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CodeSHR200813
ProvinceGranada
CityBubion
AirportMalaga, Granada
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Trail riding in the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras

  • contraviesa
  • marquesado
  • marquesado
  • Alpujarras
  • Alpujarras
  • Alpujarras
  • Alpujarras
  • Alpujarras
  • contraviesa
  • contraviesa
  • contraviesa
  • marquesado

Trail riding in the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras.

With its rich variety of landscapes and consistently beautiful scenery, La Alpujarra, situated on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, offers some of the best horse riding countryside in Europe.

Here you can get expertly led, complete one-week horse riding holidays, designed to explore as much as possible of these unique and captivating lands. All the rides are accompanied by the owner. She is the ideal person to select the horses for each participant, and to give advice or assistance whenever required.

La Alpujarra Ride. The Alpujarra is the name given to the South of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. A region of much botanical and geological importance, it is an area with a rich cultural and historical heritage. We follow ancient bridlepaths and valleys where the horse, mule or oxen still pull the plow and thresh the harvest. Each day of the ride we pass through different terrain; from mountain pastures and pine forests to almond and olive groves. Here is an opportunity not only to discover spectacular landscapes and sceneries, but also a culture where tradition remains very much part of everyday life. The average riding time per day is between five and six hours. On some days there are plenty of opportunites to trot and canter, other days it is mainly walking (due to the rough terrain). No matter what pace it is a beautiful ride.

El Marquesado Ride. This ride circles the Sierra Nevada mountain range following some of the highest bridle paths on the Spanish Peninsula at an altitude of 1,600 to over 3,000 meters. Accessible only by horse or foot we will be riding through some of the most spectacular, varied and often demanding terrain in Sierra Nevada and El Marquesado.
Following a combination of forestry tracks, bridle paths, old droving routes and Moorish irrigation channels we will cover approximately 30 to 40 kilometers per day. Riding for between 7 to 9 hours per day.
During the ride one night is spend in a high mountain refuge, the other 6 nights in comfortable village hotels (3 with pools). Each day there will be sections where it is necessary to lead your horses due to very steep and rough terrain. On 2 days there are downhill walks on foot of up to an hour and a half.

La Contraviesa Ride. The Contraviesa mountain range lies between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the Mediterranean sea. Due to the proximity of the coast the climate during the spring and late autumn is very mild, rarely dropping below 15 C and during May reaching the mid 20C. The main industry of the area is the cultivation of almonds, figs and vineyards. Little has changed here over the centuries; on many small holdings the mule and ox still pull the plow and the horse and mule still provide the transport.
On the Contraviesa and the lower slopes of the Alpujarra spring can start as early as February with the wild flowers blooming right through to May. The early winter months are another lovely time to visit this area and are rarely cold. This ride offers an extraordinary range of scenery, vegetation and climate. We follow old Roman and Moorish bridle paths, dirt tracks and dried-up riverbeds. Here you can literally ride from winter to spring and spring to summer and back again in a week. The pace of the ride is determined by the terrain: on days 3 and 7 the paths are very narrow and there is a lot of climbing, on the other days there are opportunities to trot and canter. Where the paths are steep is is necessary to dismount and lead the horses.

La Alpujarra Ride Itinerary

Day 1
Those of you who have arranged to be collected from Malaga airport will be pickup at prearranged time and driven to the village of Bubion. While in Bubion you will be staying in the comfortable Casa La Sevillana.Your host will meet you at 8.30pm and take you for dinner in one of the local restaurants, within easy walking distance of your accommodation.

Day 2
Approximately 6 hours riding.

After breakfast you will be collected and driven to the stables situated 5 kilometres from the village of Bubion 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 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 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
Approximately 6 hours

Today we head east to the village of Trevelez, at 1,486 metres the highest municipality in Spain that is not a ski resort. 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 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 in the comfortable Hotel Fragua situated in the old Berber quarter of Trevelez. Use of pool June to September.

Day 4
Approximately 6 hours riding

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 path, many centries old, follows first the Moorish irrigation channel and then works its way through oak and pine forests to the open pasturelands of the Sierra of Juviles. Here we have two options, depending on the weather we continue to climb and picnic at about 2,300 metres or start a gentler descent and pinic in the oak woods above the village of Juviles. Both lovely rides with stunning views. Both slow as we are mostly climbing on mountain paths. On both options the final descent into the village of Berchules is on foot about 30 minutes walk.

Overnight and dinner in the very comfortable Hotel Berchules, Pool available June to late September.

Day 5
Approximately 7 hours

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. Opportunities for trots and canters. We spend a second night in the village of Berchules.

Day 6
Approximately 5 hours.

To-day 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. Some canters. Picnic lunch on the edge of the pine woods with wonderful views over the valley of Trevelez, the sea to the south and the Mulhcen 3486 mts.(the highest mountain on the mainland) to the north. During the afternoon we descend on the bridle path through the woods to the village of Trevelez. There are some places one needs to lead the horses for short periods.

Overnight and dinner in the comfortable Hotel Fragua, Pool June to late September.

Day 7 
Approximately 3 to 4 hours.

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 some good opportunities for canters.

Late lunch in the village of Capileira or Bubion. Afternoon free for some last minute shopping and a well deserved siesta. Overnight in the village of Bubion and farewell dinner.

Day 8
Transfer to Malaga.

El Marquesado Ride Itinerary

Day 1

Those of you who have arranged to be collected from Malaga airport will be pickup at prearranged time and driven to the village of Bubion.  While in Bubion you will be staying in the comfortable Casa La Sevillana.  Your host will meet you at 8.30pm and take you for dinner in one of the local restaurants, within easy walking distance of your accommodation.

Day 2
Approximately 8 hours.

Setting out from the stables we cross the River Poqueira and climb steeply west on little used paths through small terraced farms and wood lands. Wonderfull views of the Mulhacen and the 3 villages of the Poqueira valley. The first part of the afternoon follows an ancient irrigation channel through oak woods to join one of the forestry tracks where we stop for a picnic lunch. After lunch this track leads high into the valley of Lanjaron, where it joins a narrow path leading down and across the river Lanjaron. Horses camp out at about 1,800 mts. and riders transfer by vehicle to the village of Lanjaron (approx. 1 hours drive). Overnight in comfortable 3 star hotel with pool and air conditioning.

Day 3
Approximately 9 hours.

Continuing west we start the morning with a steep climb to the ridge of El Caballo at approx, 2,500mts. From here we descend cross country on foot and horseback to the head of the river Niguelas where we join a dirt track leading to the source of River Durcal. In the River Durcal we join an old droving route which we follow for the rest of the afternoon. For the first 20 minutes there is a steep climb on foot, the rest of the afternoon we ride until a final descent of approx 30 minutes. During the course of the day the landscape changes dramatically and there are amazing views. Horses camp out and riders are driven to the town of La Zubia on the edge of Granada. 30 minute drive. Overnight in comfortable hotel.

Day 4
Approximately 7 hours.

Heading North to the town of Güéjar Sierra, the path takes us through a wide variety of terrain ,pine woods, high summer pasture, oak woods and snow fed streams. After a picnic lunch we join a dirt road where it is possible for some canters. Late afternoon we have a 6 km. descent on a secondary road to the town. Overnight hotel with pool.

Day 5
Approx 8 hours

Leaving the town way below we climb during the day to 2,300 mts. The path follows the contours of the ridge offering spectacular views to our right of the highest peaks in Sierra Nevada and to the left the plains of Guadix and Zenet del Marquesado. After a picnic by one of the mountain springs the path descends through pasture lands and pine woods to the Mountain refuge of Postero Alto at 1,900 mts. Here we share rooms, you need a sleeping bag or sheets, the refuge provides blankets. Dinner is basic and plentiful.

Day 6
Approx 9 hours

Following the foot and bridle path across the open mountain side, we climb to 3,000 mts. From where the descent starts to the valley of Trevelez on the southern side of Sierra Nevada. Spectacular views of the Mulhacen and the Alcazaba, 2 of the highest peaks. Overnight in the village of Trevelez.

Day 7
Approximately 3 to 4 hours.

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 some good opportunities for canters.

Late lunch in the village of Capileira or Bubion. Afternoon free for some last minute shopping and a well deserved siesta. Overnight in the village of Bubion and farewell dinner.

Day 8
Transfer to Malaga.

 

La Contraviesa Ride Itinerary

Day 1
Those of you who have arranged to be collected from Malaga airport will be pickup at prearranged time and driven to the village of Bubion. While in Bubion you will be staying in the comfortable Casa La Sevillana. Your host will meet you at 8.30pm and take you for dinner in one of the local restaurants, within easy walking distance of your accommodation.

Day 2
Approximately 6 hours

After breakfast you will be collected and driven to the stables situated 5 kilometres from the village of Bubion 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 pine woods 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 pasture lands to meet the main forestry track leading back to the stables.

Overnight in the Casa Sevillana Bubion, Set dinner in one of the local restaurants.

Day 3
Approximately 6 hours

Today we head east to the village of Trevelez, at 1,486 metres the highest municipality in Spain that is not a ski resort. 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
Approx. 6 hours

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 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
Approximately 6 to 7 hours.

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
Approximately 8 hours

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 to Malaga.

No Stationairy programm.

The horses

Andalucian and Andalucian Arab or Sport horse crosses, ranging from 15 to 16 hands. Some of the horses are home bred, others came as youngsters, most of them stay with us for life. Nearly all the horses have been backed and schooled by the owner a professional dressage trainer, most of the horses have a basic training in classical dressage.

They have been carefully selected for their good natures (a trait of the Spanish horse) and endurance. The horses are fit, happy and strong, they enjoy their work and are a pleasure to ride. These are not the average riding school or trail horse, but well bred and schooled horses, responsive and fun to ride. One of the most frequent comments from riders is that the quality and schooling of the horses far exceeded their highest expectations.

They lead a happy and healthy life, working hard when needed and free to be horses in a herd when not working. Mostly they work one week on, one week off. As a result they are not sour, enjoy their work and being with people.

There are a selection of horses to suit different riding levels and great care is taken in the selection of horses according to the riding abilities and preferences of each individual. We keep about 22 horses and each one has its own personality, each special in its own way. Knowing very well their different characters is essential in matching horse to rider.

 

Small family-run hotels offering twin-bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
The accommodation is comfortable, very clean and pleasant. Every effort is made to use the best accommodation available; most of the hotels are small with no more than 12 or 16 rooms. There are no porter services available, and most of the rooms are on the first or second floor.
The food is fresh local produce; the area is famous for its air-cured hams, cheese and trout. A special effort is made to enable the visitor to sample the different local dishes, ordering what each place cooks best. Some days, lunch will be in a small village, on others we will take a picnic. Please specify if you have any special dietary requirements.

2019 Ride Dates

Rides in Chronological Order

Dates 2019 Ride Price S/Sup
09 – 14 March (Sat- Thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
16 – 21 March (Sat-Thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
23 – 30 March (Sat-Sat) Contraviesa Coastal 1,395.00€ 175 €
06 – 11 April (Sat – Thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
11 – 15 April (Thur-Mon) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75 €
27 April – 04 May (Sat- Sat) La Alpujarra 1,395.00€ 175 €
04 – 08 May (Sat-Wed) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75 €
11th - 18th May La Alpujarra 1,395.00€ 175 €
18th – 23rd May (Sat-Thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
25th May – 01st June (Sat-Sat) La Buena Vista 1,470.00€ 175 €
08th - 15th June El Marquesado 1,550.00€ 175 €
22nd - 29th June La Buena Vista 1,470.00€ 175 €
06th - 13th July La Buena Vista 1,470.00€ 175 €
13 – 18 July (Sat-Thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
20 – 24 July (Sat-Wed) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75 €
27 July – 01 Aug (Sat-Thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
01 - 05 Aug (Thur-Mon) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75€
10 – 14 Aug (Sat-Wed) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75€
17 – 24 Aug (Sat – Sat) La Alpujarra 1,395.00€ 100€
25 – 29 Aug (Sun-Thur) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75 €
31 Aug – 04 Sept (Sat-Wed) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75€
07 – 12 Sept (Sat-Thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
14 – 21 Sept (Sat-Sat) La Alpujarra 1,395.00€ 175 €
21 – 25 Sept (Sat-Sat) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75 €
28 Sept- 05 Oct (Sat-Sat) Contraviesa Coastal 1,395.00€ 175€
12 – 19 Oct (Sat-Sat) Contraviesa Coastal 1,395.00€ 175 €
19 – 24 Oct (sat -thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
26 Oct- 02 Nov (Sat-Sat) Contraviesa Coastal 1,395.00€ 175 €
09 – 13 Nov (Sat-Thur) Poqueira / Sulayr 575 - 675€ 75€

14 – 19 Nov (Thur-Tue)

Al Andaluz 985€ 100€
23 – 28 Nov (Sat-Thur) Al Andaluz 985€ 100€

 

Clients for the week rides will be collected from Malaga airport on the day the trek commences. The collection will be no later that 4pm. Clients will be transferred to Malaga airport on the day of departure, the return transfer will leave Bubion no earlier than 7am. The transfer time is approximately two and a half hours from Bubion. Granada airport is a one and a half hour drive from Bubion and private transfers can be arranged on request at extra cost.