The perfect ride for those who do not have the time at their disposal for a full week. Explore the ancient bridle paths that traditionally connected village to village, mountain farm to mountain farm and during the Summer led over the high passes to the North. Short-break riding holiday white village
While moving nightly from place to place enables one to discover the charms of the small white-washed mountain villages with their typical Berber architecture.
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.
Approximately 6 hours
Today we head east to the short-break riding holiday white village of Trevelez, at 1,486 metres (4,876ft) the highest municipality in Spain that is not a ski resort. During the morning we gradually descend (approx. 350 metres) on forestry tracks and bridle paths. The path passes through orchards and small terraces as it skirts the villages of Capilerilla, Pitres and Portugos.
There are a few sections where it is necessary to lead the horses on some of the steeper descents. Leaving the village of Portugos below we start the 600 metre climb to our picnic spot in the shade of the pine woods. After lunch we join the main forestry track to Trevelez, this track maintains pretty much the same altitude as it winds its way through woodlands and small mountain farms. There are some good opportunities for nice canters. At the end of the day approximately a 15 minute walk down an old stone path into the village.
Over night and dinner in the comfortable Hotel Fragua situated in the old Berber quarter of Trevelez. Use of pool June to September.
Approx. 6 hours
The route continues east to the village of Berchules. After a 10 minute walk through the streets of Trevelez we water the horses at one of the many springs, mount up and head down to the river. Once across the river the many centuries old bridle path follows first the Moorish irrigation channel and then works its way up through evergreen Holm oak and pine forests to the open pasture lands of the Sierra of Juviles. Descending across the open hillside we have great views towards the coast of Almeria and the Contraviesa mountains. We climb again before stopping for our picnic in the oak woods. After lunch we join a dirt track leading us to the short-break riding holiday white village of Berchules. The final descent into the village is on foot, followed by a 15 minute walk through the streets to the stables and our hotel.
Overnight and diner in the comfortable Hotel Berchules. Pool June to end September.
Approx. 8 hours
Leaving the short-break riding holiday white village of Berchules below we climb approximately 600m (1,970ft) to the main forestry track leading to the head of the valley. Some good canters before leaving this track to continue our climb to the ridge “Loma de Piedra Ventana” 2,600m (8,530ft). Once we reach the summit we will join the old bridle path running south along the spine of the ridge, dropping in sections to follow the tree line and rising again to follow the ancient Moorish waterways. Truly spectacular views in every direction, from the snowy peaks to the North, South to the Mediterranean and on a clear day Africa.
After lunch the path gradually starts to descend along the side of the ridge, continuing to offer fantastic views. Turning West the path leaves the open ridge to head down through pine and oak woods to the village of Trevelez. On the final descent there are sections one must lead the horses.
Overnight and dinner in Hotel La Fragua.
Approx. 3 hours
A much shorter day taking the main forestry track directly back to the stables. Some good canters on the way home. Late lunch in the village of Bubion and the afternoon for a well deserved siesta, or some shopping. Last day of short-break riding holiday white village
Breakfast and depart for Malaga airport.
Prices and Details
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 Malaga at pre-arranged time.
|It is necessary to be comfortable outdoors at walk, trot and canter.|
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.
Niceaccommodations 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
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.
Beautifullyschooled 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!
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 horesAs 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 accommodationwas 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.
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.
Dallasit 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 HolidayI’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.
Alsothe 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.
EpicThere 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.
FabulousIt 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 TrailsAll 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 RunYou 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
“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”
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.