Ride Overview - Lost Valley Horseback Ride
A horseback riding vacation in the remotest hills of Serrania de Ronda, Spain! Your trail follows the flowing River Genal. You will follow in the footsteps of ancient Moorish settlers forbidden by the Spaniards to live “within one league of the coast.” You will experience remote lush valleys, abundant sweet chestnut forests and forgotten villages where a welcome for both you and your horse is assured. Your trails cut through high ridges, deep valleys, and ancient hamlets. This is a challenging ride with steep climbs but you will enjoy spectacular views available to only a few. In addition, you will spend an evening in the famous whitewashed mountain village of Gaucin. Close to Costa del Sol, the area provides a commanding panoramic view of Gibraltar and North Africa. The village is a gateway to the Serranía de Ronda where depending on the time of year, you can enjoy an impressionist palette of color: brilliant brush strokes of red poppies, yellow mimosa, purple wild orchids, tempered by the cool green of olive groves and an occasional splash of pale pink almond blossom. Indeed, Gaucin is famous for its international artists. To spend more time in the region, you can combine this ride with the Castle Plains and/or the White Villages Rides. RIDING IN SPAIN
“I cannot thank you enough Karen! I had such an unforgettable time full of adventure and new experiences. Miss you and beautiful Gaucin. Look forward to getting back there”.
Ride Itinerary - Lost Valley Horseback Ride
You will be met at Gibraltar airport and transferred to La Fructuosa Hotel with wonderful views over the rolling hills to the sea and Gibraltar and Africa beyond. You will be able to relax on the terrace before dinner in one of the village restaurants.
You will set off along a high ridge used by smugglers for hundreds of years and then ride through the spectacular Gaucin. The village is known as the “Balcony of the Sierra” because of the fabulous views. After a picnic in the chestnut forest, you will ride along the banks of the Genal River Genal. You will stay in a delightful rural hotel in the perched village of Benarraba.
Today, your trail will ascend to the remote area known as the ‘Alta Genal’ where the Moors were driven on their defeat by the Christians. Your group will ride an old mule road through the seldom visited countryside ringed by mountains. Here there are no villages and little habitation so you will have a simple picnic out of your saddlebags before continuing along a high ridge ride to the village of Alpandeire. Tonight, you will stay in a beautiful hotel, La Casa Grande, where you will have dinner in their renowned restaurant.
Your horse will carry you up the steep trails to Atajate in time for coffee. These rocky trails were used by Friar Leopoldo who traveled these remote villages doing his miracles a hundred years ago. He can still be seen on moonlit nights! Next, your trail descends into a steep gorge where Jimera de Libar will be your stop for the night in a simple rural hotel.
Following a little one-track railway along the Guadiaro River, you will ride beneath the stony Grazalema National Park mountains to the Siete Pilas hamlet where your group will enjoy a mid-
morning snack while gazing at the amphitheater of surrounding mountains. You will then mount up to ride to a picnic lunch waiting for you in a lush meadow. Afterward, you will ride to your farmhouse B&B, Las Lagunetas. Murphy and Sandy give us and the horses a warm welcome. After settling the horses in their green field, you will have dinner in the farmhouse which overlooks the Guadiaro Valley in the Cork Forest.
Beautiful trails will lead you back Gaucin for lunch. Then you will ride the smugglers’ ridge once again to return to the stable, La Almuña. The evening will be at your leisure in Gaucin with opportunity to choose among the many bars and restaurants for dinner.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport.
* Guide reserves the right to change the itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances.
Ride Details - Lost Valley Horseback Ride
Dates: Saturday – Friday, March – June, September, October
Best months to ride: Northern Spain’s peak season is July and August. Central region: October – May. Southern: late spring – early autumn. Winter riding can be enjoy in the Andalusia because of the desert like climate.
Daily Riding Hours: 3 1/2 – 6
Riding Ability: STRONG INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country. Capable of crossing rivers and riding on ascending and descending trails and a steep gorge.
Group Size: Maximum 4
Weight Restrictions: 187 pounds (over 187 pounds extra charge for extra horse)
Horses: Andalucian (some Criollo and Arab crosses)
Accommodations: 3* hotels and inns
Price: $1,870 per person, double occupancy $220 single supplement
*Price will fluctuate with the USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 6 nights’ accommodation, horse, tack, guide, national park entrances, most meals
Not Included: airfare, transportation to and from Malaga Airport (100 euros), 1 dinner
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