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Trail Ride in Sierra Nevadas

We have three spectacular trail rides to choose from 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

02-09 May
16-23 May
24-31 May
27 June - 4 July
25 July - 1 Aug
08-15 Aug
22-29 Aug
05-12 Sep

Single room supplement €155 to be paid for on-site

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

04-11 June
14-21 June

Single room supplement €175 to be paid for on-site

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

14-21 March
22-29 March
18-25 April
19-26 Sep
03-10 Oct
17-24 Oct
31 Oct - 07 Nov

Single room supplement €155 to be paid for on-site

The Alpujarra Mountain Trail

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

Today we head east to the village of Trevelez. This morning we gradually descend (approx. 350 metres) on forestry tracks and bridle paths. The route passes through orchards and small terraces as it skirts the villages of Capilerilla, Pitres and Portugos. There are a few sections where it is necessary to lead the horses on some of the steeper descents. Leaving the village of Portugos below we start the 600 metre climb to our picnic spot in the shade of the pinewoods. After lunch we join the main forestry track to Trevelez, this track maintains pretty much the same altitude as it winds its way through woodlands and small mountain farms. There are some good opportunities for nice canters. At the end of the day approximately a 15 minute walk down an old stone path into the village. Over night and dinner will be in the comfortable Hotel Fragua situated in the old Berber quarter of Trevelez. Use of pool June to September.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

Berchules takes its name from the old Spanish word ´Berchel´ meaning literally ´mountain garden´. During the morning we take the ancient Moorish bridle path, once the main trade route over the mountains to Granada. As the path passes through terraced orchards and fields, high above the cause of the river, it is easy to see how the area came by its name.

Leaving the path we stop for a picnic lunch in the shade of the pine woods. After lunch we join the main forestry track built in the early 1900s to improving access for farming and reforestation in the area. There are plenty of opportunities for trots and canters today. We spend a second night in the village of Berchules.

Day 6

Today we head back to the village of Trevelez. Leaving the village of Berchules below we have a steep climb to approximately 2,400 metres. During the morning the route follows dirt tracks through farm and pasture lands up to the tree line; there are some opportunities for canters. A picnic lunch will be served on the edge of the pine woods with wonderful views over the valley of Trevelez, the sea to the south and the Mulhcen (the highest mountain on the mainland). During the afternoon we descend on the bridle path through the woods to the village of Trevelez.

Overnight and dinner will be in the comfortable Hotel Fragua. There is a swimming pool June to late September.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

Today the path takes us south east to the village of Trevelez. During the morning we gradually descend (approx. 350 metres) on forestry tracks and bridle paths. The path passes through orchards and small terraces as it skirts the villages of Capilerilla, Pitres and Portugos. There are a few sections where it is necessary to lead the horses on some of the steeper descents. Leaving the village of Portugos below we start the 600 metre climb to our picnic spot in the shade of the pine woods. After lunch we join the main forestry track to Trevelez, this track maintains pretty much the same altitude as it winds its way through woodlands and small mountain farms. There are some good opportunities for nice canters. At the end of the day approximately a 15 minute walk down an old stone path into the village. Over night and dinner in the comfortable Hotel Fragua situated in the old Berber quarter of Trevelez. Use of pool June to September.

Day 4

The route today continues east to the village of Berchules. After a 10 minute walk through the streets of Trevelez we water the horses at one of the many springs, mount up and head down to the river. Once across the river the bridle path, many centuries old, follows first the Moorish irrigation channel and then works its way up through evergreen Holm oak and pine forests to the open pasture lands of the Sierra of Juviles.

Descending across the open hillside we have great views towards the coast of Almeria and the Contraviesa mountains. Climbing again we stop for our picnic in the oak woods before joining a dirt track leading us to the village of Berchules.

The final descent into the village is on foot followed by a 15 minute walk through the streets to the stables and our hotel.

Overnight and diner in the comfortable Hotel Berchules. Pool June to end September.

Day 5

Today the ride passes through very different and rapidly changing terrain. The morning starts with approximately a 15 walk down to the riverbed where we will mount up and ride through small cultivated terraces and orchards to the tiny village of Narila. After a steep climb out of the village the terrain becomes much more arid and eroded, the green cultivations giving way to wild rosemary and thyme, almonds and fig trees.

10 minutes on a little transited secondary road will take us to the village of Golgo where we will join the path leading us to the bottom of the valley. After an early lunch by the stream in the shade of tall poplar trees the path climbs steeply through the deeply eroded hills to join a dirt track which will take us down to the valley of Yator.

Late afternoon we join one of the dry river beds which offers opportunities for some great canters and short gallops. The end of the day we cross and recross the river of Cadiar passing through orchards and small holdings to reach the charming hotel Morayma. This hotel is beautifully situated amongst the almond orchards overlooking the river valley. Pool May to late September.

Day 6

We will spend a second night in the hotel Morayma. Today is a short ride, approximately 3 hours with an early picnic lunch before returning to pass a relaxing afternoon at the hotel. 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. Marvelous views across the whole of Sierra Nevada to the north and the Mediterranean to the south.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

Transfer back 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.

Day 1

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!

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

Day 6

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. 

Day 7

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

Day 8

Transfer to Malaga at designated time.

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