This location for horse riding vacations is unbeatable. As well as beaches our holiday includes superb forest riding. With long wide firebreaks and twisty forest tracks, the park couldn't have been designed better by a horse rider. The going in the forest is excellent and, as the tracks are sandy, it stays excellent whatever the weather.
Each day there are plenty of opportunities for long collected canters along sandy tracks, and exhilarating gallops along firebreaks. In between the fast work we move through the forest on a long rein and at a leisurely pace taking in the peaceful tranquillity of the forest.
A Superb Horse Riding Holiday Location.
The Cadiz coastline, is one of the truly unspoilt areas in Europe, and is an ideal location for a horse riding holiday. Our horse riding holidays are based in the seaside town of Barbate, a modern town of some 20.000 people. Located at the centre of a beautiful nature reserve, this typical Spanish town provides a perfect base for horse riding Holidays. The town has a 2 km long golden sandy beach, ideal for sunbathing after riding. The beach is lined by an idyllic promenade, that has a multitude of ice-cream parlours, bars and restaurants to relax in. Barbate has great shopping and sight seeing with the town having a bus and taxi service. The town is ideal for a vacation at any time of year, and you will be given a friendly welcome by the local people.
Unspoilt Nature Park
The natural park of Barbate consists of spectacular cliffs, beautiful woods of umbrella pines and the marshes of the river Barbate. The park offers stunning views towards the African coastline and also towards cape Trafalgar and it's beaches. Home to teeming colonies of herring gulls and egrets, along with a stunning variety of wildflowers, herbs and palms. The park forms what is considered one of the most diverse and best-preserved parts of the Andalusian coast. Our local knowledge is second to none, with over twenty years of organising horse riding holidays in the area we are able to lead you to really spectacular places.
Superb Horse Riding Vacation.
Our routes follow a multitude of tracks through the Barbate Nature Reserve, which is a huge area ideal for horse riding. The sandy forest floor is an all weather surface that is perfect for long canters. The park is also dissected by long, wide firebreaks ideal for a gallop. The beaches are superb and are every horse riders dream. The shade provided by the forest is perfect for both riders and horses and means that it is never too hot for riding. The quality of our Andalusian horses along with the beauty of the landscape will give you a horse riding holiday that you will always remember.
During summer it is possible to sunbathe almost every day from May through to October. There is virtually no rain with daily highs ranging from 25°C to 35°C and nightly lows about 15°C. Winter is mild with warm days and cooler evenings. The first rains are late September or early October and rarely last more than a day or two. Daily highs range from 15°C to 20°C and nightly lows rarely below 10°C. Optional ExtraA trip to Jerez de la Frontera to see the Royal Spanish riding school is available. After the display there is time to visit the tack shop nearby, go to the Museo del Enganche or even try some sherry tasting. Lunch is taken at a typical Spanish bar in Jerez.
Non riders are welcome, and the area is a good base for non riding vacations. There are many other sports available, such as scuba diving, wind surfing and golf. The local public transport is good and car hire is also available locally. Information can be provided on local places of interest and there is a tourist information office in the town.
8 Day Beach and Forest Holiday
Sunday. The holiday starts at Malaga airport where guests are collected at 14:30 with transfer to Barbate. Dinner is
organised at a restaurant close to the hotel, and before dinner the itinerary for the weeks holiday is discussed.
Monday. Today's ride leads through the beautiful pine forest to the 17th century Mecca tower overlooking cape Trafalgar.
This introductory ride allows guests to get to know their horses, with the faster paces being introduced as guests
Tuesday. The first beach ride that goes to the scene of the famous sea battle where Lord Nelson lost his life at Cape
Trafalgar. We follow the coast to El Palmar spending most of the ride on the beach enjoying canters and gallops.
Wednesday. Today's route takes us to the cliffs overlooking Barbate. The ride has superb views of Barbate, the
surrounding mountains and on a clear day North Africa. This ride includes lots of long gentle canters.
Thursday. A day free from riding. Optional excursions are available if guests want to join, or guests can simple spend the
day relaxing on the beach.
Friday. The second beach ride. This route leads through the pine forest to the beach ‘Hierbabuena’. Plenty of
opportunities to canter, with a memorable beach gallop.
Saturday. On the final day the ride follows roller coasters of sand and allows plenty of opportunity to canter and gallop.
The route joins the cliffs leading to Canos de Meca.
Sunday. Transfer to Malaga leaving Barbate at 07:30 to arrive at Malaga shortly before 10:00.
Important note. This itinerary is a sample itinerary only. The order of the rides may change depending on whether we
have guests arriving with us for a weekend break on the Wednesday, which will then be the non riding day.
5 Day Beach and Forest Holiday
Wednesday. Collection from Malaga airport at 14:30 with transfer to Barbate. Dinner is organised at a restaurant close to
the hotel, and before dinner the itinerary for the weekend break is explained.
Thursday. Forest ride. This ride follows sandy paths through the nature reserve to the 17th century Mecca tower
overlooking cape Trafalgar. This is an introductory ride and allows guests to get to know their horses. The faster paces are
introduced as guests confidence grows.
Friday. Beach ride. This is a beach ride when we ride to the beach Hierbabuena close to Barbate. Riding through the
nature reserve there is plenty of opportunities to canter. Plenty of time is spent on the beach for a gallop and splashing in
Saturday. Forest ride. The final ride goes to the cliffs overlooking Barbate. This ride has superb views of Barbate, the
surrounding mountains and on a clear day North Africa. The ride follows roller coasters of sand and allows plenty of
opportunity to canter and gallop
Sunday. Transfer to Malaga leaving Barbate at 07:30 to arrive at Malaga shortly before 10:00.
Superb 3 star Accommodation
Your accommodation for the week is an important part of a horse riding vacation. We use the luxurious and well appointed 3 star hotel Adiafa in the seaside town of Barbate. The hotel is situated only 50 meters from the beach and is ideal for relaxing after horse riding. Being small and family run the hotel is very friendly and welcoming. All the rooms are spacious twin bedrooms with an on-suite bathroom with bath and shower, with some having a balcony and full sea view. Rooms are allocated that are without a balcony and single bookings will have their own bedroom. There is a supplement that can be paid to upgrade rooms to one with a balcony and full sea view. Air-conditioning, wi-fi internet connection and international digital TV is also provided in the bedrooms.
Your Stay in Barbate.
Barbate is perfect for a horse riding vacation. It is a medium sized town with a busy fishing port and a population of 22,000. The town's beach is a beautiful expanse of golden sand and runs for almost 2 km from the River Barbate to the Marina. It is overlooked by a wonderful promenade which has plenty of lively bars and restaurants in which you will be made more than welcome by the local people. Barbate has a lovely town square that has the town hall and the church at either side.
The Town's Facilities.
As well as being located next to the beach the hotel is right by Barbate's town centre. Ideal for souvenir hunting the town has good shopping facilities. Many shops accept bank cards and there are a number of cash dispensers. There is also a good bus and taxi service if you wish to explore the area after the days horse riding has finished.
Delicious Food and Drink.
The horse riding vacations would not be complete without good food and drink. A continental Breakfast is provided in the hotel's cafeteria. Relaxed Lunches are eaten after the ride in traditional 'tapas' bars. Dinners are taken at a variety of quality restaurants within Barbate. All meals are typical 'Andaluz' with superb meat and fish dishes being served. Vegetarians can be catered for.
Rooms with Balcony and Sea View
Rooms are normally allocated that do not have a balcony and sea view. There is a supplement that can be paid to upgrade rooms to one with a balcony and sea view. The balconies are west facing and catch the setting sun, they are ideal for relaxing on after horse riding.
On our horse riding vacation there is no single room supplement that will be charged to solo travellers. Subject to availability solo travellers will be allocated a twin room to themselves and will not have to share. Solo travellers may pay an optional supplement to upgrade to a twin room with balcony and sea view. On payment of this supplement solo travellers will be guaranteed a room to themselves.
Transfers from Jerez and Gibraltar airports are not included. However we can organise a tailor made horse riding holiday for you using these airports. If this is of interest to you please contact us for a quote.
Horse Riding Holiday prices
Available Dates 2019
From Jan 27 until Apr 21 every Sunday
Apr 28 until June 23 every Sunday
Jul 7 until Aug 25 every Sunday
Sep 1 until Oct 20 every Sunday
Oct 27 until Nov 24 every Sunday
28 Jan - 22 April and 28 Oct - 25 Nov
29 April - 24 June and 2 Sept - 21 Oct
1 July - 26 Aug