Ask a Question

Check Availability

Almeria

Overview

The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata is situated in the province of Almería, south-eastern Spain. The unique landscape is arid and volcanic. It comprises sea-cliffs, volcanic sierras and a coastal plain populated by extensive dunes, stony plateaux, small lagoons and salt-pans. The coastal wetlands harb…

Highlights

  • Mild winter weather
  • Prime location close to beautiful beaches
  • Programmes available for riders of all level
  • High standard hotel accommodation
  • Suitable for groups and families

Essential Facts

  • 5 itineraries available
  • Max 8 riders per group
  • Average of 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90 kg / 198 lbs/ 14st 2lbs

Description

The Natural Park of Cabo de Gata is situated in the province of Almería, south-eastern Spain. The unique landscape is arid and volcanic. It comprises sea-cliffs, volcanic sierras and a coastal plain populated by extensive dunes, stony plateaux, small lagoons and salt-pans. The coastal wetlands harbour many species of birds. In 1987 this 50,000 hectares of land, sea, volcanoes, dunes, cliffs and a wide range of aquatic life, flora and fauna was declared by UNESCO as a biosphere reserve. The Cabo de Gata landscape is seen nowhere else in Europe and enjoys many environmental and geological resources which are now being enjoyed by an increasing number of tourists. The area is populated by less than 5,000 inhabitants but welcomes more than 500,000 tourists every year.

The Cabo de Gata coastline has some of the most tranquil and pristine waters in Spain. It is composed of sand dunes and salt pans and edged by a chain of Desert Mountains that fall sharply into the sea, creating wonderful hidden bays and sandy coves that are perfect places for exploring, swimming, sunbathing or just relaxing.

The inland parts of this natural park are arid and desert-like, while the mountain range of Cabo de Gata has a distinctly volcanic appearance with sharp peaks and crags. This is an ideal area for horse riding as well as hiking, climbing, mountain biking and off-road land vehicle excursions.

In this wonderful countryside, we can offer you some first-class horse riding. Your guide Antonio is a skilled horseman whilst remaining a kind, caring and attentive host. His love of his horses and nature is evident in his holidays and he describes horses as "our companions through life". Antonio is ably assisted by 2 other guides, Desi and Michel, as well as Julian who handles all the logictis and ensures everyone is taken care of during the trails. They will make sure you enjoy a wonderful holiday where you can immerse yourself in Spanish culture, ride a beautiful Andalusian horse and most importantly, enjoy yourself.

The stables here are typical of the area. Here, horse riding lessons are given and it is the base for excursions. From here guests can ride on horseback to the unspoilt coves of San Jose, full of mystery, and still accessible during mild days in autumn.

The horses and lunar landscape of Cabo de Gata paint a picture that brings to mind Western films. This is no coincidence - Sergio Leone filmed the Clint Eastwood movie "For a Fistful of Dollars" here and in its seventy hectares of land. This area also featured in the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade".

Horses & Riding

Tack

Predominantly English & Trekking saddles are used for riding. Horses wear simple snaffle bridles, although some also go in gags or hackamore/bitless bridles, depending on their temperament and training.

Horses

The horses are mostly Spanish, Hispano-arab and Arabian breeds. They are calm, brave, respectful and well-mannered, with great characters and sensitive natures. They are trained using natural horsemanship techniques.

Riding

There are 5 itineraries:

  • Virgin Beaches Trail is a trail ride
  • A Taste of the Virgin Beaches Trail (4 nights) is a trail ride
  • Sea, Desert & Mountains is a trail ride
  • Learn to Ride (Stationary Stay) is a based ride
  • Star Rides - Virgin Beaches is a based ride

Ages

No age limit

Health

Fit & Healthy

Weight

90 kg / 198 lbs/ 14st 2lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

The food here is typical Spanish with plenty of fresh vegetables and fish. In the hotel restaurant they cook with many organic ingredients.

Accommodation

The usual hotel for the base stays and the start point for the trails is Hotel Cortijo el Sotillo, but sometimes alternatives of a similar standard are substituted if availability is limited.

This hotel is situated in the village of San Jose on the edge of the Caba de Gata National Park. The hotel is ideally located close to the beach and is also on the same estate as the equestrian centre so you are within easy walking distance of the stables. The hotel is clean and modern with phenomenal views out toward the national park and the Sierra Nevada beyond. Each room offers an independent entrance, private patio and en-suite bathroom, as well as being decorated with a frieze from well-known western productions shot in the region - a touch of individuality and personality in each one.

The restaurant on site invites you to enjoy delicious meals in a calm and peaceful environment, again with fantastic views across the natural park. The chef will produce dishes filled with local and traditional products and flavours.

Itineraries

Virgin Beaches Trail Standard accommodation.

A Taste of the Virgin Beaches Trail (4 nights) Standard accommodation.

Sea, Desert & Mountains Standard accommodation.

Learn to Ride (Stationary Stay) Standard accommodation.

Star Rides - Virgin Beaches Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

The crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean are a perfect setting for underwater photography, snorkelling and SCUBA diving as well as sailing and windsurfing.

The reserve is also one of Europe's most important areas for breeding and over wintering birds and an important stopping-off point for migrating birds on the Africa-Europe route. Bird watching can be enjoyed year round with more than eighty different species, including Greater Flamingos, Herons, Waders, Egrets, The Duponts Lark, Ospreys, Storks, Eagles and especially the Pink Flamingo, with over 2,000 breeding pairs.

There is a golf course nearby.

Travel

There are low-cost flights available with EasyJet, Ryanair and other low-cost airlines. Set time Almeria airport or bus station transfers are included in the cost of the trips. The set arrival and departure times depend on which programme you have chosen, PLEASE make sure you check your transfer time.

The closest airport is Almeria which is roughly a 1-hour drive to your Hotel.

A set-time group transfer is organised with pick up at Almeria airport at 7:00 p.m. on arrival day and on departure, drop off at Almeria airport will be at 11:00 a.m. (leaving the hotel at 10:00 a.m.). Please book your return flight for after 1:00 p.m. as you may not arrive in time to check in for an earlier flight.

It is also possible to fly into Malaga airport if you are not able to find suitable flights to Almeria. From here you can either take a local bus to Almeria or hire a car and self-drive. It is around a 2.5-hour drive from Cabo de Gata to Malaga, so please factor that in when planning flights.

If taking part in a centre-based programme, you may wish to hire a car to allow you to explore the area when not riding.

Testimonials

Ingrid C., Feb. 21, 2024

Favourite memory? All the trails surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Very happy with the horses and the equipment. Antonio and Anne know how to make you feel like an acquaintance of theirs.


Mandy C., Dec. 12, 2023

An all round fabulous ride. Favourite memory? Riding a well mannered, forward going horse along beautiful coastline, beaches and mountains with the sun on my back in November/December. Excellent accommodation. Food was delicious, good quality and plentiful. Our guide, Antonio, was fabulous - professional and friendly and very determined to make sure all horses and guests were well cared for and happy.


Russell and Antonia, Jan. 24, 2022

Stunning scenery on varied rides with an excellent guide. Really well cared for horses too. The horses were excellent, really responsive and well mannered. You can tell how well looked after they are. Our guide Karin was fantastic, she spoke excellent English and had a good knowledge of the area. She also gave some good advice to improve our riding and was very personable and easy to talk to.


Melinda C., Nov. 8, 2017

Had a really nice trip, wonderful people to ride with, food was incredible! Love the beaches! Beautiful place! it was great, I miss the food, such a great experience, loved the food!!!! American food sucks, it really does.., so amazing the great cuisine in Spain!


Lesley A., Nov. 6, 2015

The holiday was relaxing and enjoyable... Manolo looked after me very well and it was clearly important to him that I had a good holiday. He pointed out some things on the routes, which was much appreciated. One day I went our with Juan Antonio, who has just started working there. He chatted a lot and taught me a lot about how their horses are trained and how I could improve my riding. He also pointed out a lot of features on the route and told me about local people and customs. I really enjoyed riding with him. The horses were incredibly well trained and relaxed. They were clearly well looked after. The saddle was comfortable and the tack looked in good condition.


James R-M., Sept. 21, 2015

To be able to personally develop within a week from a trot, to hold my own while galloping alongside seasoned local Spanish riders was a feat only made achievable thanks to the joyful and resolute nature of trainer and owner Manolo and his delightful family... (on the trail) everyday grew ever more phenomenal as we trekked from mountain summit to galloping mile after mile of secluded palm tree framed beaches.


Johanne T., Aug. 13, 2015

Very nice - although the temperature was a bit high for both humans and horses we managed and got a great week of learning how to ride. Favourite memory was to get to know some really beautiful horses. And of course the nice environment, beautiful landscape, nice people and really nice hotel. Very happy and satisfied with the horses and very friendly, good teacher. Transfer was easy and I can think of nothing to improve the holiday. We really want to go back to the same place in Spain!


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

Transfer from Almeria airport or train station to the hotel where, time permitting, you will meet your guide and learn about the route you will undertake over the next few days. Dinner and overnight in the hotel Cortijo el Sotillo or similar in San Jose.

Day 2 - San José - Genoveses Beach

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you will be allocated your horse for the week and have your first chance to ride in the arena in order to get to know each other. You will ride through the western side of the national park, which covers nearly 3500 acres. Here you will find some of the last virgin beaches on the Spanish coastline at Genoveses and Monsul. You can see white sand dunes which were used as the setting for famous films including 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 'The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen' and 'Lawrence of Arabia' and, of course, A Fistful of Dollars.

At midday stop for a picnic lunch in Cortijo El Romeral, where farmers and shepherds still gather. Then continue riding uphill through El Tesorillo valley and back to San Jose where you will overnight.

Day 3 - San José - Rodalquilar

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

In the north face of the park, you find the mountains of "Sierra de Gata" which still have the craters of ancient volcanoes and moon-like scenery. You can visit unspoiled villages such as "Los Albaricoques" where you will again discover the scenery of many western movies such as For a Handful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly . The local streets are named after famous movie stars such as Clint Eastwood and the director Sergio Leones. You will have lunch in one of the most special places in the park called 'El Cortijo del Fraile'.

In the afternoon, you will ride on an old gold mining path made famous by the film "Bodas de Sangre" (Blood Wedding) by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Dinner and overnight in Rodalquilar.

Day 4 - Rodalquilar - El Playazo & Cala del Cuervo

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, you will set off riding through the eastern part of the Cabo de Gata national park, You will head up to La Torre de los Lobos (the tower of the wolves) from where you have an ample view of the natural park and, if the weather is clear, the snow capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. You will continue to ride up to the famous beach of El Playazo, popular since Roman times and known for having been a thoroughfare for pirates. On the way you will also pass through an oasis of palm trees that have thrived thanks to a small source of water.

Picnic lunch is by the sea at Cala del Cuervo. Dinner tonight is at a local coastal restaurant where you can enjoy a special grilled fish meal. Accommodation a t Rodalquilar.

Day 5 - Rodalquilar - Las Minas de Rodalquilar

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Today's ride heads inland to cross the old gold mines and climb through ravines which formed the only connection between the mountain farms and the sea. Ride through the crater which forms the Rodalquilar valley and discover mineral walls where hidden gold may still be present! You can visit the old mine facilities which were in operation from 1933 until 1986.

Lunch is in an old traditional cortijo, "Cortijo Montano".

In the afternoon you arrive back at Rodalquilar where you can enjoy some free time before dinner.

Day 6 - Rodalquilar - Las Negras

Riding: 3 hours

Today you will ride towards Las Negras which is a beautiful place of spectacular geology, At the end of its bay is El Cerro Negro (The Black Hill), an impressive rock formation, which looks like a tongue of lava, proof of what the Cabo de Gata Natural Park once was. In Las Negras you will find orchards watered by fresh water from the small rivers of the Rambla de las Agüillas and that has accumulated in small ponds by the sea.

For lunch, you will enjoy a delicious paella in a restaurant by the sea, then a free afternoon with the possibility of enjoying the spa at the Hotel Naturaleza (you will need to reserve this).

Dinner and accommodation in Rodalquilar.

Day 7 - Rodalqluilar - La Isleta del Moro - San José

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you ride along beautiful paths near to the seaside. From here you can enjoy spectacular views from the sea and the amazing cliffs. The trails were once used to monitor the coasts in the event of a pirate attack, which explains the presence of small castles and watch towers - typical constructions in this area. This is the best vantage point to enjoy such incredible scenery.

At midday, you will enjoy a picnic lunch on the Escullos beach, amongst the oasis of palm trees at Isleta del Moro. In the afternoon you will continue riding along the beach to San Jose where you have dinner. Overnight at the hotel Cortijo El Sotillo or similar.

Day 8 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

Transfer back to the airport, bus or train station in Almeria.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in a range of 3* & 4* hotels along the route.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Suitable for Intermediate to Experienced riders.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 21, 2024 - Jan. 28, 2024

Feb. 18, 2024 - Feb. 25, 2024

March 17, 2024 - March 24, 2024

April 21, 2024 - April 28, 2024

May 19, 2024 - May 26, 2024

June 23, 2024 - June 30, 2024

Sept. 1, 2024 - Sept. 8, 2024

Sept. 22, 2024 - Sept. 29, 2024

Oct. 20, 2024 - Oct. 27, 2024

Nov. 24, 2024 - Dec. 1, 2024

Dec. 29, 2024 - Jan. 5, 2025  (*New Year Special*)

Pricing

2024
New Year Special; Rider; sharing
£1445 $1830 €1690
Special New Year celebration departure.
2024
Rider; sharing
£1360 $1730 €1595
Included 7 nights accommodation in 3* & 4* hotels, based on shared twin or double rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, these are traditional Andalusian and are served with water and one other drink (beer or wine). Includes 6 days of horseback riding as per the itinerary. For 2024, set-time Almeria airport or bus station transfers will be included.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, additional drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Single Supplement £30 $38 €35 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per night and payable by anyone requiring a single room unless a room share is found.
2024 - Single Supplement (Easter & New Year) £43 $54 €50 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per night and payable by anyone requiring a single room unless a room share is found.
2024 - Small Group Supplement (2 riders) £235 $300 €280
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement payable to confirm any date for a minimum of 2 riders. *Will be removed, adjusted or refunded once more riders book.
2024 - Small Group Supplement (3 riders) £128 $163 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement payable to confirm any date for a minimum of 3 riders. *Will be removed or refunded once more riders book.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

Transfer from Almeria airport to the hotel where you will meet your guide and horses at around 7 or 8 pm. You will learn about the route you will undertake over the next few days. Dinner and overnight at the hotel El Sotillo in San José.

Day 2 - Cabo de Gata & Genoveses Beach

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

You will be allocated your horses after breakfast and warm up to check you are happy with your mount. Your first riding day will see you heading through the western side of the Cabo de Gata national park, which covers nearly 3500 acres. Here you will find the pristine beaches of Genoveses,Monsul, Media Luna, and Reef of the Sirens. These are undoubtedly the last virgin, undeveloped beaches in the Mediterranean. White sand dunes as far as the eye can see - a glorious setting which has been used as a backdrop for famous films including 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', 'The Adventures of Baron Münchhausen' and 'Lawrence of Arabia'.

You will stop at around midday for an ample picnic lunch at Cortijo El Romeral where farmers and shepherds still gather. Then continue riding uphill through El Tesorillo valley before heading back to San Jose for dinner.

Day 3 - San José-Rodalquilar

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Our destination for the day is Rodalquilar. In the north face of the park you find the mountains of Sierra de Gata, an area still marked by the craters of ancient volcanoes, rendering a moon-like scenery. You can visit unspoilt villages such as "Los Albaricoques" where you will again recognise the scenes from films such as For a Handful of Dollars and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The local streets are named after famous movie stars and directors such as Clint Eastwood and Sergio Leones.

At midday you will stop for a delicious Andalucian picnic lunch at Cortijo del Fraile. The farm was made famous for providing the backdrop for Federico Garcia Lorca's well-known play “Bodas de Sangre” (Blood Wedding).

In the afternoon you will ride through the unique cratered scenery before arriving to the town of Rodalquillar where you will spend the night.

Day 4 - Rodalquilar- La Isleta del Moro-San José

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today will be the final riding day of your trip. You will start the day by heading along beautiful paths near to the seaside, from where you can enjoy spectacular views of the sea and amazing cliffs. Your destination is San José. These are some of the best vantage points to take in such incredible scenery. These trails were once used to monitor the coasts in the event of a pirate attack which explains the presence of some small castles and watch towers.

At midday you will enjoy a picnic lunch on the Escullos beach, amongst the oasis of palm trees at Isleta del Moro. In the afternoon continue riding along the beach to San Jose where you will spend the night.

Day 5 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

Transfer back to the airport, bus or train station in Almeria.

Accommodation

Accommodation is provided in 3* & 4* hotels in San Jose and Rodalquilar.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate to Experienced Riders

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 7, 2024 - Jan. 11, 2024

Feb. 4, 2024 - Feb. 8, 2024

March 3, 2024 - March 7, 2024

March 31, 2024 - April 4, 2024  (*Easter Week*)

April 14, 2024 - April 18, 2024

June 16, 2024 - June 20, 2024

Oct. 6, 2024 - Oct. 10, 2024

Dec. 15, 2024 - Dec. 19, 2024

Pricing

2024
Rider; Sharing
£895 $1135 €1050
Included 4 nights accommodation in 3* & 4* hotels, based on shared twin or double rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, these are traditional Andalusian and are served with water and one other drink (beer or wine). Includes 3 days of horseback riding as per the itinerary and set-time Almeria airport or bus station transfers will be included.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, additional drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Single Supplement £30 $38 €35 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per night and payable by anyone requiring a single room unless a room share is found.
2024 - Single Supplement (Easter Week) £43 $54 €50 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per night and payable by anyone requiring a single room unless a room share is found.
2024 - Small Group Supplement (2 riders) £120 $152 €140
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement payable to confirm any date for a minimum of 2 riders. *Will be removed, adjusted or refunded once more riders book.
2024 - Small Group Supplement (3 riders) £64 $81 €75
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable to confirm a departure for 3 guests. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Cabo de Gata

Riding: No riding.

A transfer for all guests will be organised from the cafeteria at Almeria airport at 5 pm this day. From here you will transfer to your hotel in San Jose (approximately 45 minutes away) to settle into your rooms.

A ride briefing with your guide will be held at 8 p.m. at the hotel restaurant before dinner.

Day 2 - Arrecife - Indian Jones beaches

Riding: 5 hours

After breakfast this morning you will meet at c. 9:30 am at the Cabacci stables, located a 5-minute walk from the hotel. On arrival, you will gain an introduction to your equine partner, who will accompany you throughout the week.

After preparing and saddling the horses, you will set off on your first ride towards the virgin beaches of the Cabo de Gata: Genoveses, Mónsul, Media Luna and the Mermaids Reef. These beaches are famous settings of iconic scenes from movies such as "Indiana Jones" or "A Fistful of Dollars " - lovers of these films will instantly recognize them.

Enjoyed a delicious picnic lunch at "El Romeral", an old homestead made up of typical Almerian-style buildings that were once a working farm. Through the afternoon you will return to San José, ascending through the Tesorillo Valley.

Day 3 - Los Escullos - the pirate trail

Riding: 4 hours

Today you will set out from San José towards Los Escullos, following wide paths that run along the coast and offer impressive panoramic views out to sea. You will stumble across secluded coves with crystalline waters, as well as small castles and watchtowers that in the past would act as the first warning of possible incursions by Genoese, Barbary or Turkish pirates.

On your return to San Jose, you will enjoy a late lunch of typical Paella before heading off by road to the Tabernas desert - a journey of 1 hour, more or less.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in the Tabernas desert.

Day 4 - Tabernas Natural Park - in the footsteps of Clint Eastwood

Riding: 5 hours

Meeting up with your horses again this morning, you will begin your first ride into the heart of the Tabernas Desert, known as Spanish Hollywood. Explore deep canyons that were once ridden on horseback by legends like Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. The settings will evoke images of cinematic Arizona or the Sonoran desert of Mexico. During the 1960s, this region was used extensively as the backdrop for the filming of many well-known spaghetti westerns.

You'll enjoy a picnic lunch at the Cañón de la Emboscada today and a a BBQ dinner back at your hotel in the evening.

Day 5 - Tabernas Desert - Oasis of Laurence of Arabia

Riding: 4 hours

Today you will ride south, following the Oasis Canyon, scattered with the trickling remains of rivers and bodies of water. Toward the end of the morning, you will reach the oasis where Laurence of Arabia was filmed. From there you will head to Fort Bravo, a movie scene set now open as a visitor attraction for those who have an interest in the old spaghetti western films. On arrival in this story-setting town, you will feel transported into a gun-slinger film; see the sheriff catching the bandits that have robbed the
bank or the saloon doors swinging and the curtains twitching at high noon.

You'll enjoy a picnic lunch inside the Fort Bravo fort and a chance to walk the streets and explore the Mexcian town next door.

After lunch, you will head by road to the Sierra Nevada and the final phase of your adventure.

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Guadix.

Day 6 - La Pantaneta - paths of the shepherds

Riding: 5 hours

After breakfast this morning, you will take a 15-minute transfer by road to where the horses have been stabled overnight.

On saddling up, your destination today is the Pantaneta, a picturesque lake fed with the melt waters that roll off of the Sierra Nevada peaks. You will follow barely visible shepherds' Paths, which offer magnificent views of the altiplano at 1,200 meters of altitude, and up through dense pine forests.

You will enjoy a picnic lunch in La Pantaneta. Those with an intrepid spirit can take a refreshing swim in the lake!
In the afternoon you will make your way back down to the farm, leave the horses here for the night once more and then head back to your accommodation in Quadix for the night.

Day 7 - Sierra Nevada - Camarate

Riding: 5 hours

After breakfast and the short 15-minute drive to the horses, you will set off today in the direction of El Camarate.

As we ascend the mountain slopes, you will follow easy paths, bordered by forests of holm oaks and olive trees. These same paths were once used to guide herds of cattle and bulls to the high mountain meadows during the summers. Around noon, you will have reached an altitude of 2,000 meters, in a place with wide meadows and Atlantic forests. Here you will stop to enjoy the picnic that you have carried with you in your saddlebags.

After lunch, you will begin the descent back down towards the town of Cogollos de Guadix.

This evening, your hosts have planned a wonderful evening flamenco show with a gastronomic dinner (not included)

Day 8 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

Saying a find farewell to the Sierra Nevada, those who wish will be transferred back to Almeria airport for approx. 12:30 p.m. (flights to be booked 14:30 p.m. or later).

Or, perhaps you'd prefer to stay on in Guadix and explore this region further!

Accommodation

You will usually stay in 3 different hotels during this ride; the first by the sea in San Jose, the second in the Tabernas desert and finally in the mountains near Guadix.

Experience Experienced

Riders should be competent intermediates and above, capable and confident riding at walk, trot and canter on a forward-going horse in a variety of different terrains. Although the riding pace is not overly fast, the hours and terrain are demanding.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

May 12, 2024 - May 19, 2024

June 9, 2024 - June 16, 2024

Sept. 8, 2024 - Sept. 15, 2024

Oct. 13, 2024 - Oct. 20, 2024

Pricing

2024
Rider; Sharing
£1625 $2060 €1895
Included 7 nights accommodation in 3* & 4* hotels, based on shared twin or double rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day (except dinner on the final night), these are traditional Andalusian and are served with water and one other drink (beer or wine). Includes 6 days of horseback riding as per the itinerary and set-time Almeria airport or bus station transfers will be included.
Not included Flights, transfers from other locations, personal travel insurance, additional drinks, dinner on the final night, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Single Supplement £30 $38 €35 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Cost is per night and payable by anyone requiring a single room unless a room share is found.
2024 - Small Group Supplement (2 riders) £235 $300 €280
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement payable to confirm any date for a minimum of 2 riders. *Will be removed, adjusted or refunded once more riders book.
2024 - Small Group Supplement (3 riders) £128 $163 €150
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement payable to confirm any date for a minimum of 3 riders. *Will be removed or refunded once more riders book.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Welcome to Andalucia

Riding: No riding.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel where you will discuss the coming week with the team at 8 pm.

Days 2 to 3 - Care, Tack & Grooming

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

After breakfast, you will go to where the horses are based near the hotel. You will have your first contact with the horse, You will also learn to correctly prepare your horse for riding, including grooming, saddling and handling. Today you will learn the basics of riding including riding at walk, turning, stopping and generally controlling your horse. This will be concluded by a short ride in the countryside.

Days 4 to 5 - Practice

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

You will prepare your horse and tack for the ride. Your riding lesson will be walking, trotting, position and transitions. Introduction to Canter. You will enjoy a short excursion to Cala Higuera nearby, or a similar location. On your return, you will take care of your horse and tack.

Day 6 - Cala Genoveses

Riding: 3 hours

After preparing your horse today you will ride along the famous "Genoveses" beach - a golden,crystalline and white rugged setting. To ride a horse along a golden beach is a very special experience which horse riders all over the world would find inspiring.

Day 7 - Adiós Amigos!

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport, bus terminal or train station in Almeria, if requested.

Accommodation

Each night is spent in twin/double bedrooms at hotel Cortijo el Sotillo or Doña Pakita, with private bathrooms.

Experience Beginner

This programme is designed to be flexible and can be tailored to your level as a rider; from the total beginner to those with a little experience who would like to have more confidence in the saddle.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

Jan. 14, 2024 - Jan. 20, 2024

Feb. 11, 2024 - Feb. 17, 2024

March 10, 2024 - March 16, 2024

March 24, 2024 - March 30, 2024

April 7, 2024 - April 13, 2024

June 2, 2024 - June 8, 2024

July 7, 2024 - July 13, 2024

July 14, 2024 - July 20, 2024

Sept. 15, 2024 - Sept. 21, 2024

Nov. 3, 2024 - Nov. 9, 2024

Dec. 8, 2024 - Dec. 14, 2024

Dec. 22, 2024 - Dec. 28, 2024

Pricing

2024
Low Season (rest of the year); Sharing
£895 $1135 €1050
2024
High Season (July & August dates); Sharing
£1110 $1410 €1300
Included 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Hotel Cortijo el Sotillo (or Doña Pakita), 1 picnic lunch on the beach ride. 5 days of lessons and short hacks, as well as a ride to the beach on the final day and set-time Almeria airport or bus station transfers will be included.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, lunches and dinners, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Single Supplement (High Season) £43 $54 €50 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement is payable by anyone booking this ride alone. If you are happy to share, and we can find someone else to share a room with, then no supplement will be charged.
2024 - Single Supplement (Low Season) £30 $38 €35 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement is payable by anyone booking this ride alone. If you are happy to share, and we can find someone else to share a room with, then no supplement will be charged.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1 - Welcome to Andalucia

Riding: No riding.

Upon arrival, you will meet at the hotel where you will be able to discuss the coming week with the team at 8 pm before overnighting in your hotel in San Jose.

Day 2 - Genoveses Beach

Riding: 3 hours

Following a talk about safety we will saddle our horses. This morning's ride will take you to Genoveses Beach, well known for its white sand dunes. These dunes have featured in many films, such as Indiana Jones and Lawrence of Arabia, and are easily recognised. You will enjoy the beautiful landscapes and some of the last unspoiled beaches of the Mediterranean.

Day 3 - The Cliffs of Los Escullos: The Pirate Trail

Riding: 3 hours

This morning you follow the cliffs of Cabo de Gata natural park, offering spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. This area is famous for its gold mines and the beaches were often visited by pirates. Follow a narrow path along the coast where you can see small lookout towers and castles, used for surveillance and to prevent the pirates from reaching land.

Day 4 - The Volcanoes Valley

Riding: 3 hours

To the north of the park, the Sierra de Gata mountains have preserved the craters of ancient volcanoes, creating a lunar like landscape. They were active 15-16 million years ago. Cabo de Gata is an arid area and its people used the huge volcanic cone to irrigate their crops located at the bottom of the mountain.

You will ride your horses on the slopes of the volcanoes and gallop along the paths that lead to water running down to the sea.

Day 5 - The Andalusian Cortijos

Riding: 3 hours

As you make your way into the Cabo de Gata Natural Park, you will pass some typical Andalusian buildings - the famous cortijos - some of Arabic origin. These are isolated houses where the families who worked in the fields lived, some of which became small white self sufficient towns with rainwater harvesting systems (aljibes), These were rudimentary installations for the cultivations of cereals (eras) and windmills to make flour. You will have the chance to tour some of these to learn more about the history of Andalusia.

Day 6 - Monsul Beach

Riding: 3 hours

Monsul is a 400m long beach surrounded by rock formations of volcanic origin and with a huge sand dune at the back. In the middle of the beach is a large rock that has become the emblem of the beach and natural park - La Peineta de Monsul. The rock is shaped like a giant wave trying to get back to sea. Steven Spielberg decided to use this beach and other locations in Almeria to film Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade starring Harrison Ford and Sean Connery,

Day 7 - Adiós Amigos!

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to the airport, bus terminal or train station in Almeria if requested.

Accommodation

Each night is spent in twin/double bedrooms at a 3* hotel in San Jose, with private bathrooms.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Suitable for intermediate and advanced riders, who are comfortable riding a steady and well-trained horse at walk, trot and canter in open countryside.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 14, 2024 - Jan. 20, 2024

Feb. 11, 2024 - Feb. 17, 2024

March 10, 2024 - March 16, 2024

March 24, 2024 - March 30, 2024

April 7, 2024 - April 13, 2024

July 7, 2024 - July 13, 2024

July 14, 2024 - July 20, 2024

July 21, 2024 - July 27, 2024

Sept. 15, 2024 - Sept. 21, 2024

Nov. 3, 2024 - Nov. 9, 2024

Nov. 17, 2024 - Nov. 23, 2024

Dec. 8, 2024 - Dec. 14, 2024

Dec. 22, 2024 - Dec. 28, 2024

Pricing

2024
Low Season (rest of the year); Sharing
£895 $1135 €1050
2024
High Season (July & August dates); Sharing
£1110 $1410 €1300
Included 6 nights accommodation in a hotel in San Jose, breakfast each morning and 5 days riding. Set-time Almeria airport or bus station transfers are also included.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, lunches and evening meals (other than specified), drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Single Supplement (High Season) £43 $54 €50 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement is payable by anyone booking this ride alone. If you are happy to share, and we can find someone else to share a room with, then no supplement will be charged.
2024 - Single Supplement (Low Season) £30 $38 €35 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement is payable by anyone booking this ride alone. If you are happy to share, and we can find someone else to share a room with, then no supplement will be charged.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.