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Reviews



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Katherine E
The riding was great and well supervised by our guide Amy. (Favourite memory?) The beautiful scenery and my lovely mare "Piper" who I love to bits. Piper was her usual happy self (we have definitely bonded).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lindsey C.
Super holiday. Great place to stay - the hospitality and food were outstanding. We were transferred up to the stables every day and the riding was amazing. We were perfectly matched with the horses and the guides were absolutely super and tailored each day's riding to our ability. Ann and her team are fantastically welcoming and accommodating. It was like being at home - if home included fab food and good company. I really can't fault this holidays - it was everything we could have wanted.

Janet A. (farmhouse stay)
Fabulous, stunning, much more rugged and spectacular than expected. Horse was lovely, good pace, very smooth but came back to you when asked. Favourite memory difficult to choose - the river ride from Orgiva and the mule track up the Lanjaron Gorge. Danielle, our guide, was excellent - very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Food was plain but tasty and plenty of it.

Sheena M (April 2018)
Relaxing, very well organised and coordinated. Favourite memory was being able to take the lead in some canters. Wonderful host and fabulous food, absolutely brilliant accommodation. Rode two horses - both chosen well for my abilities - fun!

Heather T (2018)
It was the ride of a lifetime! An incredible experience. I loved the horses, they were well trained and so strong over the rough hilly terrain. The views were amazing and the hospitality was great. Daniella was excellent. My daughter was a bit nervous and she ended up swapping her onto a smaller, quieter horse. I would love to do this one again some day.

Annette M (2019)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

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

Nature of horses:

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

Height of horses:

12hh - 17hh

Weight limit:

100 kgs/16 stone

Tack type:

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

 

Travel Advice



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

Ride Description

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

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

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

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

This destination was visited by Natalie from Far and Ride in spring 2017. It has also been checked out by the comedian John Bishop who wrote an article about his wonderful experience for The Guardian newspaper. John seems to have hit the nail on the head: "Riding for the first time is like falling in love for the first time: when it's happening, it's the best thing in the world; the day after it's over, you hurt like hell. But you count the days till it happens again."

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

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

On the based ride accommodation is in a simple farmhouse. For the trails you will spend nights at the farmhouse or hotels and in remote mountain lodges.
The farm has one hectare of land, a terrace and cultivated area with a diversity of fruit trees and another forest area with a great variety of Mediterranean

The wonderful location allows us to enjoy excellent views of the town from its terraces. The rooms are simply furnished in a rustic style. There is a variety of accommodation to suit singles, couples or families with en suite facilities. The farmhouse has a swimming pool for summer use.

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

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

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

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

 

Activities

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

 

Further Details

Languages: English and Spanish.

Health requirements: None .

Age limit: 5+ for riding.

Tuition: Yes, BHS instruction available

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

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

 

Travel Information

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

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

Another alternate airport is Almeria.

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

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

Airport: Granada

Alternative Airport: Malaga

 

Programmes


The Alpujarra Ride



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

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

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

Example Itinerary

Day 1:

You will transfer from Malaga or Granada airport (cost not included) to the tiny spa town of Lanjaron, 'the gateway' to Alpujarras. Dinner will be prepared at the simple, rustic Spanish Farmhouse. Your first night will be spent on the Farm.

Day 2:

You will head  up to the ranch to meet your horse and guide. Your trail will begin by heading north up above the Lanjaron River gorge. You will then ride through the ancient oak forests towards the summit of the Pico del Caballo, reaching over 2000 metres of altitude, before dropping through the logging trails of the pine forests to Puente Palo.  A picnic lunch will then be enjoyed in the pine forest, before riding east to an idyllic location high on the slopes of the Poqueria valley, where you will spend a relaxing night in the beautiful mountain cottages.  The wonderful views extend across the Poqueria valley to the white washed mountain villages of Capileira, Bubion and Pampaniera.

Day 3:

Today you will head north following the Poqueria valley with the picturesque town of Capilera to your east. This is one of the highest towns in Spain. You will trek towards Mulhacen which has the loftiest and most majestic peak on the mainland. With the snowy backdrop, this valley is truly stunning. Crossing mountain pasture land on a little known old Moorish bridlepath, you will head up through the pine trees to Refugio Piuca. You will follow the wide forest logging track that takes you to the mountain cottages and a good night's rest.

Day 4:

Today you will head south down past goat farms and vineyards, passing the Ermita de Padre Eterno and maybe stopping for refreshments in the local Spanish bar, Los LLanos. You will ride past the tiny Ermita de Virgen Fatima, through the olive groves of Padre Eterno for a picnic lunch and then on to the river bed to follow the river towards the farmhouse accommodation for a delicious, well deserved dinner.

Day 5:

Today you head through Orgiva town and above to the Mirador sobre el Cementerio de Orgiva (Orgiva view point) before riding on to the ruta Olivos Centenarios (the route of the century old olives). Stopping under olive trees for a picnic before heading South until you reach the immense riverbed of the Rio Guadafeo. This is where the horses really enjoy themselves, stopping for a splash and a drink in the river, before heading across the valley and to the Spanish Farmhouse for the night. . 

Day 6:

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

Day 7:

This is a lovely long trail ride as you head up cobbled mule paths through an ancient chestnut forest to the waterfalls of the Rio de Lanjaron. High into the mountains following the river gorge towards the snowline with stunning views of the mountains as you sit under a landmark aged chestnut tree to enjoy a relaxing picnic. After lunch you will follow the old Moorish water channels, before heading down to the Ranch & to the Farmhouse. Time for relaxation and you may take a well deserved dip in the pool.

Day 8:

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

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



Accommodation: Usually, 5 nights at the farmhouse and 2 nights spent at the mountain cottages whilst on the trail.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Beginners to experienced. Riders of the same ability will ride together. Experienced riders will not ride with beginners.
Type of ride: Based and trail
Total riding time: Average Riding time per day 5 - 6 hrs
Departure dates: Dates are available on request all year round. Please just get in touch!
 
Pricing: 2019:
£1055 per person.
Price includes 7 nights full board accommodation (based on double/twin accommodation), all riding and experienced guide. Price does not include flights, transfers or travel insurance.

Single supplement (when available): £20 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75 per night



The Mountain Ride: Three Day Programme



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

Day 1:

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

Day 2:

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

Day 3:

Today you will head north following the Poqueria valley with the picturesque town of Capilera to your east. This is one of the highest towns in Spain. You will trek towards Mulhacen which has the loftiest and most majestic peak on the mainland. With the snowy backdrop, this valley is truly stunning. Crossing mountain pasture land on a little known old Moorish bridlepath, you will head up through the pine trees to Refugio Piuca. Trekking west along mountain logging tracks with a stop for a picnic lunch on the hillside.After lunch you reach the Mirador de Cañar view point before passing down through the Prado de las Liebres (meadow of the hares) to the Ranch below. Time for some relaxation and maybe a dip in the pool before dinner.

Day 4:

This is a lovely long trail ride as you head up cobbled mule paths through an ancient chestnut forest to the waterfalls of the Rio de Lanjaron. High into the mountains following the river gorge towards the snowline with stunning views of the mountains as you sit under a landmark aged chestnut tree to enjoy a relaxing picnic. After lunch you will follow the old Moorish water channels, before heading down to the Ranch & to the farmhouse.

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

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



Accommodation: 2 nights are spent at the farmhouse and 1 night in the mountain cottages.
Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Beginner to experienced
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Three days riding
Departure dates: Dates to suit
 
Pricing: 2019:
£480 person
Price includes 3 nights full board accommodation (based on double/twin accommodation), 3 days riding and a qualified English speaking guide.
Single supplement (when available) £20 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75.

Price does not include flights, transfers or travel insurance.



Alpujarra White Village Ride: Four Day Programme



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

Example Itinerary

Day 1:

You will be transferred from Malaga or Granada airport (not included)  to the tiny spa town of Lanjaron, the 'gateway" to the Alpujarras.  A delicious dinner will be prepared using fresh local ingredients at the farmhouse.

Day 2:

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

Day 3:

Today you will head north following the Poqueria valley with the picturesque  town of Capilera to your east. This is one of the highest towns in Spain. You will trek towards Mulhacen which has the loftiest and most majestic peak on the mainland. With the snowy backdrop, this valley is truly stunning.  Crossing mountain pasture land on a little known old Moorish bridlepath, you will head up through the pine trees to Refugio Piuca.  You will follow the wide forest logging track that takes you to the mountain cottages and a good night's rest.

Day 4:

Today there is plenty of chance for canters as you trek north-west along mountain logging tracks with a  stop for a picnic lunch high the hillside. After lunch you reach the Mirador de Canar viewpoint before passing down the Prado de las Liebres (meadow of the hares) to the ranch below. There will be time for relaxation and a dip in the pool before dinner.

Day 5:

This is a lovely long trail ride as you head up cobbled mule paths through an ancient chestnut forest to the waterfalls of the Rio de Lanjaron. High into the mountains following the river gorge towards the snowline with stunning views of the mountains as you sit under a landmark aged chestnut tree to enjoy a relaxing picnic. After lunch you will follow the old Moorish water channels before heading down to the ranch and to the Case del Viento farmhouse.

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

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



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Beginner to experienced
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: Four days riding
Departure dates: Dates to suit
 
Pricing: 2019:
£623 per person
Price includes 4 nights full board accommodation (based on double/twin accommodation), 4 days riding and an experienced guide.
Price does not include flights, transfers or travel insurance.

Single supplement (when available) £20 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75



Farmhouse Based Stay



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

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

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



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Beginner to Experienced.
Type of ride: Based stay.
Total riding time: Approximately 5 hours per day.
Departure dates: Dates to suit.
 
Pricing: 2019:

7 nights: £1055 per person.
4 nights: £623 per person.
3 nights: £480 per person.

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

Single supplement (when available): £20 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75 per night