Atlantic Coast Ride

Southern Spain Spain: (IT-SPRT11)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_andalusia_atlantic_coast_ride.aspx

Introduction
Southern Spain Spain
A fabulous horseback trail which allows its riders to see all of what beautiful Andalusia has to offer. On a special departure in May we have even included some exciting days at the annual and renowned Feria del Caballo in Jerez. With or without the addition of the Feria, you will be enchanted by the breathtaking Spanish landscape, the magnificent Atlantic coast and the stunning mountain scenery Southern Andalusia. Our safe, experienced and easy to handle horses, the warm and seasoned guides which have lived for many years in the region of Andalusia, and the varied horseback riding trails make this an unforgettable experience for horse loving travelers. The highlight for most are the extensive beach canters on our glorious wide sandy beaches. For those of you who have already ridden on a beach we need to say no more. For those that haven't, prepare to make your dreams come true! We ride along the edges of the forest and down onto the long sandy beaches of Cape Trafalgar and El Palmar. These beaches stretch for 10 km, giving plenty of room to let your horse show you what he can really do. The pace of the beach is fast and exhilarating and something you will never forget.
 

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights will be spent in different locations.

Description
You will be staying at 2 different hotels.

Accommodation Itinerary for Regular Weeks - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1, 2 & 3: Hotel in Zahora
Night 4 & 5: Hotel in Benalup
Night 6 & 7: Hotel in Zahora

Accommodation Itinerary for Jerez Horse Fair- subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 & 2: Hotel in Zahora
Night 3 & 4: Hotel in Benalup
Night 5, 6, & 7: Hotel in Zahora



Hotel in Zahora
The family hostal was recently renovated and offers clients a cozy atmosphere. The accommodations are in nice guest rooms with private bathroom facilities, hairdryer, air conditioning, TV, fridge, desk, free wifi, and daily cleaning service. Enjoy our magnificent recreational salt water swimming pool complete with a hydro massage water feature, or, relax in the Jacuzzi. In addition you can refresh yourselves with a Mojito from the bar in the pool area whilst you sunbathe and relax on one of our sun beds in the pool area. The hotel is about a 15 minute walk to two beaches.


Hotel in Benalup
This hotel is modern but has all the atmosphere of a friendly family hotel with showers and TV in every room. From the balcony your room overlooks a traditional Spanish courtyard where you can sit and enjoy your favourite drink from a well-stocked bar surrounded by blooms of bougainvillea in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant serves traditional Spanish dishes in an area famous for its cuisine. Benalup is one of the “white villages” on the Costa de la Luz. It is a small town of approximately 6000 inhabitants. This old attractive town has an historic center where you can shop or just sit in a bar and soak up the real atmosphere of Spain. Rooms have air conditioning and heating, a flat-screen TV, a DVD player, and a minibar. The private bathrooms include a hairdryer and free toiletries. Rooms also have a balcony. This hotel offers free Wi-Fi throughout.

Room Occupancy
If we are unable to find another rider to share the room with you, a single supplement fee applied.
Single room accommodations are subject to availability.



Meals
All breakfasts and lunches are included in your package during the regular weeks. During the Jerez Horse Fair, lunches are not included while in Jerez. Some dinners need to be paid extra.
We adapt to the Spanish lifestyle: food lunch from 2 pm and evening from 9 pm.

Riding

Riding Experience
This is a trail ride for riders who are both confident and experienced at all paces. You should be fit enough to ride 5 to 6 hours a day.

Pace
The pace will be mainly at the walk with several long canters of 5 to 6 km long. The program includes 6 riding days with on average 5-6 hours of riding each day. During the week, you will ride a total of 230-240 km over varying terrain through the heart of Andalucía.

Tack
The tack is Spanish working and dressage saddles. All saddles are well prepared to get things tight, so almost every type of saddlebag can be fixed to them. The working saddles are equipped with sheepskins.

Horses
We have 26 Andalusian horses as well as a few Anglo-Arabs and Hispanic horses, many of which we bred ourselves. The herd is comprised of geldings, mares and some stallions.
We train our horses, using only natural methods that aim to create a harmonious partnership between humans and animals. We raise most of our horses and spend a lot of time with them before starting their training.
All our horses are sure-footed, forward going and very fit. They are calm, with kind temperaments and good manners.
Our aim is to match each of our guests with a horse that will suit their ability and taste. We have horses to suit all our different guests and we are very experienced at selecting the perfect partnership between horse and rider. By the end of the week, you and your horse will be the best of friends.

Staff
Since 1994, Joe shares his love of horses and Andalusia with his guests.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary: Regular Coastal Weeks - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival 
Check into your hotel near the beach in Zahora. Dinner at 9pm, and get to know the rest of your group.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 2 (Sunday): Breña de Barbate Ride
After breakfast we meet our horses. We ride through splendidly scented pine forests into the natural park Breña de Barbate, where we can admire an incredible plant variety. Lunch in the restaurant of a mountain hotel.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 3 (Monday): Ride to El Colorado
Today we ride along the beach towards Conil. Splendid expansive beach gallops make our rider heart beat faster. We take our lunch in a beach restaurant. In good weather, we can use the lunch break for a refreshing bath in the sea. In the afternoon, we continue to El Colorado, where our horses stay in the pine forest. We drive to the hotel in Zahora.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 4 (Tuesday): El Colorado to Medina Sidona
Through a pine forest and varied scenery, we ride towards Naveros on old Cañadas (cattle drive way) and over vast meadows where we often encounter the “ toros bravos” (fighting bulls). Continue over mountain ranges and lonely paths to where our horses rest for the night near Medina Sidona. Then, transfer to our hotel in Benalup.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Benalup


Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride around Benalup
On an old roman road we ride into the back country approaching Benalup. Today, we go through a beautiful hilly landscape past big bull farms. Lunch in our country hotel, with typical Andalucian dishes. Afternoon is a short ride to the horse's quarters. Transfer back to Benalup.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Benalup


Day 6 (Thursday): Ride to Almarchal
Today, we are riding to the sea. With extensive canters/gallops beside huge rice fields, we head back to the coast which is home to rare birds such as storks, ibises, herons and egrets. In the afternoon, we ride to Almarchal, tonight's accommodation for the horses.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 7 (Friday): Ride back to Zahora
After a short ride, we reach the beach in Zahora and gallop/canter at a relaxed pace along the beach. Then we climb the steep coast of Barbate and enjoy the view of the azure sea and the other side on the lush green of the pines. Along the way we see gorse bushes and wild orchids. On clear days you can see the African coast. We stop for a rest at a historic watchtower with wonderful views out to sea, and continue at a canter through the pine forest. Our ride is almost over as we ride past Cape Trafalger and back to the stable.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Departure to the airport .
Meals included: Breakfast

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Sample Itinerary: Feria del Caballo Week in Jerez - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival 
Check into your hotel near the beach in Zahora. Dinner at 9pm, and get to know the rest of your group.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 2 (Sunday): Ride to El Colorado
Today we ride along the beach towards Conil. Splendid expansive beach gallops make our rider heart beat faster. We take our lunch in a beach restaurant. In good weather, we can use the lunch break for a refreshing bath in the sea. In the afternoon, we continue to El Colorado, where our horses stay in the pine forest. We drive to the hotel in Zahora.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 3 (Monday): El Colorado to Medina Sidona
Through a pine forest and varied scenery, we ride towards Naveros on old Cañadas (cattle drive way) and over vast meadows where we often encounter the “ toros bravos” (fighting bulls). Continue over mountain ranges and lonely paths to where our horses rest for the night near Medina Sidona. Then, transfer to our hotel in Benalup.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Benalup


Day 4 (Tuesday): Ride around Benalup
On an old roman road we ride into the back country approaching Benalup. Today, we go through a beautiful hilly landscape past big bull farms. Lunch in our country hotel, with typical Andalucian dishes. Afternoon is a short ride to the horse's quarters. Transfer back to Benalup.
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel in Benalup


Day 5 (Wednesday): Jerez Feria (no riding)
Rest day for the horses. Riders transfer to the Feria in Jerez. At the feria, we see impressive performances and experience first hand the hustle and bustle of the traditional horse festival. We then visit a demonstration of the Spanish Riding School (dependent on the allocation of tickets, as no advance sales). Afterward we have the opportunity to dance and taste the odd sherry before we go to the hotel in Zahora.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 6 (Thursday): The Feria on Horseback
Our horses are brought to Jerez. Here they are decorated by us for the "big" appearance at the parade of the Feria. Properly dressed for the Feria we take part of the parade with pride and good humor among the festive bustle. In the evening the horses return, while we rush into the festivities of the feria.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 7 (Friday): Breña de Barbate Ride
A nice ride through the Brena de Barbate concludes the riding week. Dinner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Hotel in Zahora


Day 8 (Saturday): Departure
Departure after breakfast.
Meals included: Breakfast

Note: For participation in one of the largest Spanish Ferias, it is necessary that we dress ourselves proud and authentic as the Spanish. A "traje" (short bolero jacket and striped trousers in standard sizes are made available). All you need to bring is a white shirt or blouse, black or brown boots or riding shoes with Chaps. A Spanish hat, a scarf and braces you can buy locally for about Euros 60. -- Lunches, dinner and drinks in Jerez are not included.


Rates and Dates for Atlantic Coast Ride

Rates include:

Accommodations, Most meals, 6 riding days
Jerez Horse Fair: Accommodations, Most meals, 5 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20208 day trip - Peak season€1100$1245
  • B
    20208 day trip - Low season€1000$1130
  • C
    20208 day trip - Jerez Horse Fair€1390$1575
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.13

Rates Note:

If you book as 'willing to share' single supplement is still applicable until we find another rider of the same gender that can share with you.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

If you book as 'willing to share' single supplement is still applicable until we find another rider of the same gender that can share with you.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2020 Transfer from Jerez de la Frontera (airport or train station) - return, per person (rate based on minimum of 2)
- to be paid locally
70 $80
2020 Transfer from Malaga - return, per person (rate based on minimum of 2)
- to be paid locally
90 $105
2020 Single supplement 175 $200
2020 Small group supplement (2 pax only), pp 275 $315

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2020 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Peak season 3 /10 Expired
A 2020 10/03 - 10/10 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Peak season 3 /10 Expired
A 2020 10/10 - 10/17 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Peak season 3 /10 Expired
A 2020 10/17 - 10/24 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Peak season 3 /10 Expired
A 2020 10/24 - 10/31 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Peak season 3 /10 Expired
B 2020 10/31 - 11/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Low season 3 /10 Expired
B 2020 11/07 - 11/14 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Low season 3 /10 Expired
B 2020 11/14 - 11/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Low season 3 /10 Expired
B 2020 11/21 - 11/28 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Low season 3 /10 Expired
B 2020 11/28 - 12/05 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Low season 3 /10 Expired
B 2020 12/05 - 12/12 8d / 7n 8 day trip - Low season 3 /10 Reserve

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Dinners on Day 4, 5 and 6, Beverages, Gratuities & Airport transfers
Jerez Horse Fair: Dinners on Day 3 and 4, Lunch + Lunch and Dinner on Day 5, Beverages, Gratuities & Airport transfers

Other Info
Meeting: Los Canos de Meca
Airport: Jerez de la Frontera
Transfer: Jerez airport

Climate:
                                        Vejer de la Frontera area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

59

60

63

66

70

75

80

80

77

72

65

60

Average Low Temperature (°F)

48

49

52

55

59

64

68

69

66

61

54

49

Average High Temperature (°C)

15

15

17

19

21

24

27

27

25

22

18

16

Average Low Temperature (°C)

9

10

11

13

15

18

20

21

19

16

12

10

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

6

5

5

3

1

0

0

2

5

6

7

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The overall climate of Andalusia is similar to Southern California: hot in the summer, pleasant and moderate in the spring and fall, and cool in the winter. Rain is possible at anytime of the year, but most rare in summer. The main rainy season is from the end of October to the beginning of May. The Atlantic Ocean is warm and pleasant to swim in from May to October. The region receives about 300 days and 3200 hours of sunshine per year.

What To Bring:
English or Western riding attire is fine for the ride. Water bottles will be provided during the ride- however they will be shared so bring your own bottle if you prefer to fill up.  For the months of January to April, and starting mid-October, we recommend rain gear.
Good sun protection (gloves, sunscreen, hat with a chin strap), sunglasses with straps, swimsuit, towel, shorts, and a windbreaker should also be taken.
 
A hard hat is not required, but recommended for safety. A belt pack in which to carry your camera and other small valuables during the ride is handy.

A jacket or sweater for the cool evenings is recommended. Attire is strictly informal throughout, though if you are planning to visit other cities on your own later you may wish to bring a jacket and tie. Regular film can be obtained locally, but special sizes may not be available-bring plenty. It is a good idea to bring your own soap, since not all hotels supply it. There will be no opportunity to have laundry done while on the ride. In general the hotels only heat the rooms during the winter months. Even newer buildings are seldom insulated. Therefore when the weather turns cool you can an impression of dampness. In case your rooms is too cool during your stay, you should find an extra wool blanket in the closet, or ask at the reception.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and extra batteries
Belt pack
Water Bottle
Address book and pen (for postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm