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Costa de la Luz

Overview

These holidays are run by a small and friendly company owned and operated by Steve and Caroline since 1996. The pair take great pride in offering a mixture of both exhilarating and relaxed horse riding that is always fun, safe and enjoyable. Everything will be organised for you so that your holiday…

Highlights

  • Unspoilt forests and beautiful Spanish beaches
  • Excellent accommodation by the sea
  • Time for relaxation
  • Quality English tack
  • Friendly small operation

Essential Facts

  • 2 itineraries available
  • Max 7 riders per group
  • Average of 3 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 82 kgs / 182 pounds / 13 stone

Description

These holidays are run by a small and friendly company owned and operated by Steve and Caroline since 1996. The pair take great pride in offering a mixture of both exhilarating and relaxed horse riding that is always fun, safe and enjoyable. Everything will be organised for you so that your holiday is hassle-free (with a friendly atmosphere to boot!), allowing you to relax and enjoy every wonderful moment. Steve and Caroline are involved in every aspect of constructing your holiday; from the riding, to the accommodation and the transfers. They will be available at any time during your stay, should you require any help or advice. All the horses here are well mannered and responsive, ridden in quality English tack.

Enjoy the experience of combining an exciting horse riding adventure with relaxation and socialisation on the beautiful Spanish Coast. Steve and Caroline will do their very best to ensure you have a holiday to remember. You will be able to ride in the stunning countryside by day and return to your comfortable hotel for an evening of shopping, sightseeing, visiting bars or simply relaxing on the beach with a good book - whatever you prefer! This holiday is a great choice for those who like the option of some nightlife.

The riding centre borders the Barbate nature reserve and offers direct access to lovely off-road riding through unspoilt forests, as well as unforgettable rides on the beach. Long wide firebreaks and twisting forest tracks ensure the park could not have been better designed for horse riding. Each day there are plenty of opportunities for long controlled canters and exhilarating gallops along the soft sandy tracks. Between canters, the horses relax and walking at a leisurely pace enables you to take in the peaceful tranquillity of the forest. During the beach riding days, your dreams will come true with miles of sea and sand stretching out before you. Unlike other destinations on the Iberian Peninsula, there is still the option of a blast on the beach even during the summer months. Horses are legally banned from beaches in Spain and this law is enforced locally, with a ban from 16th June until 15th September. However, Steve and Caroline have access to the beaches all year round but adjust riding hours in the busy summer months to avoid crowds. The going is good, whatever the weather!

Horses & Riding

Tack

Quality English saddles and bridles. These are a mix of leather and synthetic material, but all are well maintained and individually fitted to the horses.

Horses

The horses are a mix of Andalusian, Hispano-Arab and Anglo-Arab horses. The horses are well cared for and loved by your hosts, who know each and every one of their characters.

Riding

There are 2 itineraries:

  • 8 Day Beach and Forest Ride is a based ride
  • 5 Day Beach and Forest Ride is a based ride

Ages

There is no specific age limit but the ride is not recommended for younger children - all riders must be able to ride a well-schooled horse at canter and able to cope with up to four and a half hours of riding a day. Children must be confident handling and riding a small horse as there are no ponies here.

Health

Riders must be "saddle-fit" and able to control a forward going horse, at canter and gallop, in open country.

Weight

82 kgs / 182 pounds / 13 stone

Food & Accommodation

Food

Breakfasts are not included at the hotels, but lunches/dinners are on all days except Thursday during the 8-day ride.

Travelling in February, you will have access to a fully fitted kitchen in your apartment so you can easily self-cater or pop into a nearby cafe for breakfast. If staying at the Adiafa hotel then buffet breakfasts are available at the hotel and you can pay for them locally, pre-purchase them or choose to eat at a nearby cafe instead. There is also a coffee/tea vending machine at the hotel.

Lunches are taken in the early afternoon (after your ride) in a traditional tapas bar near the stables. These are usually light meals and Caroline will choose a selection of dishes from the menu for guests to try out, taking into account preferences and dietary requirements. Dinners will be from set menus, served in local restaurants back in Barbate. Meals served in these restaurants are typical ‘Andaluz’ and include a lot of fish dishes being on the coast.

Vegetarian and special request diets may be catered for by prior arrangements, but please note that choices will be limited.

During the 8-day riding tour, Thursday is a free day when no meals are included. You will instead be free to choose where and when you eat. Drinking water will be provided for the riding days, but any other drinks with lunch and evening meals, as well as food or snacks outside of mealtimes, are not included.

Lunches and dinners are eaten as a group with the other riding guests. Lunches are not included for non-riding companions who are very welcome to join and pay locally.

Accommodation

The owners of this destination believe that good accommodation is a very important part of your horse riding holiday and have taken great care in selecting the hotels they offer.

You will stay in the well-appointed hotel Adiafa***, in the heart of the beautiful seaside town of Barbate. The hotel is ideally situated only 50 meters from the beach and is perfect for providing a sense of relaxation after a day of exploring the area on horseback. The hotel itself is family-run and offers a friendly and welcoming service to all its guests. Rooms are spacious and include large twin beds, with en-suite bathrooms equipped with a bath and shower. All bedrooms have air-conditioning, wifi internet and digital TVs with international channels.

During the main summer season (March - mid-November) you will stay in hotel rooms which will be allocated without a balcony, but a small supplement can be paid if you prefer to upgrade to a room with a balcony and sea view. During all seasons, guests requiring an individual room will have to pay a single supplement charge. If a triple room is booked, then there is no supplement to pay for the balcony upgrade.

If you book to stay in February, you will be accommodated in self-catered apartments at the Adiafa Hotel. Each apartment has a living room, terrace, equipped kitchen and bathroom in addition to either one or two bedrooms. There's free WiFi throughout the hotel. As the winter months can be less 'beach-focused', the apartments offer more space for relaxing when not riding. There will be no buffet breakfast or room upgrade options during this month.

Itineraries

8 Day Beach and Forest Ride Standard accommodation.

5 Day Beach and Forest Ride Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

Barbate is a medium-sized seaside town with a busy fishing port. The town's beach is a beautiful expanse of golden sand and runs for almost 2 km from the River Barbate to the Marina. The beach is overlooked by a wonderful promenade that features plenty of lively bars and restaurants. You will be made to feel more than welcome by the local people. Barbate also has a lovely town square and busy town centre. Shopping facilities are great here and offer the perfect excuse for some souvenir shopping. Many shops accept bank cards and there are a number of cash points in the town. There are good bus and taxi services should you wish to explore further afield after the days riding has finished, or during your free day.

Andalucia has much more under the sun than flamenco music and impressive Moorish cities and culture. Almost one-fifth of Andalucia's total area has protected status, with a variety of habitats, from wetlands to deserts, making it an interesting place for bird-watching. There is always something to see in Andalucia. Many birds return much earlier after winter because of the moderate Mediterranean climate. Migration can be followed throughout the year, with peak numbers present in spring and autumn. This area is a prime location for all migratory birds. It is said that the number of birds in transit here is higher than the number passing the Bosporus in Greece.

A visit to Jerez de la Frontera to see the famous stallions of the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art is recommended on the horses' rest day and even non-riders will find this enjoyable. The free day is usually Thursday but sometimes Wednesday.

For those looking for some more active pursuits, there are also a number of other sports available in the local area. For scuba divers, there is a diving school based in Barbate harbour and it is possible for beginners to take a PADI course and immersions for PADI licence holders can be arranged. It is possible also to enjoy windsurfing and golf.

Travel

Flights are available to Malaga from most UK airports and set-time transfers from Malaga airport are included in the cost of your holiday.

On arrival day, collection is no later than 14:30pm (Sunday and Wednesday)
On departure day, you will arrive at Malaga at around 10:00am (Sunday) in time for flights from 12:00pm.

Transfers from Gibraltar (or Jerez) airports can also be arranged for you, please contact the office for further information. There will be an extra charge for these transfers.

Testimonials

Sheilagh O., Oct. 17, 2023

Beautiful forest and beach, really enjoyed exploring the landscape. The views, the landscape, the beach! The riding and the horses were excellent, it was a great and relaxing way to experience the area. I enjoyed chatting with Caroline and learning about her horses and her life in Barbate. I felt safe with her guidance and she gave us a chance to get to know the horses and discuss our matches after the first day.


Sian H., Sept. 27, 2023

Great, all horses were very obviously well taken care of. Great rides, Caroline was lovely


Vivien K., May 16, 2022

The organization of the whole trip was excellent from the airport pickup to the meals and transport to the stables. It was lovely to be in the town of Barbate so in the evenings you could soak up the atmosphere. The food was very good, mainly locally caught fish. The horse I rode was amazing and really looked after me. Caroline took us through beautiful pine forests and the beach and was very knowledgeable about the whole area.


Emma S., Nov. 3, 2021

A fantastic holiday from booking to departure home. (I enjoyed) spending time with my daughter, making memories and sharing our love of horses. Caroline has a wealth of knowledge regarding horses and Spanish culture - willing to share it with us.


Hennie & Danno, Oct. 4, 2021

Lovely seaside based stay. Fast fun riding - Good mix of adventure riding and relaxation. The horses were safe but responsive and forward going, we were really impressed. Caroline really knew her horses well.


Valerie B., June 7, 2021

1st Class - a horse riders' dream. Beach gallops, beautiful pine forests. The horses were excellent as was all the tack. Caroline was great. Very informative, good company, and gave us lots of thrilling rides.


Jane B., June 7, 2021

Excellent! Great mix of riding, beach and leisure time. (Favourite memory?) The gallops on the firebreaks and beaches.


Fiona M, May 22, 2019

It was fantastic - beautiful location to ride in, lovely horses and Caroline and Steve were wonderful hosts. The horses were lovely - forward going and responsive. Caroline was a great host. She gave clear instructions up front, was happy to answer any questions and was really chatty with the group.


Andrea L, Nov. 25, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyed my holiday, a lovely destination with horses that know their jobs but are still suitable for a range of experiences of riders. Guides were knowledgable, very focused on the welfare of their horses and at allocating riders to horses. As a vet the horse part of the holiday was critical and I was really pleased with what I experienced. I would come back happily


Judith & Peter H., Nov. 21, 2016

Excellent horses & riding. Comfortable, clean hotel. Plentiful food. (Favourite memory?) Fast beach ride on forward going horses (Romeo & Levante).


Barbara M., Sept. 5, 2016

Just wanted to drop you a line to say thank you for recommending and organising the riding in Barbate. I had such a wonderful time and it is certainly one of the highlights of my trip. It was a pleasure riding with Caroline, she is such a great host and the horses were beautiful.


Mark S., April 1, 2016

Favourite moment was the ride to the beach at Cape Trafalgar which allowed for a good long canter/gallop. Riding was almost totally free of roads. I liked my horse who was a good ride and could go fast. (February 2016)


Lucy B., Dec. 1, 2015

Favourite memory? - Riding on the beach, miles of sand and the really blue sea.


Tracey C., Nov. 4, 2015

It exceeded my expectations! (Favourite memory?) The peace and quiet of Barbate and the friendly and informative guides.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

Your holiday will start at Malaga airport where guests are collected from 13:00pm and then transferred to Barbate (no later than 14.30 pm). Over dinner this evening you will be able to discuss the weeks holiday.

Day 2 - Monday

Riding: 3 hours

You are collected from the hotel at 09:30 am each day and taken to the farm to meet the horses. Today's ride will lead you through the beautiful pine forest to a 17th century Mecca tower overlooking cape Trafalgar. This will be a slower introductory ride, allowing you to get to know your horse. The faster-paced work will be introduced as your confidence grows. Each afternoon you will be returned to Barbate at around 16:00 pm allowing plenty of time to explore the town and beach.

Day 3 - Tuesday

Riding: 3 hours

Your first beach riding day! The route today will take you through the pine forest to the beach - ‘Hierbabuena'. There are plenty of opportunities for long slow canters, culminating in a truly memorable beach gallop.

Day 4 - Wednesday

Riding: 3 hours

Today's route will take you to the top of the cliffs overlooking the town of Barbate - a unique viewpoint. You will experience superb views of the town, the surrounding mountains and on a clear day, you may even spot North Africa in the distance. You will be able to enjoy lots of long gentle canters today.

Day 5 - Thursday

Riding: No riding.

A day free from riding. An optional excursion to Jerez to visit the Royal Spanish Riding School is available for a minimum of 3 guests and is an experience not to be missed (extra cost, to be paid locally).

* Please note that if there are short break guests arriving in the same week, then your free day will be moved to Wednesday and you will do Wednesday's planned ride on this day instead.

Day 6 - Friday

Riding: 3 hours

Today you will head to the scene of the famous sea battle where Lord Nelson lost his life at Cape Trafalgar. You will follow the coastline around to El Palmar, spending time on the beach enjoying canters and the occasional gallop too.

Day 7 - Saturday

Riding: 3 hours

On the final day, the ride follows roller coaster-like sandy tracks, giving you plenty of opportunities to enjoy long fast canters and gallops. The route eventually joins the cliffs and leads westward to the seaside village of Los Caños de Meca.

Day 8 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

Morning transfer to Malaga, leaving Barbate at around 08:00 am to arrive at Malaga shortly after 10:00 am. 

NB: Please note that beach riding, although still possible, will be limited during the summer months of July and August

Accommodation

Each night will be spent in twin/double rooms with private bathrooms either at hotel Adiafa (summer) or Apart Hotel Barbate (winter). Some room upgrades with balconies and sea views can be booked with an additional charge.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate and above - you should be confident and in control at walk, trot, canter and gallop, in open spaces.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 7
Departure windows

Feb. 4, 2024 - Feb. 11, 2024

Feb. 11, 2024 - Feb. 18, 2024

Feb. 18, 2024 - Feb. 25, 2024

Feb. 25, 2024 - March 3, 2024

March 3, 2024 - March 10, 2024

March 17, 2024 - March 24, 2024

March 24, 2024 - March 31, 2024

March 31, 2024 - April 7, 2024

April 7, 2024 - April 14, 2024

April 14, 2024 - April 21, 2024

April 21, 2024 - April 28, 2024

April 28, 2024 - May 5, 2024

May 5, 2024 - May 12, 2024

May 12, 2024 - May 19, 2024

May 19, 2024 - May 26, 2024

May 26, 2024 - June 2, 2024

June 2, 2024 - June 9, 2024

June 9, 2024 - June 16, 2024

June 16, 2024 - June 23, 2024

June 23, 2024 - June 30, 2024

June 30, 2024 - July 7, 2024

July 7, 2024 - July 14, 2024

Sept. 1, 2024 - Sept. 8, 2024

Sept. 8, 2024 - Sept. 15, 2024

Sept. 15, 2024 - Sept. 22, 2024

Sept. 22, 2024 - Sept. 29, 2024

Sept. 29, 2024 - Oct. 6, 2024

Oct. 6, 2024 - Oct. 13, 2024

Oct. 13, 2024 - Oct. 20, 2024

Oct. 20, 2024 - Oct. 27, 2024

Oct. 27, 2024 - Nov. 3, 2024

Nov. 3, 2024 - Nov. 10, 2024

Nov. 10, 2024 - Nov. 17, 2024

Nov. 17, 2024 - Nov. 24, 2024

Nov. 24, 2024 - Dec. 1, 2024

Pricing

2024
Rider, Mid Season (28 Apr - 9 June; 1-22 September) Sharing
£1360 $1730 €1595
2024
Non-Rider, Mid Season (28 Apr - 9 June; 1-22 September) Sharing
£680 $865 €795
2024
Rider, High Season (16 Jun - 7 Jul), Sharing
£1450 $1845 €1700
2024
Non-Rider, High Season (16 Jun - 7 Jul), Sharing
£725 $920 €850
2024
Rider, Low Season (4 Feb - 21 Apr; 29 Sept - 24 Nov), Sharing
£1270 $1615 €1490
2024
Non-Rider, Low Season (4 Feb - 21 Apr; 29 Sept - 24 Nov), Sharing
£635 $805 €745
Included 7 nights accommodation in a shared room, lunches and dinners on all days except Thursday, soft drinks with lunch, 5 days of horse riding and set-time Malaga airport transfers.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, breakfasts, lunch and dinner on Thursday, drinks with dinner, optional excursions on your free day, transfers outside of normal collection times (or from alternative airports), tips & other personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Balcony and Sea View Room upgrade £80 $102 €94
Paid to Far and Ride
The price is per room. The option is only available from March - November.
2024 - Breakfast Supplement £55 $70 €65
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement to enjoy the hotel buffet breakfast every morning (except departure day as you leave too early). Only available March - mid November.
2024 - Single Supplement (High Season) £220 $275 €255
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room.
2024 - Single Supplement (Low Season) £120 $153 €141
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room.
2024 - Single Supplement (Mid Season) £160 $200 €188
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 - Wednesday

Riding: No riding.

Collection from Malaga airport at 13:00pm and transfer to Barbate (departing no later than 14:30 pm). Dinner in the evening will be served at a local restaurant and will give you the chance to discuss your weekend break.

Day 2 - Thursday

Riding: 3 hours

Forest ride, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Typically you will be collected from the hotel at 9:30 am and taken to the farm to meet the horses. Today's ride leads you through the beautiful pine forests of the Barbate reserve to the 17th century Mecca tower overlooking Cape Trafalgar. As with the longer trail, this introductory ride allows you to get to know your horse, with the faster paces being introduced as your confidence grows.

Day 3 - Friday

Riding: 3 hours

Beach ride, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today you will head to the scene of the famous sea battle where Lord Nelson lost his life at Cape Trafalgar. Following the coastline to El Palmar, you will spend time on the beach enjoying long canters and the occasional gallop too.

Day 4 - Saturday

Riding: 3 hours

Forest ride, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Today's route takes you to the cliffs overlooking Barbate. The ride offers superb views over the town, the surrounding mountains and - on a clear day - even across the sea to North Africa. The ride will follow "roller coaster"-like sand tracks and allows for plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop.

Day 5 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

Transfer to Malaga airport (arriving shortly after 10 am) in time for your return flight.

NB: Please note that beach riding, although still possible, will be limited during the summer months of July and August.

Accommodation

Each night will be spent in twin/double rooms with private bathrooms at the hotel Adiafa (summer) or Playa Barbate Apart hotel (winter). Some room upgrades can be booked with an additional charge at hotel Adiafa.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Intermediate and above - you should be confident and in control at walk, trot, canter and gallop, in open spaces.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 7
Departure windows

Feb. 7, 2024 - Feb. 11, 2024

Feb. 14, 2024 - Feb. 18, 2024

Feb. 21, 2024 - Feb. 25, 2024

Feb. 28, 2024 - March 3, 2024

March 6, 2024 - March 10, 2024

March 20, 2024 - March 24, 2024

March 27, 2024 - March 31, 2024

April 3, 2024 - April 7, 2024

April 10, 2024 - April 14, 2024

April 17, 2024 - April 21, 2024

April 24, 2024 - April 28, 2024

May 1, 2024 - May 5, 2024

May 8, 2024 - May 12, 2024

May 15, 2024 - May 19, 2024

May 22, 2024 - May 26, 2024

May 29, 2024 - June 2, 2024

June 5, 2024 - June 9, 2024

June 12, 2024 - June 16, 2024

June 19, 2024 - June 23, 2024

June 26, 2024 - June 30, 2024

July 3, 2024 - July 7, 2024

July 10, 2024 - July 14, 2024

Sept. 4, 2024 - Sept. 8, 2024

Sept. 11, 2024 - Sept. 15, 2024

Sept. 18, 2024 - Sept. 22, 2024

Sept. 25, 2024 - Sept. 29, 2024

Oct. 2, 2024 - Oct. 6, 2024

Oct. 9, 2024 - Oct. 13, 2024

Oct. 16, 2024 - Oct. 20, 2024

Oct. 23, 2024 - Oct. 27, 2024

Oct. 30, 2024 - Nov. 3, 2024

Nov. 6, 2024 - Nov. 10, 2024

Nov. 13, 2024 - Nov. 17, 2024

Nov. 20, 2024 - Nov. 24, 2024

Nov. 27, 2024 - Dec. 1, 2024

Pricing

2024
Rider, Mid Season (1 May - 12 June; 4 - 25 Sep), Sharing
£770 $975 €900
2024
Non-Rider, Mid Season (1 May - 12 June; 4 - 25 Sep), Sharing
£385 $485 €450
2024
Rider, High Season (19 June - 10 July), Sharing
£810 $1030 €950
2024
Rider, Low Season (7 Feb - 24 Apr; Oct 2 - Nov 27), Sharing
£725 $920 €850
2024
Non-Rider, Low Season (7 Feb - 24 Apr; Oct 2 - Nov 27), Sharing
£365 $460 €425
2024
Non-Rider, High Season (19 June - 10 July), Sharing
£405 $515 €475
Included 4 nights accommodation in a shared room, lunches and dinners, soft drinks with lunches, 3 days of riding as per itinerary and set time Malaga airport transfers.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers outside of set times, breakfasts, drinks with evening meals, tips and other personal expenses.

Extras

2024 - Balcony and Sea View Room upgrade £50 $64 €59
Paid to Far and Ride
The price is per room. The option is only available from March - November.
2024 - Breakfast Supplement £25 $32 €29
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement to enjoy the hotel buffet breakfast each morning (except departure day when you leave too early). Only available March - November.
2024 - Single Supplement (High Season) £155 $197 €182
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room.
2024 - Single Supplement (Low Season) £70 $89 €82
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone requiring a single room.
2024 - Single Supplement (Mid Season) £105 $134 €123
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.