This ride circles the Sierra Nevada mountain range following some of the highest bridle paths on the Spanish Peninsula, reaching altitudes of over 3,000 meters. Accessible only by horse or foot, we will be riding through some of the most spectacular, varied and often demanding terrain in the Sierra Nevada National Park.
Following a combination of forestry tracks, bridle paths, old droving routes and Moorish irrigation channels we will ride for 7-9 hours per day covering approximately 30 to 40 kilometres.
During the ride one night is spend in a high mountain refuge, the other 6 nights in comfortable village hotels (3 with pools). Each day there will be sections where it is necessary to lead your horses due to very steep and rough terrain. On 2 days there are downhill walks on foot of up to an hour and a half.
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 8 hours.
Setting out from the stables we cross the River Poqueira and climb steeply west on little-used paths through small terraced farms and woodland.
This morning offers wonderful views of the Mulhacen and the 3 villages of the Poqueira valley. The first part of the afternoon follows an ancient irrigation channel through oak woods to join one of the forestry tracks where we stop for a picnic lunch.
After lunch this track leads high into the valley of Lanjaron, where it joins a narrow path leading down and across the river Lanjaron. Horses camp out at about 1,800 m and riders transfer by vehicle to the village of Lanjaron (approx. 1 hour’s drive).
Overnight in comfortable 3 star hotel with pool and air conditioning.
Approximately 9 hours.
Continuing west we start the morning with a steep climb to the ridge of El Caballo at approx. 2,500mts. From here we descend cross country on foot and horseback to the head of the river Niguelas where we join a dirt track leading to the source of River Durcal.
In the River Durcal we join an old droving route which we follow for the rest of the afternoon. For the first 20 minutes there is a steep climb on foot. The rest of the afternoon we ride until a final descent of approx. 30 minutes.
During the course of the day the landscape changes dramatically and there are amazing views. Horses camp out and riders are driven to the town of La Zubia on the edge of Granada. 30 minute drive.
Overnight in comfortable hotel.
Approximately 7 hours.
Heading North to the town of Güéjar Sierra, the path takes us through a wide variety of terrain: pine woods, high summer pasture, oak woods and snow fed streams.
After a picnic lunch we join a dirt road where it is possible for some canters. Late afternoon we have a 6 kilometre descent on a secondary road to the town.
Over nighting at a hotel with pool.
Approx 8 hours
Leaving the town way below we climb during the day to 2,300 m The path follows the contours of the ridge offering spectacular views to our right of the highest peaks in Sierra Nevada and to the left the plains of Guadix and Zenet del Marquesado.
After a picnic by one of the mountain springs the path descends through pastureland and pine woods to the Mountain refuge of Postero Alto at 1,900 m. Here we share rooms and you need a sleeping bag or sheets. The refuge provides blankets.
Dinner is basic and plentiful.
Approx 9 hours
Following the foot and bridle paths across the open mountain side, we climb to 3,000 m. From where the descent starts to the valley of Trevelez on the southern side of Sierra Nevada.
Spectacular views of the Mulhacen and the Alcazaba, 2 of the highest peaks.
Overnighting in the village of Trevelez.
Approximately 3 to 4 hours.
Today is a short ride. Following the forestry track through pine and oak woods we return directly to the stables high above the villages of the Poqueira.
This route not only offers wonderful views out over the Contraviesa mountains and the Mediterranean sea, but some good opportunities for canters.
Late lunch in the village of Capileira or Bubion. Afternoon free for some last minute shopping and a well deserved siesta.
Overnight in the village of Bubion and farewell dinner.
Transfer to Malaga.
Prices and Details
Single Supplement: 175 Euros (Payable on arrival in Spain)
6 days riding.
7 nights accommodation with breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Guide, backup vehicle for luggage.
Transfer to and from Malaga at pre-arranged time.
Personal and medical insurance.
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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.