Ride Overview - Cortijo Olive Groves Trails and Dressage
A wonderful horseback riding vacation in Spain! 2016 TRIP ADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE. The landscape is a departure from the rugged endless mountain topography of the Malaga province. Here your trails are surrounded with golden grain fields, rich olive groves (territory is known as “Pago de las Olivas” – the plot where olives grow), gnarling vineyards that produce notable wines and pungent pine forests. You will stay in a beautifully restored 200-year-old manor house. The owners are passionate about giving you the very best possible horseback riding vacation in Spain. You will be riding through beautiful scenery at a pace that suits your abilities. Their rides are well thought out and above all, relaxing and great fun. In addition, you can choose to take dressage and/or jumping lessons. Your ride will be designed based on the number of riding days and riding hours, type of ride and lodging nights. The owners believe flexibility is the key to an enjoyable horse-riding holiday, and as such we do not run a strict itinerary. They will do their best to accommodate your wishes. Whatever you decide to do there is no traffic so you can just enjoy your ride, the amazing weather and the spectacular views. Traditional chefs create a special dinner menu with Paella on Monday, Silver Sword on Wednesday and Tapas on Friday. Wine is also served with dinner.
“I had a wonderful holiday! Nice people and good horses, very high standard on everything. The mix of dressage lessons and hacks was very good. The rooms were great and the staff in the kitchen served a lot of really good Spanish food.”
Ride Itinerary - Cortijo Olive Groves Trails and Dressage
Your ride will be designed based on the number of riding days and riding hours, type of ride and lodging nights. The owners believe flexibility is the key to an enjoyable horse-riding holiday, and as such we do not run a strict itinerary. They will do their best to accommodate your wishes. Whatever you decide to do there is no traffic so you can just enjoy your ride, the amazing weather and the spectacular views.
Here are your options:
Hack and dressage or jumping lesson (novice level to advanced):
After breakfast with a selection of fruits, cereals & pastries, juice, coffee and tea to set you up for the day ahead, you will ride through beautiful scenery at a pace that suits your abilities, from 1 to 3 hours. On the return to trip to the cortijo, there is plenty of opportunities to canter through the vineyards and olive groves. Lunch will be served with plenty of Spanish tapas, salads and soups. After an afternoon siesta by the pool or in the garden, you will have a 1-hour lesson to review your riding goals in the sand school arena. Dinner is a sumptuous 3-course meal and served either under the starlight on the patio or by the warmth of the fire in the chapel. In the summer months, the riding schedule will be changed to the morning.
A scenic four-hour ride to Santianne, meandering through the gentle olive groves and cantering across the endless plains of the Campo to higher vantage points to admire the breathtaking Andalulsian countryside. Your ride will stop for a Spanish picnic lunch (or breakfast) al fresco, before a return journey alongside the vineyards. On the picnic rides, all food is included.
During May, June, September and October, on the nights of the full moon, you can ride at night by the light of the moon. Approximately a two-hour ride, you will stop for refreshments and to admire the scenery illuminated by the full moon. An amazing experience to ride through the Campo surrounding by darkness and stillness of the shimmering night – did you know you get shadows at night!
2 Day Rides:
A stunning two-day riding trip that follows the hidden trail of an Andalusian folk hero Jose Maria El Tempranillo. He was a local bandit in the early 19th Century who was similar to the English Robin Hood, robbing the rich to give to the poor. On the first day you will ride for 5 – 6 hours, passing through the picturesque villages of Alameda, Carcoya and Badalatossa. You will visit natural springs and a monastery where El Tempranillo was sheltered. You will spend the night in a traditional rustic accommodation of the village and enjoy Sevilliana music and dancing. On the second day, you will ride for approximately 6 – 7 hours. You will rise early and visit the museum of Jose Maria, whilst a local guide explains the history and special stories of the village. You will then ride through the village of Benemaji to La Posada El Tempranillo. After a refreshment break and a photo opportunity, you will end your ride at the cortijo.
Ride Details - Cortijo Olive Groves Trails and Dressage
Dates: Year round, 3-night minimum stay
Train Station: Antequera
Riding Days: Flexible
Daily Riding Hours: 2 – 4, your choice
Riding Ability: Any level
Group Size: 1 – 18
Weight Restrictions: 220 pounds
Horses: Variety of well-schooled horses (mostly Spanish)
Accommodations: Renovated country manor B & B
Price: April, May:6 nights lodging: $1,695.00 per person, double occupancy, no single supplement
June, July, August: 6 nights lodging: $1,620.00 per person, double occupancy, no single supplement
*Price is based on length of stay. 3, 4 and 7 nights are also available.
*Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will not be fixed until final payment.
Includes: lodging, lessons or trails, breakfasts and dinners, guide, horse, tack
Not Included: airfare, transfer to and from airport, (transfer from Malaga airport between 9 AM -7 PM is around 95 euro per person)(Antequera train station is around 40 euro per person, round trip), lunches
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