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Spain - Sierra Nevada
The Sierra Nevada is the highest mountain range in Spain and little has changed here over the centuries. The mule and ox still pull the plough in the tiny terraced fields, the horse and mule still provide transport and the shepherd still tends his flock of sheep on the mountainside.
During the day there will be several rest stops and a leisurely picnic lunch of locally cured hams and cheeses accompanied by freshly baked bread and salads.
Contraviesa Ride and Alpujarra Ride
On these itineraries you ride between three villages, following drovers’ paths through steep valleys filled with Mediterranean almond and walnut groves up to high summer pastures irrigated by the snow melt. The Contravisa Ride takes the lower mountain paths during early spring and late autumn and the Alpujarra Ride takes the higher routes to avoid the summer heat.
Buena Vista Ride
This is a slightly more challenging itinerary where you ride higher (around 2,700m) than on the Alpujarra Ride.
The Buena Vista is not as hard as the El Marquesado and you don’t need to be a repeat guest. However, there are two long days of about eight hours riding and on those two days there are a couple of long downhill walks. You do need to be fit, happy to get off and lead over rough terrain and be aware that you will be riding at high altitude on three of the days.
The horses are Andalucian and Andalucian crosses and have all been schooled by their owner and your guide Dallas Love. They are fit, surefooted and responsive with the classic good nature of the breed, enjoying their work and a pleasure to ride.
The horses are usually ridden in English bridles and each horse will also have their own saddle. Normally these are an English style general purpose/endurance type of saddle, and are very comfortable. You are expected to tack up and groom your horse, although assistance is available if you need help.
You should be competent at walk, trot and canter outdoors, with good riding balance. The steep terrain dictates the pace but there are occasional places for trots and canters. There is a certain amount of walking on foot and we recommend that you are physically fit as well as riding fit. You need to be able to mount from the ground and from both sides of the horse.
On some of the very steep descents it is necessary to lead the horses and these rides are not for those who suffer from vertigo.
Stay in small, family run village hostels and hotels (some with pools) in twin bedded rooms with en-suite facilities. The accommodation is clean but simple and does not offer room service or lifts. Your luggage is taken ahead for you by vehicle and left at reception. We recommend packing light as you will have to carry your own luggage up to your room.
On the Buena Vista Ride one night is spend in a high mountain refuge and the other six nights in comfortable village hotels (some with pools).
Additional dates may be available for private groups. Please call for more information.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||17 Aug 2019 - 24 Aug 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,286.28||Book|
||7 Sep 2019 - 14 Sep 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,286.28||Book|
||28 Sep 2019 - 5 Oct 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,286.28||Book|
||12 Oct 2019 - 19 Oct 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,286.28||Book|
||26 Oct 2019 - 2 Nov 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,286.28||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals (dinner on day of arrival through to breakfast on day of departure); riding; return transfers from Malaga at set time.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if willing to share. A limited number of single rooms are available at a supplement which is payable locally - Contraviesa & Alpujarra: €165 payable locally, Buena Vista: €175 .
PAYABLE LOCALLY Drinks; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Malaga or Granada.
TRANSFERS Included at a set time from Malaga. Private transfers can also be arranged from Granada or Malaga.
These rides are in Andalucia in the highest mountain range in Spain.
Due to the altitude the sun is very strong and it is essential to use sun protection all year. In the evening the temperature drops and even during the summer months a light jumper or jacket is required. In March, April, May and October you should bring warm clothing and waterproofs. The weather in Spring and Autumn in the mountains can be changeable and it is best to be prepared for all conditions.
The riding was as described in the brochure and on the website. It was not fast because the terrain did not permit this, but we did have at least one long canter every day. The scenery was magnificent, the horses superb (my beautify horse Maximo was a real gentleman, and was very patient with me when I was having to lead him down tricky rocky obtain passes), and even the weather was fantastic - T-shirt weather, while the UK was whipped by wind and rain! There is nothing that could be improved. Great break from the UK winter!
Lynne ,DerbyshireOverall rating: 5/5
Explore idyllic mountains with stunning views on well schooled forward going Andalucian horses.
The horses are lovely to ride and Dallas is so interesting and full of stories.