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Cadiz on Horseback

Overview

Our partners in Cadiz have crafted a wonderful selection of riding routes through the spectacular countryside that surrounds Cadiz itself. Boasting pristine beaches, numerous natural parks and dramatic mountain scenery, the variety of landscapes in this area is astonishing. Riders can enjoy two of…

Highlights

  • Ride on beautiful sandy beaches
  • Befriend a trusty Spanish trail horse
  • See incredible views of the Strait of Gibraltar
  • View migratory raptors and storks flying overhead
  • Dine on regional cuisine - not forgetting paella!

Essential Facts

  • 3 itineraries available
  • Max 10 riders per group
  • Average of 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90kg / 14st 2lbs / 198lbs

Description

Our partners in Cadiz have crafted a wonderful selection of riding routes through the spectacular countryside that surrounds Cadiz itself. Boasting pristine beaches, numerous natural parks and dramatic mountain scenery, the variety of landscapes in this area is astonishing. Riders can enjoy two of those mentioned natural parks including Los Alcornocales Natural Park, which houses the biggest, continuous and best cared-for forest of cork oaks. Its botanical and mycological richness justly earns Los Alcornocales its fame as the last European forest. The second Natural Park is the strait of Gibraltar; the site where hundreds of millions of migratory birds cross every year on their long voyage between Europe and Africa. This makes it not only one of the most prominent destinations for bird watching, but one of the most ecologically diverse places in Europe too.

The terrain and landscape here ensure varied and exciting riding opportunities in stunning natural settings, often challenging riders beyond what they imagined.

Your capable guide on these trails is Jesus; a life long horseman who is passionate about sharing his love for his horses and the region he calls home.

Horses & Riding

Tack

You will ride mostly in English saddles , but trekking and Spanish Vaquero saddles may also be used.

Horses

The horses are all local Andalusian and Andalusian - Arab crosses. They are good tempered, well mannered and well suited to the terrain you will be riding through.

Riding

There are 3 itineraries:

  • Beaches of Cadiz Relaxed Stay is a based ride
  • Riding Campo de Gibraltar is a trail ride
  • La Ruta Romantica is a trail ride

Ages

16+ recommended

Health

General good health and fitness recommended.

Weight

90kg / 14st 2lbs / 198lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

Each meal you will enjoy on these rides - even the picnic lunches - will feature freshly cooked, typical regional cuisine. Each day you might sample delicious paellas, cured meats, a variety of tasty stews, served with meat or vegetables and a host of fresh, locally sourced seafood.

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice.

Accommodation

Great care has been taken in the selection of the hotels used on these tours. The exact accommodation will vary depending on the itinerary you have chosen, but various factors have been taken into account, such as level of comfort and location.

The hotel all offer double, twin or single rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Itineraries

Beaches of Cadiz Relaxed Stay Standard accommodation.

Riding Campo de Gibraltar Standard accommodation.

La Ruta Romantica accommodation.

Other Activities

Biking, golf, hiking, wind-surfing, kayaking, kite-surfing.

Travel

Guests should plan to arrive into Malaga (AGP) airport where an included group transfer is organised at set times.

Your flights should arrive no later than 18:00 on arrival day, and depart no earlier than 7am on departure day. The transfers will be organised as one group in time for the latest arrival and the earliest departure.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

Arrive and transfer to the hotel where you will have a welcome meeting before and a restful night.
Overnight in Tarifa, dinner on own account.

Day 2 - Monday

Riding: 3 - 4 hours

After breakfast you will head out to meet your horses. You will then ride from Punta Paloma through the fragrant pine forests with splendid views towards the African continent. Riders will have their first experience of the Tarifa beaches, perfect for canters, enjoying the fresh scent of the surf and exploring the fantastic sand dunes.
Overnight in Tarifa (BL)

Day 3 - Tuesday

Riding: 6 hours

Today you will ride to what is considered the southernmost route of the Iberian Peninsula which runs parallel to the coast through an old livestock route. This morning we head out on a full day ride, a chance to really bond with the horse who has carried you on all your adventures so far. You will ride to a splendid natural viewpoint looking out over the Strait, Morocco, and the colony of Gibraltar. Full day ride with lunch in a typical restaurant.
(BLD)

Day 4 - Wednesday

Riding: 3 hours

Today you will ride out in a different direction, through beautiful, wild terrain, towards the foot of the mountain. This gives riders a completely different landscape to enjoy. On this ride you will also get to know a little about the lives of the local people.
(BLD)

Day 5 - Thursday

Riding: 3 hours

After breakfast you will head out in a different direction for more adventures with your equine companion. The Popula, in the surroundings of Tarifa, is a hiking route that runs through the Sierra, allowing for unbeatable views of the Strait of Gibraltar, and if visibility is good, the entire North-African coast as well! You will be passing through the wind farm, before descending through a
beautiful pine forest from which there are magnificent views of the Ojén Valley.
Dinner and overnight (BLD)

Day 6 - Friday

Riding: 3 hours

Your last ride and the opportunity to revisit the splendid natural trails of the local area. You will take in the sights of the stunning National Park with its verdant canopy of pine forest, admire the dramatic coastal cliffs and sand dunes and ride across one of the most beautiful beaches in Spain.
Dinner and overnight. (BLD)

Day 7 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Departure for airport after breakfast.

Experience Intermediate

Riders should be confident and in control at a walk, trot and canter in open countryside.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Oct. 6, 2024 - Oct. 12, 2024

Dec. 11, 2024 - Dec. 17, 2024

Pricing

2024
Non-rider; sharing
£770 $960 €900
* Bed and breakfast only.
2024
Rider; sharing
£1445 $1800 €1690
Included 6 nights accommodation in shared rooms, 4 half days riding and 1 full day of riding, all meals except dinners on nights 1 & 2, set-time group transfers from Malaga airport.
Not included Flights, transfers outside the times, travel insurance, dinners on nights 1 and 2, drinks, tips and any other personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Private Transfer €180
Paid locally
For all private transport required outside of the set-time group transfers.
2024 - Single Supplement £230 $285 €270
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by anyone requiring a single room.
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.

Arrival at Malaga or Jerez airport and transfer to Los Barrios, the starting point for the ride.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 2

Riding: 5 hours

After breakfast you will meet the horses and begin your riding adventure. Here you will ride through history, trotting down the roads that were made by the Republican prisoners between 1931 and 1942, before World War II began. The route offers a splendid view over the Valley of Ojén, where you’ll be able to witness the great contrast between the cattle pastures and the leafy cork tree forests. You’ll also enjoy the particularly striking view of all kinds of birds resting on these valleys.

Day 3

Riding: 5 hours

This morning you will cross the mighty mountains. Let your imagination take hold as you ride the same tracks where bandits once lived and looted carriages loaded with items from the landings in Gibraltar. The views are spectacular and your sure-footed horse traverses the terrain with ease.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 4

Riding: 4 hours

Today you will be riding in the coastal territory once populated by the Phoenicians, where the Romans took advantage of the settlement to install several factories of sea products, as well as to establish a small colony that slowly grew into a rather important one back in the second century BC.
You will continue your ride for Punta Paloma through a pine forest along the Atlantic coast, enjoying splendid views of the African continent. The Atlantic coast of Tarifa that you'll traverse as you make your way back to the hotel mostly runs through fine sandy beach trails, perfect for long canters.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Riding: No riding.

Today is a special day, when the group will head into the town of Jerez de la Frontera to watch the famous horses of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art Foundation, renowned worldwide for “How Andalusian Horses Dance”, a unique show that both exhibits and summarises in a seemingly natural way all the work that the institution has done since its foundation.
This will be followed by lunch and a flamenco show to complete the authentic traditional experience.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Riding: 5 hours

Today's ride is along the southernmost route of the Iberian Peninsula, which runs parallel to the coast through an old livestock trail. The entire route constitutes a splendid natural viewpoint to the Strait, Morocco, and the colony of Gibraltar, with the other pillar of Hercules, the Djebel Musa, forever standing opposite. The Djebel Musa was a mythological element in the strait of Gibraltar. It was the boundary of the Greek World until, according to Greek historian Herodotus, Colomo Satos breached it in the 7th century BC. Enjoy a picnic lunch before riding on to the next night's accommodation.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Riding: 5 hours

Your ride this morning will follow an ancient path that has been used for centuries and historically was infamous for highwaymen and bandits. The voyage to Cadiz along the coast seemed full of dangers, due to the continuous attacks of the pirates, but the alternative route in the inland was also not without difficulties.
La Trocha was a bridlepath, only negotiable by horse and impossible to pass with carriages. The road was used by those who were brave and those who dared to take the road, because by taking this road they saved a day travelling on their way to Cadiz. Frequented by smugglers it was a complicated crossing because at the time, according to the travellers, any encounter raised suspicions.
It is a hidden area of the Natural Park of Los Alcornocales, and you will enjoy one of the most beautiful and wild landscapes of Andalusia. Shadowy slopes, cliffs, ravines, and deep gorges crossed by streams where only the murmur of water is heard, under the green cloak of cork oaks where you can enjoy a picnic lunch before continuing on to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

After a hearty breakfast it is time to say farewell. Transfer to the airport will be according to the earliest of the group's flights (not before 7am).

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Strong intermediate riders happy and in control at all paces with a good level of fitness.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 10
Departure windows

Jan. 14, 2024 - Jan. 21, 2024

Feb. 4, 2024 - Feb. 11, 2024

March 10, 2024 - March 17, 2024

April 7, 2024 - April 14, 2024

April 21, 2024 - April 28, 2024

May 26, 2024 - June 2, 2024

Oct. 20, 2024 - Oct. 27, 2024

Dec. 29, 2024 - Jan. 5, 2025

Pricing

2024
Rider; sharing
£1580 $1970 €1850
New Year special
2024
Rider; sharing
£1565 $1950 €1830
Included 7 nights full board accommodation in shared rooms, drinking water and one other drink with meals, 5 days of riding, cultural day in Jerez, luggage transport between accommodations and set time transfers from Malaga airport.
Not included Flights, transfers outside the times, travel insurance, other drinks, tips and any other personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Private Transfer €180
Paid locally
Price is per car
2024 - Single Supplement £260 $320 €300
Paid to Far and Ride
*Payable by anyone requiring a single room.
2024 - Small Group Supplement £255 $320 €300
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable to confirm the departure for 3 people*
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.

Arrival and pick-up at Malaga (AGP) and transfer to Los Barrios starting point. A welcome meeting will be followed by a delicious dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Riding: 5 hours

After a hearty breakfast it is time to head out to the horses and begin the adventure. This first trail allows you to discover the Hispano-Muslim frontier heritage of the province from a privileged location in the Los Alcornocales Natural Park, the southern edge of the Sierra de los Melones. You will cross a variety of terrains and have lunch en route as you head northwards.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 3

Riding: 5 hours

Your trail this morning passes through verdant forests of holm oaks, cork oaks. Feel the gentle breeze as it weaves its way through leafy thickets of rockrose, gorse and thyme. Though serene and peaceful now this was once the ideal setting for the bandits who inhabited these lands. You will go on to ride beneath The Castle of Jimena de la Frontera, an important defence for the Nasrid Kingdom, which linked Castellar with Jimena.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 4

Riding: 5 hours

After breakfast you will continue on your exploration of this historical trail, enjoying spectacular scenery and dramatic views. Lunch will be a picnic en route. The romantic legend of these lands is linked to the famous “Bandoleros” of the Serrania de Ronda. They were highwaymen who hid in the hills and the forests to rob the wealthy travellers going to Ronda. You will ride along the paths that the smugglers used to take, carrying tobacco and other goods from the coast to Ronda, where it was distributed throughout Andalucía and Spain.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 5

Riding: 5 hours

Heading out again after breakfast you will by now have fallen for your trusty steed as well as the breath-taking scenery. It is fair to say that today's ride never disappoints! You will be riding through a charming valley, a colourful mosaic, like a lush garden thanks to the care of its inhabitants, who have wisely managed to utilise its resources without undermining its landscape and natural beauty. Picnic lunch en route. Today's route will take you through some of the old trails used by the muleteers, who transported the wheat and olives that were milled in the numerous mills on the banks of the Guadiaro River.
Dinner and overnight in hotel.

Day 6

Riding: 5 hours

Today your trail winds down through valleys and slopes following the historic route deep into the Serranía de Ronda.
The fruit trees and irrigation of the Guadiaro valley give way to the sharp slopes, forested hillsides, and bare rocky landscapes as the terrain becomes wilder and more rugged. Picnic lunch en route. You will follow a beautiful path that climbs up to where a lookout point across the ancient city of Ronda and its famous gorge. The day finishes riding along an old, cobbled lane under the gorge surrounded by dramatic scenery.
Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 7

Riding: 4 hours

A cultural experience of Ancient Ronda today! A colourful tapestry woven from a skein of tangled threads which make it one of the most interesting cities in all Andalusia. The landscape, the layout of the town, its history, the romantic legend of its bandits with their evocative names, the cradle of artists whose names have gone down in history: all this makes Ronda a unique city. All this makes for a very special day on horseback before enjoying a delicious farewell dinner at a characterful hotel typical of the region.

Day 8

Riding: No riding.

After a last breakfast it is time to return to the airport for your journey home.

Accommodation

Boutique hotels with private facilities.

Experience Experienced

Strong intermediate riders upwards. Confident and in control at all paces in open spaces and able to mount and dismount where necessary in mountainous terrain. Riders must wear shoes or boots suitable for riding and walking over rough ground. On this ride there are several occasions when horses have to be led due to the terrain.

Minimum group size 5
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

March 24, 2024 - March 31, 2024

Sept. 22, 2024 - Sept. 29, 2024

Pricing

2024
Rider; sharing
£1925 $2400 €2250
Included 7 nights full board accommodation in shared rooms, drinking water and one other drink with meals, 6 days of riding, luggage transport between accommodations and set time transfers from Malaga airport.
Not included Flights, transfers outside the times, travel insurance, other drinks, tips and any other personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Private Transfer €180
Paid locally
Cost of per vehicle.
2024 - Single Supplement £260 $320 €300
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by anyone requiring a single room.
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.