Riding high on trails with views of two continents and two seas…

Horseback riding holidays in southern Spain

We think your riding holiday should have nothing to do with ‘roughing it’! So the hard physical adventure goes hand in hand with a little touch of luxury at Ride Andalucia. We have found ‘special’ hotels for our guests, good restaurants serving excellent local food and our picnics are waiting around a bend of the trail with chilled wine and seasonal fare.

“Last week’s riding with you was the best riding I’ve ever done, the scenery is incredible, your horses a joy to ride, and the whole experience amazing – as you can see from my ear to ear grins in the photos.” Fiona, September 2013

Regular Rides

Ride Andalucia offers a variety of riding trips of one or more days in the ‘Serrania de Ronda’, Andalucia, Spain. These may be SET DATE departures or PRIVATE RIDES.

The 4, 5, 6 and 7 day departures are for riders “able to ride comfortably and in control at all paces on a reasonably trained horse in open ground”.

The PRIVATE rides are adapted in length and pace to suit the riders.

Our regular rides include the SWEET CHESTNUT & WILD LAVENDER RIDE, THE CORK CUTTERS´CIRCUIT, LOST VALLEY ROUTE and CASTLE PLAINS. For these tours guests ride on to a different location every day.

An ideal ride for novice riders is the SHEPHERDS AND SMUGGLERS 3 or 4 day one centre ride, exploring fascinating country based in a pretty farmhouse.

Until we have firm bookings dates for these rides are flexible.

See below for brief descriptions and photos and please contact us for full itineraries.

Special Rides

We have several ONCE A YEAR SPECIAL RIDES.

The GOYESCA CELEBRATIONS. We run an annual ride which includes this festival, usually around the first week in September. This week is filled with bullfighting on foot and on horseback in the costume of the famous painter’s era and wonderful carriage driving displays and competitions in the 18th Century bullring.

In early May there is also a once a year opportunity to ride with us and spend a full day at the FERIA DE CABALLO in Jerez.

GALLOPS FOR GOURMETS, is a luxurious feast for the senses, discovering the delicious Andalucian cuisine and ingredients, feasting on the fruits of this wonderful countryside.

When the hills of Southern Andalucia are filled with wild flowers we run our SPRING FLOWER SPECIAL annual tour in late April.

See below for brief descriptions and photos and please contact us for full itineraries.

Please note: As well as all rides listed we are able to easily tailor-make rides for private parties taking into account riding ability and length of riding days preferred.

The rides are fully inclusive and for details of dates, tour content and availability contact us

Upon booking, Ride Andalucia will provide guests with travel notes, including a suggested packing list.

Brief description of tours (click on the arrows to expand content):

SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL FOR THE AUTUMN: Gallops for Gourmet, is a luxurious feast for the senses, discovering the delicious Andalucian cuisine and ingredients, feasting on the fruits of this wonderful countryside. 7 Days horses, food and wine. April and October, Enquire for dates. Prices from 3000€

  • Shepherds And Smugglers (2, 3 or 4 days Trail Riding Holiday)
    Last two weeks March, April, May, June, September, October, first two weeks November. This is a chance to get a taste of some wonderful riding in rural Spain at your own pace. Horse Rides in the glorious hills and valleys of the ‘Serrania de Ronda’ tailor made especially for you. Suitable for novice horse riders. Prices from 400€
  • Sweet Chestnut And Wild Lavender (4 Day Horse Riding Adventure)
    March, April, May, June, September, October Your horses climb high above sleepy white Andalucian villages and deep river valleys and into the secret sweet chestnut forests where the scent of herbs rises as their hooves crush the mint and rosemary and lavender. In spring and early summer nightingales sing day and night. Prices from 830€
  • Castle Plains: (4/5 days Trail Ride - FULLY BOOKED 2014)
    April, May and June A ride that takes us down from the mountains of Ronda over rolling hills and meadow towards the Mediterranean and Atlantic, stretching away below us. Plenty of faster horse riding and 2 nights of this adventure spent within a Castle keep with stunning views of the lake and hills below. Prices from 850€
  • Cork Cutters’ Circuit (4 Day Horseback Trek)
    April, May, June, September and October Stunning views in all directions as we ride our horses along high ridges and into the mysterious, magnificent cork forests. The Atlantic and Mediterranean sparkle in the distance as we pass ancient farms on a partly paved Phoenician way, hidden in the folds of the mountains. Prices from 830€
  • Lost Valley Route (7 days of Andalucian Adventure)
    April, May, September, October A wild unspoilt ride in the Upper Genal Valley. Centuries ago the Moors were driven from the coast to settle in these remote villages and we ride on high ridges and deep valleys between ancient hamlets. This is a challenging horseride with steep climbs to spectacular views and long hours in the saddle. Prices from 1300€
  • Feria Special (6 Day Tour - FULLY BOOKED 2014)
    May 2014 4/5 Days Horseback Trail Riding, 1/2 Days at the Magnificent Horse Fair “Magical. It was so much more than we had imagined, what an amazing event!” Ride the Sweet Chestnut Trail and then be taken to the delightful small city of Jerez where the ‘Feria de Caballo’ is in progress to enjoy the sights and sounds of this horse lovers´ paradise. Prices from 1200€
  • Goyesca Special Tour (5 Day Tour 3 full days horse riding)
    Evenings and 1 full day at the Goyesca Festival.  September 3rd – 8th 2014 “Thank you for all your organization to give us one of our most memorable holidays ever.” Juan, September 2013 A very unusual horseback riding tour combining the best of riding in the mountains near the enchanting city of Ronda with visits to Ronda itself when it is dressed in its best for the Fiesta of the Goyesca! Prices from 900€
  • Gallops for Gourmets (7 Days horses, food and wine)
    March and October, Enquire for dates. “Magnificent!”, “Delicious!” Horses, Exploration and Gourmet food and Wine. Source local ingredients and meet local producers on horseback. Return to a beautiful Cortijo each night for Cookery Demonstrations and Gourmet food and wine. Prices from 3000€
  • Spring Flower Special (6 Days riding across the flower filled mountains of Andalucia)
    April 19th-24th 2014 SPECIAL OFFER! Just a couple of spaces left, contact us!! “I expected Southern Spain to look barren and dusty. How wrong can you be? So green, so many flowers! We will be back- in the Spring again” Prices from 1300€

NB. All Dates Are Flexible Until Tours Start Booking Up So Please Enquire Well In Advance If You Want To Do A Particular Tour On Different Dates To Those Advertised.

“Just to say a huge thank you for a fabulous couple of days…I haven’t laughed so much for ages and I felt very honoured to be in such a spectacular setting on such majestic creatures. Karen thank you for creating the most lovely trip and for putting up with my fabulous dietary restraints….it was just a test!!  I really hope Sammy enjoyed his day without my weight on Monday and the meadow land canters where phenomenal…” Michele May 2013.

“Thanks again for a wonderful 2 days, everyone back in Madrid enjoyed our stories, the photos and we have very fond memories.” Eero and Jon March 2013

“The many changes of scenery from the cork oaks and lavender bushes that we brushed through, to the mountain pass with its glorious wildflowers and then back to the vibrant green of the chestnut woods were so stunning I finally realized why Andalucia is raved about. And the way the horses picked their way around the steep valleys as agile as mountain goats made it a heavenly way in which to see your beautiful countryside. I could keep raving about it for paragraph after paragraph.” Frances May 2013

“Amazing! A weekend with Ride Andalucia horses in Ride Andalucia countryside and we are set up for the next few grey months at home. It was simply magical, thank you and the team so very much” Mick and Doug April 2013

“That was indeed one of life´s great experiences! Worth all the aches and pains an inexperienced rider who forgot to practice beforehand deserves. Unforgettable mountains and vultures and orchids and so much more. I´ll be back.” Nicholas April 2013

“We had a wonderful time with you – thank you so much for organising the riding and our fabulous stay at El Nobo. I think you run a great outfit there and was very impressed with your horses – I shall keep in touch and come back in September!” Corky June 2013