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Alpujarra Short Trail Riding Break

Explore the ancient bridle paths that traditionally connected village to village, mountain farm to mountain farm and during the Summer led over the high passes to the North. While moving nightly from place to place enables one to discover the charms of the small white-washed mountain villages with their typical Berber architecture.

What's Included:

  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Full board
  • All riding
  • Airport transfers from Malaga

Price: from £1315pp

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Sample Itinerary and prices – scroll down for more details

Day One

Transfer from Malaga airport to the village of Bubion at designated time, aim to arrive no later than 16.00 .

While in Bubion you will be staying in the charming Casa la Sevillana. A comfortable 19th Century town house, 7 bedrooms with private shower-rooms, large patio, sitting room, breakfast room.

Located in the heart of the village within minutes walk from the local restaurants and cafes.

Dinner with the rest of the riders and a briefing on the following days activities.

Day Two

Today we head east to the village of Trevelez, at 1,486 meters (4,876ft) the highest municipality in Spain that is not a ski resort.

During the morning we gradually descend (approx. 350 meters) 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 meter 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.

Overnight and dinner in the comfortable Hotel Fragua situated in the old Berber quarter of Trevelez. Approximately 6 hours of riding.

Use of pool June to September.

Day Three

The route 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 many centuries old bridle path 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. We climb again before stopping for our picnic in the oak woods. After lunch we join 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 dinner in the comfortable Hotel Berchules. Pool June to end September. Approximately 6 hours of riding.

Day Four

Leaving the village of Berchules by one of the old bridle paths we join the main forestry track where during the later part of the morning we can have some good canters and trots. Late morning we will join part of the Sulayr path winding through the pine woods to the ridge of “Lomo de Piedra Ventana”. 

Early afternoon the path leads over the ridge at approx 1,700metres to commence the descent through the pine woods to the village of Trevelez. Picnic lunch in the shade of the woods with wonderful views across the valley to the peak of the Mulhacen (3,486m), to the south the Mediterranean and on a clear day Africa.

After lunch the path gradually descends through pine and oak woods to the village of Trevelez. On the final descent there are sections one must lead the horses.

Overnight and dinner in the comfortable Hotel Fragua. Approximately 5 hours of riding.

Day Five

Returning to Bubion by an alternative route that takes us high into the mountains above Trevelez. The dirt road out of the village lends to some good canters before joining the path leading into the high Sierras. This path climbs steeply through oak woods and open pasture lands to approximately 2,400 metres.

Picnic at 2.400 meters with stunning views over the Mediterranean, the valley of Trevelez and the foothills of the Contraviesa.

During the afternoon we leave the open pasture lands behind and follow the path descending through pine woods to the stables.

Overnight and farewell dinner in Bubion. Approximately 5 hours of riding.

Day Six

Breakfast and depart for Malaga airport. 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 price is £1315 per person in a shared twin / double and includes airport transfers from Malaga, all accommodation, all riding and all meals. If you want a room to yourself the single occupancy is payable in Spain and is 150€ to be paid directly when you arrive.

Alpujarra Short Break minimum group size 3 people.  Surcharge per person of 100€ for small groups of 4 or less on the ride. 5 riders plus no surcharge.

Dates 2024

17-22 March

18-23 April

08-13 June

15-20 June

06-11 July

17-22 Aug

05-10 Oct

09-14 Nov


We arrange collection from Malaga airport once a day. The collection time should be no later than 4pm, and for the return transfer on the day of departure please do not book a flight that would require you to be at Malaga airport any earlier than 10am.

Inexpensive flights are available to Malaga from many airports in the UK if you need help finding flights please call us on 01829 781123.

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  • 5 night stay
  • 30% deposit to book
  • Final balance 8 weeks out
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Optional Extras

  • Airfares
  • Spirits
  • Single Occupancy 150€.