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Costa de la Luz

Special Offer!

Early Booking Discount

Book for the period 30 Jan to 19 June 2022 and pay your deposit before the 31st October 2021 and receive a discount of £100 per person (riders)/£50 per person (non-riders) off an 8 day ride or £50pp (riders)/£25pp (non-riders) off a 5 day ride

Offer ends Oct. 31, 2021

Overview

These holidays are run by a small and friendly company owned and operated by Steve and Caroline since 1996. They 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 …

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 8 riders per group
  • Average of 4 - 5 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. They 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 your riding, to the accommodation and 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 Peninsular, there is still the option of a blast on the beach even during the summer months. Horses are legally banned from all beaches all year around. This law is enforced locally, with the Cadiz coast ban being from 16th June until 15th September. However, with common sense being used it is possible to use the beaches all year around but in the busy summer months the hours of riding on the beach will be much shorter. The going is good, whatever the weather!

Horses & Riding

Tack

Top quality English saddles and bridles.

Horses

Andalusian, Hispano-Arab and Anglo-Arab horses.

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

Your holiday would not be complete without good food and a refreshing drink or two. All of the holidays here are full board with a relaxed breakfast served in the hotel's cafe each morning. Lunches are taken (after your ride) in traditional "tapas" bars and dinners will be in quality local restaurant back in Barbate. All meals are typical ‘Andaluz’ with superb meat and fish dishes being served. Vegetarian and specialist diets may be catered for by prior arrangement, although choices may be limited.

During the week long riding tour Thursday is a free day when lunch and dinner are not included. You will instead be free to choose where and when you eat. Any drinks with the evening meals and food or snacks outside of set mealtimes are also not included.

Lunches and dinners are eaten as a group with the other riding guests. Lunches are not included for non riders.

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 hotel they offer. During your holiday 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 exploring the area on horse back. 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 bath and shower. All bedrooms have air-conditioning, wifi internet and digital TVs with international channels.

Rooms will be allocated without a balcony, but a small supplement can be paid if you would prefer to upgrade to a room with a balcony and sea view. Single rooms are available for solo travellers - at no additional cost during low and mid season but cannot always be guaranteed. However, single travellers who upgrade to a room with a balcony and sea view will be guaranteed their own room. During high season all individual rooms will have a single supplement charge. If a triple room is booked, then there is no supplement to pay for the balcony upgrade.

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 which features plenty of lively bars and restaurant. 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 the variety of habitats, from wetlands to desert, making it an interesting place for bird-watching. Birdwise, something always happens 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 wind surfing 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

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 14.30pm). Over dinner this evening you will be able to discuss the weeks holiday.

Day 2 - Monday

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

You are collected from the hotel at 09:30am 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 for around 16:00pm allowing plenty of time to explore the town and beach.

Day 3 - Tuesday

Riding: 4 - 5 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: 4 - 5 hours

Today's route will take you to the top of the cliffs overlooking the town of Barbate - a unique view point. 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 and is an experience not to be missed (extra cost, to be paid locally).

Day 6 - Friday

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Today you will head to the scene of the famous sea battle where Lord Nelson lost his life at the 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: 4 - 5 hours

On the final day the ride follows "roller coaster" like sand tracks, giving you plenty of opportunity 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 08:00am to arrive at Malaga shortly after 10:00am. 

NB: Please note that beach riding, although stilll 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 hotel Adiafa. Upgraded rooms 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 8
Departure windows

Sept. 19, 2021 - Sept. 26, 2021

Sept. 26, 2021 - Oct. 3, 2021

Oct. 3, 2021 - Oct. 10, 2021

Oct. 10, 2021 - Oct. 17, 2021

Oct. 17, 2021 - Oct. 24, 2021

Oct. 24, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021

Oct. 31, 2021 - Nov. 7, 2021

Nov. 7, 2021 - Nov. 14, 2021

Nov. 14, 2021 - Nov. 21, 2021

Nov. 21, 2021 - Nov. 28, 2021

Nov. 28, 2021 - Dec. 5, 2021

Jan. 30, 2022 - Feb. 6, 2022

Feb. 6, 2022 - Feb. 13, 2022

Feb. 13, 2022 - Feb. 20, 2022

Feb. 20, 2022 - Feb. 27, 2022

Feb. 27, 2022 - March 6, 2022

March 6, 2022 - March 13, 2022

March 13, 2022 - March 20, 2022

March 20, 2022 - March 27, 2022

March 27, 2022 - April 3, 2022

April 3, 2022 - April 10, 2022

April 10, 2022 - April 17, 2022

April 17, 2022 - April 24, 2022

April 24, 2022 - May 1, 2022

May 1, 2022 - May 8, 2022

May 8, 2022 - May 15, 2022

May 15, 2022 - May 22, 2022

May 22, 2022 - May 29, 2022

May 29, 2022 - June 5, 2022

June 5, 2022 - June 12, 2022

June 12, 2022 - June 19, 2022

June 19, 2022 - June 26, 2022

June 26, 2022 - July 3, 2022

July 3, 2022 - July 10, 2022

July 10, 2022 - July 17, 2022

Aug. 14, 2022 - Aug. 21, 2022

Aug. 21, 2022 - Aug. 28, 2022

Aug. 28, 2022 - Sept. 4, 2022

Sept. 4, 2022 - Sept. 11, 2022

Sept. 11, 2022 - Sept. 18, 2022

Sept. 18, 2022 - Sept. 25, 2022

Sept. 25, 2022 - Oct. 2, 2022

Oct. 2, 2022 - Oct. 9, 2022

Oct. 9, 2022 - Oct. 16, 2022

Oct. 16, 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022

Oct. 23, 2022 - Oct. 30, 2022

Oct. 30, 2022 - Nov. 6, 2022

Nov. 6, 2022 - Nov. 13, 2022

Nov. 13, 2022 - Nov. 20, 2022

Nov. 20, 2022 - Nov. 27, 2022

Nov. 27, 2022 - Dec. 4, 2022

Pricing

2021
Rider; Sharing; Low Season (31 January - 25 April and 10 October - 28 November)
£1095 $1510 €1295
2021
Non Rider; Sharing; Low Season (31 January - 25 April and 10 October - 28 November)
£550 $760 €650
2021
Rider; Sharing; Mid & High Season (rest of year)
£1330 $1835 €1575
2021
Non-rider; Sharing; Mid & High Season (rest of year)
£665 $915 €785
2022
Rider, Sharing, Low Season (30 Jan-30 Apr and 9 Oct - 3 Dec)
£1095 $1510 €1295
2022
Rider, Sharing, Mid Season (1 May-25 June and 4 Sept - 8 Oct)
£1330 $1835 €1575
2022
Rider, Sharing, High Season (26 June-3 September)
£1445 $1995 €1710
2022
Non-Rider, Sharing, Low season (30 Jan-30 Apr and 9 Oct - 3 Dec)
£550 $760 €650
2022
Non-Rider, Sharing, Mid Season (1 May-25 June and 4 Sept - 8 Oct)
£665 $915 €785
2022
Non-Rider, Sharing, High Season (26 June-3 Sept)
£725 $1000 €855
Included 7 nights accommodation in a shared room, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day (except lunch and dinner on Thursday), soft drinks with breakfast and lunch, 5 days of horse riding and set-time Malaga airport transfers.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, 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

2021/2022 - Balcony and Sea View Room upgrade £85 $118 €101
Paid to Far and Ride
Price is per room.
2021/2022 - Guaranteed Single Room Supplement (Low Season) £85 $118 €101
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone who wishes to guaranteed a room to themselves. Those willing to share will not have to pay the extra cost.
2021/2022 - Guaranteed Single Room Supplement (Mid Season) £140 $194 €166
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone who wishes to guaranteed a room to themselves. Those willing to share will not have to pay the extra cost.
2021/2022 - Single Supplement (High Season) £215 $295 €250
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 14:30pm). 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: 4 hours

Forest ride, with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Typically you will be collected from the hotel at 9:30am 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: 4 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: 4 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 10am) 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 hotel Adiafa. Upgraded rooms 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 8
Departure windows

Sept. 22, 2021 - Sept. 26, 2021

Sept. 29, 2021 - Oct. 3, 2021

Oct. 6, 2021 - Oct. 10, 2021

Oct. 13, 2021 - Oct. 17, 2021

Oct. 20, 2021 - Oct. 24, 2021

Oct. 27, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021

Nov. 3, 2021 - Nov. 7, 2021

Nov. 10, 2021 - Nov. 14, 2021

Nov. 17, 2021 - Nov. 21, 2021

Nov. 24, 2021 - Nov. 28, 2021

Dec. 1, 2021 - Dec. 5, 2021

Feb. 2, 2022 - Feb. 6, 2022

Feb. 9, 2022 - Feb. 13, 2022

Feb. 16, 2022 - Feb. 20, 2022

Feb. 23, 2022 - Feb. 27, 2022

March 2, 2022 - March 6, 2022

March 9, 2022 - March 13, 2022

March 16, 2022 - March 20, 2022

March 23, 2022 - March 27, 2022

March 30, 2022 - April 3, 2022

April 6, 2022 - April 10, 2022

April 13, 2022 - April 17, 2022

April 20, 2022 - April 24, 2022

April 27, 2022 - May 1, 2022

May 4, 2022 - May 8, 2022

May 11, 2022 - May 15, 2022

May 18, 2022 - May 22, 2022

May 25, 2022 - May 29, 2022

June 1, 2022 - June 5, 2022

June 8, 2022 - June 12, 2022

June 15, 2022 - June 19, 2022

June 22, 2022 - June 26, 2022

June 29, 2022 - July 3, 2022

July 6, 2022 - July 10, 2022

July 13, 2022 - July 17, 2022

Aug. 17, 2022 - Aug. 21, 2022

Aug. 24, 2022 - Aug. 28, 2022

Aug. 31, 2022 - Sept. 4, 2022

Sept. 7, 2022 - Sept. 11, 2022

Sept. 14, 2022 - Sept. 18, 2022

Sept. 21, 2022 - Sept. 25, 2022

Sept. 28, 2022 - Oct. 2, 2022

Oct. 5, 2022 - Oct. 9, 2022

Oct. 12, 2022 - Oct. 16, 2022

Oct. 19, 2022 - Oct. 23, 2022

Oct. 26, 2022 - Oct. 30, 2022

Nov. 2, 2022 - Nov. 6, 2022

Nov. 9, 2022 - Nov. 13, 2022

Nov. 16, 2022 - Nov. 20, 2022

Nov. 23, 2022 - Nov. 27, 2022

Nov. 30, 2022 - Dec. 4, 2022

Pricing

2021
Rider; Sharing; Mid & High Season (rest of year)
£745 $1030 €880
2021
Rider; Sharing; Low Season (29 January - 29 April & 14 October - 2 December)
£645 $890 €765
2021
Non-rider; sharing; Low Season (29 January - 29 April and 14 October - 2 December)
£325 $450 €385
2021
Non-rider; Sharing; Mid & High Season (rest of year)
£375 $515 €445
2022
Rider, Sharing, High Season (29 June-3 Sept)
£810 $1125 €965
2022
Non-rider, Sharing, Low Season (2 Feb-19 Mar and 12 Oct-3 Dec)
£325 $445 €385
2022
Non-rider, Sharing, Mid Season (4 May-25 June and 7 Sept-8 Oct)
£375 $515 €440
2022
Non-rider, Sharing, High Season (29 June-3 Sept)
£405 $560 €480
2022
Rider, Sharing, Low Season (2 Feb-19 Mar and 12 Oct-3 Dec)
£645 $890 €760
2022
Rider, Sharing, Mid Season (4 May-25 June and 7 Sept-8 Oct)
£745 $1025 €880
Included 4 nights accommodation in shared room, all meals from dinner on arrival day until breakfast on departure day, 3 days of riding as per itinerary and set time Malaga airport transfers.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, airport transfers outside of set times, drinks with evening meals, tips and other personal expenses.

Extras

2021/2022 - Balcony and Sea View Room upgrade £55 $76 €65
Paid to Far and Ride
Price is per room.
2021/2022 - Guaranteed Single Room Supplement (Low Season) £50 $69 €59
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone who wishes to guaranteed a room to themselves. Those willing to share will not have to pay the extra cost.
2021/2022 - Guaranteed Single Room Supplement (Mid Season) £90 $124 €107
Paid to Far and Ride
Payable by anyone who wishes to guaranteed a room to themselves. Those willing to share will not have to pay the extra cost.
2021/2022 - Single Supplement (High Season) £145 $200 €172
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.