memorable long weekend that you won't want to forget. Each day provides new and exciting opportunities that include lovely steady canters along sandy forest tracks and along the beautiful shoreline. The pace is varied allowing you to really enjoy this beautiful place.

Itinerary (Subject to change, if necessary):

Wednesday: Collection from Malaga airport at 13:00pm and transfer to Barbate (departing no later than 14:30pm). Dinner in the evening will be served at a local restaurant and will give you the chance to discuss your weekend break.

Thursday: Forest ride, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Typically you will be collected from the hotel at 9:30am and taken to the farm to meet the horses. Today's ride leads you through the beautiful pine forests of the Barbate reserve to the 17th century Mecca tower overlooking Cape Trafalgar. As with the longer trail this introductory ride allows you to get to know your horse, with the faster paces being introduced as your confidence grows.

Friday: Beach ride, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today you will head to the scene of the famous sea battle where Lord Nelson lost his life at Cape Trafalgar. Following the coastline to El Palmar, you will spend time on the beach enjoying long canters and the occasional gallop too.

Saturday: Forest ride, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today's route takes you to the cliffs overlooking Barbate. The ride offers superb views over the town, the surrounding mountains and - on a clear day - even across the sea to North Africa. The ride will follow "roller coaster"-like sand tracks and allows for plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop.

Sunday: Transfer to Malaga airport (arriving shortly after 10am) in time for your return flight.

NB: Please note that beach riding, although still possible, will be limited during the summer months of July and August.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Strong Intermediate and above - riders must be happy to control a forward going horse, at canter and gallop, in open spaces.
Type of ride: Based with trails
Total riding time: 3 full days of riding (approximately 4-5 hours per day)
Departure dates: 2017: 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 February, 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 March, 29 Mar-2 Apr, 5-9, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30 April, 3-7, 10-14, 24-28 May, 31 May-4 Jun, 7-11, 14-18, 21-25 June, 28 Jun-2 Jul, 12-16, 19-23, 26-30 July, 30 Aug-3 Sep, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24 September, 27 Sept-1 Oct, 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29 October, 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26 November.
 
Pricing: 2017:
Low Season (1 Feb-29 Apr and 1 Nov-26 Nov):
Rider : £695 per person
Non-rider : £350 per person
Guaranteed single room: £45 (No supplement if prepared to share)

Mid Season (3 May-24 Jun and 13 Sep-28 Oct):
Rider : £745 per person
Non-rider : £375 per person
Guaranteed single room: £80 (No supplement if prepared to share)

High Season (28 June-9 September):
Rider : £745 per person
Non-rider : £375 per person
Single room supplement: £130 (payable by anyone in a single room)

*** "Balcony and Sea view" upgrade: £50 per room

Price includes 4 nights accommodation in a standard twin room, all meals, soft drinks with breakfast and lunches on riding days, 3 days of horse riding with a bilingual guide and set-time Malaga airport transfers.

Prices do not include lunches for non-riders, drinks with dinner, optional excursions and extras not mentioned, as well as transfers outside of normal collection times (or from alternative airports), travel insurance and flights.