Ride Overview - White Villages Horseback Ride
A memorable horseback riding vacation in Andalucia, Spain! Starting at the farthest point of the beautiful Serrania de Ronda, you will ride along high rocky ridges surrounding the hilltop village of Gaucin. This tour follows the cork cutters trail through the chestnut forest, mountains and river and finishes on a high by riding into the beautiful city of Ronda perched on a deep gorge where you may want to stay a few more nights! The guide for this horseback riding trip has found comfortable hotels and noted traditional restaurants.
“The many changes of scenery from the cork oaks and lavender bushes that we brushed through, to the mountain pass with its glorious wildflowers and then back to the vibrant green of the chestnut woods were so stunning I finally realized why Andalucia is raved about. And the way the horses picked their way around the steep valleys as agile as mountain goats made it a heavenly way in which to see your beautiful countryside. I could keep raving about it for paragraph after paragraph.” Frances May 2013
“Just to say a huge thank you for a fabulous couple of days…I haven’t laughed so much for ages and I felt very honoured to be in such a spectacular setting on such majestic creatures. Karen thank you for creating the most lovely trip. We will be back again next Spring.”
Ride Itinerary - White Villages Horseback Ride
You will be transferred from either the Gibraltar Airport in mid-afternoon to the picturesque La Fructuosa hotel in Gaucin. After you have settled into your room, you can explore this remote Andalusian village. On a clear day, you will have spectacular views of the Mediterranean. Enjoy dinner tonight in a local village restaurant.
After breakfast, you will ride north along the high ‘Cork Cutter’ trails. Lunch is a picnic in the chestnut forest and there is usually a swim for the horses at the end of the day! Dinner and overnight at Hotel Banu Raba high above the Genal Valley where the horses stay the night beside the river.
Today ́s route will lead you into a hidden flower-filled valley which tracks the Genal River. In the spring, there will be sparkling brooks to cross. A picnic is usually planned by the river or in one of the country restaurants near your route. You will overnight is a quaint village hotel in Alpandeire offering beautiful views and the best restaurant in the region!
Your group will ride up the valley for lunch in a traditional village restaurant. Your trail then descends into the village of Jimera where you will stay in a simple local hotel, the Inz Almaraz. The horses stay in a beautiful olive grove nearby.
This is one of the most beautiful rides you will ever do! Your trail will traverse along the river valley up into Ronda. You will then have lunch in the Bandolero quarter of the old town. Your horse will drink water outside the old city walls. The trail continues across the Puente Nuevo where you can view the spectacular gorge from beneath. The tour ends here but Ronda is worth an extra few days!
*The guide reserves the right to change the itinerary based on unforeseen circumstances.
Ride Details - White Villages Horseback Ride
Dates: May 3rd – 7th
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: 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 tricky terrain.
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: $2,325.00 per person, double occupancy $230.00 single supplement
*Price will fluctuate with the USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 4 nights’ accommodation, horse, tack, guide, all meals, transportation to and from the Gibraltar airport.
Not Included: airfare, transfer to and from the Malaga Airport (100 euros)
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