Alpujarra Horse Trek

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You will follow old Moorish mule paths and valleys where the horse, mule and oxen still pull the plough and harvest the land. Each day of the ride you will pass through different terrain; from beautiful mountain pastures to pine forest, almond and olive groves. Here is an opportunity not only to discover spectacular landscapes and inspiring scenery, but also to experience a culture where tradition remains very much part of everyday life.

There are plenty of opportunities to canter or gallop, but occasionally, you will have to lead your horse downhill when the terrain is steep.

Example itinerary

Day 1: You will transfer from Málaga or Granada airport (cost not included) to the tiny spa town of Lanjarón, ‘the gateway to the Alpujarras’. A delicious dinner will be prepared using fresh local ingredients at a local farmhouse or a popular, local village hotel. Your first night will be spent there.

Day 2: You will go up to the ranch to meet your horse & guide, then begin by heading north up above the Lanjarón River gorge. You will then ride through the ancient oak forests towards the summit of the Pico del Caballo, reaching over 2000 metres of altitude, before dropping through the logging trails of the pine forests to Puente Palo. A picnic lunch will then be enjoyed in the pine forest, before riding east to an idyllic location high on the slopes of the Poqueria valley, where you will spend a relaxing night in the beautiful mountain cottages. Views extend across the Poqueria valley to the white washed mountain villages of Capileira, Bubion and Pampaniera.

Just another stunning view

Day 3: Today you will head north following the Poqueria valley with the picturesque town of Capilera to your east. This is one of the highest towns in Spain. You will trek towards Mulhacén which has the loftiest and most majestic peak on the mainland. With the snowy backdrop, this valley is truly stunning. Crossing mountain pasture land on a little known old Moorish bridlepath, you will head up through the pine trees to Refugio Piuca. You will follow the wide forest logging track that takes you to the mountain cottages and a good night’s rest.

Day 4: Today you will head south down past goat farms and vineyards, passing the Ermita de Padre Eterno and maybe stopping for refreshments in the local Spanish bar, Los Llanos. You will ride past the tiny Ermita de Virgen Fatima, through the olive groves of Padre Eterno for a picnic lunch and then on to the river bed to follow the river towards the farmhouse accommodation for a delicious, well deserved dinner.

Day 5: Today, you head through Órgiva town and above to the Mirador sobre el Cementario de Órgiva (Órgiva view point) before riding on to the ruta Olivos Centenarios (the Route of the Century Old Olives). Stopping under olive trees for a picnic before heading South until you reach the immense riverbed of the Rio Guadafeo. This is where the horses really enjoy themselves, stopping for a splash and a drink in the river, before heading across the valley and to the Spanish farmhouse for the night.

Day 6: Today, you will head down to Órgiva for a stroll round the local market. The market offers a wide range of local produce and artisan products as well as clothes, shoes and tourist souvenirs. Órgiva is the largest town of the Alpujarras. After the market you will take part in a fast valley ride with a picnic on the hillside overlooking Mount Lújar and the impressive mountains of the Sierra de la Contraviesa, before heading up above the town of Lanjarón for the night.

Day 7: This is a lovely long trail ride as you head up cobbled mule paths through an ancient chestnut forest to the waterfalls of the Rio de Lanjarón. High into the mountains following the river gorge towards the snowline with stunning views of the mountains as you sit under a landmark, ancient chestnut tree to enjoy a relaxing picnic. After lunch you will follow the old Moorish water channels, known as acequias (pronounced ‘a-say-kee-as’), before heading down to the ranch & back to the farmhouse or hotel. Time for relaxation and you may take a well deserved dip in the pool.

Day 8: You will be wished a fond farewell from the team as you are transferred to either Málaga or Granada airport (not included).

Please note the itinerary may vary and be altered according to the abilities of the group or the discretion of the guide.

Details

Accommodation

Usually, 3 nights are spent at the farmhouse or hotel and 4 nights in the mountain cottages whilst on trail.

Price

Price includes 7 nights full board accommodation, 6 days riding and a qualified English speaking guide: £1148 per person

Price is indicative. Please contact us to get a total price.

Group Size

Minimum of 2. Maximum of 10. We can accommodate beginners up to experienced riders.

Also

Single supplement (when available): £23 per night
Additional night, full board and morning departure: £75

Please note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions, reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding.

All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Experiences

Truly memorable

Guy

From start to finish I had the most awesome of awesomest experiences! Great people, beautiful scenery and amazing horses (and dogs)…(not so much the geese!) Thank you all so much for making my holiday truly memorable.

We will definitely be returning

Rachel

Beautiful, exceptional horses and company. Amazing views and trails. Really cannot thank you enough.  

Let’s get you riding!