Arrive into Malaga airport. We can either collect you from here (€95 return) or you can catch the train to the nearby village of Antequera and we'll pick you up from the station (€40 return). See below transfer details. You will be staying in a 200 year old recently restored luxury Cortijo with facilities including an infinity pool, private gardens, chapel lounge, wifi, 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 Andalucian style with bamboo ceilings and rustic tiles. Once arrived and settled in, the daily activites ahead will be discussed and if time permits you will start with an afternoon dressage lesson. The aim of this break is to improve your equestrian skills with a mixture of lessons and trail rides under the careful guidance of our excellent instructors.
Today, depending on your riding ability and preference you will have a lesson and a ride out in the countryside or a day trek. Each day you should expect to receive approximately 4hrs riding. The hacks/treks follow different routes. One of the 4hr hacks takes you through the olive groves and vines arriving eventually at La Posada el Tempranillo, here you will stop for refreshments. You will then ride onto Alameda through the olive groves, taking in the spectacular views across the valley to Palenciana and Badolatosa. You then reach your destination which is a beautiful Cortijo, nestled in the side of the hill. Here if the river is low enough you'll ford the river we then stop for a picnic.
Afterwards we make our way back to the Cortijo via a different route. Other routes stop off at local bars, and pass through La Camorra a local national park full of pine trees. Early morning or night rides are a must in July/August.
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 the Cortijo's own gardens.
This morning after breakfast, you will continue with your riding plan and you can choose again either another lesson and after that another ride out or a day trek giving the more experienced riders a chance to enjoy a canter or gallop.
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 oit. This ride goes over to the North of the region; you ride through the winding tracks to a summit to receive 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 the 3 provinces of 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 through the tracks and back to a local hotel La Posada, where you will stop for olives and a drinks.
On the return trip to the Cortijo there is plenty of opportunity to canter through this area of natural beauty, and arrive back at your base for refreshments.
After enjoying a leisurly breakfast you will choose again either another lesson followed by a countryside ride or a longer trek. Andalucia is fortunate enough to be punctuated by dominating mountains and mystical valleys, so today you will get the opportunity to explore this unspoilt masterpiece of nature and take in the sights and sounds of the wildlife, rivers, lakes and if you're lucky enough, maybe even a local or two!
You will finish the ride back at the Cortijo where you will be free to unwind in the evening and prepare for the day ahead.
Day 5 & 6
Yet again you will have the opportunity to hone your equestrian skills during another lesson in the morning after breakfast. Our Spanish riding experts will help you to improve your seat, posture and the bond between you and your horse.
By now you should be used to the climate and have learnt a thing or two from our instructors, so why not challenge yourself to one of our more demanding treks? You can enjoy an exhiliarting canter through the countryside, allowing the Spanish breeze to alight the passions of your soul, or if that doesn't sound like your idea of a holiday, why not enjoy one of our more relaxed rides out.
Today is your final day of riding so savour every moment! After breakfast you will be enjoying your last day ride. By this point we are confident that you will have fallen in love with the region and all of the things that make it great: the culmination of natural wonders, the laid back Spanish attitude and the fact that it is bathed in sun for 8-9 months a year.
Sadly today is your last day. After breakfast, if time allows, you have the option of an additional ride before you depart to Malaga for your flight home.
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 £750pp Jan and Feb, £825pp March, £875pp April and May, £950pp June - Aug, £875pp Sept and Oct, £825pp Nov and Dec
NO single room supplement
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.
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 parts 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 is 95 Euros return 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).
There is also the option to catch the train to Antequera where we can offer a pick up for just €40 return per car. This is incredibly easy. All you need to do is get the shuttle train from Malaga airport to Malaga central (10mins), then the train out to Antequera (35 mins). Trains run regularly throughout the day
*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*
This optional 2 night trail will depart on the 3rd Friday/Saturday each month from March. It will exclude August. We need a minimum of 5 clients to make the trail ride viable.
This morning you will be given a talk about the history of our local Bandit Jose Maria El Tempranillo. He was a very colourful character and a bit like the British hero Robin Hood. You will receive a map and some information of how the trip will proceed. You will be able to ask any questions you may have about the trip.
This afternoon you will meet your horse and be taken on a hack to determine your compatibility with both your horse and your tack. Any problems you may find with either must be addressed at this stage.
Day 2 – approximately 30 kilometres (5 – 6 hours) with a stop around every 2 hours for refreshments and toilet breaks – (these may be behind an olive tree).
After an early breakfast we mount and set off to La Posada El Tempranillo. This is our local hotel dedicated to keeping the stories of El Tempranillo alive. From here we take our group to Alameda and we try to skirt the town which will take us through some of the working areas, once we are out of these the beautiful scenery of Andalucía will be in front of you for every step.
We visit a natural spring where our hero would have taken water and continue our journey on to Carcoya. At one point you will be able to see the joining of the 3 provinces of Malaga, Seville and Cordoba. We will visit the monastery where El Tempranillo stayed and follow his step past the iron ore mine and onto Badalatossa. We will stop to see the river meandering through the landscape, making a huge loop through the flat lands.
From Badalatossa we will continue our ride to Jauja where we will stop for the day and find our typical rustic accommodation in the village the horses will be taken away to rest and we will enjoy an evening of food and music.
Day 3- approximately 40 kilometres (6 – 7 hours) – as above
We will rise early and visit the museum of Jose Maria, this is around a 1.5 hour visit, and we will take time to visit the lovely church. We will have a local guide explain the history and special stories of the village. We meet up again with our horses and continue our journey in the direction of Benemaji, visiting a small sanctuary which has been lovingly preserved by its owners and for the energetic amongst us you can climb the viewing tower El Tempranillo would have used to avoid his enemies. We will avoid the town and view scenery so vast that on a good day you can see the mountains of Sierra Nevada. We cross the river Genil near Palenciana and make our way through the village back to La Posada El Tempranillo; here we will stop for local refreshment and photo opportunity.
Finally we take our last route back to the Cortijo for a good meal and a comfortable bed.
Prices: Add £175pp to the above price list
NB The itinerary may be subject to change as per the discretion of the management