enjoy Andalusia – from the sandy beach to the mountains – in the saddle and visit the famous FERIA DEL CABALLO in Jerez
09.05.2020 – 16.05.2020
Jerez – well-known for horses and Sherry – is Spain’s capital for horse breeding and a “pilgrim destination” for horse-lovers from all over the world who meet here each year at the ‘Feria del Caballo’ (= horse festival). It started in the year 1284 as a livestock market and has developed into a show of the most beautiful horses in Spain. On the premises of the state-owned “stallion depot”, one show follows another; nobles and VIP’s on two and four legs parade past until early morning.
Day 1: Arrival in Malaga and overnight at Rancho La Paz.
Day 2: After breakfast transfer to Zahara de los Atunes along the cost ( aprox. 2,5hours ). Here you’ll set off on your first beach ride to Barbate. Right after leaving the town, the beach is deserted and, except during the summer months, only used by the local fishers. As this stretch of the coast is under the supervision of the military, no hotels have been built, and the firm sand gives you the opportunity to get used to your horse in walk and canter. Nearby Barbate, crossing the pine forest above the steep coast of Cap Trafalgar you have a picnic. At this historic place with its old lighthouse you can see as far as Morocco. The horses stay in Caños de Meca, the riders drive back to the hotel at the Atlantic beach. Before or after dinner you may like to swim in the ocean or in the pool of the hotel.
Day 3: Along sandy trails you’ll ride back to the beach where you will enjoy more canters. Only towards the end of this morning you’ll reach the busier parts of the coast. You’ll be pleased to stop at a beach-bar for refreshments. For lunch you’ll turn inland to meet the support vehicle. Leaving the coastal pine forests behind, you’ll cross a stretch of fertile land with sugar beet, cotton and bean fields before reaching the first meadows of Andalusia. The support vehicle awaits you with the picnic and refreshments. Ride on along Andalusia’s meadows. The horses stay in the little farming village Los Naveros, the riders drive back to Zahara.
Day 4: Leaving Los Naveros, you’ll ride to Paterna along old livestock trails, the “vereas”, which are still running through all of Spain, and across meadows of cows and fighting bulls. Lunch stop in a “venta”. There are no asphalt roads between meadows and fields, giving you the opportunity to canter again and again. Enjoy the view over the wide open landscape. Keeping a respectful distance you’ll ride around herds of fighting bulls and wild cows. The horses stay in Paterna, the riders drive to Alcala de los Gazules. The central Village Square is the heart of the village life where people meet – especially late at night after dinner. Bordered by half a dozen of pubs and in safe distance from the church, every villager walks across the square at least once a day. Virtually undiscovered by tourism, Alcala is one of the few remaining typical Andalusian villages. There is even a saddler here that you might like to check out.
Day 5: Enjoy being part of the famous horse festival – have a sherry and some typical tapas at the feria while hundreds of horses and well dressed riders and splendid carriages move around. Directly next to the feria you find the “deposit of stallions from the Spanish military” where a lot of activities and presentations of the Spanish Horses are shown. In hundreds of “casetas” you find a lot of famous flamenco dancers and singers at the feria ground celebrating during the whole week. In the afternoon you drive back to Alcala.
Day 6: From Paterna you cross the opened land coming through the big groups of “retintas” the big red Andalusia cows. In this area you find a great affection of the hunting with Galgos – Spanish hunting dogs and the horses on the fields. And you cross over the finca from Domeq with the famous black brave bulls. You have lunch near Santuario de Nuestra Señora de los Santos – a small church where the whole town of Alcala comes together for their festivals. The horses stay in Patrite and you drive back to Alcala.
Day 7: Until today you have probably been amazed by the endurance and smooth canter of your Andalusian horse. Now you can admire how surefooted they are when climbing the mountains of the National Park Alcornocales. Only by special permission are we able to enter this protected nature reserve once owned by old Andalusian nobility. These mountains are covered with cork oaks and other deciduous trees and keep the natural waters all year round, even in the summer. Rare plants, such as orchids, grow in the shade of the trees. Although this mountain range is only 1,600 ft high, it offers spectacular views over the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic. After picnic you will get to a big reservoir where the horses and you start your way back to Rancho la Paz where you will stay the last night.
Day 8: After breakfast transfer to Malaga airport.
(Subject to modifications)
The riding tour starts at the Atlantic beach in Zahara de los Atunes and passes through the typical Andalusian landscape with its meadows and olive groves to end up in the mountains of Alcala.
On one day you visit of the Feria Jerez with all the activities you have around the Spanish horses, Spanish live style – flamenco, sevillanas and sherry
This is a special trail we offer every year to give you the possibility to take part of a very typical Spanish horse festival.
This program is for experienced riders.
This program can be combined with any program of La Paz.
This is the estimated program of the trail, changes are not excluded.
Arrival and departure
With your booking you have transfers at given times from and to Malaga airport included. Special transfers (Euro 30,-) can be booked extra and give you more flexibility with your flight booking.
8 days / 7 nights in double room, single room with supplement, full board ( table wine included), lunch as picnic, 5 riding days, German and English speaking guide, horse with equipment, transfers from and to Malaga airport at given times and during the trail from hotel to horses
not included: meals and drinks at the Feria
Minimum of 4 clients to take place ( the trail).
On arrival and departure is no riding program.
You should have good riding experience in the open country and be able to have a horse under control in the canters, be able to stand in the stirrups even during the canters, as climbing in the mountains. You should be able to get on and off the horse without help.
You are riding on your own risk – please take care of a complete foreign insurance cover.
Weight limit 95kg
About 5 to 6 hours riding every day.:
Have in mind our special offers for the Andalusia trails:
As new client we offer you a gratis day before the trail to get used to riding style and horses.
If you have been at any program of La Paz before you get 10% of the trail price.
Please note on the booking
Rider: 1.350,- €
Non-Rider: 700,- €
Single room supplement: 175,- €
Dates Feria – Trail 2020
|No season||free places|
|09/05/20 – 16/05/20||7|