Join Hidden Trails on some of the best horse riding vacations in Spain. Spanish horse riding holidays have a lot to offer and are as diverse as dressage clinics, trail rides, and gourmet food vacations. Hidden Trails offer equestrian tours in some of Spain’s most stunning locations – from Catalonia to Central Spain, Mallorca to Southern Spain. On a horseback riding holiday in Spain you will uncover hidden valleys, bask in the Mediterranean sunlight and dine of the finest wine and food.
Horse Riding in Spain
There is more to Spain that just bullfights and flamenco dancers. This vast country in the Mediterranean is home to mountains, hills, valleys, never ending beaches, island getaways and amazing wine regions.
In Catalonia our horse rides meander through volcanic landscapes, canter along beautiful beaches and traverse the mighty Pyrenees mountain range or you can opt for a Coastal Gourmet Ride.
Central Spain is a gourmet extravaganza – our “Vineyard Trail” ride is in an area boasting over 8000 wine makers! Here you will also encounter the wonders of Madrid, and many small medieval villages - or we explore the Kingdom of Castile across the Gredos Mountains.
Mallorca – a Mediterranean island paradise - is another excellent horse riding location. Here you can sunbathe on a white sand Mediterranean beach, or embark on stunning horse rides along coastal trails.
Andalucia - Southern Spain is also a popular horse riding region. The Atlantic Coast Ride will take you from the wide open beaches of the Atlantic to the white villages in the interior. There is And then there is Jerez, home to the annual “Feria del Caballo’ (Horse Festival). At Europe’s southernmost tip, the Tarifa Riding Week offers a relaxing coastal ride while staying at a lovely 4-star hotel. Interested in training on one of these beautiful Andalusian horses? Check out our dressage clinics under the instruction of former Olympian medalists.
The Andalusian (Spanish Horse)
Spain is famous for its Spanish Horse (Andalusian). The Andalusian is believed to be the most ancient riding horse in the world. Although the origins of the breed are not clear, Spanish experts adamantly maintain that it is in fact a native of Spain and does not owe one single feature of its makeup to any other breed. In the 15th Century the Carthusian Monks founded the most famous lines of the Spanish horse on the Fuente del Suero estate Jerez. The Stud was called "Hierro del Bocado" and was situated in the beautiful grounds of the Guadalete's valley next to the Carthusian Monastery. The Carthusian Monks developed a herd that became one of the most appreciated in the world. The Spanish horse has certainly made a lasting impact on many of the worlds breeds, including the Mustang, Quarter Horse Appaloosa, Peruvian Paso, and Paso Fino.
Spanish History and Culture
Spain has a tremendous history – reflected in prehistoric cave paintings, Moorish palaces, crumbling castles, Roman ruins, Gothic and Renaissance cathedrals as well as some very distinctive modern architecture. The uniqueness of Spain lies in the separate kingdoms which made up the original Spanish nation. These regions remain diverse in their language, culture, cuisine and art. They include: Andalucía, Aragon, Asturias, Basque Country, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla León, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarra and Valencia.
Spanish Weather and Climate
Summers in Spain generally experience highs of around 28 °C in the height of summer. Winters are mild, with lows around 10 - 13 °C.
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