This short break offers a relaxing and varied getaway, combining riding, leisure, nature and history.

Ride beautiful Spanish horses through the spectacular mountains of Sierra Nevada National Park. The first two days enjoy a morning ride, and in the afternoon explore the charming whitewashed terraced villages of Berber origin.

We are about an hour and 15 minutes from the coast allowing during the summer months an afternoon on the beach.

Visit the historic Alhambra Palace and explore the narrow Moorish streets of Granada with some shopping added!!.

Experience a two day trail ride staying overnight in Trevelez, Spain’s highest village.

The Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from Malaga airport to the village of Bubion at designated time.

While in Bubion you will be staying in the charming Casa la Sevillana. A comfortable 19th Century town house, 7 bedrooms with private shower-rooms, large patio, sitting room, breakfast room.

Located in the heart of the village within minutes walk from the local restaurants and cafes.

Dinner with the rest of the riders and a briefing on the following days activities.

horse riding place

Day 2

After breakfast you will be driven the 5 kilometres to the stables where you will meet the horses.

The stables are situated at 1,650 metres elevation, possibly the highest stables in Europe!!. A circular ride takes us along the west side of the spectacular valley Poqueira.

To the north of the valley is the Mulhacen (3,486metres) the highest mountain on the Spanish Peninsular and to the south the Mediterranean Sea.

The trail follows centuries old Moorish bridle paths and irrigation channels as they wind their way through the small terraced farms. Picnic lunch on route. Approximately 3 hours riding.

During the afternoon a 10 minute drive (or if you prefer 40 minute walk) down to the picturesque terraced village of Pampaneira.

Visit to the local weaving workshop, small chocolate factory, and a selection shops selling local produce.

Return to Bubion. Dinner

spanish horse riding

Day 3

Morning ride with picnic lunch, approx. 3 hours.

The trail today will take us up through the high summer pastures and pine woods to approximately 2,200 metres on a combination of bridle paths and forestry tracks.

The forestry tracks provide some good canter places for those who want a a faster ride.

During the afternoon in the summer months (June, July, August, September) drive down to the beach for a swim.

Colder weather a walk through the attractive village of Capileira and an opportunity to sample some of the local wines, cheeses, etc..

horse riding holiday

Day 4

Today after an early breakfast you will be driven (approximately one hour and 15 minutes) into Granada. You will be taken to the Alhambra car park in time for the morning tour starting at 10.30. Entrance tickets can be purchased direct at ,at the time of booking you will need your passport number. Afternoon free to explore the old historical quarters of the city. Meet the driver at the Alhambra car park for the return trip to Bubion.. If you prefer to spend the day in Bubion we are happy to take you out for a ride, or you may prefer to just relax in the village.

relax on the beach

Day 5

To-day we ride to the village of Trevelez, famous as the highest village in Spain and national renowned for its ‘Jamon Serrano’. The ride is 5 to 6 hours duration through the National and Natural Park following a combination of ancient bridle paths and forestry tracks. During the morning a leisurely ride following the bridle paths that traditionally linked the villages of Capileira, Pitres and Portugos. Leaving the villages below the path climbs approximately 400 metres through small farms and orchards to join the pine woods in whose shade we will enjoy a picnic lunch. In the afternoon we follow the main forestry track through pine and oak woods. Here there are plenty of opportunities to canter. Those who prefer can follow at a more leisurely pace. Overnight and dinner in the comfortable Hotel Fragua. June – September swimming pool open.

Day 6

A half day ride returning to Bubion by a shorter route. For those who wish some good canter opportunities. Lunch in the village and the afternoon free to relax. Farewell dinner.

holidays in the saddle

Day 7

Breakfast and depart for Malaga airport.

horse riding place

Ride Dates

Discovery Trail

September 14 - September 20

Discovery Trail

November 16 - November 22

Discovery Trail

November 23 - November 29

Prices and Details


1,160 Euros

Single Supplement: 150 Euros (Payable on arrival in Spain)


6 nights accommodation with breakfast,

4 days riding as specified with lunch included, dinner on 6 evenings,

Transfer to and from Granada on the Alhambra visit day,

Transfer to and from Malaga at pre-arranged time.


Air flights,

Personal insurance,

Lunch on the Granada visit,

Alhambra tickets,

Bar bills.

Riding Experience:

It is necessary to be comfortable outdoors at walk, trot and canter.

Weight Limit:

90kg experienced riders,

75kg novice/low intermediate


Airport transfers from Malaga airport are included with this holiday.

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Our Clients Say

Joining El Marquesado Trail In June. Fantastic ride in the mountains wih breathtaking views all week. Riding up to almost 3000 meters. Absolutely stunning 🙂 Such well trained and beautiful horses.


accommodations along the way as well as the food. A real pleasure to ride with Dallas and her brother. Highly recommended! Looking so much forward to my next trail
Ingunn Julseth Kvamme, Germany
Just back from another perfect week with Dallas and her wonderful horses. This is the second time my mum and I have come to Bubion (first time for the La Alpujarra Ride and this time for El Marquesado) and it couldn’t have been better.


schooled horses; delicious food and brilliant hotels; fantastic company and the most spectacular scenery in the world, and what a way to see it! For anyone thinking about a riding holiday, an absolute must! Thank you dallas, Mordecai and Jeanette, and not forgetting your beautiful horses. We will be back!
Kate and Emma, U.K
Dallas’s new ride was spectacuar. For me it retraced parts of both of my previous rides with Dallas – The Contravesia and El Marquesado however the 2 new days were wild and at altitude in the Northern Slopes of the Sierra Nevada – nothing but space and no one but us and the bird and wildlife of the area – ibex and  eagles seen every day.

Well schooled hores

As always, through good schooling, the horses were well mannered and sure footed – knowing and enjoying their job and the terrain well. Max a true gentleman as always!

The accommodation

was comfortable throughout with plentiful, good food and for me the opportunity to swim after a day in the saddle was bliss! Dallas’s lunches continue to be legendary! We were all return riders so thank you again to Dallas, Mordecai and Jeanette for yet another wonderful week of great riding, great company and always a lot of laughter – my plan is to return again in the Spring.
Ann, U.K
Hi Dallas, I guess by now you will be back from your second Marquesdao ride – my goodness I do admire your stamina! I notice on the weather forecast this evening that southern Spain is getting some rain (which we are having in abundance here), so I do hope that includes the Sierra Nevada. I haven’t been touch until now because I think it’s good to let the dust settle a bit before thinking about trips away and how they really went.


it was a wonderful adventure, a huge thank you to you and Mordacai for your efforts to give us all a memorable and spectacular trip on wonderful horses – and you did – in spades!

Adventure Holiday

I’ve been telling people it was more of an adventure than a holiday – we were happily exhausted when we returned (not helped by Sleazyjet’s broken plane which led to a five hour delay at Malaga. Amazing really, as SJ said, good to know people like her are in charge of our national businesses!).  And we wished we had a couple of days to collapse afterwards at some nice local hotel.   But oh my goodness, I will not forget my friend Jeleo (how to spell?) who looked after me so well and was such fun to ride too.


the epic scenery, the spring flowers, the mountain streams, pine groves, cattle and their calves – with bells on – and the great company.  Us pathetic Brits aren’t used to that heat but that was all part of the Spanish experience – as was the Paella which you kindly arranged for me.


There was a feeling that we were on a journey rather than just pottering around in Andalucia, which gave us all a focus and a sense of achievement when we rode back into the stables at the end.  I know the Fiesta and the WONDERFUL village band were vexing for you, but we really adored that snapshot of the locals partying.


It really was a fabulous trip and I would love to come again and try the Alpujara ride – we are doing things in reverse I know!   Best wishes for the rest of the summer and thank you so much.
I just wanted to say a very big thank you for giving me the most special week.  I can honestly say that you gave us all a truly memorable experience of wonderful horses in the most stunning countryside.

The Trails

All the routes and tracks you led us were beyond my expectations and your choice of hotels and menus were all spot on.  How you managed to effortlessly produce lunch for us all out of nowhere was quite beyond my comprehension.

Fantastically Run

You run a fantastically thoughtful and professional enterprise and I will definitely be returning hopefully next year for another experience with you. With love and best wishes
Sarah-Jane, U.K
“If you want to ride a wonderfully well mannered horse through some simply stunning mountains then this is the trip for you. The high mountains of the Sierra Nevada are magnificent and the whole experience is one of fun, beauty and enjoyment. I would not hesitate in recommending this ride”
Ray, U.S

The scenery was spectacular particularly at the highest points in the mountains, and we saw some wonderful sights such as that group of vultures taking off when we rounded a corner.

You and Julio obviously have a very wide knowledge of the areas we were passing through which showed during the week, as was your attention to detail and regard to safety.