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Spain Horse Riding Holiday

Enjoy a luxurious self-catering riding holiday in an exceptional location! Join this vacation and enjoy outstanding luxury self-catering accommodation, breathtaking scenery, exceptional Spanish 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 on 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.

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 14.2 to 17 hands
  • Tack Type: Spanish Tack, Dressage, Portuguese, and English Saddles
  • Horse Breed: Hispano-Árabe, Pure Spanish Horses, Lusitano, and Andalucian Horses

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  • 4 days of countryside riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: Up to 3 hours
  • Suitable for beginners and more experienced riders
  • All rides are led by ex-professional jockey Darren Biggs
  • Ideal for people who want to combine a luxury holiday with a little riding
  • Enjoy the most amazing riding in the mountains with breathtaking views
  • Stay in a luxury self-catering apartment
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 5 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 self-catering apartments are well-appointed, spacious, very comfortable, and fully equipped with everything you need to enjoy an incredible holiday. They are stylishly decorated and feature both air conditioning and heating so you are comfortable no matter the time of year.

Single rider packages are available in the one-bedroom apartment, however, these packages work out cheaper for groups. Standard accommodation for groups of two will be a twin room in the one-bedroom apartment, whilst the 2-bedroom apartment can accommodate a group of up to 4 people. 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.

  • Entertainment

A free pool table and electronic dartboard are available for your entertainment, as well as a DVD library, and a game selection. DVDs can be taken from the library and watched on the smart TVs provided in the apartments. A state-of-the-art music system plays a selection of chill 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.

  • Childcare

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.

  • Outdoors

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's outstanding Spanish horses will carry you through this stunning mountainous landscape with the most breathtaking views. This magical landscape has a beauty you can only really appreciate by being there and is best appreciated on horseback. It is a truly unforgettable experience and really is a must on your travel bucket list.

The holidays not only feature the most amazing riding throughout this picture-perfect location, 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, and soaking up authentic Spanish culture are just some of the highlights of this incredible holiday. It really is a truly unforgettable experience!

This package is available for solo riders but works out cheaper for groups as the accommodation costs are shared between the group. There are 3 riding packages available: Bronze, Silver, and Gold, each package features a different amount of riding.


Cortijo El Chenil Caballos lives 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.


  • Induction

On your arrival, you will be shown to your apartment and then invited to join Cortijo El Chenil Caballos for your induction. This will be an opportunity to meet the other riders and your instructors. At Cortijo el Chenil Caballos, you will find a friendly and unpretentious atmosphere where guests are welcomed as strangers but leave as friends! You will discuss your riding ability and then go through all of the safety requirements, assess your ability, and assign you a horse.

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

  • Rides

On the bronze package, beginners will enjoy 2 hours of riding for 3 days and a 3-hour trek for those who are capable. More experienced riders will enjoy three 2-hour treks and a 3-hour trek.

This package is suitable for all abilities, it is the only package suitable for beginners. Beginners will start off in the arena learning basic controls and getting used to your horse. You will then go out for a hack through the countryside. Absolute beginners can be rope led on the hacks so they can enjoy the experience without feeling nervous. Absolute beginners must book as a group of a minimum of 2 riders.

Intermediate and experienced riders will go out on three 2-hour treks and a 3-hour trek through the countryside and will enjoy more challenging routes than the beginners. 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. You will ride through mountains, olive groves, dry riverbeds, and fields with breathtaking views over the Guadalhorce valley. This package is best suited to those who want to combine a relaxing luxury holiday with a little riding.

Cortijo El Chenil Caballos encourages 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.


First and foremost, at Cortijo el Chenil, they are horse lovers. Currently, they have 10 horses - 2 registered Hispano Arabes, 1 Spanish PRE gelding, 1 Lusitano gelding, a Spanish cross pony, and 5 Andalusians, 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 has worked in conjunction with their veterinarian to ensure that they are kept in the healthiest and most natural environment possible.

They love grey at Cortijo el Chenil so much so that 5 of their 9 horses are greys! They also have 2 bays, a fabulous dun, 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.

Spanish Culture

Horses are deeply entrenched in Spanish culture. Throughout the years, there are many local events involving horses including various rutas, Romerias, and Ferias, and quite often, a representative of Cortijo el Chenil Caballos will be in attendance. Wherever possible, they like to accompany guests to these events to provide a real insight into Andalucian culture. They are a truly magical experience.


Non-riders are welcome and they will find plenty to do to keep them occupied whether they just want to relax 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, motorcycling, 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 14 are also welcome as riders or non-riders. Children under 12 are welcome as non-riders with a supervising adult.


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 provides 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 holiday 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.

You will find everything you need to enjoy your self-catering stay in the local area, there are 2 local supermarkets and several individual shops including butchers, bakeries, and greengrocers.

Whether you just want to relax at the holiday or get out and about and explore the area, this vacation is ideal. Just 30 minutes from the beautiful city of Malaga, 20 minutes from the famous Caminito del Rey and the beautiful lakes at Ardales, 40 minutes from the glitz and glam of Marbella, and only 1 hour from the stunning historic center of Ronda, there really is something for everyone in this area.



  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Terrace


  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance


This package is self-catering. There are supermarkets in the local area, along with several bars and restaurants serving a wide selection of traditional tapas and typical Andalucian cuisine. Cortijo el Chenil will be happy to recommend local restaurants and often accompany guests to some of their favorite tapas bars and "ventas" where they can sample outstanding traditional Andalucian cuisine. Drinks are available at the bar.

Things to do (optional)

The program grants you plenty of downtimes to enjoy the luxurious surroundings of the holiday, and on your days 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

What's included

  • 4 days of horse riding through breathtaking countryside
  • 2 to 3 hours of riding each day
  • 7 nights accommodation in a luxury self catering apartment
  • Service of the ex-professional jockey, Darren Biggs, as ride leader

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Airfare
  • All food and drinks

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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.

Arrival by train

The closest train station is Pizarra, transfers are available to and from Pizarra station for 15 EUR for each way.

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 20% 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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8 days / 7 nights
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High Season
  • March - June
  • September - October​
Low Season
  • November - February

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