Los Alamos seven night itinerary
Below is an example of a typical week’s riding holiday. The itinerary may vary depending on local conditions and the ability of the group, but always with your best interests in mind.
The normal pattern (weather permitting) is to set off at about 10am and stop for lunch at a local village bar and then ride on again in the afternoon. However, the introductory ride is usually shorter in duration.
In the hot summer months particularly July and August, you set off earlier in the cool of the morning and return to Los Alamos around lunchtime. Lunch is usually at a local village bar. The pace of the ride will depend on the heat, so if it is very hot then the pace is likely to be a little slower. The afternoons are by the pool or on the beach (Los Alamos will take you there by car and you would return by taxi).
Normally between mid-June and mid-September riding close to the ocean’s edge is not allowed, but Los Alamos has been granted a license to ride on the beach in the summer months providing they are on the beach early in the morning. So for the beach ride you will set out around 07:30 and have breakfast en-route. As always, beach riding is subject to the tide conditions.
Depart the UK on a morning flight to Gibraltar or Malaga, arriving by around midday. From the airport, you are transferred to Los Alamos. When you arrive you will have time to unpack and freshen up before a light Spanish style late lunch. Later on, meet the horses and have dinner at the villa.
After breakfast at the villa, meet at the stables (a short walk away from the villa) and be introduced to your horse, before setting off into the forest for your first ride. Today is a fairly quiet ride giving rider and horse the opportunity to get to know one another. Wind along old drovers’ tracks, through the heart of the National Park. Visit a local bar for lunch, then continue riding, arriving back at Los Alamos mid-afternoon. On arrival you untack and wash off your horse (your guide will be on hand should you require assistance with this). The rest of the afternoon is for you to relax before meeting for dinner at c.8:00pm.
This will usually be your first visit to the beach with your horse. Ride through the edge of the forest down on to the beaches of Cape Trafalgar and El Palmar. There will usually be the opportunity to experience some faster riding, but please note that a beach canter is not always possible as it is dependent on the tide conditions. Heading away from the beach, you cross into unspoilt countryside, following drovers’ trails that have been used for hundreds of years. Stop for lunch at a local village bar (or breakfast if riding in the summer). Then twist and wind back through the forest, arriving back at the villa by mid afternoon. After the horses have been cared for you have the rest of the day to relax before dinner.
Today may give you a chance to really open up with long controlled canters and some faster riding through the forests winding paths and firebreaks. Have lunch out in the forest at an old Spanish taverna serving local cuisine. Arrive back at base and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Today the horses have a rest day and you will be driven to Jerez to visit the Royal School of Equestrian Art where you will see a display of "Dancing Andalucian Horses", along with Carriage Driving. Depart from Los Alamos at c. 8:15am and have breakfast at a café in Jerez. During the morning you can visit a nearby tack shop and wander around the School’s carriage museum and stables, before taking your seats for the start of the show at around midday. Afterwards have lunch in a local Tapas bar and sample the famous local sherry. Return to Los Alamos in the afternoon.
For those guests who choose not to go to the Royal School of Equestrian Art in Jerez, there may be the opportunity to experience a sherry tour in Jerez or perhaps have a lesson from Antonio Corales (subject to availability), a top Doma Vaquero and Doma Classical teacher, who trained with the Royal School. Please note that these lessons are subject to a riding assessment. Please ask if you would like more details.
If you choose simply to relax at the villa, then have a swim in the pool or take a walk in the Natural Park. There will be food in the fridge at the villa from which to make your own lunch.
Today's ride takes you back down to the beach. Ride along quiet tracks passing cattle farms and a hermitage first built in 700 A D. On reaching the beach, traverse your way through the sand dunes with views out over the ocean. Stop at a beach bar for lunch (or breakfast if riding in the summer). It is a pretty ride back through the umbrella pines, with the sounds of cowbells and the intoxicating scent of French lavender never far away. Once again the rest of the afternoon is for you to siesta or just relax by the pool, before meeting up in the evening for dinner.
Your last day’s riding! A slower days riding where you head off into the forest over to the Moorish look-out tower of "El Tajo" which incorporates the fantastic cliff views of Africa. After lunch at a local bar you will then mount your horses once more for a firebreak ride and one last burst of speed at the edge of the forest. After saying a final farewell to your horse you have the afternoon to relax. Meet again at around 8.00pm for a farewell dinner with new found friends.
After an early breakfast say your goodbyes and transfer as a group back to the airport to catch your flight home.