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Luxury Horse Riding Holidays Spain

Join this vacation and enjoy luxury accommodation, breathtaking scenery, exceptional Andalucian horses, traditional white village location, and the ultimate riding guide. If you are looking for a different riding holiday, then this is the holiday for you. Based in a luxury rural retreat in Casarabonela in the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, Cortijo el Chenil Caballos is run by ex-professional jockey Darren Biggs.

The holidays not only feature the most amazing riding throughout this picture perfect location, with mountains on one side and the beautiful olive groves of the Guadalhorce valley on the other, but the luxury accommodation and exceptional facilities mean you will also enjoy a fantastic luxury holiday. Lounging around the sun-soaked pool, enjoying a cheeky cocktail at the poolside bar, eating delicious traditional Spanish food, and soaking up authentic Spanish culture are just some of the highlights of the incredible holidays. It really is a truly unforgettable experience.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 14.2 to 17 hands
  • Horse breed: Hispano-Árabe, Pure Spanish Horses, and Andalucian Horses

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  • 2 days of countryside riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 to 4 hours
  • All rides led by ex-professional jockey Darren Biggs
  • Enjoy the most amazing riding in the mountains and throughout olive groves
  • 3 breakfasts and two dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$64 per person)
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  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

The luxury apartments are well appointed, spacious, and very comfortable, meaning you have everything you need to enjoy an incredible holiday. They are stylishly decorated and equipped with both air conditioning and heating so you are comfortable no matter the time of year.

Standard accommodation is based upon two people sharing a twin room, but if you do not fancy sharing, double rooms are available with a single person supplement. All bed linen and towels are provided, including pool towels.


Swimming pool

The fabulous south facing swimming pool means you can soak up the sun whatever the time of day. Surrounded by sunbeds, you can relax around the pool with a good book or even sample one of the cocktails from the bar. When you get bored of sunbathing, you can enjoy a game of pool or darts or even a game of petanque on the specially built court.


A free pool table and electronic dart board are available for your entertainment, as well as a DVD library, and games selection. DVD’s can be taken from the library and watched on the smart TV’s provided in the apartments. A state of the art music system plays a selection of chilled and relaxing music in the pool and bar areas.

There is also a fabulous Petanque court on the front of the property and of course, the free Wi-Fi means you can choose to stay in touch with the rest of the world, or if you prefer you can choose to disconnect and completely relax and unwind off the grid.

Laundry facilities

Should you need them, they are available, priced per load. There are irons and ironing boards available for your use free of charge, please just ask.


Baby monitors are provided in each apartment for your convenience, so if you choose, you can put the children to bed and feel completely secure and at ease about enjoying a drink at the bar.


Several acres of orchards and plantations, growing many different types of fruit including the typical oranges, lemons, and olives, as well as more exotic avocados, mangoes, pomegranates, and dragon fruits, enhance the beauty of the property.

There are two lakes on the property with stunning panoramic views. A small river runs through the center of the property, surrounded by bamboo providing a perfect haven for a variety of wildlife. The lake and river attract a plethora of birds and dragonflies meaning the property is heaven for those of you who love to relax surrounded by nature.



Cortijo El Chenil Caballos live on the edge of a natural park with mountains and valleys so their track types vary widely: they have dirt tracks, mountain tracks, river beds, fields, forests, woodland, and olive groves.



On your arrival at the retreat, you will be shown to your room and then invited to join Cortijo El Chenil Caballos for your induction. This will be an opportunity to meet the other riders and for Cortijo El Chenil Caballos to discover what your aspirations are and what you are hoping to get out of your holiday with them.

You will discuss the possible routes and decide a plan based upon everyone's abilities and requirements. They will then go through all of the safety requirements, assess your ability, and assign you a horse.


You will enjoy two days of riding on your four-day holiday. Cortijo El Chenil Caballos prefer to keep groups small as they feel this promotes a friendly atmosphere and ensures everyone gets the attention they deserve.

On riding days, you will generally go out on a morning or evening hack for up to four hours. Cortijo El Chenil Caballos encourage all riders to take part in grooming and tacking up as they feel this helps you develop a relationship with your horse and helps you get more out of your experience.

The schedule is not set in stone as they feel they have so many routes and options to choose from they can tailor it to the individual needs of the riders. Lessons are given when required, our routes are not suitable for beginners due to the terrain, at times it is necessary to replace riding time with lessons in the arena, particularly for less capable or nervous riders. These lessons serve to improve the confidence and ability of the riders in order to ensure they get the most out of their time with us so they can take part in the hacks whilst relaxing and enjoying the breathtaking scenery.

On your hacks, you will explore the local countryside, including the mountains, the olive groves, rivers, and local villages, you can enjoy tapas at a local bar or a picnic in the mountains. The location means whichever direction you ride, you will be guaranteed breathtaking views and beautiful tranquil countryside with plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

Lessons and education

When required, Darren carries out all lessons according to your ability. Nervous and less capable riders will be schooled in the arena, focusing on improving their skills and confidence.


First and foremost, at Cortijo el Chenil they are horse lovers. Currently, they have nine horses - one Shetland, two registered Hispano Arabes, one Spanish PRE gelding, and 5 Andalucians, ranging from the 13'2 hand pony to the fabulous 17 hand ride and drive gelding.

All horses are safe and surefooted and very well taken care of, in fact, Cortijo El Chenil Caballos have worked in conjunction with their vet and adopted the Paddock Paradise system to ensure that they are kept in the healthiest and most natural environment possible.

They love a grey at Cortijo el Chenil, so much so that five of their nine horses are greys! They also have two bays and the fabulous pony is a palomino. They also have a variety of tack to suit your riding style. Most customers prefer to ride Spanish horses in Spanish tack, but they also hold Dressage, Portuguese, and English saddles.


Non-riders are welcome and they will find plenty to do to keep them occupied whether they just want to relax at the retreat or explore further afield. Cortijo el Chenil is surrounded by fabulous Andalucian towns and villages steeped in tradition and culture and this area is perfect for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, motorcyclists, birdwatching, and photography.

There is also a wide range of other activities available, including paddle boarding, kayaking, buggy rides, quad biking and much much more. Or as Cortijo el Chenil is only 30 minutes from Malaga, you can head down to the coast to enjoy the shopping, the beaches, and the culture. All other activities are subject to additional charges.


Children over the age of 12 are also welcome as riders or non-riders. Under 12 and non-riders are welcome to sign up for the horse and stable management classes whilst you are out on your hack, a series of games and activities designed to help them learn about general care, grooming, and lunging.


Darren Biggs



Andalucia is widely considered to be one of the most romantic regions in Spain. Its rich history and culture, mountainous backdrop littered with whitewashed villages, and the scent of orange blossom provide the perfect setting for a memorable holiday. And of course, the all year round mild climate means it is one of the most popular destinations for those who enjoy both summer and winter sun vacations.


The retreat is located on the edge of the picturesque white village of Casarabonela. Casarabonela is located in the Sierra de las Nieves natural park, at the foot of Sierra Prieta and from its many viewpoints, visitors can admire the outstanding vistas looking down over the incredible Guadalhorce Valley as far as the sea.

Casarabonela has a very rich culture and history and is one of the few Costa del Sol towns that has managed to retain and combine its Roman, Moorish, and Christian heritage in both its traditions and its landscape. The narrow, whitewashed streets have so much to offer, not only in the variety of monuments and places of interest but also in its many tapas bars offering local gastronomic specialties.



  • Horse riding
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • River
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace


  • Child care
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet


During your stay, you will enjoy three delicious continental breakfasts, including a selection of cereals, fruit, toast, pastries, orange juice, tea, and coffee. You will be served two evening meals which include dinner, dessert, and one drink. The poolside bar also serves a complete range of tapas and drinks, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, with a superb cocktail selection, all available at an additional cost.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • 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)

The program grants you plenty of downtime to enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the retreat, and on your day off you can take the opportunity to explore this incredible region. You can soak up the atmosphere in the cosmopolitan city of Malaga or take in a little culture in any one of the many fabulous historic towns, such as Ronda.

You can head towards the coast to soak up the sun on one of the many fabulous Costa del Sol beaches or sip a cocktail alongside the fabulous yachts in Puerto Banus after enjoying an afternoon shopping. There really is something for everyone to enjoy. All extra activities will be subject to an additional charge.

If you want to get out and about and explore the region in your downtime, Cortijo El Chenil Caballos would highly recommend hiring a car, however, there are excellent public transport links and they can also do drop offs to various location in their minibus. Charges depend on the destination.

Cortijo El Chenil Caballos can also organize a whole host of activities that are available within 20 to 45 minutes away from the retreat including:

  • Bodega tours
  • Buggy tours
  • Dolphin and whale watching
  • Food tours
  • Golf
  • Kayaking
  • Olive mills tours
  • Paddleboarding
  • Safari tours
  • Segway tours
  • Watersports
  • Yoga

What's included

  • 2 days riding through breathtaking countryside
  • Hacks from 2 to 4 hours
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • 3 fabulous continental breakfasts
  • 2 delicious evening meals (dinner, dessert, and one drink included)
  • Picnic ride included
  • All rides led by ex-professional jockey Darren Biggs

What's not included

  • Airport transfers

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to this airport is available at 60 EUR for each way; car hire is also available.

Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$64 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% 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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