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As featured in the Daily Mail…

As recommended by the Daily Mail (online here) earlier this week. Booking open for 2019 now – contact@ridingandalusia.com – see our earlier post below for full details on the holiday, and the ‘About Us’ page via the tab on the right for further details about Riding Andalusia.

RIDING ANDALUSIA: A world from the saddle

We offer visits on horseback to Andalusia’s most beautiful sights.
You can choose your destinations and design your own personal trip.
You can book anything from a week to a single day.
Accommodation will be provided by us or in one of our partner hotels.

Destination 1: Tarari

The tour begins at the beautiful 19th century Hacienda Mata del Herrador just outside Seville (20km/12 miles from the city centre, 10km/5miles minutes from the airport) and where our horses are stabled.

Our photographer and friend learning to swim on horseback (Photo: Klarina Pichler on the camera of Nicolás Haro)

Once familiar with our mounts, we will pass by small lakes where we can swim with the horses. We will ride through orange groves, olive trees, and rural landscapes of a multitude of different colours to finally reach the cottage Tarari, where we will enjoy a typical Andalusian lunch.

In the afternoon we will ride back to the Hacienda.

 

Destination 2: Coto Doñana

We start the second day on horseback from the famous Hacienda Juan Pedro Argueso, located in the Coto Doñana National Park alongsides the las marismas, ‘the marshes’, of the river Guadalquivir. We will ride the enchanting and seemingly endless sandy paths among the pine and oak forests accompanied by horse-drawn carriages with supplies (and space for the saddle-sore to change transport!) You will have lunch at a luxurious table in the middle of the fields, listening to the music of nature. After a break, we return to the starting point.

Destination 3: Sierras

The third day’s trip takes us into the Sierras. The starting point will be the Hacienda Santa Maria next to the village of El Garrobo. The route takes us along paths between oak trees and mountains to the river, besides which you stop for lunch. In the afternoon we return riding back to the stables of Santa Maria.

Destination 4: El Rocío

We start the day by visiting the Hermitage of the famous Virgin of the Rocío. For centuries this chapel has been the destination for tens of thousands of pilgrims. From this glorious point of embarkation, we head to the Royal Ride on the true path of the pilgrims. We have lunch along the Royal Ride and return to Rocío.

Destination 5: Doñana National Park Beach & Sanlúcar de Barrameda

This day is about galloping on the great sandy beaches of Spain’s Atlantic coast.  The beach is the longest beach in Europe, and famous within the equestrian world not least for its bi-annual horse race attracting the finest European horses and jockeys.

We have lunch at the beach restaurants of Sanlúcar de Barrameda, which is famous not only for the flavour but the freshness of its cuisine, especially its langoustines and prawns, taken from the sea on the morning of the day they are cooked.

The same sea we can swim in that afternoon.

Destination 6: Sevilla

Explore the most beautiful and most visited city in Europe – voted by Condé Nast Traveller and The New York Times number one in the world – “SEVILLA!”

The whole day will be dedicated to getting to know this beautiful and ancient city with a tour guide who literally wrote the book on the city – Wallpaper* City Guide: Seville – as well as articles on it from the Financial Times to the Daily Mail.

We will visit the parks, including the Maria Luísa, which is surely the most beautiful in the world, monuments like the The Royal Alcázar Palace – still residence of the King – The Royal Maestranza, the oldest major bull ring in Spain, the Plaza de España, where films from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars have been filmed, the Torre del Oro, the city’s most ancient monument, the Giralda tower of the world’s largest cathedral – and before that minaret to its mosque and base to its Roman temple – and the orange tree-flanked squares of Barrío de Santa Cruz where El Vira met Don Juan, and across the river to the origin of flamenco itself, Triana.

Destination 7: Vega de Carmona

You will explore the great Andalusian landscape of Vega de Carmona. Lunch will be held in heart of the historic town itself.

SPECIAL Destination: Polo

If you like to try polo, we offer you a day – or more – of polo on our own pitches with our own polo ponies, which cater to a range of abilities, from beginner to the experienced. (For further details on this – and for winter polo in Argentina – visit our sister site sevillepolo.com.)

Klarina leads the field (Photo: Nicolás Haro)

Prices:

Prices negotiable according to request.

Example prices:

First three days from above – per person – €690 (accommodation negotiated separately.)

Full seven days: €1,390.

CONTACT:

Klarina Pichler

Email contact@ridingandalusia.com