Starter trail – for all country riders who want
to start the “trail riding”
Romantic landscape, small White towns and the possibility of a beach ride at the Atlantic
Starting with rides around the ranch through the romantic Andalusia countryside followed by a day at the Atlantic beach if you like so and a four-day tour through mountain villages from the Mediterranean Sea to the mountains. This riding holiday is designed for experienced riders who want to experience trail riding for the first time, but also want the comfort of staying in the same location each night. Before going out on the four-day ride from town to town you will spend a day getting to know your horse and riding in the surrounding countryside. During the trail, each night, the horses are stabled at different places, while you are driven back to La Paz. You have the possibility to book a beach ride at the Atlantic and enjoy sandy beaches and beautiful views over to Africa (not included).
Day 1: Arrival in Malaga and transfer to La Paz
Day 2: After a good breakfast, introduction to the horses and explication of the Spanish riding style. Two rides, one in the morning and one in the afternoon will give you the chance to get used to the horses and way of riding but also to get confidence in the climbing with the horses. Lunch and dinner at the ranch.
Day 3: For a lot of you a ride on the beach is a highlight and today you get the possibility to make it come true.. After breakfast you drive along the Costa del Sol, cross Marbella, Estepona, the historic rock of Gibraltar and by good weather enjoy fantastic
views over the coasts of Africa. You cross Tarifa where the Atlantic invites for rides on the sandy beach and in the shadow of pine trees or opened fields. Except during the summer months you will just cross some local fisher men and cows enjoying the warm sand. You can use the afternoon to enjoy a typical fish restaurant and visit Tarifa, the southernst point of Europe with the option of some wale watching.( not included – rent a car recommended)
Or you use the day for some rides in the surrounds of the ranch or book a riding lesson. Dinner at the ranch.
Day 4: Today is the first day of the four-day trail ride. After breakfast you begin your journey. Under the shadow of pine tree forests you cross the mountains of the Sierra de Mijas to Alhaurin El Grande. You have fantastic views over the busy Costa del Sol and the city of Malaga with its port, the coasts of Africa and as contrast the inland with its hills and small white villages. On the way you have a picnic lunch. Later the horses stay in a coral close to Alhaurin.
For dinner and overnight you drive back to La Paz.
Day 5: Only a few miles from the touristy and fully developed coast time seems to stand still. We ride past small farms where donkeys and mules are still used as a means of transportation. Here we find endless orange and lemon plantations. In spring you can admire the magnificent almond blossoms. Lunch is in a venta, a small, typical restaurant close to the town of Coin, before you ride on towards the Rio Grande, the “big river” which runs water throughout the
year. The horses stay here overnight and you return to La Paz.
Day 6: Andalusia’s inland is romantic and peaceful, the exact contrast of the Coast. The Andalusia people are hospitable and everywhere we receive a warm welcome. We ride along
old cattle drive trails and have a picnic on the way. In the late afternoon you reach one of the typical White Mountain villages – Casarabonela – where the horses stay overnight. You are
again driven back to La Paz for your overnight stay.
Day 7: Today the hills become mountains. Through pine forests you cross the Sierra de Alcaparan and the Sierra de las Aguas on soft, winding forest trails and enjoy great views over green valleys and endless mountains ranges with few scattered villages. At Puerto de Carmen then the horses are loaded in the trailer and all drive back to the ranch.
Day 8: Transfer to the airport in Malaga and departure.
(We reserve the right to change part of the way if local conditions make it necessary)
This program is for experienced riders who want to try the trail riding with the possibility to get used to horses and way of riding on two shorter rides the first day, with a local station to come back every night.
This program can be combined with any program of La Paz.
Minimum of 6 clients to take place.
On arrival and departure is no riding program.
You ride with andalusian mares and geldings in spanish saddles with long stirrups and hackamore on one hand; a very easy and comfortable way of riding for riders and horses. You ride in walk or canter.
We can reserve a beach ride at the Atlantic for you. The price of the ride depends on the riding time. Small groups or singles who are interested in need a rent a car. Big groups can ask to book a transport by us with the bus.
Weight limit 95kg with complete riding clothes
About 4 to 6 hours riding every day.
On the trail you have to walk some parts (comfortable shoes)
Arrival and departure
We offer transfers from and to Malaga airport ( 7.00h-20.00h for Euro 40,- / car and 20.00h-7.00h for Euro 50,- / car)
We recommend a rent a car for more flexibility even for the beach ride as also for a visit some towns or the beach nearby.
8 days / 7 nights in double room, single room with supplement, full board (table wine included), one day with two rides of 2 hours, 4 days of trail, German and English speaking guide, horse with equipment, transfers during the riding trail
Not included: beach day, personal insurence (riding, as all kind of sport activity, is under your own responsability and you should take care to have a valid insurence)
You are safe in the handling of a horse and have the necessary riding experience in outside rides to have your horse in all gates in a group safe under control, you can mount and dismount without help and you are able to stand up in the stirrups during the canters and longer climbing parts in the mountains to help your horse. Some parts you have to walk (comfortable shoes)
Rider: 1.480,- €
supl. single room: 126,- €
Dates Starter trail 2023