- Do you dream of riding beautiful Andalusian horses through breath-taking scenery?
- Would you enjoy improving your riding on well-trained horses that excel in high school dressage?
- Would you like to ride in a country that has over 3000 hours of sunshine every year?
- Do you enjoy sipping wine in the cool of a balmy evening with like-minded company?
If so please read on because Equestrian Escapes might have just the holiday for you
Jerez, the home of Sherry, Flamenco and the Flying Horses –
a perfect destination for your next short break!
The horse has been one of the strongest symbols of Jerez since ancient time Jerez is home to The Royal Riding School, where visitors from all over the world come to watch the breath-taking spectacle, ‘How the Andalusian horses dance.’
Jerez is considered the birthplace of Flamenco Art and has produced some of the world’s best singers, dancers and guitarists.
Experience the passion of Flamenco in one of Jerez’s many tablaos.
Visit the Bodeega Gonzales Byass, founded in 1835 and the birthplace of ‘Tio Pepe’, which was first exported to Great Britain in 1844.
Learn to appreciate and savour the wonderful local wines.
La Yeguada de la Cartuja (The National Stud Farm). Here you will be met by your guide who will explain the history of this extremely important stud. You will see the stallions, mares and foals whose breeding has been selected with painstaking care to preserve the purest of bloodlines in these exceptional examples of Spanish stock.
The mythical city of Seville lies in the heart of Andalucia embracing both shores of the Guadalquivir River. Without a doubt, it is one of the most important historic centres of Europe and is home to a host of timeless monuments including the Giralda Tower, the magnificent Gothic Cathedral and the Palacio del Alcazar. Its cultural treasures include la Torre del Oro (formerly an Arabic defensive structure, later a warehouse used to store the gold that was arriving from the Americas. Seville is a wonderful city both by day and by night. The best way to orientate yourself is by taking a ride in one of the horse drawn carriages that can be found conveniently located around the city. The Spanish eat late, so no matter what time you arrive you will be able to enjoy tapas and wine in the city centre bars and restaurants.
Riding on the beaches in Southern Spain is largely prohibited due to tourism. However, close to Gibraltar on the west coast, close to Tarifa, beach riding is allowed. This area of the coast is known by the Spanish as La Costa de la Luz (coast of light) and as you gaze out on your surroundings you will quickly understand why, as the light in this region has a quality all of its own. The sand on the beaches on this western coast of Spain is finer and a more golden colour than the Costa del Sol, even better for riding on! This beach is part of a nature reserve and many migrating birds use it as a stop over before they fly to Africa.