Fly into Seville and head to Donana National Park (1 hour drive / €65) where you will be staying in our charming rural country house retreat set in it’s own olive groves, surrounded by orange, lemon and almond plantations. The Hacienda also has a custom built equestrian yard and facilities with Pure bred Spanish classical dressage horses. Fresh home cooked Spanish cuisine is served by the pool in the private gardens or in the typical Andalucian dining room, accompanied by local wines or beer. A maximum of eight guests are welcomed at any one time. You can hire a car from the airport or we can offer a transfer for €65. All the food is prepared at the Hacienda by the resident cook.
The infinite virginal beaches of Donana, the spectacular dune system and the vast Mediterranean forest provide the diversity of ecosystem that makes this area one of the most popular in Europe for bird watching. The spectacular beauty of these lands are protected by the government and are the last refuge of the Iberic Lynx and the Spanish Imperial Eagle.
After breakfast in the hacienda you will be riding in The Donana National Park. The marked seasonality of the Mediterranean weather of this region is the key to understanding the diversity of its flora and fauna. In Donana there are four distinct seasons each bringing its own subtle changes, not only to the animal and bird life but also to the light that you will experience. As you gaze out on your surroundings you will quickly understand why the Spanish call this area La Costa de la Luz or The Coast of Light.
The horses used for hacks are cross bred Andalusians, of varying sizes. They are sure
footed, safe and forward going, good natured with kind, gentle temperaments. Riders may
choose both English or Spanish saddles and bridles. Your horses are prepared for you
and untacked for you at the end of the ride, although you may help if you wish. Please
note that the weight limit is 90 kgs and the minimum number of riders is 2, maximum 8 to
ensure personal attention to each guest.
Today is your second day of riding in the Donana National Park. You will be hacking around the forests and tracks of the local area giving you the opportunity to see local flora and fauna, rabbits, red squirrels, multitude of birds and birds of prey, colourful and fragrant flora including rosemary, wild mushrooms, vast variety of wild flowers and aromatic herbs. Rides also pass large plantations of almond, orange, peach or lemon trees (depending on the time of year). Many hacks follow ancient drovers routes used to drive animals as far as Madrid.
If your visit coincides with the autumn or winter months you will be able to enjoy the site of thousands of birds who migrate here to enjoy the mild weather conditions, feeding in the surrounding wetlands. In the spring and summer you can paddle in the ocean whilst appreciating the cooling sea breezes and the sound of the waves gently breaking around your horse’s hooves.
For all our rides you should be fit enough to ride up to five hours daily and safely be able to walk, trot and canter in the open countryside. The horses are calm and well schooled, sure footed and confident in the terrain you will encounter. There are not a lot of steep slopes to negotiate and most rides have sandy tracks underfoot.
You will have an early morning departure for your picnic ride today through the local forests to the famous river of “El Quema” where pilgrims cross each year on their way to El Rocio and people can still be baptized. Beside the river a statue of the Virgin of El Rocio can be seen.
This afternoon you will be travelling to Seville by either hire car or taxi transfer. You will arrive at your 3* hotel which is centrally located in this historic city, surrounded by shops, tapas bars and restaurants. Seville lies on the banks of the Guadalquivir River and is one of the largest historic centres in Europe. This afternoon you are free to explore the city at your own pace.
This morning after breakfast in your hotel you will be met by our English speaking Spanish tour guide for a private horse drawn carriage ride and tour of the historic centre affording you the opportunity to visit the well known tourist sites such as The Minaret of la Giralda and The Alcazar Palace.
Today is your final day. If you are flying back from Seville then you can either return your hire car or easily get a taxi to the airport (approximately 15 minutes).
Optional 2 night add on in Jerez:
You will travelling to Jerez de la Frontera (1.5hr drive / 1hr train journey) where you will be staying in a lovely 3* hotel located in the old town. Jerez has earned international recognition thanks to its wine and sherry production. However Jerez is also home to The Royal Riding School. Jerez is seeped in equestrian heritage and culture. During this optional 2 night add on in Jerez you will be visiting The Royal Riding School of Jerez where you will be watching the wonderful performance: ‘How the Andalucian horses dance.’ We can arrange for yo to ride with our expert horseman in the Vineyards of Jerez on beautifully trained Andalucian horses. This afternoon you will be riding with our expert horseman where you can choose between a lesson or a hack out around the privately owned hacienda. The riding centre is located a 15 minute taxi ride outside of Jerez.
This morning after breakfast in the hotel you will be visiting one of Jerez’s famous bodegas. The most well known bodega in town is Gonzales Byass Bodega, founded in 1835 and the birthplace of ‘Tio Pepe,’ which was first exported to Great Britain in 1844. Today, the impressive visitor centre sets you on a course of discovery as you learn to appreciate and savour the wonderful local wines. Both the Royal Riding School and the Bodega are within walking distance of the hotel. This afternoon we can offer you one more ride with our trainer, again choose from a hack or a lesson depending on your riding ability.
This morning before checking out of your accommodation in Jerez there should be time for some last minute souvenir shopping in Jerez. You can fly home from Jerez, Seville or Faro Airport.
Cost per person in shared twin/double bedroom:
Donana & Seville:
£935pp low season November – February (inclusive)
£975pp mid season March except for Easter week, July and August
£995pp high season April, May, June, September, October
All of our horse riding holidays in Andalucia are flexible. We can organise more riding for you if you would like, please just ask us. We can also organise additional visits and extra nights if you would like. For more riding holidays please click here.
We inspect all the horses in our horse riding holidays to ensure the best quality holiday for you.