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The beautiful and extremely diverse land of the Alpujarras ranges from pine forests and alpine meadows, wooded valleys, and gorges to almond, olive, and orange groves. La Alpujarra is the name given to the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range; no matter what the pace, the ride will be breathtaking, one of the best riding opportunities in Spain!
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.
You may check-in any time after 2pm. on the day you choose to arrive. You can relax by the pool during the afternoon or visit the local village to explore. Later, an arrival dinner of Andalusian cuisine and wine will be served in the evening.
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. Your trail will begin by heading north up above the Lanjarón River gorge. You will then ride through the ancient oak forests towards the summit of the Pico del Caballo, reaching over 2000 meters of altitude, before dropping through the logging trails of the pine forests to Puente Palo.
A picnic lunch will then be enjoyed in the pine forest, before riding east to an idyllic location high on the slopes of the Poqueria valley, where you will spend a relaxing night in the beautiful mountain cottages. The wonderful views extend across the Poqueria valley to the whitewashed mountain villages of Capileira, Bubion, and Pampaniera.
Today, you will head north following the Poqueria valley with the picturesque town of Capilera to your east. This is one of the highest towns in Spain. You will trek towards Mulhacén, which is the highest mountain on the mainland. With the snowy backdrop, this valley is truly stunning. Crossing mountain pasture land on a little known old Moorish bridle path, you will head up through the pine trees to Refugio Piuca. You will follow the wide forest logging track that takes you to the mountain cottages and a good night's rest.
Today, there is plenty of cantering opportunities as you trek north-west along mountain logging tracks with a stop for a picnic lunch, high on the hillside. After lunch, you will reach the Mirador de Cáñar viewpoint before passing down the Prado de las Liebres (Meadow of the Hares) to the ranch below. There will be time for relaxation and a dip in the pool before dinner.
Down through the hippy village of Beneficio, onto Órgiva for a stroll around the town shops and the local market (if it's a market day). The market offers a wide range of local produce and artisan products as well as clothes, shoes, and tourist souvenirs. Órgiva is the largest town in Las Alpujarras. After the market, you will take part in a fast valley ride with a picnic on the hillside, overlooking Mount Lújar and the impressive mountains of the Sierra de la Contraviesa
After breakfast, you will be asked to check-out of your rooms at noon and get ready for departure. You will be home with new horse riding skills and an insight into Andalusian life that will stay with you long after the holiday is over!
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 stones (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.
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.
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 Andalucía, 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 honour 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 revellers 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, revellers celebrate the calm after the storm with a feast of mouth-watering jamon (ham), another product for which Lanjarón 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.
You will be served 4 breakfasts, 3 packed lunches, and 4 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 service costs an additional 10 EUR.
The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for: regular (typically includes meat and fish), vegetarian, and other diets can be catered for upon request.
Federico García Lorca Airport
Transfer available for additional US$53 per person
Transfer available for additional US$106 per person
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.
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.
The train service is usually more expensive and longer than the coach / bus and it is only available from Granada.
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