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Campo de Gibraltar

Overview

If you dream of riding through quiet, Spanish countryside, cantering along miles of sandy tracks, and venturing out into quintessentially Spanish villages then these rides will certainly be for you. Only ever with small groups, on well-trained, willing and forward going horses, these rides traverse…

Highlights

  • Riding through unspoilt countryside
  • Spend the night in a castle
  • Enjoy delicious Spanish fare
  • Ride endurance horses in Spain
  • Enjoy faster riding

Essential Facts

  • 2 itineraries available
  • Max 6 riders per group
  • Average of 5 - 6 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90kg/ 14.
    more info2st/ 199lbs

Description

If you dream of riding through quiet, Spanish countryside, cantering along miles of sandy tracks, and venturing out into quintessentially Spanish villages then these rides will certainly be for you. Only ever with small groups, on well-trained, willing and forward going horses, these rides traverse the Campo de Gibraltar area of rural Andalucia and offer both based and trail short breaks. Ride across bucolic, green hillsides where the cattle graze, through vast woodlands with their sun-dappled paths and along ancient Roman roads. Traversing this landscape you will see the hallmarks of the region, from the moorish fortified towns to the indigenous Andaluz donkeys that still carry fruit and vegetables to market and help work in the fields.
The pace each day is moderate and there are opportunities for long trots and canters along the miles of old farmers tracks criss-crossing the landscape. Your host competes in endurance and the horses love the chance to move forward and sit in rhythm, effortlessly eating up the sun-scorched ground.
Whilst they are keen and forward going, these horses are also bright, polite and kind-natured. Whether you are looking for a relaxing break, with some fabulous riding and a bit of beach down-time, or a more challenging point to point trail across this historic area, you can find both here.

Horses & Riding

Tack

Mainly English tack is used, with some endurance bridles.

Horses

There are 9 beautiful, much-loved horses here; some are endurance horses (typically Arab, and Anglo-Arabs) but you also have a Lusitano, an Andalucian and an Akhal Teke!

Riding

There are 2 itineraries:

  • Two Castles Trail is a trail ride
  • Based Short Break is a based ride

Health

Riders should be fit enough to ride for up to 6hrs and cope with sustained trots and canters.

Weight

90kg/ 14.2st/ 199lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

Spanish food is typically rich, flavourful and hearty. On the ride, lunches will usually be picnics, either carried in saddle-bags or brought to a handy spot by vehicle. These often include freshly made sandwiches, salads and a sweet treat of some kind.
Evening meals depend on the ride you have booked. On the based stay, which includes half board (breakfast and lunch) you are walking distance from a number of lovely beach-front cafes and restaurants serving traditional tapas, fresh seafood and locally produced fare. Ferdy can make recommendations and reservations according to your tastes, or you can simply explore! On the trail, evening meals will usually be a combination small tapas starters followed by a main dish. Fruits and desserts are also available.

Accommodation

For the Based Short Break there are two hotel options (subject to availability).

Standard accommodation is at Hotel Patricia, a small family-run hotel, with direct access to a sandy beach. The hotel has a restaurant with sea views, a bar on the outdoor terrace and a beach club to enjoy local cuisine. All rooms have free wifi, a complete bathroom with shower and bathtub, air conditioning, telephone, television and safe.

Superior accommodation is at Milla de Plata, a boutique hotel in a very quiet location, overlooking the sea with spectacular views and a unique charm, with direct access to a private beach. All bedrooms have terrace or balcony, plasma TV with satellite channels, air conditioning and ensuite bathroom. The outdoor terraces with stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea and the Strait of Gibraltar will captivate you. It also has a guest lounge, a cocktail bar and a great Mediterranean restaurant.

Trail Accommodation:
First and last nights are spent at Milla de Plata, second night at Castillo de Castellar, which enjoys a privileged hillside setting in a Medieval walled enclosure. This rural property is set around an ancient fortress in the Andalucian countryside and it is really a special place to stay. From the roof terrace you can see for miles! The third night is spent at Casa Henrietta, in the fortified town of Jimena. This lovely boutique hotel has 13 rooms over 3 floors and is a renovated town house.

Itineraries

Two Castles Trail Standard accommodation.

Based Short Break Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

In the area:
Golf courses in San Roque
Sotogrande Harbour
Torreguardiaro Beach
Los Alcornocales National Park

Travel

Guests need to fly into either Malaga Airport (AGP) transfers are €55 per person each way.
Transfer time is approx. 1hr 15 minutes.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrive late afternoon and transfer to your hotel to relax and unwind. The journey takes approximately 1hr, and as you drive you can discuss the upcoming trip with your host. Tonight you will be staying at Milla de Plata, a boutique hotel in a calm and quiet location, overlooking the crystal clear sea. You can enjoy the beach or walk to the picturesque Sotogrande Harbour and visit its Marina. The village is well known for its wonderful tapas restaurants and your hosts can recommend their favourites as well as arrange your reservation for dinner for you.

Day 2

Riding: 6 hours

Breakfast starts at 8:00 until 10:00 . You will then meet at 10:30 in the reception to start the trail ride. Please bring your luggage. You will begin your ride from La Capilla Polo Club, a beautiful 500 year old building where the horses are stabled, and ride across a typically bucolic landscape, where you will see farmers working the fields, vineyards, crops swaying in the breeze and cattle grazing on the verdant hillsides. Riding through open country, along sandy paths, you can pick up the pace and get to know your trusty steed. A picnic lunch will be enjoyed en route as you continue your journey into the stunning Alcornocales National Park, along ancient wooded tracks, until you eventually meet the old Roman road which leads to the 13th Century medieval fortress where you will be staying for the night. The structure can be seen for miles and stands atop this hillside like a beacon. Within its walls you will find a small and charming Andalusian town as well as incredible views of the Gibraltar area. Dinner is included and will be served at Stevie´s place, a really fabulous find with the most incredible food. It is also the perfect place to enjoy the sunset over the lake while you enjoy your tapas dinner. Overnight at the castle.

Day 3

Riding: 6 hours

Breakfast starts at 8:00 am. After breakfast there is a chance to visit the small village and take some pictures. You will meet at 10:30 at the fortress gate with your luggage ready for transportation. From the castle you will ride down the mountain into a narrow fertile valley, where leafy, sun-dappled paths guide you through unspoilt woodland. Here and there you will encounter fast running streams where the horses can drink. You will stop for lunch half way in Venta Adelfillas. Venta is the Spanish name for the traditional inns where travellers stopped to feed their horses, eat , sleep and buy provisions for their travels. After lunch you will ride towards the white-washed village of Jimena. Occupied since prehistory, with the Muslim invasion Jimena was fortified. After the ride you can visit the village and the castle ruins before dinner. Overnight in Casa Henrietta, a beautifully renovated townhouse with a fantastic roof terrace. Here you can enjoy the castle views and relax after dinner with a glass of wine. Dinner is included and arranged in "Bar España" or "Ventorrillero" please confirm in the hotel or ask Ferdy.

Day 4

Riding: 5 hours

Breakfast starts from 8:30 am in Bar España and following this you will meet at 10:00 in the reception with your luggage. On the ride back from Jimena you will go down to the River Hozgarganta, where the horses can have a quick splash and a drink, before heading up onto "the Americans road", a dirt road where you can speed up your riding. Open the throttle for some lovely long canters and feel the joy and stamina of the horses as they stride forward eating up the ground. You will head back through the forest, enjoying a picnic lunch by the river, before finally following the cow-tracks back to the Polo Club. Overnight in Milla de Plata. Again, Ferdy can arrange reservations for dinner in a great tapas bar or restaurant for your farewell dinner.

Day 5

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, you can enjoy the beach, or perhaps walk to Sotogrande Harbour for a coffee and some people watching. Ferdy will pick you up at the reception at the agreed time to drive you to the airport.

Accommodation

2 nights at a beachfront hotel, 1 night in a castle, 1 night in a boutique town house.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

This ride is for intermediate and experienced riders who are happy and in control at all paces on forward-going horses. You must be prepared to ride for up to 6hrs a day and fit enough to ride some sustained trots and canters.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2024 - June 15, 2024

At any time during: Sept. 1, 2024 - Dec. 20, 2024

Pricing

2024
Per person, sharing (LS)
£1160 $1480 €1365
Low Season: November, December, January, February
2024
per person sharing (HS)
£1225 $1560 €1440
High Season: March, April, May, June, September, October
Included All riding and guiding, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, dinner on nights 2 and 3.
Not included Flights, transfers, drinks, dinner on night 1 and night 4, travel insurance, tips.

Extras

2024 - Malaga Airport Transfer €55
Paid locally
2024 - Single Supplement £180 $225 €210
Paid to Far and Ride
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.

Arrive late afternoon in time to enjoy the sunset and settle into the hotel, before venturing out for the evening to sample some traditional Spanish fare in one of the many local restaurants. Dinners are to your own account.

Days 2 to 3

Riding: 3 - 5 hours

For this short break a variety of routes are available, riding straight out of the stables into the countryside, and the number of hours in the saddle can be adapted to suit depending on the needs of the group.
Typically the riding on Days 2 and 3 will be 4-5 hours will a picnic lunch break somewhere picturesque allowing the horses to have their own siesta while riders relax. The countryside here is traditionally agrarian, with gently rolling hills and long sandy tracks just made for cantering! There are also pockets of woodland and a large lake which provides a lovely picnic spot. It is possible to add days to extend a stay, and for a supplement a beach ride can be arranged where the horses are transported to the beach by vehicle. Please enquire.

Day 4

Riding: No riding.

After a relaxed breakfast and a last stroll along the beach it is time to return to the airport.

Accommodation

Standard accommodation is at the hotel Patricia with the option to upgrade to a room with a balcony and sea view at extra cost. The Boutique option will be at hotel Milla de Plata.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

This ride is for fit, intermediate and experienced riders happy and in control at all paces on a forward-going horse. Riders should be prepared for sustained trots and canters.

Minimum group size 2
Maximum group size 6
Departure windows

At any time during: Jan. 1, 2024 - June 15, 2024

At any time during: Sept. 1, 2024 - Dec. 31, 2024

Pricing

2024
Boutique accommodation; High season; per person (sharing)
£980 $1250 €1155
High Season: March, April, May, June, September, October
2024
Boutique accommodation; Low season; per person (sharing)
£940 $1195 €1105
Low Season: January, February, November, December
2024
Standard accommodation; Low season; per person (sharing)
£845 $1075 €990
Low Season: January, February, November, December
2024
Standard accommodation; High season; per person (sharing)
£885 $1130 €1040
High Season: March, April, May, June, September, October
Included All riding and guiding, 3 nights accommodation in shared rooms, breakfasts and picnic lunches.
Not included Flights, transfers, dinners, drinks, travel insurance, tips, items of a personal nature.

Extras

2024 - Balcony & Seaview Upgrade (at Standard Hotel) £51 $65 €60
Paid to Far and Ride
2024 - Beach Ride €70
Paid locally
Only available between the 5 September and 15 June. Minimum 3 riders.
2024 - Malaga Airport Transfer €55
Paid locally
Cost is per person, each way, paid locally. * Discounted rates may be available for groups.
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.