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Reviews



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.

James H R-M. (Beginner programme and Sierra Nevada Trail)
I have recently returned from riding with Manolo. The horses were excellent and the diverse countryside was a pleasure to ride through. Accommodation and food also wonderful.

Sarah R
Myself and my husband have just come back from Spain. We did the Cabo de Gato trail beach ride in Almeria with Manolo. I would like to tell you it was an amazing holiday, he was a brilliant host, he treated us like his family, pointed every place out in detail. He took lunches and meals with us it really was a breathtaking holiday and we cannot wait to book up for next year with him. The horses were excellent and the two girls Melissa and Cassandra who helped out were so friendly and helpful with us letting us tack up and groom the horses, which made us feel we were involved hands on. I really feel I should let you know how special the people, the holiday and the horses were, I actually had tears when we said goodbye

Cheryl N
This was something new to me, the experience was quite superb, the scenery spectacular, the horse 'Mobi" quite beautiful and the instructor excellent. I couldn't fault it Manolo, the Spanish host and instructor couldn't have been more friendly and helpful. I'll be back!

Geoffrey G
An excellent mix of hacks, relaxation and Spanish life. We all felt that we had progressed greatly, learnt a lot, relaxed totally. What more do you need? We were very happy with the horses. Tuition was excellent. Ideal for beginners.

Fiona M
We both had a fabulous time. Manolo was great as were the horses, forward going but not too lively! We both grew in confidence over the week and really enjoyed the galloping.

Helen P
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!

Johanne (June 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.

Lesley A.
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!

Melinda C.
 

Horses



Type of horses:

Andalucian and Arabian cross breeds.

Nature of horses:

Well trained, surefooted

Height of horses:

15-16.2hh

Weight limit:

100 kg

Tack type:

English & Trekking saddles

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

Ride 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 which 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 mountains 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 typically Almerian. 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".

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The riding is based near the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata.

Hotel Oro y Luz

This hotel is situated in the village of Rodalquilar 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, fresh 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 freeze 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 gourmet meals in a calm and peaceful environment, again with those fantastic views across the natural park. Chef Jorge will produce dishes filled with local and traditional produce and flavours.

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

 

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.

 

Further Details

Languages: Spanish, Catalan, English, French

Health requirements: Fit & Healthy

Age limit: None

Tuition: Yes

Included: B&B, half or full board accommodation depending on programme, riding as per itinerary and transfers to and from Almeria.

Not included: Flights and travel insurance.

 

Travel Information

There are low cost flights available with easyJet, Ryanair and other low cost airlines. Almeria airport transfers are included within the cost of each programme, with arrival and departure between the hours of 7am and 6pm. Transfers outside of these times will carry an additional charge.

For 2 or more people, it is now possible for us to arrange Malaga airport transfers for guests as well. These will depart Malaga airport at 6 pm on arrival day and depart from Almeria at approx. 9 am on departure day. The journey will take approx. 2.5 hours each way, so please plan flights accordingly. This opens up far more flight options for arrival and departure. The following costs apply for these transfers:

Malaga - Cabo de Gata: 100€ (EUR) per person, each way.

Airport: Almeria

Alternative Airport: Malaga

 

Programmes


Cabo de Gata Beach Trail



This trail programme runs through the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar. It combines routes along the coastline with riding through valleys further inland where you can find beautiful scenery and small, unknown villages.

Itinerary (subject to change if deemed necessary).

Day 1 - Arrival

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 "Oro y Luz".

Day 2 - Rodalquilar - La Torre de los Lobos - El Playazo:

After breakfast, 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. Set off riding through the Rodalquilar valley, which used to be a prosperous mining settlement (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 3: Rodalquilar - Los Escullos - San Jose

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.

Day 4: San Jose - Cabo de Gata - Genoveses beach - San Jose

Today you 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 5 - San Jose - Las Negras:

In the north face of the park you find the mountains of "Sierra de Gata" which still have the craters of ancient volcanoes and a moon-like scenery. You can visit unspoilt 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 at Cala Grande or similar, which has a spa, sauna, jacuzzi etc on offer - subject to additional payment locally.

Day 6 - Fernan Pérez - Las Minas de Rodalquilar - Las Negras:

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 the Hotel Cala Grande where you can enjoy the spa (sauna, steam room, jacuzzi etc) before dinner in a local restaurant facing the sea.

Day 7 - Las Negras - Rodalquilar:

On the way back to Las Negras you ride past vegetable gardens which are irrigated by water flowing from Rambla de las Aguilas, which 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 take the path that leads to San Pedro Cala which has some impressive ecological features.

Dinner and accommodation at hotel Oro y Luz.

Day 8 - Departure

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.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate to Experienced riders.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Flexible
Departure dates: 2019:
17- 24 November (FULL), 27 December - 3 January 2020 (New Year special)

2020:
16-23 February, 22-29 March, 12-19 April, 10-17 May, 27 September-4 October, 18-25 October, 15-22 November, 27 December - 3 January 2021 (New Year special)
 
Pricing: 2019:

£1242 per person for the end of year special.

Small group supplement (payable if there are less than 4 confirmed riders): £223 per person.

Price includes 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. Return transfers from/to Almeria airport, bus terminal or train station are also included.

Price does not include extra drinks, flights and travel insurance.

** Single supplement of £154 per person is payable directly on arrival 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.


2020:

£1105 per person based on full board accommodation.
£1277 per person for the end of year special.

Small group supplement (payable if there are less than 4 confirmed riders): £223 per person.

Price includes 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. Return transfers from/to Almeria airport, bus terminal or train station are also included.

Price does not include extra drinks, flights and travel insurance.

** Single supplement of £154 per person is payable directly on arrival 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.



Learn to Ride by the Sea (Beginner)



This programme is designed for total beginners or those with a little experience who would like to have more confidence in the saddle. By the end of the programme you should be happily walking and trotting in open countryside, having learnt good riding techniques from Manolo. He has great horses for beginners and years of experience in giving riders confidence. For this programme you are based by the sea (National Park of Cabo de Gata).

The Beginners Programme combines riding lessons with trails in the beautiful Spanish countryside and can be done at your own pace, alone or in a group. A suggested itinerary is as below but you can choose to shorten or lengthen your stay. To get a good basic understanding of the rudiments of horse riding then the following programme would give you great confidence.

Day 1 : 

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

Day 2 : 

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.

c. 2.5-3 hours of riding. 

Day 3 : 

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

c. 2.5-3 hours of riding.

Day 4 : 

Learning to improve your techniques at trotting followed by a ride out (walk).

c. 2.5-3 hours of riding. 

Day 5 : 

Improving control of your horse at the trot and mastering turning whilst trotting. Ride out into the countryside (walk).

c. 2.5-3 hours of riding.

Day 6:

Ride out on the beautiful 'Virgin Beaches of the Cabo De Gata'. This white sand beach has been the backdrop for famous films including Lawrence of Arabia, Indian Jones and The Last Crusade and the adventures of Barron Münchhausen. You will be able to enjoy a delicious picnic with traditional Andalucia produce (no sandwiches here!).

c. 3 hours of riding.

Day 7

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



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: 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.
Type of ride: Tuition & Trail
Total riding time: Flexible
Departure dates: 2019:
7-14 December

2020:
26 January - 1 February, 23-29 February, 15-21 March, 31 May - 6 June, any dates from 19 July - 28 August, 22-28 November.

Other dates can be arranged for groups and families (minimum 3 riders).
 
Pricing: 2019:

£814 per person (B&B accommodation).

Small group supplement: £154 per person (payable if less than 2 riders book this programme).

Price includes 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Hotel "Oro y Luz", 1 picnic lunch with the beach ride. 4 days lessons and short hacks, as well as a half day hack to the beach on the final day and return transfers from/to Almeria airport, bus terminal or train station.

** Single supplement of 180€ (EUR) or approx. £154 is payable directly on arrival 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.


2020:

High Season (July & August): £943 per person
Low Season (rest of year) £814 per person

Small group supplement: £154 per person (payable if less than 2 riders book this programme).

Price includes 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in Hotel "Oro y Luz", 1 picnic lunch with the beach ride. 4 days lessons and short hacks, as well as a half day hack to the beach on the final day and return transfers from/to Almeria airport, bus terminal or train station.

** Single supplement of 180€ (EUR) or approx. £154 is payable directly on arrival 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.



Cabo de Gata and Beaches Radial Routes



This is a fabulous programme for riders looking to explore the Natural Park of Cabo de Gata-Nijar with a knowledgeable guide and excellent horses. The park features virgin beaches, valleys and small fishing villages - all of which you can experience whilst staying in the same comfortable accommodation each night.

Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel in Rodalquilar and will be able to discuss the coming week with your guide Manolo. 

Day 2: Torre de los Lobos

Today you head into the Rodalquilar valley which is famous for its gold mines - these are the reasons why the beaches were visited so often by pirates. Follow a narrow path along the coast where you can see small lookout towers and castles which were used for surveillance to prevent the pirates from landing.

After a delicious lunch, you will ride along the famous beach of El Playazo. With its golden, crystalline sand within a white rugged setting and overlooked by the castle of San Ramon, this is a spectacularly beautiful ride.

c. 5-6 hours of riding.

Day 3: The Gold Mines

Cross the interior, full of old mines and climb up through ravines which serve as the only connection to the inland farms.  Ride through the crater which forms the Rodalquilar valley and discover mineral walls where the remains of hidden gold can still be found. The mines were operational from 1933 until 1986.

c. 3 hours of riding.

Day 4: The Andalucian Western

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! You will also ride past the "Friar's farmhouse" which inspired the novel "Bodas de Sangre" by Federico Garcia.

c. 3 hours of riding.

Day 5: The Volcanoes

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.

c.3 hours of riding

Day 6: Las Negras

On the way to Las Negras you ride past vegetable gardens which are irrigated by water flowing from Rambla de las Aguillas and collected in a series of pools near the sea. The village of Las Negras is a simple collection of white houses overlooking the sea. Your return path leads to San Pedro Cala with some impressive ecological sights.

c. 3 hours of riding.

Day 7: Departure

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



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 4
Ability description: Suitable for strong novice to advanced riders.
Type of ride: Based with daily trails
Total riding time: 4 half day rides & 1 full day
Departure dates: 2019:
10-16 November, 1-7 December.

2020:
26 January - 1 February, 23-29 February, 15-21 March, 31 May - 6 June, any dates from 19 July - 28 August, 22-28 November.

Other dates can be arranged for groups and families (minimum 3 riders).
 
Pricing: 2019:

£814 per person based on B&B accommodation.

Small group supplement: £154 per person.

Price includes 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in hotel "Oro y Luz", 4 half days riding and 1 full day riding including a picnic, as well as transfers from/to Almeria, bus terminal or train station.

** Single supplement of £154 per person is payable directly on arrival 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.


2020:

High Season (July & August): £943 per person
Low Season (rest of year) £814 per person

Small group supplement: £154 per person.

Price includes 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in hotel "Oro y Luz", 4 half days riding and 1 full day riding including a picnic, as well as transfers from/to Almeria, bus terminal or train station.

** Single supplement of £154 per person is payable directly on arrival 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.



Cabo de Gata 4-Night Beach Trail



This short version of the Cabo de Gata trail offers guests the opportunity to ride on the beautiful beaches of the region. Combining scenic routes along the coast and the inland valleys and foothills of the national park, this ride offers a taste of Andalucia perfect for guests with limited time.

Itinerary (subject to change if deemed necessary).

Day 1 - Arrival

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

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

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

Day 4: The Pirate Route

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

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.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Intermediate to Experienced riders.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 3 days
Departure dates: 2020:
15-19 January, 5-9 February, 4-8 March, 1-5 April, 4-8 November, 9-13 December.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£681 per person.

Price includes 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. Return transfers from/to Almeria airport, bus terminal or train station are also included.

Price does not include extra drinks, flights and travel insurance.

** Single supplement of 120€ (EUR) per person is payable directly on arrival 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.



The Western Movie Trail (4 Nights)



This short riding trail offers guests the opportunity to ride through the famous Tabernas Desert. The area has often been called upon to set the scene for many old western films over the years, as well as being an inspiring setting for modern cinema and TV.

Considered to be the only desert zone in continental Europe, the Tabernas Desert sees only 250 mm of rain annually and temperatures which rarely drop below 17 degrees - even at night. The desert has been used to film many famous Hollywood films including the Dollars Trilogy with Clint Eastwood, Lawrence of Arabia, Conan the Barbarian, Indiana Jones and more recently, Ridley Scott's Exodus.

Itinerary (subject to change if deemed necessary).

Day 1 - Arrival

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

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

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

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

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.
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Intermediate to Experienced riders.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 3 days
Departure dates: 2020:
29 April - 3 May, 10-14 June, 2-6 September, 14-18 October.
 
Pricing: 2020:

£728 per person.

Price includes 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. Return transfers from/to Almeria airport, bus terminal or train station are also included.

Price does not include extra drinks, flights and travel insurance.

** Single supplement of 120€ (EUR) per person is payable directly on arrival 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.



Natural Horsemanship (Parelli)



Nadia Soleymanjo is a skilled and friendly horseman who has learned Parelli methods from instructors in Australia and who has a great passion and love for horses. She has more than 15 years experience in training horses and hopes to share her passion, experience and knowledge with the aim of creating a positive and successful relationship with the horse, based on the guidance of a good instructor who teaches the horse to trust them completely.

The small group who participate in this programme will immediately learn to work and communicate with the horses, learning how they think and how they feel. You will learn to "connect" with the horse and then become friends. You will learn how to uncover what type of mind your horse has and how to correct its unwanted behaviours and how to relate to your horse.

Day One:

Classes begin with firm guidelines, learning of the emotional and psychological connections with the horse and how to channel the energy so that your horse companion will follow you and recognise you as its leader.

Day Two:

Today you learn effective body language techniques. So you walk together freely and these walks will 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 Three:

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

Day Four:

Today you will ride outside you will be showing your terrestrial skills with the Seven Games.

Day Five:

Today is about hidden skills - a path for humans and horses to achieve a mutually beneficial relationship. In the afternoon you will ride outside with bitless bridles.

Day Six:

Clients will transfer back to the airport.

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.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 4
Ability description: Novice to Experienced riders welcome. This programme is designed to give guests an introduction to natural horsemanship training techniques.
Type of ride: Tuition & trail
Total riding time: Flexible
Departure dates: 2020:
26 January - 1 February, 23-29 February, 15-21 March, 31 May - 6 June, any dates from 19 July - 28 August, 22-28 November.

Other dates can be arranged for groups and families (minimum 3 riders).
 
Pricing: 2020:

High Season (July & August): £943 per person
Low Season (rest of year) £814 per person

Small group supplement: £154 per person (if 2 or fewer guests).

Price includes 6 nights bed and breakfast accommodation in hotel "Oro y Luz", 5 days or Parelli horsemanships tuition and trail riding, as well as transfers from/to Almeria, bus terminal or train station.

** Single supplement of 180€ (EUR) per person is payable directly on arrival 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.