Horse Riding Holidays in Spain
Spain is the perfect destination for a riding holiday – it’s easy and cheap to fly to, the food is superb and you are pretty much guaranteed decent weather. Whether you are looking for a relaxing based stay, an adventurous point-to-point trail or to brush up your skills with some tuition; we have the trip for you!
This four day adventure takes you along the Via Verde of Mallorca, in the heart of the Balearic islands. Stop off at sandy beaches, hidden coves and welcoming fincas along the way. An adventurous trail for experienced riders, able to enjoy a fast pace and a relaxed way of life. Spend your nights under the stars while exploring Mallorca’s national parks and diverse landscapes of mountains, cliffs, natural springs and forests on horseback.
Ride through the stunning mountain range of Serra de Tramuntana which covers an area of 1067 square kilometres and extends over a length more than 90km.
The term Tramuntana means “the north on the compass rose” in Catalan – this not only relates to the location of the mountain range in the northwest of Mallorca but also to the cool north wind that blows over the mountains. Nature has created wild gorges and more than 50 peaks that are over 1000m above sea level, and Serra de Tramuntana was added to the World Heritage list in 2011.
Located on the outskirts of the traditional white village of Casarabonela, The Luxury Hacienda is a stunning rural retreat set in over 30000 sq metres of breathtaking Andalusian countryside. This picture perfect location provides the ideal starting point for your riding adventure! With the Guadalhorce valley littered with olive groves on one side and the beautiful mountainous Sierra de las Nieves Natural park on the other, whichever direction you ride in you can guarantee stunning scenery and unparalleled views.
Travel on horseback from Extremadura to the Gredos Mountains following the ‘Cañadas Reales’, a thousand year old route used by cattlemen who still practice transhumance to this day.
This trail in the Extremadura region of Spain takes you through spectacular scenery and picturesque mountain villages, from the ‘Dehesa’ near Trujillo to the Villuercas UNESCO geopark. Ride fit and responsive Hispano-Arab horses over 5 days, enjoy long lunches in the countryside and sample the best of Spanish cuisine.
Experience the magical land of Galicia in northern Spain, surrounded by forest, rivers, cliffs and cozy stone villages. Let the cliffs around Loiba and Estaca de Bares impress you. Ride the unique trails around the river Sor with it’s restored mills, and discover the local forests called “fragas”, governed by century-old chestnuts.
Ride in the beautiful Extremadura region of Spain over 5 days, starting in the lovely town of Trujillo, following the trail east to the Villuercas Geopark (UNESCO) and staying in picturesque villages on route. Travel through the Villuercas Mountains with it’s spectacular panoramic views, canter through green pastures (Dehesa), and observe the abundance of wildlife native to this area.
Head to the Costa De La Luz in South Western Spain for superb horse-riding on golden beaches and sandy tracks through unspoilt forests. An ideal introduction to riding holidays, with morning rides followed by lengthy tapas lunches with time left to spend swimming or wandering around the local area, before going out for dinner in the evening. With a fantastic warm and sunny climate this stretch of Atlantic coast offers a real treat for horse riders. A warm welcome, fun atmosphere, well schooled horses and fabulous riding complete this fantastic week.
Looking for a shorter getaway? Take a look at the Cadiz Coastal Trail.
Head to the Costa De La Luz in south western Spain for superb horse-riding on golden beaches and sandy tracks through unspoilt forests. An ideal introduction to riding holidays, with morning rides followed by tapas lunches with time left to spend swimming or wandering around the local area, before going out for dinner in the evening. With a fantastic warm and sunny climate this stretch of Atlantic coast offers a real treat for horse riders. A warm welcome, fun atmosphere, well schooled horses and fabulous riding complete this long weekend.
This unique hacienda is based in the heart of Andalucia. With a stable full of impressive horses, and enjoying over 300 days of sunshine a year, this hillside ranch offers the perfect short break for all levels of rider. Explore this glorious sun-dappled region of Spain, following secret trails through the olive groves with plenty of time to relax poolside in the afternoons. Read a review of this destination in Elle magazine here.
Ride across the stunning mountain scenery
The Sierra de Gredos region in Central Spain offers a fantastic setting for a trail riding holiday. The trail follows Tormes river valley and will take you on narrow and rocky mountain paths, across stunning open valleys and through medieval villages full of history. There will be great opportunities for trots and canters each day where the terrain allows faster riding.
Your guide, Emilio, has been leading riding holidays in the Gredos Mountains for more than 20 years and knows every stone of each path like the back of his hand. His home-bred PRE and Hispano-Arab horses are much loved and extremely well looked after, living outside all year round in a natural herd. They know their job, are easy to ride and make sure you can thoroughly enjoy your holiday.
Taste the delicious Spanish specialities
An absolute highlight of the Sierra de Gredos riding holiday is the famous Spanish gastronomy. Prepare to be spoilt with surprise Tapas breaks with traditional local dishes such as Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives and, of course, excellent Spanish white and red wine. Lunch and dinner time will also give you an opportunity to taste different Spanish specialities such as paella and Spanish tortilla. Charming rural Inns and delightful 4* hotels make sure you wake up well-rested and refreshed each morning, ready for a new day on horseback.