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Exciting Horse Riding Holiday Spain

Be a part of this excellent point-to-point trail horse riding holiday in Spain. Ride north from the small white-washed villages of Burgos to the Atlantic Ocean in Santander and enjoy various landscapes, from mountain passes to the fast beach riding along the Atlantic Coast. The horses are all Pure Spanish (PRE) and Spanish mix, forward-going and very responsive, sure-footed and experienced in difficult terrain, ridden in Spanish style saddles. This Spanish horse riding holiday will appeal to intermediate riders who are interested in a combination of scenery and culture with comfortable hotels, good company, and beautiful horses.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 17 stones / 231 pounds / 105 kilograms
  • Horse height range: 15 hands high - 16.2 hands high
  • Horse breed: Pure Spanish (PRE) and Spanish mix


  • 6 days of horse riding sessions
  • Ride to the semi-tropical Cantabric climate
  • Ride from plains and plateaus through foggy mountains
  • Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner
  • Guide and minibus transfer
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Polish, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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You will be accommodated in a single / double occupancy room at various hotels located in Covarrubias, Dobro, Corconte, Cotillo de Anievas, Castañeda, and Liencres.



The owner breeds Pure Spanish horses (PRE). The horses used for the trails are Spanish, Arab X, and some Andalusian X, and there are 35 excellent riding horses to choose from. They range in height from 15 hands high - 16.2 hands high with some ponies available. They are all in well-rounded condition and beautifully polished on a daily basis with traditional flowing manes, mainly kept stabled, shod all round and very well mannered. They are ridden in traditional deep-seated Spanish saddles with soft sheepskin covers and traditional big stirrups.

The bridles are mainly curbed bits and the horses are ridden loose-reined and respond easily to weight shifts and subtle signals. This is a very easy and relaxing style of riding similar to Western, some instruction will be given if wanted. The horses are all experienced and sure-footed trail horses with temperaments that vary from quiet and reliable through responsive to fiery and showy. With 35 horses to choose from you are sure to find your ideal partner for the week.

The riding is mainly at a walk due to varying terrain, but there are plenty (four - six) of opportunities for long and fast canters every day. Vacero style does not include trotting although this is possible if requested! The riding starts late morning, after two to three hours a break is made for lunch followed by a siesta and a similar length afternoon session to arrive late afternoon at your destination. All saddling and grooming are done for you although you are welcome to assist with your own horse.

Riders need to be able to walk, trot and canter. These horses are trained in the Spanish style and are used to being ridden with a loose rein when at a walk and a light contact at a canter. Due to the long riders, this ride is not suitable for children under 12 and all children should be competent riders. There is no need to saddle or clean your own horse on this ride unless you wish to. Assistance is available for mounting and dismounting and minimal walking next to your horses is required.

The weight limit for this ride is 17 stones / 231 pounds / 105 kilograms, please inquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Proatur's most beautiful of all trails leading from plains and plateaus of Burgos province through Palencia foggy mountains to the semi-tropical Cantabric climate of Santander. This ride has long riding hours - two days up to nine and other days around six. Last day is only beach riding in the morning.


Day 1: Transfer Madrid - Covarrubias

Transfer from Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) to Covarrubias.

Day 2: Sotopalacios - Altos de Dobro

You leave Sotopalacios, a small village near Burgos and neighbor of Vivar del Cid, where the famous knight El Cid was born and begin your way to North of Burgos towards Santander´s beach. You ascend to the 1000-meter limestone plain Paramo de Masa and finish your first day in the picturesque mountain village.

Day 3: Altos de Dobro - Corconte

You leave Dobro and descend into the Canyons of the Ebro for a truly beautiful and memorable morning ride. Passing through small towns, you climb to the port Tornos and later cross the Desfiladero de las Palancas passage. A steep climb follows before you rest for lunch on the river shore in Hoz de Arreba. In the afternoon, you arrive in Soncillo where the stage ends and you make your way to the Spa Corconte, full of history and legend next to the Ebro dam near the Puerto del Escudo.

Day 4: Corconte - Cotillo de Anievas

You leave Corconte climbing to the mountaintop surrounded by virgin grasslands, wandering animals and wide horizon, heading towards Sel de la Carrera. Here, you have lunch and then to ascend to the mountain Cildo and descend to Cotillo de Anievas, a typical mountain village. Overnight will be in cozy and very stylish rural hotel.

Day 5: Cotillo de Anievas - Castañeda

You make your way to the Valley of river Pas and the sea coast between grasslands and forests of eucalyptus. You eat in the chapel of Aés and then ride along the river Pas on your way to Castañeda.

Day 6: Castañeda - Liencres

Meandering through the eucalyptus forests and through small villages to Puente Arce where you stop for lunch and siesta at the river bank. Your afternoon ride takes you down to the beach of Liencres.

Day 7: Liencres

On the last day, you will enjoy your time on the beach, galloping in the waves and enjoying the fresh sea air.

Day 8: Transfer to Madrid

Breakfast and transfer back to Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD).

Note: This itinerary is given for your guidance only and it may be altered in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organizing team.


This holiday will take place in Spain, including Covarrubias, Sotopalacios, Altos de Dobro, Corconte, Cotillo de Anievas, Castañeda, Liencres, and Madrid.


You will be served breakfast in the hotel, three-course hot lunch freshly prepared and delivered to picnic lunches around 14:00 every day, and fine diner (menu to choose) at the hotel.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Traditional Spanish saddle: Silla vaquera
  • Experienced Spanish and Spanish mix trail horses
  • Guide and minibus transfer
  • Liability insurance
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast, picnic lunch, and dinner

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Drinks other than with meals
  • Other transportation

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Proatur will pick you up from the airport.

Transfer time is approximately two hours. Pick up time is at 17:00 so your arrival should be around 16:00. Return flights departure around 12:00 at noon.

Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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