Ride Overview - Iberian Ride to Gibraltar
A wonderful horseback riding vacation in the southernmost territory of Spain! Your trails will take you across vast sand dune beaches and secluded mountain trails. Campo de Gibraltar, located in the southeast province of Cadiz, acts as a border between Europe and Africa as well as the gateway between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Your riding terrain includes golden sand dune beaches and the forests of two natural parks. The famed Punta Paloma beach boasts miles of unspoiled windswept sands. Alcornocales Natural Park which houses the biggest forest of cork oaks and is famed as the last European forest. The El Estrecho Natural Park is a haven for millions of birds which cross the strait every year in their migratory voyage between Europe and Africa. Your trail ends at both the picturesque town of Tarifa in the province of Cádiz and the impressive Straits of Gibraltar. A non-riding day will provide a visit to the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and a Flamenco tablao dance performance. Along the way, you will enjoy delicious traditional Spanish cuisine and wines. Add spectacular views of the Strait, Morocco, and the mythical Djebel Musa and you have a memorable ride!
“The area is ripe with history and it was great to discover it while on horseback. Also, loved to be able to see the African coast from the mountains in the natural parks of the area.” M.C.
Ride Itinerary - Iberian Ride to Gibraltar
You will be transferred from the Malaga or Jerez airports to the Los Barrios meeting point.
You will ride along roads that were made by the Republican prisoners between 1931 and 1942. The route offers a splendid view of the Valley of Ojén, a wonderful contrast between the cattle pastures leafy cork trees forests, and bushy masses of wetland gall. The valley is recognized by the Andalucia Bird Society due to the numerous native birds which nest there. A picnic lunch will be served along the way. Dinner and accommodation in Hotel La Montera Plaza.
Your trail will lead you along secluded mountain paths where bandits once assaulted carriages loaded with items coming from Gibraltar. The surrounding forests will enchant you. Your destination is the walled windswept old village of Tarifa. The town’s tip-of-Spain location, where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic meet, provides a haven for surfers and an African flavor.
Your group will ride through a pungent pine forest along the Atlantic coast. Along the way, you will enjoy splendid views of the distant African continent. This coastal territory was populated by the Phoenicians who were later conquered by the Romans. The lunch venue will either be in a traditional restaurant or a picnic in Bolonia. In the afternoon, you will ride along the golden sand dunes of Tarifa coast. Your destination is Spain’s famous unspoiled beach, Punta Paloma. Dinner and accommodation in Hotel La Peña in Tarifa.
After breakfast in a traditional Jerez roadside restaurant, you will visit the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. The School is based in Jerez de la Frontera and famous for their “How Andalusian Horses Dance”, a unique show that both exhibits and summarizes in a seemingly natural way all the work that the institution has done since its beginning. Lunch will include a Flamenco tablao performance. Accommodation and dinner in Hotel La Peña.
Today, you will ride along the southernmost route of the Iberian Peninsula. Your old herders’ trail will parallel the coast. The whole route constitutes a splendid natural viewpoint of the Strait, Morocco, the colony of Gibraltar, and the Djebel Musa. The Djebel Musa was a mythological element in the strait of Gibraltar. It was an ancient boundary of the Greek world. Dinner and accommodation in Huerta Grande Pelayo.
The Mediterranean Sea will be in full view as you reach the Strait of Gibraltar. Along the way, you will enjoy the unique ecological value of the area. Known as the last Mediterranean forest, the Forest of Mist, the micro-climate of the area creates humidity to create a haunting misty forest of Laurel. Lunch will be served at a restaurant or picnic in Bolonia, Tarifa. Dinner and accommodation in Hotel La Montera Plaza.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
Ride Details - Iberian Ride to Gibraltar
Dates: March 3rd – 10th, March 31st – April 7th, April 21st – 28th, May 12th – 19th, September 1st – 8th, October 20th – 27th
Meeting point: Malaga Airport (AGP), Malaga Train Station or Gibraltar Airport
Length of ride: 5 days
Daily Riding Hours: 5 – 5 1/2
Ability level: INTERMEDIATE Able to trot and canter in open spaces. Beach riding
Horse: Andalusians and Andalusian cross-breeds
Group size: 4 – 10
Non-riding activity: visit to Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art and a Flamenco tablao dance performance. Also kayaking, surfing, golf, bicycle, and guided tour of Gibraltar.
Hotel/s: 4* hotel and 1* rural country home
*Price per person: $1,585.00 per person, double occupancy $235.00 single supplement
Small group fee may apply: $350.00 per person
*Price is based on the USD/EURO exchange rate and be fixed at final payment.
Included: full board accommodations, all meals, transfer to and from airport and train station arriving before 6:00 PM and departing at 7:00 AM
Not included: airfare, transfer from airport and train station: arriving after 6:00 PM and departure before 7:00 AM (160.00 euros roundtrip, per person)
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Iberian Ride to Gibraltar