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4 Day Bitless & Barefoot Ethical Riding Holiday, Cortijo Los Lobos, Malaga

Cortijo Los Lobos, MA4100 KM5, Villanueva del Trabuco, 29313, Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

Ethical Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

Cortijo Los Lobos offers tailor-made riding holidays at walking pace in the beautiful olive groves and pine-clad national park area of Andalusia, Southern Spain, just 40 minutes from Granada and Malaga airports. With breathtaking mountain views and a spectacular rural location, heated pool, Jacuzzi, terraces, and gardens, whether you come to ride, or just to enjoy a relaxing holiday, you will unwind and recharge in this peaceful corner of Andalusia. *Note - the rides are at walking pace only, to enjoy the beautiful scenery

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 199 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 13 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Bitless bridles, treeless, and English saddles
  • Horse Breed: Spanish, some mix, and some purebred


  • 6 hours of riding, at walking pace, in the countryside
  • Approximate daily riding: 2 hours
  • Spanish horses, some mix, and some purebreds
  • Breathtaking mountain scenery with olive groves, pine trees, and fields
  • Use of heated pool, Jacuzzi, and mountain bikes
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • *airport transfers (though you may like to hire a car to explore this beautiful area )
  • All meals - 3 course evening meal with wine prepared for you, breakfast and lunch is d.i.y - your kitchen is stocked with food for you to prepare at your convenience

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
Airport transfer included: Federico García Lorca Airport
Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport
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  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Terrace
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Wireless internet

Guest accommodation is centered around Cortijo Los Lobos' beautiful old family farmhouse and Mediterranean courtyard garden. Two Spanish style cottages have private patios, one also has a roof terrace. All rooms are twin rooms. Twin beds that can be pushed together to make king size beds for couples.

There are a further self-contained apartment and two farmhouse rooms. Guests share a heated swimming pool with breathtaking mountain views, gardens, and a children’s play area. The Cortijo is surrounded by olive groves which you are free to wander through.


There are no fixed timetables, Cortijo Los Lobos will fit in your riding hours to suit your arrival and departure times, times will also vary according to how hot it is. A typical day in hotter weather would be a 2-hour ride in the morning with the rest of the day to relax by the pool, go for a walk, or whatever you would like to do.

Weather permitting, you may do a picnic breakfast or evening ride on one of the days, giving you a longer ride with your meal on the mountain, enjoying the views while the sun rises or goes down. Cortijo Los Lobos would aim to fit in a ride on either your arrival or departure day, giving you 3 days with riding.

Daily schedule

Day 1: Arrival

Pick up at the airport to suit your flight time, settle into your accommodation, a short ride in the afternoon if flight time allows, and welcome evening meal.

Day 2

Typically a morning ride with the rest of the day to enjoy the pool and facilities.

Day 3

Possibly a longer morning ride or maybe a picnic evening ride, depending on the time of year and weather.

Day 4: Departure day

A short ride is possible before your flight home (if you didn't ride on your arrival day). Riding hours can be flexible to fit in with your plans.

Horses treatment

Horses are gentle, sensitive creatures. Over centuries, man has often abused and misunderstood these wonderful animals. Cortijo Los Lobos believe that horses deserve to be treated with kindness and understanding at all times. Cortijo Los Lobos' horses all live together in a family group and they try to make their living conditions as natural as possible.

The horses' happiness is very important to Cortijo Los Lobos and their comfort and well being is Cortijo Los Lobos' priority. They train using positive reinforcement and ride without bits or shoes. Cortijo Los Lobos do not agree with the use of whips or force of any kind.

Please note: if you are only interested in riding hard and fast and your enjoyment comes before the horses well being, Cortijo Los Lobos is not the place for you. Their ethos is definitely happy hacking at walking pace with the emphasis on enjoying the scenery.

Mixed ability riding

Cortijo Los Lobos tend to concentrate on hacking as it is the perfect way to be at one with your horse and the surrounding countryside and wildlife. Cortijo Los Lobos are happy to teach beginners, but prefer to teach whilst out riding in the country side. This is more enjoyable for both horse and rider.

If you have never been on a horse before, don’t worry, Cortijo Los Lobos can walk along with you to help you gain your confidence and learn the basics. The horses are very good with beginners and you probably won’t need any help.

The horses

Five of Cortijo Los Lobos’ horses were born here and are very lucky to have never experienced pain or negative treatment. This is reflected in their gentle but independent characters. Many of the horses have been rescued from sad past lives, but with kindness and patience they have now overcome their past fears and traumas and it is heartwarming to witness them learning to trust again.

Cortijo Los Lobos like their guests to feel that the horse they allocate you at the start of your holiday is yours for your stay if that’s what you want. You are welcome to care for them, grooming, tacking up etc. if you would like to.

You may request your choice of the horse before your stay if you have fallen in love with one in particular. However, this must be appropriate for your riding ability and Cortijo Los Lobos can’t guarantee that someone else hasn’t already chosen your favorite!


This holiday will take place at Cortijo Los Lobos. Cortijo Los Lobos is a beautiful old farmhouse retreat surrounded by mountains and olive groves. The riding trails take you through pine forests, olives, and streams, with stunning mountain views.


Cortijo Los Lobos prepare fresh, homemade, three-course evening meals, served in the courtyard or farmhouse dining room, with wine or soft drinks. Breakfast and lunch provisions are provided in your own private kitchens for you to eat when you feel like it (Cortijo Los Lobos do not prepare these meals for you).

Cortijo Los Lobos will contact you before your holiday to discuss food likes and dislikes so that they can serve you the type of food you enjoy. All dietary requirement can be catered for.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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)

If you decide to hire a car, you will love exploring the area. Cortijo Los Lobos is central for all the major tourist attractions: Granada, Malaga, Cordoba, and Seville, as well as the beautiful national park areas of El Torcal, the lakes at Ardales (and the amazing Caminito del Rey), not to mention all the pretty white villages within a short drive.

What's included

  • 6 hours approximately of riding
  • Use of heated pool, Jacuzzi, and mountain bikes
  • All meals (breakfast and lunch are yours to make with food provided in your kitchen for you to prepare yourself at your convenience)
  • A 3-course meal with wine is served to you every evening
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers (though it is advisable to hire a car to make the most of the beautiful area)

What's not included

  • Extra snacks and alcohol other than with evening meal (a stock of luxury extras, wine, beer, crisps, chocolate, and more are available for purchase)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Federico García Lorca Airport Airport transfer included: Federico García Lorca Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer included: Málaga Airport No additional charges. 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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This program is available from 1st of April – 31st of October. Please select arrival date below.

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