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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.

 

Ultimate Horse Riding Holiday in Cornwall, UK

horse riding holiday in cornwall, uk

  • Price per day: from € 110
  • Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
  • Availability: all year round
  • Skill Level: all levels

 

Cornwall has been described as the most picturesque county in Britain. Its beautiful countryside, natural woodlands, estuaries, rivers, and desolate moorlands make it an ideal location for a horse riding vacation.

During this holiday, you’ll be staying at The Old Vicarage, which has 35 acres of pasture, an American barn stable block, an outdoor school, and round-pen for horse and rider training. It features family suites, as well as double rooms with amenities such as television, hairdryer, and facilities for making tea and coffee.

You’ll be enjoying 3 full days of riding activities. There will be daily horsemanship and learning to ride lessons. You get to ride the horse on the beach, by the coast, as well as on trails.

Rest assured that the organizer specializes in group family "learn to ride" packages, confidence building, novice riders, complete beginners, natural horsemanship, and family bonding holidays, among other activities.

Focusing on family bonding is a wonderful and memorable experience that connects and unites the family as the members learn to ride together. Children usually find it easy to learn to ride and tend to be fast learners.

Children will experience great delight in interacting with both the horses and the family members.

You’ll start the day with breakfast, followed by rides (which start at 9:30 am and finish around 3:30 pm). Then you’ll enjoy lunch. The rest of the day may include various activities such as looking after the horses, groundwork, trail rides, and carriage drives.

The morning rides are customized to your needs and requirements. You can choose among a variety of them, including: English riding, Western riding, family bonding, confidence building, and equine assisted therapy.

You’ll also have plenty of time to relax. You can go to a nearby restaurant or pub for dinner (as it’s not included in the package).

Other activities you can do nearby include a boat ride, a tour of historical or archeological sites, birdwatching, coastal walking, kitesurfing, surfing, visiting the local fishing ports, and plenty more.

The closest airport to fly into is Newquay Airport (NQY) and the transfer is included in the package price.

» 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 November 2020
  • 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.

 

Bitless and Barefoot Horse Riding Holiday in Hersonissos, Crete, Greece

horse riding holiday in crete, greece

  • Price per day: from € 94
  • Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
  • Availability: all year round
  • Skill Level: all levels

Hersonissos is in northern Crete and lies at the Aegean Sea, about 25 km / 15.5 mi east of Heraklion. This quiet place, close to everything you might need on a holiday is ideal for any family vacation.

You’ll be staying at Arion Stables & Apartments Hersonissos' apartments. Each apartment is ideal for a family, featuring 4 beds, a big bathroom with a shower, a fully equipped kitchen, and a living room.

On the ground floor, there are a bar & restaurant where the meals are served. There’s a terrace with lovely views of the olive groves and villages. The amenities include a green garden to relax, a gym, a picnic area, and barbeque facilities.

The horse riding holiday includes 6 days of riding, private lessons and rides, bitless riding and barefoot horses, as well as brushing and feeding the horses.

There’s no riding on the day of your arrival and departure. On days 2 to 5, after breakfast, you’ll have arena work, riding lessons or treks that start at 9 a.m. You’ll have a break for lunch at 4:30 pm and then you’ll go on an hour-long ride through the beautiful Cretan countryside. You also have the option to relax in the afternoon whether you want to sit in the garden or explore a beach or village nearby.

On day 6, you’ll work in the arena, while on day 7 there will be a long ride on the beach. Beginners will only ride in the morning and have the afternoon to relax.

All meals are included (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) and feature organic products that cater to everyone (do let the organizer know if you have specific dietary requirements).

There will be plenty of free time to enjoy and explore the area. You can visit the village of Hersonissos, go to the beach, or practice water sports.

The closest airport is Heraklion International Airport (HER) and the transfer is included in the price.

 


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