Collection from the airport at Gibraltar or Malaga airports. If flying to Gibraltar your flight should arrive before 1:30pm, for Malaga it should be before 12:30. From the airport, you are driven to Los Alamos. When you arrive you have time to unpack and freshen up before a light Spanish style lunch. Later on you will meet the horses and have dinner at the villa.
After breakfast at the villa, meet at the stables and be introduced to your horse, before setting off into the forest for your first ride. Today is a fairly quiet ride giving rider and horse the opportunity to get to know one another. Wind along old drovers’ tracks, through the heart of the National Park. Visit a local bar for lunch, then continue riding, arriving back at Los Alamos mid-afternoon. On arrival you untack your horse which will then be washed off and given some lunch. The rest of the afternoon is for you to relax before meeting for dinner at 8:00pm.
This will usually be your first visit to the beach with your horse. Ride through the edge of the forest down on to the beaches of Cape Trafalgar and El Palmar. There will usually be the opportunity to experience some faster riding, but please note that a beach canter is not always possible as it is dependent on the tide conditions. Heading away from the beach you cross into unspoilt countryside, following drovers’ trails that have been used for hundreds of years. Stop for lunch at a local village bar or picnic in the forest. Then twist and wind back through the forest, arriving back home mid afternoon. After the horses have been cared for you have the rest of the day to relax before dinner.
Head off into the forest over to the Moorish look-out tower of “El Tajo” which incorporates the fantastic cliff views of Africa. Today may give you a chance to really open up with long controlled canters and some faster riding. Have lunch out in the forest at an old Spanish taverna serving local cuisine. After lunch the ride winds out into the countryside, between hedgerows covered in flowers and over undulating hills. Arrive back at base at approximately 3.30 pm and have the rest of the afternoon at leisure.
Today the horses have a rest day and you drive to Jerez to visit the Royal School of Equestrian Art where you will see a display of “Dancing Andalucian Horses”, along with Carriage Driving. Depart from Los Alamos at c. 8:30am and have breakfast at a café in Jerez. During the morning you can visit a nearby tack shop and wander around the School’s carriage museum and stables, before taking your seats for the start of the show at around midday. Afterwards have lunch in a local Tapas bar and sample the famous local sherry. Return to Los Alamos in the afternoon. Please note that should you decide not to visit Jerez, there is no organized alternative activity. You may wish to relax at the villa, have a swim in the pool or take a walk in the Natural Park. There will be food in the fridge at the villa from which to make your own lunch.
Today’s ride takes you back down to the beach. Ride along quiet tracks passing cattle farms and a hermitage first built in 700 A D. On reaching the beach, traverse your way through the sand dunes with views out over the ocean. Stop at a beach bar for lunch. It is a pretty ride back through the umbrella pines, with the sounds of cowbells and the intoxicating scent of French lavender never far away. Once again the rest of the afternoon is for you to siesta or just relax by the pool, before meeting up in the evening for dinner.
Your last day’s riding! First ride through the forest towards the port of Barbate. Ride along the old Roman road that takes you up to the impressive cliffs, Torre del Tajo and Los Caños de Meca. Stop at the highest point for a chance to take in views of the African coast (on a clear day!). Rest in the shade of the forest then mount your horses once more for a firebreak ride. After about an hour you will call in at a local bar for a light Spanish lunch and glass of sherry and then head off for one last burst of speed at the edge of the forest. After saying a final farewell to your horse you have the afternoon to relax. Meet again at around 8.00pm for a farewell dinner with new found friends.
After breakfast say your goodbyes and transfer as a group back to the airport to catch your flight home. Please note that we drop off at Malaga airport 2 hours before the first flight out. As all guests can book different times we can not guarantee what time that would be. On average we leave Los Alamos at approximately 7.30am