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Trail Ride in Sierra Nevadas

This spectacular trail ride is available throughout the spring, summer and autumn months. During the summer the ride follows a route called the Alpujarra Mountain Trail and during the spring and autumn it follows a route called the Contraviesa Trail. We also have a new ride called the Marquesado Ride which runs in the summer. Details all three rides follow, please scroll down.

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Alpujarra Mountain Trail Ride £1085pp Dates 2014 - See itinerary below

26 April  -  03 May
10    -  17 May
24    -  31 May
28 June  -  05 July
09 - 16 August
23 -  30 August
31    Aug  -  07 September *
13-  20 September

Marquesado Ride Trail Ride £1185pp Dates 2014 - See itinerary below

07 -  14 June
18    -  25  June  (Wednesday to Wednesday)

Contraviesa Trail Ride £1085pp Dates 2014 - See itinerary below

15    -  22 March - FULL
29 March  -  5 April
13    -  20 April  *
27 Sept  -  04 October
11    -  18 October
25 October – 01 November
08  -  15 November

All week rides run Saturday to Saturday except those marked * which run Sunday to Sunday.

The Alpujarra Mountain Trail

Saturday

Collection from Malaga airport not later than 4pm (16.00 Hours). Then a transfer to the village of Bubion where you will be met by the trek organiser and guide. Supper and accommodation in a comfortable village hostel.

Sunday

Today is a day ride local to the stables, enabling you to acclimatise slightly to the area and the altitude. Also acquainting you and your horse prior to setting out for the week.

The ride takes us high into the Valley Poqueira, on a combination of bridle paths and forestry tracks. The route follows along ancient Moorish irrigation channels and summer pastures watered by the snow melt. This valley is claimed to be one of the most beautiful in the whole of Sierra Nevada in Spain with the high peaks reaching over 3,000 metres at the head of the valley, and the Mediterranean Sea at the foot. The horses will carry a full picnic lunch which we will eat besides one of the mountain streams, at 2,500 metres an idyllic spot offering spectacular views, on a clear day all the way across to the mountains of Morocco. Returning to the stables you will be driven down to the village. Set dinner in one of the local restaurants. Overnight in the Casa la Sevillana.

Monday

Today the bridle path takes us over totally different terrain, through mountain farms and pine forests to the village of Berchules. The first part of the ride follows a very steep and rocky path up through woods and summer pastures to an altitude of 2,500 meters. On a clear day it is possible to see across the sea to Morocco, and to the North the highest peak in Spain. Picnic lunch en route. After lunch we begin the descent to the village of Berchules. For the final 30 minutes the path becomes very rough and it is necessary to lead the horses. Over night in a very comfortable family run hotel.

Tuesday

Berchules takes its name from the old Spanish word Berchel meaning literally mountain garden. As we follow the ancient Moorish bridle paths through the terraced orchards and fields is easy to see how the area came by its name. After a picnic lunch by the river we leave the bridle path for one of the Sierras broad forest tracks and return to the village on a alternative route, offering plenty of opportunities for trots and canters. We spend a second night in the village of Berchules.

Wednesday

Having made a semi-circle we descend to the river Guadalfeo and west to the village of Trevelez. During the morning the landscape changes abruptly, leaving the alpine like Sierras behind we ride through small terraces of olives, almond and fig trees. During the late morning we climb through the spectacular gorge to the village of Juviles where we stop for lunch. After lunch the path commences the gradual ascent towards Trevelez. During the final descent it is necessary to lead your horse for possibly as long as 30 minutes. Over night in the village of Trevelez.

Thursday

Today is a short ride. Following the forestry track through pine and oak woods we return directly to the stables high above the villages of the poqueira. This route not only offers wonderful views out over the Contraviesa mountains and the Mediterranean sea, but many opportunities for canters. Late lunch in the village of Capileira, over night in the village of Bubion. On this evening dinner is not included and guests are free to select the restaurant of their choice.

Friday

Today is a short ride. Following the forestry track through pine and oak woods we return directly to the stables high above the villages of the Poqueira. This route not only offers wonderful views out over the Contraviesa mountains and the Mediterranean sea, but some good opportunities for canters.

Late lunch in the village of Capileira or Bubion. Afternoon free for some last minute shopping and a well deserved siesta. Overnight in the village of Bubion and farewell dinner.

Saturday

Transfer to Malaga, please don't book a flight with a check-in time before 10.00 as you need to allow time for the transfer down from Bubion.

The Contraviesa Trail

Saturday

Collection from Malaga airport not later than 4pm (16.00 Hours). Then a transfer to the village of Bubion where you will be met by the trek organiser and guide. Supper and accommodation in a comfortable village hostel.

Sunday

After breakfast you will be collected and driven to the stables situated 5 kilometres from the village of Bubion in Spain at an altitude of 1.650 meters.

Today is a day ride local to the stables, enabling you to acclimatise slightly to the area and the altitude. Also acquainting you with your horse prior to setting out for the week.

Leaving the stables we take a small path up through summer pastures to join the main forestry track into the National Park, here there are opportunities for canters. We will follow the track to approximately 2.300 metres where it joins a bridle path, following this path through the pinewoods we come out on the ridge of Barranco Habali at approximately 2,100 metres. Here we will stop for a picnic lunch. On a clear day fantastic views down the valley, across the Contraviesa. the Mediterranean and finally Africa!!.

After lunch the route descends through oak woods and open pasturelands to meet the main forestry track leading back to the stables.

The evening is spent in a comfortable hotel in the Casa Sevillana Bubion, Set dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Monday

Today the path takes us south east. For approximately 15 minutes it is necessary to lead the horses up an old moorish stone path to the 800 year old irrigation channel where we mount up to follow the path through evergreen oak and pines to the open pasture above the village of Juviles. Riding down to the little whitewashed village we have a wonderful panoramic view of the Contraviesa range of mountains, the Almeria coast and on a clear day as far as Africa. After lunch we climb again through gorse, lavender and thyme to join the path as it winds its way down through the small terraced farms to the village of Berchules. The evening is spent in a comfortable family run hotel.

Tuesday

Today as yesterday the first 15 or 20 minutes is by foot, following the old bridle path through almond groves and small terraced cultivations down to the river Guadalfeo. Mounting up in the riverbed we follow the narrow path east through the green terraces of Narila. After Narila we have to join the road for approximately 20 minutes to pass over into the next valley. Here the landscape changes abruptly to dry lands, deeply eroded by the winter and spring rains. Early picnic by the river. After lunch the trail climbs steeply through almond groves and eventually leads us back down to the river bed, where there are plenty of opportunities for some good canters and gallops. Tonight we stay in the Morayma, without doubt the most charming hotel in the area. Built amongst almond and fruit groves overlooking the river Guadalfeo, this hotel has been designed and furnished with a lot of care and good taste.

Wednesday

We will spend a second night in the hotel Morayma, and today we will ride to the summit of the Contraviesa mountain range. The trail will take us through almond and fig farms and higher up the vineyards, during the early spring the whole mountain is an amazing carpet of flowers. Depending on the weather we will either lunch at one of the small farms or be met by the hotel staff who will prepare a delicious local rice dish. Marvellous views across the whole of Sierra Nevada to the north and the Mediterranean to the south.

Thursday

Today we return to the village of Bubion, a long climb for the horses, first over Sierra Mecina with its tiny terraced farms, and in the afternoon the final climb to the high Alpujarra. After a picnic we descend one of the most spectacular stone paths in the region. Built by the Romans, and cut into and out of sheer rock this path is very steep and it is necessary to lead the horses (approx. 30 minutes). After crossing the deep gorge of river Trevelez the path continues to the village of Busquistar where we stop for a well-earned breather and refreshment. From Busquistar we join the road for 2km. to the village of Portugos where the path takes us back to the home stables high above the valley of Poquiera, with the snow capped mountains in the background.

Friday

Our final day of the trek we return to the village of Bubion, a long climb for the horses. Crossing the river Guadalefao we follow a steep bridle path west to the villages Lobras and Timar. From here the route follows a small local road for approximately 7 kilometers before beginning the descent into the spectacular gorge of Trevelez. This descent is on an ancient Roman path cut into the sides of the gorge and must be made on foot leading the horses. It is approximately a 30 minute walk down to the bridge from which we will ride up past the pretty village of Busquistar and on to Portugos for a well earned lunch. In the late afternoon we continue north west along paths and dirt tracks to Bubion.

Overnight in Casa la Sevillana and farewell dinner.

Saturday

Transfer to Malaga.

The Marquesado Ride

This is a new ride launched in 2012. Much of the ride is at high altitude, through some of the most spectacular and remote parts of Sierra Nevada and El Marquesado. Departing from the stables the ride heads west circling Sierra Nevada and crossing back from north to south over the El Puerto de Jerez 2,880meters.  The ride follows a combination of forestry tracks, bridle paths and old droving routes, covering daily approximately 30 to 35 kilometres, riding for between 6 to 8 hours per day.

Saturday

Collection from Malaga airport at the designated time.  You will then be transferred to Bubion where you will meet with your guide, Dallas.  Tonight you will have dinner and then sleep in preparation for tomorrows big day riding!

Sunday

Setting out from the stables you will ride down to the river Poqueira and climb west on little used paths through small terraced farms and wood lands.  A picnic lunch will be served once you reach the ridge at 1,800mts. Here you will see wonderful views of the Mulhacen and the valley. After lunch you will join a small dirt track through oak and pine woods where there will be places for trots and canters.  Tonight the horses will camp out at 1,800 metres and you will drive down to the village of Lanjaron you your second nights stay.

Monday

Today you continue along the dirt tracks maintaining altitude until mid morning when you will drop down to the head of the Lanjaron River offering stunning views.  To cross the river you join the old bridle paths used by the forestry workers and cattlemen.  After lunch there will be more opportunities to canter before starting the descent to the village of Niguelas.  Horses camp out overnight and you stay overnight in the town of La Zubia.

Tuesday

Today's ride takes us through pine woods, streams and pasture.  After a picnic lunch you should expect to be able to enjoy some canters.  Late afternoon will see a descent to a town for your overnight stay.

Wednesday

Riding today follows the contours of the ridge, offering stunning views of the highest peaks in Sierra Nevada.  We ride up to 2,300 metres before enjoying a picnic lunch and descending to 1,900 metres to stay the night in a mountain refuge.

Thursday

Leaving the Refuge below the path heads straight up the side of the mountain to the Puerto de Trevelez, at just over 2,800 meters this is the highest point of the day.  One of the four highest passes in Sierra Nevada, this is where you will drop over to the south face of the mountain range.  A steep and spectacular descent down to River Trevelez awaits, this part of the descent is on foot. Once the path joins the river it levels out and for the most part one can ride.  Tonights stay is in Hotel Fragua in the village of Trevelez. 

Friday

Today you head back to the stables and the village of Bubion.  Following a combination of forestry tracks and small paths we ride through oak and pine woods to the Poqueira valley.  Late lunch is served in the village and the afternoon is free to rest, shop or siesta.  A farwell dinner and you final night is in Casa la Sevillana

Saturday

Transfer to Malaga at designated time.

The total cost for the Marquesado Ride with 7 nights full board and 6 days riding is £1185pp.

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