Los Alamos - Spain

Villa Based Ride

5 star rating   30 October 2022

Susan who has been on 3 In The Saddle rides. The time of my life (part 2) | My first trip to Los Alamos was in April 2022. I adored it so much that as soon as I returned home I booked again for May 2023. However, after a few weeks at home I decided that I couldn't possibly wait until May, so I booked this October trip as well.

This time I was travelling on my own and I didn't know any of the other guests beforehand. I knew as soon as we met at Malaga airport, for our transfer to Los Alamos, that we would all get on well. Thank you ladies - you were tremendous company.

The October weather was extremely kind. It was hot and sunny every day. One day, as the forecast was for a temperature of 33 degrees, we set off riding at 7:30 a.m. It was still dark and we started our ride under a starlit sky - it was magical. We rode through the pine forest for about an hour and reached the beach as the sun was appearing over the horizon. The riding on the beach was breathtaking. Canters and flat out gallops on the most well behaved horses. They don't go until you tell them to and they stop with the slightest touch on the reins. The other rides were just as good, particularly the firebreak gallops in the forest where you are permitted to overtake (usually you have to canter and gallop in single file).

I was fortunate to ride 3 different horses during my stay, all of them were delightful. However, Olivera stole my heart. She was fast and brave - the most gorgeous Andalucian grey mare. Rachel is very intuitive and is able to match the horses to the riders with ease.

Our guides, Jose and Roberto, were utterly professional. Very safety conscious and always checking that we were happy and had no concerns.

[Abbie from In The Saddle replies: Thank you for your feedback. We're so glad that you had such a wonderful return visit to Los Alamos].


The Riding

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The Accommodation

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The accommodation is great - the rooms are perfect for the type of holiday with comfortable beds and warm showers. There is a very large common room (kitchen, sitting room, dining room and terrace) where most guests congregate when not riding and it is open 24 hours a day. I like to get up early, so being able to make a cup of tea at 6:00 a.m. was very much appreciated.

The food is of a high standard with good portion sizes. There is a large selection of drinks both alcoholic and non alcoholic.

The horses have a day off on Thursday so we were taken for a trip to Cadiz (our choice) and Andrew was a very knowledgeable tour guide. We had a delicious lunch in the main square before heading back to Los Alamos.


Before Your Holiday

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The mosquitos were prolific in October so remember to pack insect repellent. They even manage to bite through jodhpurs!