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5 Day Captivating Horse Riding Holiday in Lanjaron, Granada

Spanish Farmhouse Accommodation or Hotel Accommodation, Lanjaron, Spain

Wonderful Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

Take advantage of the incredible surroundings of the Alpujarra hills and Sierra Nevada mountains on this great horse riding holiday in the heart of Andalusia, Spain. Explore the heart of the Sierra Nevada mountains on a horseback and enjoy some of the best horse riding experience Spain has to offer. So, what are you waiting for? Book your horse riding holiday on incredible trekking trails in the heart of Andalusia, Spain!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 95 kilograms / 209 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: 14 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: English tack, Western tack available on request
  • Horse Breed: Andalusian, Andalusian-Arabian cross, and Cobs

Meet the instructors

Sarah
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Highlights

  • 3 full days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 to 8 hours
  • Inspiring and peaceful natural surroundings
  • Assistance of at least one horse riding instructor
  • Use of all the horse riding equipment
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Federico García Lorca Airport (US$52 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$105 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00

You will be accommodated at a local hotel in the spa town of Lanjarón.

Just 45 minutes’ drive from Granada.

The hotel accommodation has a swimming pool and Wi-Fi.

You will also stay in mountain cottages while on trek, which also have pools and Wi-Fi.

Program

This horse riding holiday is suitable for all levels; from complete beginners to advanced riders. Please note that children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and children under 14 must be supervised on a ratio of one adult to one child. Children may join family treks or rides with other children of similar ages from the age of five. The centre matches groups with ability levels and riders can expect to ride with other riders of the same level (unless specified).

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at hotel accommodation

You may check-in to the accommodation any time after 14:00 on the day you choose to arrive. You can relax by the pool during the afternoon or visit the local village of Lanjarón to explore. Enjoy dinner and get a good night's sleep ready for your trek.

Day 2: Full-day trek to a mountain cottage

Today, you will enjoy a leisurely breakfast while you prepare for your first day of horse riding. You will be collected from your accommodation and will head to the stables to meet your horse and saddle up for your full-day trek.

Day 3: Full-day trek to a mountain cottage

You will enjoy breakfast at the mountain cottage before saddling up for your second day of trekking. You will head out again for a day’s trek to discover more of this stunning area, spending between four to eight hours in the saddle depending on your stamina and level. Lunch will be a picnic in the pine forests before your afternoon trek to a beautiful cottage where you will dine and stay over. The exact location of the cottage this evening will also depend on how far you get on your trek today.

Day 4: Full-day trek back to hotel accommodation

You will enjoy breakfast at the mountain cottage before saddling up for your last day of trekking. You will then head out again and make your way back to the hotel accommodation, taking either the long or short journey back depending on how long you want to ride for. You will be trekking through olive groves, mountains, and pasture land down to the old mule tracks and perhaps stopping to have a look at the local markets where you can buy local produce.

Day 5: Departure day

After breakfast, you will be asked to check-out of your rooms at noon and get ready for departure. You will be heading home with new horse riding skills and an insight into Andalusian life that will stay with you long after the holiday is over.

Note: This is a rough guide to your itinerary as it could change upon arrival depending on the weather as well as the ability and stamina of your riding group.

What you will learn

You will spend your three days of trekking through the hills and mountains and your instructor will guide you in the basics of riding if you are a beginner to help you develop your balance and control over the horse to help to create a harmony between yourself and the horse. As for intermediate to advanced riders, you will have the chance to develop your existing skills with plenty of opportunities to canter and gallop. Due to the stunning countryside and mountain trails, trekking is a big focus here and you can ride to your heart’s content. Sarah and her team of friendly volunteers will help with the day-to-day care of the horses on trek. Please note that groups with more beginners will have a higher ratio of instructors to riders (usually one to eight).

About the horses

The centre has 20+ well-trained and schooled horses varying in ages to suit the beginner and advanced rider. The horses range in height from the smallest horse at 12 hands to horses up to 17 hands and they are mainly Andalusians, PREs, Andalusian crosses with Arabs, and also Cobs and ponies. All horses are fully trained to be ridden either Western style or traditional style.

Please note that although the riding school has a wide range of horses to choose to ride, the horses on the working holiday, unfortunately, cannot take riders over 15 stone (95 kilograms). Moreover, the type of tack that is used is mainly English tack, although Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre does have some Western saddles.

Instructors

Sarah Vesey

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), another product for which Lanjaron is renowned.

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 defence. The captain who defended the place preferred to throw himself from the castle tower before surrender. The town 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. 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.

Distances

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

Food

You will be served four breakfasts, three packed lunches, and four dinners. You’ll have a picnic lunch during your treks as well as a Spanish breakfast and full dinner each day. 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 shop service costs an additional 10 EUR. The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Vegetarian
  • Other diets can be catered for upon request

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)

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), another product for which Lanjaron is renowned.

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 defence. The captain who defended the place preferred to throw himself from the castle tower before surrender. The town 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. 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.

Distances

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

You will be accommodated at a local hotel in the spa town of Lanjarón.

Just 45 minutes’ drive from Granada.

The hotel accommodation has a swimming pool and Wi-Fi.

You will also stay in mountain cottages while on trek, which also have pools and Wi-Fi.

  • Spa treatment in Lanjarón
  • Visit to the Moorish castle of Lanjarón
  • Visit to Orgiva, the 'capital' of the Alpujarras
  • Wind-surfing and kayaking on the reservoir
  • Visit the beautiful beaches of the Costa Tropical
  • Alpujarras nature and birdwatching
  • Countryside exploration by horse
  • Full-day trail rides
  • Visit historic Granada city and the Alhambra palace
  • High-level trekking in the Sierra Nevada
  • Mountaineering in the Sierra Nevada
  • Ski touring in the Sierra Nevada
  • Snowshoeing in the Sierra Nevada

What's included

  • 3 days' horse riding
  • Assistance of at least one horse riding instructor
  • All horse riding equipment
  • 4 breakfasts, 3 packed lunches, and 4 dinners
  • 4 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Transfers

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.

Airport: Federico García Lorca Airport Airport transfer available: Federico García Lorca Airport (US$52 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$105 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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