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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

  • 6 itineraries available
  • Max 10 riders per group
  • Average of 3 - 4 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 100 kg / 220 lbs / 15st 10lbs

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 horseriding. The host, Manolo is a skilled horseman whilst remaining a kind, caring and attentive host. As his business grew, Manolo found himself involved in all aspects of the business, including teaching children and adults how to ride, and giving classes as part of the Equestrian tourist guide scheme for the Spanish government. He designed and set up all the existing routes around the area, opening up once again many forgotten paths of the area. His love of people, horses and nature is evident in his holidays and he describes horses as "our companions through life". He can help you to improve your riding skills whilst also offering you 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 Andalucian and Arabian cross breeds. They are calm and well-mannered, trained using a combination of natural horsemanship and traditional horsemanship techniques.

Riding

There are 6 itineraries:

  • Cabo de Gata Beach Trail is a trail ride
  • Cabo de Gata 4-Night Beach Trail is a trail ride
  • Western Movie Trail (4 Nights) is a trail ride
  • Cabo de Gata and Beaches Radial Routes is a based ride
  • Learn to Ride by the Sea (Beginner) is a based ride
  • Natural Horsemanship (Parelli) is a based ride

Ages

No age limit

Health

Fit & Healthy

Weight

100 kg / 220 lbs / 15st 10lbs

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 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 those fantastic views across the natural park. The chef will produce dishes filled with local and traditional products and flavours.

Itineraries

Cabo de Gata Beach Trail Standard accommodation.

Cabo de Gata 4-Night Beach Trail Standard accommodation.

Western Movie Trail (4 Nights) Standard accommodation.

Cabo de Gata and Beaches Radial Routes Standard accommodation.

Learn to Ride by the Sea (Beginner) Standard accommodation.

Natural Horsemanship (Parelli) 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. Almeria airport transfers are available at an additional cost. There are set arrival and departure times depending 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 pm on arrival day and on departure, drop off at Almeria airport will be at 11:00 am. Please book your return flight for after 1:00 pm as you may not arrive in time to check-in for an earlier flight. Please check individual itineraries for transfer costs.

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

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 to the riding centre where you will meet your guide and horses 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 - 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'.

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.

Day 3 - 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, and where you will be able to enjoy a delicious Andalucian picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you will ride on an old gold mining path and head for "Cortijo del Fraile", made famous by the film "Bodas de Sangre" (Blood Wedding) by Federico Garcia Lorca.

Dinner and overnight in Rodalquilar, at hotel Oro Y Luz, or similar.

Day 4 - El Playazo & Cala del Cuervo

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

After breakfast, you will set off riding through the Cabo de Gata national park, which used to be the site of a host of prosperous mining settlements (for gold!) and the source of many great pirate battles. Follow a narrow path alongside the coast - these roads were once used for coastal surveillance to prevent pirates from landing, and you can see the small castles and watchtowers. Ride along the famous El Playazo beach with its golden, crystalline sands, crowned by the castle of San Ramon.

Picnic lunch is by the sea and dinner/overnight is in Rodalquilar again.

Day 5 - Las Minas de Rodalquilar

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today's ride heads inland to cross the old gold mines and climb through ravines which formed the only connection between the farms. 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.

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

Day 6 - Las Negras

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today you will ride towards Las Negra, passing vegetable gardens that are irrigated by water flowing from Rambla de las Aguilas. The water gathers in a series of pools near the sea. The village of Las Negras comprises a group of simple white houses on the coastline. From here you can see the expanse of the Gabo de Gata national park, with its impressive ecological features. You will enjoy a traditional paella lunch in a restaurant near the sea.

Dinner and accommodation in Rodalquilar.

Day 7 - Isleta del Moro

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. 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 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 10
Departure windows

Oct. 24, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021

Nov. 14, 2021 - Nov. 21, 2021

Dec. 5, 2021 - Dec. 12, 2021

Dec. 26, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022  (*New Year Special)

Jan. 30, 2022 - Feb. 6, 2022

Feb. 20, 2022 - Feb. 27, 2022

March 20, 2022 - Feb. 27, 2022

April 3, 2022 - April 10, 2022

April 17, 2022 - April 24, 2022

May 1, 2022 - May 8, 2022

May 15, 2022 - May 22, 2022

June 12, 2022 - June 19, 2022

Sept. 18, 2022 - Sept. 25, 2022

Oct. 16, 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022

Oct. 30, 2022 - Nov. 6, 2022

Nov. 13, 2022 - Nov. 20, 2022

Dec. 4, 2022 - Dec. 11, 2022

Dec. 25, 2022 - Jan. 1, 2023  (*New Year Special)

Pricing

2021
Sharing
£1170 $1620 €1390
2021/2022
New Year Special; sharing
£1255 $1735 €1490
2022
New Year Special 22/23; sharing
£1340 $1850 €1590
2022
Sharing
£1175 $1625 €1395
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.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, additional drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Almeria Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Return; Includes travel in both directions Pickup times are strictly at Almeria Airport; 7:00 pm. On your departure, drop off at Almeria airport will be at; 11.00 am (we recommend booking flights departing after 1 pm).
2021/2022 - Single Supplement €210
Paid locally
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.
2022 - Single Supplement (for New Year Trail) €350
Paid locally
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.
2021/2022 - Small Group Supplement (2 pax) €260
Paid locally
Payable to confirm a departure for 2 guests. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
2021/2022 - Small Group Supplement (3 pax) €130
Paid locally
Payable to confirm a departure for 3 guests. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
2022 - Non-riding Guests 30% discount for non-riding companions. Stays on a Half board basis (breakfast & dinner), sharing a room with a riding guest.
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 riding centre where you will meet your guide and horses and learn about the route you will undertake over the next few days. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2 - Cabo de Gata & Genoveses Beach

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

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 and Monsul, some of the last virgin, undeveloped beaches on the Spanish coastline. 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 - The Volcano Route

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

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 many a western movie.

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 - The Pirate Route

Riding: 3 - 5 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. These are some of the best vantage points to take in 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 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 on nights 1, 2 and 4 will be at the Cortijo el Soltilo or Dona Pakita hotels in San Jose. Night 3 will be at the hotel Oro y Luz in Rodalquillar.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate to Experienced Riders

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Oct. 6, 2021 - Oct. 10, 2021

Nov. 3, 2021 - Nov. 7, 2021

Nov. 24, 2021 - Nov. 28, 2021

Dec. 22, 2021 - Dec. 26, 2021

Feb. 16, 2022 - Feb. 20, 2022

March 16, 2022 - March 20, 2022

April 27, 2022 - May 1, 2022

May 8, 2022 - May 12, 2022

May 22, 2022 - May 26, 2022

June 8, 2022 - June 12, 2022

June 19, 2022 - June 23, 2022

Sept. 25, 2022 - Sept. 29, 2022

Oct. 9, 2022 - Oct. 13, 2022

Nov. 6, 2022 - Nov. 10, 2022

Nov. 23, 2022 - Nov. 27, 2022

Dec. 18, 2022 - Dec. 22, 2022

Pricing

2021/2022
Sharing
£700 $970 €835
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.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, additional drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Almeria Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Return; Includes travel in both directions Pickup times are strictly at Almeria Airport; 7:00 pm. On your departure, drop off at Almeria airport will be at; 11.00 am (we recommend booking flights departing after 1 pm).
2021/2022 - Single Supplement €120
Paid locally
Single 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.
2021/2022 - Small Group Supplement (2 pax) €127
Paid locally
Payable to confirm a departure for 2 guests. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
2021/2022 - Small Group Supplement (3 pax) €65
Paid locally
Payable to confirm a departure for 3 guests. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
2022 - Non-riding Guests 30% discount for non-riding companions. Stays on a Half board basis (breakfast & dinner), sharing a room with a riding guest.
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 Tabernas where you will meet your guide and horses and learn about the route you will undertake over the next few days. Dinner and overnight at a rural eco-lodge in Albardinales.

Day 2 - The Green Face of the Desert

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Your first ride today will see you heading out from your cosy eco-lodge to discover the Tabernas fields. This sub-desert area of relative greenery is often regarded as “El Oro Verde” (the green gold) by locals due to the large number of olive trees grown here. The region offers the perfect climate and conditions for olive growing, meaning that the area is recognised worldwide for the quality of the olive oil it produces. Riding between the olive trees and the semi-arid landscapes of southeastern Spain, you will encounter the peculiar flora of the area. Crossing back over a small hill, which will provide a superb vantage point from where to appreciate the contrasts of the landscape, you will return to the starting point of the ride at Albardinales. 

After the ride there will be some free time to learn more about the greener side of the desert and the secrets of the development of organic olive oil.

Day 3 - The Western Route

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Today's ride will see you crossing the fields of Tabernas, heading to the most arid part of the desert. You will ride over open plains, through canyons, mountains and ravines to discover a beautiful interior landscape of great beauty, comparable to the vast desert landscapes of Arizona and New Mexico.

The focus of this second day will be on the audiovisual and cinematographic heritage of the Tabernas Desert, which has featured as an incredibly convincing set for many an emblematic European western production. This exceptional landscape has played a part in some of the movie industry's the most exciting stories since the 1960s - here they have found their ideal backdrop. Acclaimed producers such as Sergio Leone shot his Dollars trilogy and the mythical “Until His Time Came” here -  films which set the ball rolling for hundreds of film shootings from a variety of genres. 

Of the seven fixed western-style sets, which were built specifically for use as film sets, three remain standing today. Your destination for today will be one of these old western villages; Fort Bravo - today a major tourist site. Dozens of titles have been filmed at the fort. Among the most recent films are: “800 Bullets”, “The Daltons”, “Penny Dreadful” or “The Sister’s Brothers” amongst many others. 

At the end the day there will be some free time to walk the streets of Fort Bravo before a group dinner at the “Saloon”. Accommodation will be in cabins on-site.

Day 4 - The Arabian Route

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

Today's route takes you on a trip not only through time but through space as well! Moving away from the western landscapes of Mexico or Arizona, you will continue to the deserts of the Middle East and Afghanistan. You will pass through sand strewn and mythical places which have served as sets representing the landscapes of Africa in the film “Patton”; Turkey in “Indiana Jones and the last crusade”; Australia in “Millenium”; as Afghanistan for the film “Hostile zone”; as well as Israel in “Resuscitated”, New Mexico in “Terminator 6” and even of the kingdom of Daenerys in “Game of Thrones”!  More than 300 films have been shot or have featured scenes shot in this desert, as well as numerous television commercials, documentaries and other cinematographic projects.

Lunch will be served at Oasys studios where scenes from Laurence of Arabia were shot, before returning to Fort Bravo to spend the night.

Day 5 - Departure

Riding: No riding.

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

Accommodation

2 nights at a rural eco-lodge in Los Albardinales and 2 nights in cabins at Fort Bravo.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate to Experienced riders

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

Oct. 10, 2021 - Oct. 14, 2021

Nov. 7, 2021 - Nov. 11, 2021

May 11, 2022 - May 15, 2022

Sept. 14, 2022 - Sept. 18, 2022

Oct. 12, 2022 - Oct. 16, 2022

Nov. 9, 2022 - Nov. 13, 2022

Pricing

2021/2022
Sharing
£800 $1105 €945
Included 4 nights accommodation in hotels and rural guesthouses, 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.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, additional drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Almeria Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Return; Includes travel in both directions Pickup times are strictly at Almeria Airport; 7:00 pm. On your departure, drop off at Almeria airport will be at; 11.00 am (we recommend booking flights departing after 1 pm).
2021/2022 - Single Supplement €120
Paid locally
Single 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.
2021/2022 - Small Group Supplement (2 pax) €130
Paid locally
Payable to confirm a departure for 2 guests. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
2021/2022 - Small Group Supplement (3 pax) €65
Paid locally
Payable to confirm a departure for 3 guests. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
2022 - Non-riding Guests 30% discount for non-riding companions. Stays on a Half board basis (breakfast & dinner), sharing a room with a riding guest.
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.

Upon arrival, you will meet at the equestrian centre where you will be able to discuss the coming week with your guide Manolo, before overnighting in your hotel in San Jose.

Day 2 - Genoveses Beach

Riding: 3 hours

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

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 Andalucian Western

Riding: 3 hours

Today you will visit quaint villages such as Los Albaricoques, where you will discover the scenery from many Spaghetti Western movies. For those who have watched the likes of "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" and "A Fistful of Dollars", some of the streets may seem awfully familiar!

Day 5 - The Volcanoes

Riding: 3 hours

Today's ride will be an opportunity to visit the great craters of the volcanoes that originally formed the Cabo de Gata National Park. Despite the passing of thousands of years, evidence of the force of these volcanic eruptions is still visible today. Ride on the hills around the volcanoes and canter up paths leading to areas where water was collected in the volcanic cones before being used for agricultural crops in the area.

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. This beach has also featured in movies such as Indiana Jones.

Day 7 - Departure

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 hotel in Doña Pakita or the Cortijo el Sotillo, with private bathrooms.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Suitable for strong novices to 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 10
Departure windows

Oct. 17, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021

Dec. 19, 2021 - Dec. 25, 2021

Jan. 2, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2022

Jan. 9, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2022

Feb. 6, 2022 - Feb. 12, 2022

Feb. 27, 2022 - March 5, 2022

March 6, 2022 - March 12, 2022

March 27, 2022 - April 2, 2022

April 10, 2022 - April 16, 2022

April 24, 2022 - April 30, 2022

May 22, 2022 - May 28, 2022

June 5, 2022 - June 11, 2022

July 3, 2022 - July 9, 2022  (High Season)

July 10, 2022 - July 16, 2022  (High Season)

July 17, 2022 - July 23, 2022  (High Season)

July 24, 2022 - July 30, 2022  (High Season)

July 31, 2022 - Aug. 6, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 7, 2022 - Aug. 13, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 14, 2022 - Aug. 20, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 21, 2022 - Aug. 27, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 28, 2022 - Sept. 3, 2022  (High Season)

Oct. 17, 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022

Oct. 23, 2022 - Oct. 29, 2022

Oct. 30, 2022 - Nov. 5, 2022

Dec. 11, 2022 - Dec. 17, 2022

Dec. 18, 2022 - Dec. 24, 2022

Pricing

2021
Low Season (rest of the year); Sharing
£750 $1040 €895
2022
Low Season (rest of the year); Sharing
£800 $1105 €945
2022
High Season (3rd July - 3rd September, inclusively); Sharing
£1010 $1395 €1200
Included 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in a hotel in Doña Pakita or the Cortijo el Sotillo, 5 half days riding.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, transfers, lunches and evening meals (other than specified), drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Almeria Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Return; Includes travel in both directions. Pickup times are strictly at Almeria Airport; 7:00 pm. On your departure, drop off at Almeria airport will be at; 11.00 am (we recommend booking flights departing after 1 pm).
2021 - Single Supplement €180
Paid locally
Single 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.
2022 - Single Supplement (High Season) €300
Paid locally
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.
2022 - Single Supplement (Low Season) €180
Paid locally
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.
2021/2022 - Small Group Supplement €260
Paid locally
Payable to confirm for 1 person. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
2022 - Non-riding Guests 30% discount for non-riding companions. Stays on a B&B basis (breakfast & accommodation only), sharing a room with a riding guest.
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

Riding: No riding.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel where you will discuss the coming week with your guide if time allows.

Day 2

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

Today you will learn the basics of riding including riding at walk, turning, stopping and generally controlling your horse. This will be followed by a short ride in the countryside (walk). You will also learn to correctly prepare your horse for riding, including grooming, saddling and handling.

Day 3

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

Today you will enjoy a riding lesson where you begin to learn how to trot, followed by a ride out (usually walk only).

Day 4

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

This morning you will learn to improve your techniques at trotting followed by a ride out (at walk).

Day 5

Riding: 2 - 3 hours

This morning's lesson will concentrate on improving control of your horse at the trot and mastering turning whilst trotting. Ride out into the countryside (at walk).

Day 6

Riding: 3 hours

This morning's ride will finish with the chance to ride out on one of the beautiful 'Virgin Beaches of the Cabo De Gata'. The white sand has been the backdrop for many famous films including Lawrence of Arabia, Indian Jones and The Last Crusade and the adventures of Barron Münchhausen.

Day 7

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 for total beginners and for people who have ridden a little and want to improve their riding skills. The course will alternate between classes in the arena and rides out in the surrounding areas.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

Jan. 2, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2022

Jan. 9, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2022

Feb. 6, 2022 - Feb. 12, 2022

Feb. 27, 2022 - March 5, 2022

March 6, 2022 - March 12, 2022

March 27, 2022 - April 2, 2022

April 10, 2022 - April 16, 2022

April 24, 2022 - April 30, 2022

May 22, 2022 - May 28, 2022

June 5, 2022 - June 11, 2022

July 3, 2022 - July 9, 2022  (High Season)

July 10, 2022 - July 16, 2022  (High Season)

July 17, 2022 - July 23, 2022  (High Season)

July 24, 2022 - July 30, 2022  (High Season)

July 31, 2022 - Aug. 6, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 7, 2022 - Aug. 13, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 14, 2022 - Aug. 20, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 21, 2022 - Aug. 27, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 28, 2022 - Sept. 3, 2022  (High Season)

Oct. 17, 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022

Oct. 23, 2022 - Oct. 29, 2022

Oct. 30, 2022 - Nov. 5, 2022

Dec. 11, 2022 - Dec. 17, 2022

Dec. 18, 2022 - Dec. 24, 2022

Pricing

2021
Low Season (rest of the year); Sharing
£750 $1040 €895
2022
Low Season (rest of the year); Sharing
£800 $1105 €945
2022
High Season (3rd July - 3rd September, inclusively); Sharing
£1010 $1395 €1200
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 to the beach on the final day.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, lunches and dinners, drinks, tips and personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Almeria Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Return; Includes travel in both directions. Pickup times are strictly at Almeria Airport; 7:00 pm. On your departure, drop off at Almeria airport will be at; 11.00 am (we recommend booking flights departing after 1 pm).
2021 - Single Supplement €180
Paid locally
Single 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.
2022 - Single Supplement (High Season) €300
Paid locally
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.
2022 - Single Supplement (Low Season) €180
Paid locally
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.
2021/2022 - Small Group Supplement €260
Paid locally
Payable to confirm for 1 person. * cost will be removed or refunded once more guests join the same date.
2022 - Non-riding Guests 30% discount for non-riding companions. Stays on a B&B basis (breakfast & accommodation only), sharing a room with a riding guest.
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

Riding: No riding.

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel where you will discuss the coming week with your guide if time allows.

Day 2

Riding: 3 hours

Classes begin with understanding the firm guidelines and principles of this style of training. You will learn about making emotional and psychological connections with your horse and how to channel your energy so that your horse companion will follow you and recognise you as its leader.

Day 3

Riding: 3 hours

Today you learn effective body language techniques. You will learn to walk together freely with your horse, provide self-control, concentration and leadership skills. Your horse is learning to feel safe and happy, but will also be having fun with you.

Day 4

Riding: 3 hours

Today you will learn to gain real confidence and competence on the ground with your horse. You will be improving your communications skills so your horse feels even safer and happier connecting with you.

Day 5

Riding: 3 hours

Today you will be able to put your newfound skills and connection into practice using the Parelli Seven Games.

Day 6

Riding: 3 - -1 hours

Today is about hidden skills - a path for humans and horses to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship. There may be a chance to take a short ride out in bitless bridles.

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

You will be transferred back to Almeria airport in time for your flight.

You will have enjoyed many pleasant days. You will have explored the workings of your horse's brain, understanding his loyalty to humans and you will have become the best of companions.

Accommodation

Each night is spent in twin/double bedrooms at hotel "Cortijo el sotillo" or similar, with private bathrooms.

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

Novice to Experienced riders welcome. This programme is designed to give guests an introduction to natural horsemanship training techniques.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

Jan. 2, 2022 - Jan. 8, 2022

Jan. 9, 2022 - Jan. 15, 2022

Feb. 6, 2022 - Feb. 12, 2022

Feb. 27, 2022 - March 5, 2022

March 6, 2022 - March 12, 2022

March 27, 2022 - April 2, 2022

April 10, 2022 - April 16, 2022

April 24, 2022 - April 30, 2022

May 22, 2022 - May 28, 2022

June 5, 2022 - June 11, 2022

July 3, 2022 - July 9, 2022  (High Season)

July 10, 2022 - July 16, 2022  (High Season)

July 17, 2022 - July 23, 2022  (High Season)

July 24, 2022 - July 30, 2022  (High Season)

July 31, 2022 - Aug. 6, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 7, 2022 - Aug. 13, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 14, 2022 - Aug. 20, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 21, 2022 - Aug. 27, 2022  (High Season)

Aug. 28, 2022 - Sept. 3, 2022  (High Season)

Oct. 17, 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022

Oct. 23, 2022 - Oct. 29, 2022

Oct. 30, 2022 - Nov. 5, 2022

Dec. 11, 2022 - Dec. 17, 2022

Dec. 18, 2022 - Dec. 24, 2022

Pricing

2022
High Season (3rd July - 3rd September, inclusively); Sharing
£1010 $1395 €1200
2022
Low Season (rest of the year); Sharing
£800 $1105 €945
Included 6 nights accommodation in shared rooms, breakfast each day & 5 days of Parelli horsemanships tuition both on the ground and while riding.
Not included Flights, transfers, personal travel insurance, lunches, dinners, drinks, tips and other personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Almeria Airport Transfer €60
Paid locally
Return; Includes travel in both directions. Pickup times are strictly at Almeria Airport; 7:00 pm. On your departure, drop off at Almeria airport will be at; 11.00 am (we recommend booking flights departing after 1 pm).
2022 - Single Supplement (High Season) €300
Paid locally
Single 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.
2022 - Single Supplement (Low Season) €180
Paid locally
Single 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.
2022 - Small Group Supplement €260
Paid locally
Payable to confirm for 1 person. * 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.