Arrive into Malaga airport. We can either collect you from here (€95 return) or you can hire a car and we will send you driving directions. You will be staying in a 200 year old recently restored luxury Hacienda with facilities including a heated infinity pool, private gardens, Chapel lounge, Wi-Fi, air conditioning and shady gazebos overlooking the valley and acres of olive groves and pine forests. All rooms are en-suite and have been restored in typical Andalucían style with bamboo ceilings and rustic tiles. Once arrived and settled in, the daily activities ahead will be discussed and if time permits you will start with an assessment lesson followed by a short hack. Should you wish we will take a video of this and one again at the end of the holiday; this should enable you to see the improvement made during your stay. The aim of this break is to improve your equestrian skills and confidence around horses, you can choose from a mixture of lessons and trail rides under the careful guidance of our excellent instructors.
Day 2 - Day 6
Today your riding programme begins in earnest - riding programmes are totally flexible you can choose between lessons and riding out. There is instruction for beginners but there is also instruction available for more experienced riders if they would like to try some high school movements on well trained Andalucian horses. If you just want to ride out that is fine too you can ride out in the countryside as a beginner or take a day trek if you are more experienced.
For the treks we have different routes, some longer and some shorter, we make every effort to tailor your riding experience especially for you!
Our 2-3 hour rides include a visit to our local bar to enjoy a well earned drink and tapas; you will pass through the National Park which is a treasure, the pine trees offer sheter from the sun in the summer months. Early morning or evening rides are a must in July/August.
On our popular 4 hour hack you will ride through olive groves and vineyards as you head towards the enchanting 'La Posada Inn' where we will stop for refreshments. Afterwards we make our way back home via a different route.
We also have longer rides. The experienced hack is aproximately 4 – 5 hours starting early in the summer as after 12 noon it is too hot to ride. Spring and autumn are perfect months to enjoy longer rides out. This ride goes over to the north of the region; you ride up through the winding tracks to a summit from where you enjoy breath taking views of the Andalucían plains with the back drop of distant mountains. You carry on down the hill, passing several ancient Cortijos with lots of history to a view point where you can see 3 provinces of Andalucia; Cordoba, Sevilla and Malaga.You then pass on and up another hill to the hiding place of the local Bandit Jose Maria El Tempranillo; you will see what a splendid view he had of the passing tracks, which gave him lots of time to make a getaway when necessary. Continuing on and if the river is not too high you will cross over and ride for a time in Cordoba. You will make your way along the tracks and back to a local inn La Posada, where you will stop for olives and a drinks.
On the return trip to the hacienda there is plenty of opportunity to canter through this area of natural beauty. This evening you will be dining with your fellow guests and hosts (en-famille) in the chapel lounge. All meals are prepared from fresh local produce or from our own garden.
Quality instruction is available from beginners through to advanced riders, this is not compulsory but it is a treat for experienced riders to try out some high school movements on well trained andalucian horses!
This morning after breakfast, is usually our picnic ride. The more experienced riders will be able to enjoy a canter or gallop. We take guests for a visit to our local sacred Chapel where the delicious picnic will be served in the grounds. Guests will then return home in the afternoon. After a rest we will be visiting a local tapas bar in town this evening to enable you to appreciate a bit of our local 'atmosphere'.
Sadly today it is time to head home. Transfers back to Malaga are available upon request.
The price for 6 or 7 nights half board accommodation staying in a double/twin en-suite bedroom plus 6 days riding (lessons and trail rides) is £695pp Jan and Feb, £795pp March, Nov and Dec, £850pp April - October
Non-rider prices available at a reduced rate.
NO single room supplement - this holiday is highly recommended for single travellers.
Quality Spanish tuition is also offered
The above prices included linen, towels and bedding, daily maid service, wifi access, satellite tv, hospitality toiletries pack and slippers
Family deal - 2 adult riders & 2 child riders (both under 16 years) - one child stays free (July & August only)
Group deal - 8 people on 1 booking = 1 preson goes free
During school holidays in the summer a children's club is a popular addition, this runs for 4 hours a day when the children are fully supervised giving parents time to ride out or relax in peace!
On the summer camp they ride lots of course but also they learn points of the horse - often in more than one language. How to wash off their horse or pony, parts of the tack, they solve horse problems and take part in quizzes. We have gymkhana games with a contest at the end with rosettes. They also learn to ride out in the countryside with a picnic at the end of the course - the older children can learn orienteering and try to find their own way there - supervised of course! There is no reduction in prices for children due to the staffing required, but they do have fantastic fun!
The cost for the transfer from Malaga airport is 95 Euros for return transfers between 9.00am and 7.00pm for a maximum of 4 people and their luggage. Should a larger car be required there will be an extra charge of 50 Euros for the return trip (5, 6 or 7 people). The cost increases to 135 Euros return for transfers between 7.00am - 9.00am and 7.00pm - 12.00pm. Transfers are to be paid for directly.
We do not offer transfers after 12.00 midnight or before 7.00am, if you wish to fly at these times then you will be dropped in Malaga the night before and you can get a taxi from the hotel to the airport.
If you arrive after 12.00 midnight you need to make your own arrangements to stay in a hotel and we will collect you the following in the morning.
*Please note the outdoor pool now has a cover so we hope to be able to offer swimming for at least 10 months of the year. The cover is retractable and will be pushed back during the summer months*
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