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Top Family Horse Riding Holidays in Europe

by Cris Puscas

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Whether you want to relax in the countryside, enjoy trail rides through olive groves or rolling hills, or go on beach rides, there are plenty of horse riding destinations in Europe to choose from.

If you are looking for a unique experience to enjoy as a family, look no further than a horse riding holiday for families in Europe. They offer the kind of active & challenging adventure that children and adults alike will remember for a lifetime.

There are plenty of benefits of horse riding for children. And while kids can get started as young as 2-3 years old, kindly note that camps usually cater for kids aged 6 and above.

 

 

When choosing a destination for a family horse riding vacation, keep in mind that there should be enough free time to relax after the day’s rides. Whether you choose an area with plenty of optional things to do or an accommodation with many amenities, consider how these can keep your child busy when they are not riding.

With that in mind, here are some great family horse riding holidays in Europe that everyone will enjoy!

 

Note: BookHorseRidingHolidays offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

Incredible Horse Riding Holiday in Exmoor, England

horse riding holiday in exmoor

  • Price per day: from €164
  • Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
  • Availability: until December 2021
  • Skill Level: intermediate & advanced

 

Located in South West England, Exmoor is an area of hilly open moorland. It has given its name to Exmoor National Park, which spans across the north coast of Devon and West Somerset.

While most of the area is open heath and moorland, Exmoor also has a dramatic coastline and a very picturesque trail (the South West Coast Path).

During this horseriding holiday, you’ll be riding wonderful barefoot horses in the national park, with views across the Bristol Channel to South Wales.

The tack type is English, and the horses’ breeds are Appaloosa, Irish Sport Horse, Clydesdale, Irish Cob, and Dartmoor Cob.

You’ll be staying at a delightful, homely farmhouse bed & breakfast, within the national park. There are various types of rooms available, including a family room.

The first day is dedicated to getting settled into the accommodation and for your evening meal, you may walk (or drive) to a nearby village. On the second day, there’s a morning ride of two and a half hours over Webbers Post through rivers, tracks, woods, and moor. During the afternoon there is the Gentle Horse and Rider Workshop (which includes close-contact in-hand work, horse agility, join up, de-sensitization work, and more).

On the third day, there’s a ride over the surrounding Exmoor hills with amazing views of South Wales, Porlock Vale, Dunkery Beacon. Lunch is served during the ride (you’ll carry it with you) and there’s an ice-cream stop before getting back to the stables.

The next day will bring a half-day ride, usually over North Hill, with coastal and moorland views north to Wales, or south to Dartmoor! However, on day 5, there’s a full day ride over the local hills and moors. The terrain is challenging for both horse and rider and all participants do need to be riding fit and experienced.

On the final day, there’s a half-day ride right after breakfast. It is usually over Ley Hill, one of the higher hills in the surrounding countryside.

The package includes a daily full English breakfast or Continental, as well as a light lunch. The cuisine is regular so kindly let the organizer know if you have any dietary preferences.

In your free time, there are plenty of other things to do, including local walks to the sea, wildlife safaris, or kayaking.

There are five airports you can fly into, with the closest being Exeter International Airport (EXT) and Bristol Airport (BRS). Those flying internationally may want to fly into London (Heathrow or Gatwick).

» Read more about The Top Places to Go on a Horse Riding Holiday in the UK

 

Bronze Package: Luxury Self-Catering Horse Riding Holiday in Andalusia, Spain

luxury horse riding holiday in andalusia, spain

  • Price per day: from € 66
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Availability: all year round
  • Skill Level: all levels

Andalusia is one of the most romantic regions of Spain. Rich in history and culture, home to some very picturesque villages, and always smelling of orange blossoms, it is the perfect backdrop for your family horse riding vacation.

You’ll be staying in self-catering apartments in the beautiful village of Casarabonela. Located in Sierra de Las Nieves Natural Park, at the foot of Sierra Prieta, it offers breathtaking views of the area.

The amenities include a swimming pool, pool table, dartboard, laundry facilities, and child care facilities.

The package is self-catering, so you’ll need to plan your meals accordingly (there are restaurants and supermarkets nearby).

If you are looking for a different horse riding holiday, this is a great choice. You’ll enjoy four days of countryside riding, suitable for beginners, as well as more advanced riders.

Beginners will start in the arena, learning basic controls and getting used to the horse. You will then go out for a hack through the countryside.

On this bronze package, intermediate and experienced riders will go on three 2-hour treks and a 3-hour trek through the countryside and enjoy more challenging routes.

 

 

You will ride through mountains, olive groves, dry riverbeds, and fields with breathtaking views over the Guadalhorce valley.

Non-riders are welcomed, and they will find plenty of things to do to keep them occupied. Children under 12 are welcomed as non-riders but only under adult supervision.

There is plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surrounding countryside. The area is perfect for hiking, cycling, mountain biking, motorcycling, birdwatching, and photography. You can also enjoy food tours, kayaking, paddleboarding, olive mills tours, or dolphin watching.

The closest airport is Málaga Airport (AGP). The transfer is not included in the package.

» Read more about The Best Places to Go on a Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

 

Amazing Horse Riding Holiday in Tuscany, Montieri, Italy

horse riding holiday in tuscany, italy

  • Price per day: from € 60
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Availability: until October 2021
  • Skill Level: all levels

In the heart of Tuscany, Montieri is located about 70 km / 43 mi south of Florence. It is a medieval village tucked away in a picturesque area. The nearby natural park features deserted white sand beaches, just perfect to relax after a day of riding.

You’d be staying at Hotel Rifugio Prategiano, which can be reached after a 10-min walk from Montieri. It offers the “classic” views over the Tuscan hills and valleys.  There are 24 rooms, a restaurant, and a bar on site. The rooms have Italian style decoration and feature a private bathroom with shower, telephone, television, security safe, electric kettle, as well as fast Wi-Fi connection. The amenities include a swimming pool, spa, and jacuzzi.

This holiday is specifically designed for those who have no experience of riding on horseback, as well as those with excellent horse riding skills.

The beginner package includes 2 lessons or trail rides (of 1 hour each), while the experienced package includes 2 half-day trail riders. 

After completing a few hours of lessons, beginners will learn the basic rules of horse riding These are designed to build your confidence in the saddle and prepare new riders for their very first trail ride.

Experienced riders will enjoy trail rides in stunning Tuscan places, complete with an opportunity for picnic for lunch.

Breakfast is included in the package. Kindly let the organizer know if you have any dietary restrictions.

There will be plenty of time to relax and enjoy other activities such as trips to Borghi, Città D'Arte, or Natura e Parchi, cycling, hiking, mountain biking, trekking, or visiting old ruins.

You can fly into one of Rome’s airports (Ciampino–G. B. Pastine International Airport – CIA ; Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport- FCO) or Pisa International Airport (PSA). The transfer is not included in the package price.

» Read more about The Best Horse Riding Destinations in Italy

 

Exhilarating Horse Riding Holiday at Galiny Palace, Poland

horse riding holiday in poland

  • Price per day: from € 84
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Availability: all year round
  • Skill Level: all levels

The horse riding holiday takes place at The Galiny Stud Farm which is situated in northern Poland in Masuria Lake District. The location is surrounded by many interesting places to visit, including a World War II site, a river, castles, and picturesque villages.

Set amid the rolling hills of the Mazurian countryside, the accommodation is a 16th century Renaissance manor surrounded by a 12-acre park. Each room is spacious and features an individual décor.

The holiday includes 2 riding sessions per day (for a total of 6 riding sessions), lunge and jumping lessons, as well as flatwork riding. You will work in small groups and the horses are matched individually to you.

There’s no need to stick to a specified schedule and you’ll organize your time and lessons with your instructor.

If you are a beginner, your first lesson will last no more than 30 min and will be performed in a lunge. After a short warm-up, you’ll learn how to find balance in the saddle, how to sit correctly, and how to interact with the horse in the walk and trot gaits.

If you are not a beginner, you’ll start with flatwork that will last for 45 min.

The package includes breakfasts and dinners, that also cater to vegetarians. Kindly let the organizer know if you have other dietary restrictions.

There will be plenty of free time to enjoy other activities. You can play tennis, kayak, take a mini wagon ride, take a bike tour in the neighborhood, swim, play volleyball, or visit heritage sites.

The closest airport is Gdańsk Lech Wałęsa Airport (GDN). The transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

 

 

Sunny Horse Riding Holiday in Hersonissos, Crete

horse riding in Crete, Greece

  • Price per day: from € 110
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Availability: until September 2021
  • Skill Level: all levels

Heraklion is the largest city and the capital of Crete. One of Europe’s fastest-growing travel destinations, it is especially known for being the home to the Minoan Palace of Knossos and the Venetian Walls.

You’ll be staying in the area around Avdou, which offers unlimited space for horse riding. You’ll get a chance to ride through the quiet natural landscapes of the Cretan countryside, dotted with charming small villages, olive groves, and colorful hills.

You will stay at a unique hillside location in Country Hotel Velani, with a panoramic view to lake Aposelemis, an infinity swimming pool, and a restaurant with local produce. The 12 hotel rooms are grouped in two bungalows, each housing six rooms. The rooms have central heating, AC, fridge, TV, a hairdryer, a tea and coffee maker, and a large balcony.

The package includes 6 days of riding (about 2 hours each day). You’ll cross the traditional Greek village of Avdou, ride through Kerm Oak Forest, and quick canter over the plateau of Mochos. You’ll also visit the mysterious Church of Saint Fotini.

This program is ideal for families and is a great choice for those who travel together with non-riders, as they may enjoy other activities available, such as hiking, biking, walking, mountain climbing, or paragliding.

The active holiday offers a great glimpse into the Cretan life allowing you to enjoy it at its best: relax and swim at the beach, visit an ancient site, enjoy good Greek food, meet the friendly locals, and take the lovely horses for a ride during the cool evening hours.

The package includes a full board (3 meals) at the onsite restaurant. Drinks and desserts are not included. Do make sure to let the organizer know of any dietary requirements.

Kindly book your flight into Heraklion International Airport (HER). The airport transfer is available for additional payment. Alternatively, you may fly either into Crete’s secondary airport Chania International Airport (CHQ), or into Athens and then take a ferry to Crete. If you decide to go with either option, you’d need to rent a car or take a taxi to the hotel.

 

 


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