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Fun riding holiday galloping along a deserted beach of golden sand

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Horse Riding Holidays Spain – Barbate Beach & Forest Trails

PRICES & DATES top

Barbate Beach & Forest Trails: Prices 2024

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7 Night Rides / Sunday to Sunday

  • Low Season 
    $1,581
    • GBP: 1,270
    • EUR: 1,485
    per person
    No Single Supplement if willing to share and $149
    • GBP: 120
    • EUR: 140
    for guaranteed single room
  • Mid-Season 
    $1,693
    • GBP: 1,360
    • EUR: 1,590
    per person
    Single Supplement $199
    • GBP: 160
    • EUR: 187
  • Mid-High Season 
    $1,805
    • GBP: 1,450
    • EUR: 1,695
    per person
    Single Supplement $274
    • GBP: 220
    • EUR: 257
  • High Season
    $1,917
    • GBP: 1,540
    • EUR: 1,800
    per person
    $448
    • GBP: 360
    • EUR: 421
    Single Supplement
  • Balcony Upgrade $100
    • GBP: 80
    • EUR: 94
    per room.
  • Breakfast Buffet Supplement $68
    • GBP: 55
    • EUR: 64
  • Non-Riders very welcome, 50% discount.

4 Night Rides Wednesday to Sunday

  • Low Season 
    $903
    • GBP: 725
    • EUR: 848
    per person
    No Single Supplement if willing to share and $87
    • GBP: 70
    • EUR: 82
    for guaranteed single room
  • Mid-Season 
    $959
    • GBP: 770
    • EUR: 901
    per person
    Single Supplement $131
    • GBP: 105
    • EUR: 123
  • Mid-High Season 
    $1,009
    • GBP: 810
    • EUR: 948
    per person
    Single Supplement $193
    • GBP: 155
    • EUR: 181
  • High Season 
    $1,058
    • GBP: 850
    • EUR: 994
    per person
    $274
    • GBP: 220
    • EUR: 257
    Single Supplement
  • Balcony Upgrade is also available, $62
    • GBP: 50
    • EUR: 58
    per room.
  • Breakfast Buffet Supplement $31
    • GBP: 25
    • EUR: 29
  • Non-Riders very welcome, 50% discount.

Specials - Groups of 7 plus receive one place free of charge.

Included – All riding, accommodation, lunches plus drinks, dinner (except dinner on free day n 8 day package) and set time airport transfers.

Excluded – Flights, transfers outside of set times, drinks with dinner and outside of mealtimes & alcohol, one dinner on ‘free’ day, breakfast, lunches for non-riders & tips.

Barbate Beach & Forest Trails: Dates 2024

Sundays to Sundays 7-night Trail & Wednesdays to Sundays 4-night Short Break Trail

Low Season
4 February – 28 April & 29 September – 1 December

Mid-Season
28 April -16 June & 1 – 28 September

Mid-High Season
16 June – 14 July

High Season
18 August – 1 September

Getting There
International flight to Malaga.

Transfer
The transfer time is 2 and a half hours and there is a scheduled pick up and drop off transfer available. Pick up is no later than 2.30pm Malaga Airport and drop off at 10am therefore book flights out of Malaga Airport from 12:00pm onwards.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

If you dream of galloping fit and well-schooled horses along a deserted beach of golden sand, then you should consider this fun holiday based in the quaint and bustling fishing town of Barbate, Andalusia.

This is a super, great value horse riding holiday in Spain, perfect for individuals or groups of friends who are looking for a laid back, fun riding holiday. We think it’s best suited to people who ride for fun at home, in a riding school, riding club or on their own horse.

Guests can look forward to enjoying a week of interesting riding on the beach, through the countryside and forests on well-schooled, well behaved Hispanic horses with attentive and fun hosts, Steve & Caroline, who are originally from the UK.

Evenings are also sociable, after a full morning riding, and an afternoon dip in the sea (the hotel is just minutes from the beach) there’s just time for a quick shower and then it’s off into town for a variety of meals in the local eateries. It’s great fun, especially as Steve & Caroline are so well known and liked.

The other thing of note about this holiday, and unlike others in Spain, is that Steve & Caroline are able to offer the beach riding for 12 months of the year.

THE RIDING top

Horses – Hispanic Arabs & Anglo Arabs.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.
The horses are well behaved, but very forward going and guests must be able to gallop confidently in open countryside.

Tack – English.

Weight Restriction – 13 Stone / 84 kg / 182 lbs.

Group Size – Maximum 9.

ACCOMMODATION top

The hotel accommodation for the Beach Ride holiday here is officially 3 stars, however the recent refurbishment, and friendly attentive staff means it’s more 4 star and above. All rooms are spacious, with balconies and ensuite. The hotel also benefits from being just minutes from the beach.

Breakfast is continental style at the hotel, with lunches taken after the morning ride, usually tapas style in a local taverna. Evening meals are out in local restaurants in the fishing village of Barbate, where the food is fresh, local, in abundance and served with plenty of local wine.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Beach Ride in Spain are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Spain.

Please Ask About

  • Visit to the ‘Royal Spanish Riding School’
  • Short Break holidays
  • Group discounts

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

This is a hotel-based holiday, and you will spend two fantastic days of horse riding on the beach, three days of superb forest riding and one day at your leisure. The finca borders land on the nature reserve La Breña y Marismas de la Barbate in the small hamlet of San Ambrosio.

A few minutes’ drive out of Barbate the finca is the start and finish for all the routes. On arrival at the finca the horses will be ready to ride. An average of four and a half hours each day is spent in the saddle with a short break part way round. After returning to the finca and making the horses comfortable, a hot lunch is provided nearby at Venta Luis.

Returning back to Barbate between 16:00 and 16:30 leaves the afternoon free to spend on the beach, sightseeing or shopping.

Sample Forest Day Ride

The finca is based on the edge of the spectacular natural park of La Breña y Marismas de Barbate. With long, wide firebreaks, and twisty forest tracks the park couldn’t have been designed better by a horse rider. The going in the forest is excellent and as it is sand it stays excellent whatever the weather.

Each day there are plenty of opportunities for long collected canters along the sandy tracks, and exhilarating gallops along the firebreaks. In between the fast work, we move through the forest on a long rein and at a leisurely pace, taking in the peaceful tranquillity of the place.

Sample Beach Ride

The beaches from Los Caños to El Palmar are in total about 10 kilometres long. After passing the lighthouse and making our way to the water’s edge, we go for our first beach gallop of the day. Most of the day’s riding is spent on the beach with a mixture of meandering in the surf, gentle canters and the occasional gallop.

Itinerary 7 nights

Day 1
Your holiday starts at Malaga airport where guests are collected at 14:30 with transfer to Barbate. Over dinner the weeks holiday is discussed.

Day 2
Collection from the hotel is at 09:30 each day. Today’s ride leads through the beautiful pine forest to the 17th century Mecca tower overlooking cape Trafalgar. This introductory ride allows you to get to know your horse, with the faster paces being introduced as your confidence grows.

Day 3
Your first beach ride. The route leads through the pine forest to the beach ‘Hierbabuena’. Plenty of opportunities to canter, with a memorable beach gallop.

Day 4
Today’s we go to the cliffs overlooking Barbate. The ride has superb views of the surrounding mountains and on a clear day North Africa. Lots of long gentle canters.

Day 5
A day free from riding. An optional excursion to Jerez to visit the Royal Spanish riding school is available.

Day 6
Today we head to the scene of the famous sea battle at Cape Trafalgar. Following the coast to El Palmar there is plenty of beach riding enjoying canters and gallops.

Day 7
On the final day the ride follows roller coasters of sand and allows plenty of opportunity to canter and gallop. The route joins the cliffs leading to Caños de Meca.

Day 8
Transfer to Malaga leaving Barbate at 07:30 to arrive at Malaga at 10:00.

Itinerary 4 nights

Day 1
Collection from Malaga airport and transfer to Barbate. Dinner in the evening when the weekend break is discussed.

Day 2
Forest ride. Today’s ride leads through the beautiful pine forest to the 17th century Mecca tower overlooking cape Trafalgar. The route allows you to get to know your horse, with the faster paces being introduced as your confidence grows.

Day 3
Beach ride. Today we head to the scene of the famous sea battle where Lord Nelson lost his life at Cape Trafalgar. We follow the coast to El Palmar spending most of the ride on the beach enjoying canters and gallops.

Day 4
Forest ride. Today’s route takes us to the cliffs overlooking Barbate. The ride has superb views of the surrounding mountains and North Africa. The ride follows roller coasters of sand and allows plenty of opportunity to canter and gallop

Day 5
Transfer to Malaga airport for your return flight.

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