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Horse riding, beach, white villages, majestic horses, and flamenco, enjoy the best of Andalusia in one week! On extended rides, go through the mountains of Mijas, little paths, eucalyptus trees, and valleys, in which the oleander blooms even throughout the beginning of summer. You will have a two-day ride over the mountains to Alhaurin, with a picnic lunch that you will carry in your saddlebags. The highlight is the ride at the extensive beach of the Atlantic Ocean! The horse riding is complemented by strolls through the white villages, an Andalusian horse show, an evening with flamenco, and a barbecue!
Rancho La Paz, a little white town in the mountains of Mijas and the home of about 100 Andalusian horses. In the south of Andalusia, between Malaga and Marbella, in the mountains of Mijas with views over Fuengirola and Costa del Sol, you will find La Paz, an independent little white town that has grown up during the years; 27 rustic typical Andalusian apartments are distributed all over the ranch, between palms and oleander, the swimming pool invites to refresh during the “Spanish siesta” in summer.
On the roofed-over terrace in between lots of flowers, you will have your meals and spend time together in the evenings. For the colder wintertime, you will have a salon with a small library corner to relax, here you will also find a TV with national and international channels. You will have an internet connection and a PC for free at your disposal.
At La Paz, everything moves around the horses, as about 100 of them in all ages mention it their home. Most of them are born there and have grown up in the spacious corals in herds, waiting to show you their homeland and typical marks; nobles, hardness, and safety. The tract with the boxes for the youngsters, which are in training, surrounds the patio where the trail horses get prepared for the rides, here you get to know “your” horse, clean it before riding and shower it after; the guides always saddle the horses.
At La Paz, you will live in between the horses, you will wake up with a snicker and fall asleep with a snuffle from the corals. In a relaxed moment, you can observe the young foals with their mums, the youngsters playing, and the riding horses spooning with the others. Surely you fall in love with the youngsters that are on the first training!
The rustic apartments are all in Andalusian-style furnished and with their own bathroom with shower. You can book single, double, or triple rooms. The rooms are equipped with air-conditioners to cool down in summer and warm up in winter. Towels and bedclothes, as well as the daily cleaning, are included in the service.
Between palms and oleander, the swimming pool invites to refresh during the “Spanish siesta” in summer. For the pool or a visit to the beach, you should bring your own towels. On the roofed-over terrace, in between lots of flowers, you will have your meals and spend time together in the evenings.
For the colder wintertime, you will have a salon with a small library corner to relax. Here, you will also find a TV with national and international channels. You will have an internet connection and a PC for free at your disposal.
This program is for experienced outside riders who want to enjoy some trail riding, beach riding combined with some free time for shopping, and activities; a complete program around Andalusian riding. This program can be combined with any program of La Paz. On arrival and departure days, there will be no riding program.
You will ride with Andalusia mares and geldings in Spanish saddles with long stirrups and hackamore on one hand; a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You will ride in walk or canter.
You have to know how to be safe in the handling of a horse and have the necessary riding experience in outside rides to have your horse in all gaits in a group, safe and under control. You can mount and dismount without help and you are able to stand up in the stirrups during the canters and longer climbing parts in the mountains to help your horse. Please note that in some parts, you have to walk (please wear comfortable shoes)
The maximum weight of the rider is 95 kilos with complete riding clothes. You will ride about four to five hours per day (two days will have a trail ride of up to seven hours)
Arrival and dinner with a presentation of the program.
In the morning and afternoon, you will explore the surrounding of the Rancho in a two-hour ride, through stone pine forests and goat tracks to viewpoints, offering magnificent views over the Costa del Sol. Lunch will be prepared on the Rancho and in the summertime, there’ll be a long siesta break at the pool.
Enjoy one ride in the morning. After lunch, you’ll drive to the white village of Mijas, famous for its donkey taxis, little shops, and cafés. Through small alleys, traditionally decorated with colorful flower pots, you’ll get to the most beautiful viewpoints, churches, and other attractions. You will have dinner at the Rancho.
Because it’s not allowed to ride on the beach at Costa del Sol, drive to the Atlantic Coast. Your horses will be loaded on a horse trailer and you will drive with a bus along the Costa del Sol. Passing Marbella and Estepona, the famous cliffs of Gibraltar and the strait, which allows unique views to the coast of Africa, if the weather conditions are good. You will pass Tarifa and drive along the Atlantic Coast to Barbate.
The wide, sandy beach will wait for you and, except in summer, you will only have to share it with some cows and, occasionally, fishermen. With a view over the coast of Africa, you’ll reach Zahara de los Atunes, a former little fishing village that still cultivates the tradition of fishing tuna.
Here, you will strengthen yourself, thanks to a little rest, before you get the chance to enjoy the beach again and then, you’ll use the Vereas, the cattle drive paths of the red cows on your way back to Barbate. In a small Venta, you will have the chance to enjoy local delicacies (lunch is not inclusive), before you head home to La Paz.
You’ll have a ride in the morning and you can admire the climbing skills of the horses once more. After lunch, you’ll drive to a Spanish horse show where you'll get the chance to see the majestic Spanish horses in typical disciplines. Apart from the Haute école and the horses being worked in hand on the ground, and of course, Doma Vaquera will not be missing. You’ll have dinner at the Rancho.
After breakfast, you’ll start the first part of the two-day ride over the Sierra de Mijas, passing an old quarry and forest trails through stone pine trees. On the way, you’ll have views over the Costa del Sol, the coast of Africa, Malaga, with its harbor, and in the countryside over the white villages. You will enjoy a picnic in the mountains. The horses will stay overnight in Alhaurin el Grande and you’ll drive back to the Rancho for dinner and you’ll spend the night there.
After breakfast, you’ll return to the horses and start the way through the hilly countryside back to the coast. You’ll see small farms, little paths and herds of goats until you reach a riverbed, which leads water even in summer. On your way back to La Paz, you’ll have another picnic. The dinner will take place at the Rancho.
Departure day; Rancho La Paz will transfer you to the airport.
The ranch is a bit outside, situated away from the troubles of Costa del Sol. You can walk up (about 40 minutes) to the town of Mijas, famous for the donkey taxi and with lots of small alleyways with typical handwork shops and bars with snacks and drinks. To the beach of Fuengirola, Rancho La Paz offers transfers (with a small fee). For sightseeing trips, you can rent a car for half or full-day directly on La Paz (bring your driving license). If you do not want to drive yourself, there is a bus and train station in Torreblanca/Fuengirola.
Daily full board meals, as well as table wine, will be provided. Lunch on the beach day is not included in the price.
The location from La Paz is perfect for all kinds of trips in Andalusia. In just 10 minutes, you are at the Costa del Sol, which in summer is very animated with a lot of nightlife, long sandy beaches, fish restaurants, and uncountable bars and shops; in winter, the Costa calms down. The recreation possibilities are indefinite and can satisfy anybody’s demand: the sportive ones can find an assortment of golf courses, routes for walking, and biking, as well as all kinds of water sports for professionals and beginners nearby.
For culture lovers, the well-known towns offer a lot of history: Malaga (20 minutes) with the Picasso museum and the old town, Seville and Cordoba (2 hours) with lots of cathedrals, or Granada (2 hours) with Alhambra, Generalife, and the gypsy town. There is an excellent road network but you should not underrate the temperatures in summer in the cities.
A nice day trip passes over the small mountain roads through the white villages to Ronda, the historic town divided into two parts by the Tajo. A visit in the narrow alleys with all the typical shops of ceramics and leather things can be topped with a tapas meal in one of the small restaurants. Later, the street brings you down to the coast. Nearby Marbella, you will find the biggest and luxurious sail hunt port of the Mediterranean, restaurants, bars, and all kinds of shops that are opened during nearly the whole night in summer.
Directly behind the tourism coast, you can find typical small villages with the church and its church square as a meeting point for everybody in the center. Old traditions and handworks get cultivated and small bars offer all kinds of plain fare.
Jerez is the stronghold of the Spanish horses. The Real Spanish Riding School shows their white horses in the show “asi bailan los caballos andaluzes” but you also can visit the morning training and the historic buildings with the stables, the museum of the carriages, and the own saddlers.
In the center of Jerez, you'll find the military deposit of the PRE stallions. During the season, the stallions are shared in all towns of Andalusia but in autumn and winter, you can visit them here. Nearby Jerez, the famous stud Yeguada la Cartuja opens its doors for visitors. Every Saturday, they show their mares, youngsters, and well-trained working horses as all kinds of carriages in a beautiful show.
Jerez is also famous because of all the old bodegas with the different sherry (the name comes from “Jerez”). You can get a guided tour in different languages and try all kinds of sherry. Tarifa is not just the southern point of the European continent but also the most popular windsurfing area because of the Levante, the wind coming from Africa. From here, ferries leave to Ceuta and Melilla. Dolphins are living in the deepwater of the “Street of Gibraltar” that you can visit by guided tours.
Near Estepona you can cross the big wildlife park,Selvo, by jeep and get near to a lot of wild animals. Each town has its own patroness they honor with a great festival once a year, the feria. Most of these ferias start with a romeria, a procession with horses and go in the center with lots of dances in traditional costumes, sherry, and meals. Each festival has its own customs and some of them continue up to one week; to visit them is a real experience.
The possibilities are unlimited, just think about that, you can have a sunbath at the sandy beach in springtime, just 2 hours away in one direction, you can go skiing in the Sierra Nevada, and about 2 hours in the other direction, you can go windsurfing at Tarifa. Rancho La Paz is at your disposal with the planning of your trips. For your independent planning, it is recommended for you to rent a car.
Please arrange your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfers from this airport are included, Rancho La Paz will pick you up at given times. Special transfers can be booked at an extra cost of 30 EUR to give you more flexibility with your flight booking.
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