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Fun Horse Riding Holiday Spain

Take part in this venturesome horse riding holiday to enjoy a combination of trekking in the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains and horse riding lesson in Andalusia, Spain. This fun horse riding holiday will take you out on treks through the stunning Alpujarra Hills and Sierra Nevada Mountains, a perfect location to indulge your passion for horse riding. This horse riding holiday will guarantee you having one of the best horse riding holiday riding in Spain. Enjoy a marvelous horse riding holiday here!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: English tack, Western tack available on request
  • Horse Breed: Andalusian horse, Andalusian-Arabian cross horse, and Cobs horse

Highlights

  • 1-day full-day horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2-8 hours
  • Full assistance of horse riding instructors
  • Complimentary use of horse riding equipment
  • 2 breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 2 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 15

Airport transfer available:
Federico Garcia Lorca Airport

Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport

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Accommodation

La Casa Del Viento is a pretty Spanish farmhouse near the spa town of Lanjarón where people come from miles around to take the waters which are said to contain minerals for eternal youth. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Granada, this charming and tastefully restored Spanish farmhouse is set in grounds with olive, almond and fruit trees, vegetable and herb garden, as well as a beautiful swimming pool surrounded by olive trees and citrus groves. The pool is normally open by Easter but if it is a very warm spring, it can be open earlier (depends on the weather).

The pretty white house has traditional thick Spanish walls to keep it cool in summer and warm in winter. The rooms are twin, single, or double and the house can sleep a total of 15 people at one time. The house has stunning views overlooking the village and mountains. The house has a pool, a bar, and barbecue with tables, chairs, and sunbeds. Moreover, Casa Del Viento accommodation provides Wi-Fi as well.

Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre Horse Riding Holiday in Spain Program

You will spend your days near the spa town of Lanjaron nestled between Alpujarra Hills and Sierra Nevada Mountains and enjoy a wide choice of easy hacks right through to challenging trail rides in this spectacular area of Southern Spain. On this horse riding holiday, you will trek through the beautiful and extremely diverse surroundings of the Alpujarras Mountain ranges which are from alpine meadows, wooded valleys, pine forests, and gorges to orange, almond, and olive groves.

You will follow old Moorish mule paths and valleys where the horses, mule, or oxen pull the plow to harvest the earth’s crops. This horse riding holiday will be also an opportunity to discover the extraordinary Andalusian scenery and to experience the culture where even today, the tradition remains very much part of everyday life.

This horse riding holiday is suitable for all levels from complete beginners to advanced riders. However, the minimum age which can be participated in this horse riding holiday is four years’ old. Please note that children under 18 years' old must be accompanied by an adult and children under 14 years' old must be supervised on a ratio of one adult for one child with no upper age limit.

One-hour horse riding lesson

Your one-hour lesson will be tailored to your experience of horse riding. As a beginner or novice rider, you will begin to develop your skills by starting with saddling up and getting on, steering, stopping, and getting off again. You will then continue by learning about balance and developing control over the horse working mainly on your balance to help to create a harmony between yourself and the horse.

If you are an intermediate to advanced rider, you will have the chance to develop your existing skills in techniques such as cross-country and jumping. The groups with more beginners will have a higher ratio of instructors to riders (usually one to eight). Please note that you may also substitute the lesson for a two-hour trekking if you prefer.

Itinerary

Please note that this is a rough guide to your itinerary as it could change upon your arrival depending on the ability or stamina of your riding group.

Day 1: Arrival at La Casa Del Viento

You may check-in to La Casa Del Viento any time after 14:00 on the day you choose to arrive. Depending on what time you arrive, you may choose to have your one-hour horse riding lesson today to get you in the saddle before your trek on the next day. You may substitute the lesson for a two-hour trekking if you prefer. An arrival dinner of Andalusian cuisine and wine will be served in the evening with other guests in the charming farmhouse.

Day 2: Full day trekking

You will enjoy leisurely breakfast while you prepare for your first day of horse riding. You will head over to the stables to meet your horse to saddle up for your full day trekking. The number of hours of riding depends on you, some people ride for four hours and some to eight hours. Your instructor will take the lead from you and you’ll be able to head home when you’ve had enough riding for the day to relax by the pool if you prefer.

Your lunch will be a picnic out in the mountains or forests during your trekking. While you are on your trek, you may ride through ancient oak forests or logging trails of the pine forests. You will then head back to the farmhouse and enjoy a delicious dinner in the evening.

Day 3: Departure day

After breakfast, you will be asked to check-out of the rooms ready for departure. You will be taking home with new horse riding skills and an insight into Andalusian life that will stay with you long after the holiday is over. Depending on your arrival time on the first day, you may need to take your one-hour riding lesson on your final morning before heading off or you may substitute the lesson for a two-hour trekking if you prefer.

The horses

Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre has around 16 horses varying in ages to suit beginner and advanced rider. The horses range in height from the smallest horse at 14 hands up to the tallest at 16 hands. They are mainly Andalusians and Andalusian crosses with Arabian.

The horses are well trained, schooled, and suitable for all levels of riders from beginners to advanced. Although the riding school has a wide range of horses to choose to ride, the horses on this horse riding holidays, unfortunately, cannot take riders over 15.8 stone (100 kilograms).

Instructors

Sarah Vesey
In 1993, Sarah set up a riding center in the beautiful Andalucia region of Spain and has never looked back. She was born in the New Forest, England and has ridden all her life. Sarah owns and runs the trekking centre and is a qualified horse riding guide and instructor and she lives at the ranch with her family.

Location

Lanjarón is famous for its water springs which are dotted all over the hills. Many Spanish come here to drink the water which is said to contain minerals for eternal youth. The towns in the surrounding area are heavily influenced by Gothic and Moorish architecture. While out on the hills, you will be surrounded by almond, olive, and citrus groves which are still tended to by “man and his mule”. This area of Spain really is steeped in history and rich in culture.

The stables are situated on a small plateau at a height of 1,200 meters above the spa town of Lanjarón in the Las Alpujarras region of Andalucia, close to Granada, Spain. Wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, hills, and Sierra Nevada Mountains are evident in all directions. You can even see the coastline of Africa on a clear day. It is also near to the busy market town of Orgiva which is boasting many bustling tapas bars.

Since 1980, Lanjarón has celebrated Midsummer’s Eve in honor of San Juan Bautista (John the Baptist) with its Fiesta del Agua y del Jamon (Water and Ham Festival) although the ham aspect has been overshadowed over the years by the liquid element. At the stroke of midnight on June 23, the small mountain village erupts into the greatest water fight in Spain and maybe even the world.

Famous for its mineral water, Lanjarón is the perfect destination for this crazy water war. Locals make sure they park their cars out of town in anticipation of the liquid onslaught that attracts revelers from all over the country and further afield. At midnight, participants take to the streets armed with buckets, water pistols, and anything else they can get their hands on. Total strangers soak each other to the skin while ladies spray the crowd with hose pipes from the safety of their balconies, filling up their buckets in the process.

By the time the whistle blows at the end of the fight, there is a river running through the streets and all are soaked to the bone. After a quick change of clothes, the cerveza starts pouring, fireworks fill the sky, and the real party begins. Over the next few days, revelers celebrate the calm after the storm with a feast of mouthwatering jamon (ham) and another product for which Lanjaron is renowned.

Only its ruins remain over a rocky promontory near to the town. It is located about 600 meters of altitude. Its location was superb because on one hand, it dominated the access road to the Alpujarra and on the other, the one that communicated Granada with the coast. The castle was surrounded by a wall defended by two great towers of rubblework, one to the north, semi-circular, and another one to the south.

Fernando, the Catholic King, conquered the town in 1490. Its Moorish inhabitants rebelled again in 1500, a revolt that was controlled by the Christians after an epic defense. The captain who defended the place preferred to throw himself from a tower before surrender. It participated in an active way against the Napoleonic troops in the Independence War and its inhabitants received the qualifying name of “canoneros” since then. The castle is currently being renovated.

Nearby places

  • Federico García Lorca Granada Airport (GRX) - 45 minutes

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance

Food

All meals are included throughout your stay. You’ll have Spanish breakfast, picnic lunch during your trek, and full dinner each day. Where possible, the food will be locally produced with many of the vegetables and herbs which are grown from the gardens near La Casa del Viento. In addition, your meals will be served in front of the big open fire in winter and usually out on the terrace in summer.

Furthermore, although all meals are provided, Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre also offers a "stop to shop" service with transfers where you will be taken to a large city supermarket if you would like to shop for one hour before arriving at your accommodation. The transfer service costs an additional 10 EUR.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • 1-day Las Alpujarras cheese-making workshop
  • 3 and 4 days of trekking
  • 4-WD offroad adventures in the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras
  • Alpujarras nature and birdwatching
  • Countryside exploration by horse
  • Full-day trail rides
  • Granada exploration
  • Harley-Davidson motorcycle riding in Andalucia with Thunder Road Tours
  • High-level trekking in the Sierra Nevada and the Pyrenees
  • Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada
  • Ski touring in the Sierra Nevada
  • Snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada
  • Spa treatment in Lanjarón
  • Visit to the amazing Moorish castle of Lanjarón
  • Visit to Orgiva
  • Walking to Alpujarras and the Sierra Nevada

What's included

  • 1 day full-day horse riding
  • 2-hour trekking / 1-hour riding lessons
  • Assistance of at least one horse riding instructor
  • All horse riding equipment
  • 2 breakfasts, packed lunches, and dinners
  • 2 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights

How to get there

Driving directions from Lanjarón

  • Head towards Motril and the coast from Granada.
  • Follow the signs to Lanjarón.
  • Turn right onto the bypass upon reaching the village.
  • Notice a Repsol Petrol Station on your left-hand side just before leaving Lanjaron. At 600 meters past the Repsol garage, there is a left-hand turn with the sign "Caballo Blanco" in the bank.
  • Turn left up this steep concrete track.
  • Continue up for 15 minutes, following the signs to Caballo Blanco.
  • Go under a bridge on a third of the way up to the ranch.
  • Keep left after the bridge. The last sign is on a sharp right-hand bend by a white rock.
  • Head down the track and park where you see the other cars below.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Although Federico García Lorca Granada Airport (GRX) in Granada is the nearest airport, most guests use Málaga Airport (AGP), as there are many more flights to choose from. Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre also provides transfers from Málaga Airport (AGP) at 90 EUR (80 GBP) and from Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) at 45 EUR (40 GBP). The prices are for each way per car and up to four persons.

Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) is only 45 minutes away while the Málaga Airport (AGP) is 90 minutes away. You can fly to Granada by using British Airways from London City Airport (LCY). If you are coming out on a long weekend, Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre strongly recommends this airport to maximize your time with them.

If you are flying into Málaga Airport (AGP) and your flight is delayed or even brought forward for any reason, it would be a great help if you could text or call Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre to let them know before you get on the plane. If you book well enough in advance, you can get flights for as little as 50 GBP return. Please note that Ryan Air has a very strict baggage allowance policy so it is well worth checking before you get to the airport.

Arrival by bus

Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre can also help you with the bus schedules and arrange collection from the bus in the local town of Lanjaron for 10 EUR. A cheap and reliable bus service runs from Granada to the nearby village of Lanjarón takes around one and a half hours. On your arrival at the village, you’ll be collected by your hosts and driven to the house.

You can also get a bus from Malaga to Granada and change for the bus to Lanjarón that takes about three hours. To organize a pick-up from the village of Lanjarón to the accommodation, please call your host Sarah when you are in Malaga or Granada with your expected arrival time to ensure someone is there to meet you. Moreover, a full and detailed directions will be shown on your booking confirmation.

Arrival by train

The train service is usually more expensive and longer than the coach / bus and it is only available from Granada.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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