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Awe-inspiring Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

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Caballo Blanco Horse Riding & Trekking Centre invites you to join this unique horse riding holiday in the heart of Andalusia, Spain. In this holiday, you will experience horse riding trips through the Alpujarra hills and Sierra Nevada mountains, enjoy the magnificent natural scenery, and stay in beautiful accommodation in remote and peaceful locations like no other. Live your dream to ride in the incredible surroundings on horseback here.

Key information

  • Riders 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 horse, Andalusian-Arabian cross horse, and Cobs horse

Meet the instructors

Sarah
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Highlights

  • 5 days of amazing full-day horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4-8 hours
  • A chance to ride through stunning mountain scenery
  • Assistance of at least one horse riding instructor
  • Use of all the horse riding equipment
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
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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 fun horse riding holiday will take you out on treks to enjoy the beautiful and extremely diverse surroundings of the Alpujarras mountains, as well as the wide choice of easy hacks right through to challenging trail rides in this spectacular area of Southern Spain. With the stables situated 1,200 meters above the wonderful town of Lanjarón, during your treks, you will see some of the most incredible views of the surrounding Andalusian countryside with the coastline of Africa visible on very clear days.

You will follow old Moorish mule paths and valleys where the horse, mule, or oxen still to this day, pull the plough to harvest crops. This is more than just a horse riding holiday but a chance to discover the remarkable Andalusian scenery and to witness the culture where tradition remains very much part of everyday life.

This horse riding holiday is suitable for all levels from complete beginners to advanced riders. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult, and must be supervised on a ratio of one adult to three children.

Day 1

You will transfer from Malaga or Granada airport (cost not included) to the tiny spa town of Lanjaron, "the gateway" to Alpujarras. Your accommodation for the night will be at the Alpujarra Guesthouse high in the mountains and close to the Ranch. These small mountain cottages have a swimming pool for use during the summer months. Dinner prepared by your host and cook, Emily, at the simple and beautiful local guesthouse.

Day 2:                     

Breakfast at the guesthouse and then you will be driven to the stables (with your luggage) to meet the horses and your guide. Trekking out today to the impressive Rio del Guadalfeo. This river is born in the Sierra Nevada mountains from rain and snow melt above the town of Bercules and heads out to the mediterranean sea at Salobreña.

The 71 km river can be torrential and fast flowing, but in the summer months the flow is slow and the horses enjoy a dip in the river. Trekking out from the ranch you will be passing down through the tiny hippie village of Beneficio. This ´village´ is a sustainable, ecological and self-managed village that was created back in 1992 on small private land between the towns of Órgiva and Cáñar, villages impregnated by the hippie movement.

You will ride on ancient mule paths following barrancos and the Rio Chico to the main river for a plash. Lunch on the hillside on the Southern slopes of Las Alpujarras with stunning views of Mount Lujar, part of the Contraviesa mountain range.  A valley ride in the afternoon through Orange and Almond groves to Cortijo de la Cueva del Pescado above the Rules lake and dam. Evening meal and the night spent at Cortijo de la Cueva.

Day 3

Breakfast at the Cortijo. Tacking up the horses and heading out on a day trek to Orgiva town. Órgiva is located in the southwestern part of the region of the Alpujarra Granadina, and is the capital town of the Alpujarras with nearly 6,000 residents. A pretty town with it´s two towered Church and cobbled main street. Plenty of time to look round the town for souvenirs and artisan products. 

You will be riding past century old olives and through young olive plantations today. Returning to the Cortijo de la Cueva del Pescado late afternoon for a dip in the pool (when in season).

Day 4

Breakfast at Cortijo de la Cueva del Pescado. Head out on the Ruta del Pescado mule track towards  Lanjaron. Following the river gorge climbing high into the mountains on a 600 year old cobbled mule track through the Chestnut forests to the waterfalls of El Tello. Lunch at high altitudes in walnut orchards and alpine meadows. A fast pace ride after lunch to take you the Tello ridgeroad mountain track. Dropping back down to the Ranch in the afternoon. Evening meal and night spent in mountain cottages close to the Ranch (at the Alpujarra Guest House).

Day 5

Breakfast at the guesthouse. High mountain trek with plenty of canters on the logging tracks. Through scrubby oak forests to high mountain pastures of the Sierra Nevada. Trekking through the pine forests of Puente Palo (the bridge of the sticks) and through El Prado de las Liebres (the meadow of the hares). A picnic lunch to be enjoyed in the pine forest before returning to the Ranch via the Mirador de Cañar to the west. Evening meal at the guesthouse.

Day 6

Breakfast at the guesthouse. Today a trip to the white washed high village of Cañar to the East.  With a population of less than 300 residents, this tiny town with it´s pretty church of Santa Ana has only has one small supermarket and a few small bars.

Stopping at the bar for refreshments in the town before climbing high above into the Sierra Nevada National Park. This is a longer trek of at least 6 hours in the saddle. Transfer to the local town of Lanjaron. Evening meal (not included) in the local town. Chance to explore the town in the evening.

Lanjaron translates as "place of springs" in Arabic (Al-lancharon) and is a spa town famous for it's natural abundance of springs. With it´s old Moorish castle, a small medieval fortress constructed around the 12th-13th century it was dedicated mainly to surveillance, shelter and defence of the population. However, the current remains date back to the 14th century. The town is very lively with fiestas during the summer months and we can keep you informed of all the local fiestas.

Day 7

Breakfast in the hotel. You will be wished a fond farewell as you are transferred to either Malaga or Granada airport (cost not included).

Please note, the itinerary may vary and be altered according to the abilities of the group, the weather, and at the discretion of the guide.

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 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.

Distances

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

Food

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 requirement(s) are served and/or catered for: regular (typically includes meat and fish), vegetarian, and 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:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • 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

  • 5 days' horse riding
  • Assistance of at least one horse riding instructor
  • All horse riding equipment
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 6 dinners
  • 6 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 110 EUR and from Federico García Lorca Airport (GRX) at 60 EUR per vehicle. 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 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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