Ride Overview - Spanish Trails, Dressage and Siestas
If you desire to ride across the south of Spain and devote some time to improve your dressage skills, this is the ride for you! In addition to trail rides across rolling fields and groves, you will visit the history-rich village of Carmona and Jerez de la Frontera and enjoy the untouched beauty of Doana Natural Park. You will ride your lovely Andalusian horse across a sandy beach. Your daily riding lesson is given by BHS and Spanish Federation certified instructors. Intensive and High School horses and lessons are also available. You will be amazed at the famous Andalusian horses perform in the Andalusian Horse Dance when you attend the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestra and enjoy national recognized flamenco dancers and guitars in a classical performance. Your 4* hotel is located in the historical village of Carmona and is just 10 minutes from the stable. Add the traditional May Jerez Horse Fair and you have a perfect Spanish holiday!
“In 2005, the riding center was the recipient of the B.H.S. Overseas Award. The first time the award was presented to a center outside of the United Kingdom.”
Ride Itinerary - Spanish Trails, Dressage and Siestas
Day 1: Sunday
You will be met at the Seville Airport at 3:00 PM or the Santa Justa train station at 4:30 PM. After transferring to the hacienda, you can take a swim in the private pool or discover the pleasures of the Spanish siesta. In the evening you will be escorted to a restaurant outside the town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia. This town is the oldest continually inhabited village in Europe.
Day 2: Monday
You will mount for a ride to the Old Hacienda Road. This relaxed hack will take you through olive and eucalyptus groves. Depending on the season, you will enjoy fields of sunflowers, wheat and cotton, as well as melons in the late summer. You will be intrigued by 16th and 17th-century haciendas and cortijos. Your afternoon is spent by the pool or you can visit Carmona to explore the Roman archeological sites. In the late afternoon, you can take a jumping or dressage lesson.
Day 3: Tuesday
You will see the famous Andalusian horses perform in a spectacle of light, music, and color at the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestra. Afterward, you will visit an exclusive tack shop. Your afternoon will end with a riding lesson.
Day 4: Wednesday
Your destination is the Roman Rodamy Bridge. You will cross an open landscape rich with varying crops and enjoy wildflowers, butterflies, and birds. Your ride will end in a shady eucalyptus grove. Your riding instructor will await you for your afternoon riding lesson.
Day 5: Thursday
Your destination is the lovely seaside village of Matalacanas. Your horse will carry you across a long sandy beach. The ride will then follow an unforgettable route through the Donana NaturalPark, one of Europe’s last true wilderness regions and one of the largest wildlife reserves in Spain. You will ride over golden dunes, through shrub land dotted with rock rose, bramble, and heather. You will enjoy a canter through the surf before returning to the hacienda for a siesta by the pool. Your riding lesson will be given in the evening.
Day 6: Friday
You will travel through olive and orange groves, across open lands with no fences past a mule stud. In the afternoon, you will visit Seville. You will enjoy a flamenco show featuring over 15 dancers of national fame, traditional singers, and flamenco guitar. Your evening will end with a short walk through the old part of the city to arrive at an excellent restaurant providing both Spanish and international cuisine.
Day 7: Saturday
After breakfast, you will transfer to Seville airport or train station.
**Option to add private lessons or a high school on an Andalusian Stallion for an additional cost. Contact us for details.
Ride Details - Spanish Trails, Dressage and Siestas
Dates: Year-round except for December 15th-January 19th
Important Local Dates: See below
Length of ride: 5 days
Meeting point: Seville, Malaga or Jerez airport
Ability level: Novice to intermediate
Horse: Andalusians and Andalusian cross-breeds
Group size: 2 – 5
Non-riding activity: Swimming, mountain biking, land rover tours
Hotel/s: 4* hotel
Price per person: LESSONS AND TRAILS: $1,800.00 per person, double occupancy $320.00 single supplement
INTENSIVE LESSONS: $2,230.00 per person, double occupancy $320.00 single supplement
HIGH SCHOOL LESSONS: $2,650.00 per person, double occupancy $320.00 single supplement
Non-Riders welcome, please contact for pricing
Important Traditional Holiday:
Semana Santa (Holy week) – April 5th – 12th
Feria De Abril (Sevilla Fair) – April 26th- May 2nd
Feria Del Caballo (Jerez Horse Fair) – May 9th – 16th
Carnaval – February 22nd – 25th
Saca De Yeguas – June 26th
Includes: 6 nights accommodation, breakfasts, some dinners, 4 group lessons, 4 trail rides, 4:30 PM pickup from Santa Justa train station
Not included: airfare, Flamenco show 37 euros, 2 dinners. and Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestra, show 27 euros, taxi transfers from airport – 50 euros round trip per person, taxi transfers from Santa Justa train station – 60 euros round trip per person, train transfers ( 60 euros round trip), transfer from hotel to stable( 20 euros round trip), lunches (30 euros per lunch), Royal Spanish Riding School tour (28 euros) and flamenco dancer show (37 euros), round trip to Seville on final night (50 euros)
ALSO AVAILABLE INTENSIVE AND ADVANCED DRESSAGE PACKAGES
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