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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!

Trail Horse Riding Holiday in Wales, United Kingdom


  • Price: from €1,670
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Availability: May till September 2023
  • Skill Level: Intermediate and advanced riders

Enjoy four full days of riding in the heart of Mid-Wales on unmarked tracks and trails, exploring wild and remote hills and valleys. You will reach a new destination each day, staying at country inns and family-run B&Bs along the way. You can expect lots of trotting to cover the distance and canters wherever the terrain allows.

The trail ride starts and ends at Freerein HQ, in the Wye Valley, on the Welsh/English border. You will cover 70 miles on horseback, riding for about six hours a day. Families who love adventure will particularly enjoy this trip steeped in mystery and historic tales, a wonderful opportunity to bond and have an active, dynamic, and involved experience.

The trails are varied, with stony tracks, open hills, river crossings, green lanes, and more. You’ll ride on little-used bridleways, old council roads, and timeworn drovers routes, passing the remains of Black Yatt and the mysterious grave of Twm Tobacco Ride. You’ll ride to Hergest Ridge, with breathtaking views of the Black Mountains. 

The package includes all daily meals.

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



7-Day Mesmerizing Alpujarra Trail Ride Holiday in Lanjaron, Granada, Spain

7 Day Mesmerizing Alpujarra Trail Ride Holiday in Lanjaron, Granada


  • Price: from € 1080
  • Duration: 7 days / 6 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 stay in a local hotel in the spa town of Lanjarón, famous for its water springs which are dotted all over the hills. The amenities include a swimming pool and Wi-Fi. While out riding, you’ll be surrounded by almond, olive, and citrus groves. While on the trail, you’ll stay in mountain cottages, which also have pools and Wi-Fi.

During this vacation, you’ll experience horse riding trips through the Alpujarra hills and Sierra Nevada mountains, enjoy the magnificent scenery and soak up the incredible surroundings. 

In total, there are five full-day treks exploring the gorgeous area. You’ll ride through oak forests, picturesque villages, mountain tracks, mule paths, and more.

The package includes three meals each day, but you can also choose to cater for yourself (and you’ll be offered a transfer to a large city supermarket).

You’ll have plenty of free time to explore the surrounding countryside. The area is perfect for trekking, kayaking, windsurfing, snowshoeing, spending time at the beach, visiting castles, and more.

The closest airport is Federico García Lorca Airport (Granada Jaén Airport - GRX) but international visitors might arrive via Málaga Airport (AGP). The transfer from and to both airports is available for an additional fee. 


» 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: from € 222
  • Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
  • Availability: May till November 2022
  • 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: from € 295
  • 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.




Intensive Beginner Horse Riding Holiday in Hersonissos, Crete

8 Day Intensive Beginner Horse Riding Holiday in Hersonissos, Crete

  • Price: from € 1025
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Availability: All Year Round
  • Skill Level: beginner


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 of 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.

This is an intensive program that teaches the new rider the English riding style in a very direct approach.

The package includes 6 days of riding (about 2 hours each day): two group lessons, two private lessons, and two days of hacking out in nature.

At the end of the course, the rider will be able to walk and trot independently, feeling second on and around the horse, able to make an easy outside trip, and even make a start with the canter.

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 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.


*All prices are valid at the time of publication and are not guaranteed. They are subject to change without notice.

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