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Sea, desert and mountains

8 days, 7 nights. 6 days on horseback.  Accommodation and full board included.

Riding through three worlds

Cabo de Gata, Tabernas and Sierra Nevada
This exceptional itinerary offers the opportunity to visit three very different ecosystems in just one week: the stunning Cabo de Gata Natural Park, with its beautiful beaches; Tabernas, the only desert in Europe; and the landscapes of the lesser-known side of Sierra Nevada.

It is amazing that these three landscapes are only 100 kilometres apart.  

A "sporting" experience that allows you to enjoy impressive natural landscapes while crossing them on horseback to the rhythm of exciting gallops.

A tour full of cultural richness that will take you through scenes from famous films, through villages steeped in 11th-century Muslim influence and across mountains inhabited by free-roaming bulls.

And, of course, a gastronomic journey where you can enjoy traditional Andalusian cuisine: tapas, salmorejo, fried fish, spiny dogfish, special rices, grilled fish...



Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in an authentic natural environment!

As a general rule, if the usual hotels are not available, we will make sure that our guests are accommodated in establishments of a similar level of quality and comfort.

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Highlights

An unforgettable experience

An exceptional equestrian experience that, in just one week, offers the opportunity to explore unique landscapes: one of the most beautiful coastlines in the Mediterranean, a stunning desert that dates back to the Quaternary era, and the surprising highlands of the Sierra Nevada.

A tour of iconic destinations: the beaches where famous scenes from “Indiana Jones”, “Lawrence of Arabia” and “The Neverending Story” were filmed, and the decadent charm of the Fort Bravo/Texas Hollywood film studio in Tabernas, where films such as “A Fistful of Dollars”, “Death Had a Price and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” were shot.

A ride that mainly passes through areas where the landscape, flora and fauna are protected.

An itinerary designed to get closer to the  authentic culture, gastronomy and essence of the region.

Quality restaurants serving traditional Andalusian cuisine with a contemporary twist. Full picnic lunches catered by local restaurants, served in a picturesque spot just a few meters from where the horses are tied up.

A vigorous route with lots of trotting and long gallops.

An ideal climate for riding from May to October. Click here to see average temperatures.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Sunday

Arrival at Sotillo hotel (or Doña Pakyta hotel). At 8 p.m. welcome and briefing by guide.

Dinner and overnight at Sotillo hotel (or Doña Pakyta hotel) in San José.

Day 4-Wednesday

Tabernas Natural Park In the footsteps of Clint Eastwood. In the heart of the Tabernas Desert, known as Spanish Hollywood, we will explore canyons once ridden by legends such as Clint Eastwood, Lee Van Cleef and Eli Wallach. The setting is reminiscent of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert in Mexico. In the 1960s, this place was the backdrop for the filming of famous spaghetti westerns.

Picnic lunch at the Cañón de la Emboscada. Dinner at a local restaurant or barbecue at Los Albardinales, depending on the weather. Overnight at Los Albardinales hotel.

Day 7. - Saturday

Sierra Nevada Lugros - Camarate - Lugros After breakfast and a short 15 minute drive to the meeting point with the horses, we set off in the direction of Camarate. As we ascend, we follow easy paths and trails lined by holm oak and olive groves. These are the same paths that cows and bulls use to reach the high mountain pastures. By midday we will have reached an altitude of 2,000 metres. In a place with wide meadows and trees of Atlantic origin, we will enjoy the picnic that we carry in our saddlebags. After lunch we will start the descent to Lugros, say goodbye to our horses and back to the village of Cogollos de Guadix. and travel by car to Guadix. In the evening we will take you to dinner in a refined culinary restaurant of Guadix where you can enjoy a real flamenco show, an authentic experience far from the usual tourist offerings.

Picnic with a saddlebag in the Camarate. Gastronomic dinner and authentic flamenco show at "la Almazara de Paulenca" (subject to availability). Accommodation at the Hotel Reina Aixa.

Day 2 - Monday

Cabo de Gata Natural Park. San José - Mónsul - San José. The beaches of Indiana Jones. Assignment and preparation of the horses after breakfast, at 9.30 a.m., in our stables in San José (5 minutes walk from the hotel). Start of the trail head towards the beaches of Genoveses, Mónsul and Media Luna where scenes from "Indiana Jones", "Lawrence of Arabia" and "For a Fistful of Dollars" were filmed. After a picnic lunch, riders return to San José through the Tesorillo Valley.

Picnic at the Cortijo "El Romeral". Dinner and overnight at Sotillo hotel (or Doña Pakyta hotel) in San José.

Day 5 - Thursday

Tabernas Natural Park The oasis where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Heading south, we follow the canyon of the oasis, with its surprisingly small, scattered trickles of water, until we reach the oasis where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. From there we head to Fort Bravo to gallop through its streets and watch the sheriff catch the bandits who robbed the bank. Picnic inside Fort Bravo, next to the Mexican town. After the picnic, we drive by car to Sierra Nevada, to the Reina Aixa hotel, in a journey of more or less 1 hour.

Picnic at "Fort Bravo" in Tabernas. Tasting of local tapas in a restaurant located near the hotel and stay at the Reina Aixa hotel in Cogollos de Guadix.

Day 8 - Sunday

Thank you and see you soon! Breakfast and departure from the hotel 12 noon at the latest.

Breakfast at Reina Aixa Hotel, in Cogollos de Guadix.

Day 3 - Tuesday

Cabo de Gata Natural Park San José - Los Escullos - San José The Pirates' Path. From San José we head towards Los Escullos, following a wide path that runs along the coast, offering impressive panoramic views of the sea and secluded coves with crystal-clear waters. As you progress, you will come across small forts and watchtowers, which in the past were used to warn of possible incursions by Genovese, Barbary or Turkish pirates. Back in San José, we will have paella at around 3 p.m. After lunch, we will take you by car to Tabernas in a journey of more or less 1 hour.

Lunch: paella at a restaurant in San José. Western style dinner in a local restaurant or on the terrace of the Los Albardinales hotel (depending on the weather). Overnight at Los Albardinales hotel.

Day 6 - Friday

Sierra Nevada Lugros - Shepherds' Path - La Pantaneta - Lugros. At 9.30 a.m., after breakfast, we will take you to the Cabacci stables in Sierra Nevada, located in Lugros, 15 minutes from the hotel. We will set off towards "La Pantaneta", a small lagoon surrounded by mountains and formed by the meltwater of the Sierra Nevada, following an easy trail surrounded by dense pine forests. You will be afforded fantastic views of the high plateau at an altitude of 1.200 meters. After a home-cooked picnic lunch next to La Pantaneta, where the more adventurous can go for a swim, we return to Lugros and back to Reina Aixa hotel.

Picnic in La Pantaneta. Dinner near the hotel and accommodation at the Reina Aixa, in Cogollos de Guadix.

Click here to see the average temperatures and rainfall in Cabo de Gata and Guadix.

Please note, this is a suggested itinerary only and subject to change at the discretion of our guides due to weather and other influencing factors.

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Useful information

Schedules

 

→ Breakfast: from 8 a.m. → Meeting time every morning at the stables in Cabo de Gata or at the hotel reception in Tabernas and Sierra Nevada: 9.30 a.m. → Picnic times: from 1:30 p.m. / 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Rest included. → Lunchtime at the restaurant on day 3: 3 p.m. → Daily tour ends at approximately 5:30 p.m. → Hotel Dining Hours: from 8:30 p.m.

Where are the horses?
 

The first two days the horses are 5 minutes walk from the hotel. In Tabernas the horses are next to the hotel. In Sierra Nevada the horses are 15 minutes drive from the hotel.

Don't forget to bring
 

✔︎ Helmet. ✔︎ "All-terrain" riding boots (preferably waterproof) to walk beside the horse in rocky terrain. ✔︎ Appropriate riding pants. ✔︎ Riding gloves. ✔︎ Gaiters, if you use them habitually. We will provide you with saddle bags for you to carry with you if you wish: ✔︎ Non-breakable canteen. ✔︎ Sun protection (we recommend long sleeves). ✔︎ Lip protection. ✔︎ Insect repellent. ✔︎ Mosquito bite relief ✔︎ Swimsuit. ✔︎ Windbreaker. ✔︎ Extra battery to take pictures if your phone runs out of power. We have a basic emergency kit, but don't forget to bring any specific medication you may need.

Remember

 

→ Meeting at the hotel reception on Sunday at 20:00. → Remember to leave your luggage at the hotel reception before 9.30am on the days you change accommodation. →Special diet? Let us know in advance! → During the trail, you will be responsible for preparing your horse and taking care of it and its equipment when you return to the stables.

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