The Sulayr Short Break offers three full day rides.

The first day in the Poqueira Valley. The second day we head east to the village of Trevelez, where we stay the night.

On the third day we climb high into the mountains and return to the home base by a different route.

The rides follow ancient bridle paths and drovers routes, dating back to the Moorish occupation and before. Many of these paths have been in use for a thousand years or more, as have the terraces and irrigation channels they transverse.

With more than 30 years knowledge of this region, Dallas has chosen a selection of trails offering an amazing diversity of terrains, views, and flora.

The Itinerary

Day 1

Transfer from Malaga airport (approx. 2 hours) to the village of Bubión at designated time.

While in Bubión 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.

white village riding holiday horse riding in white villages of spain

Day 2

Approx. 5 hours riding

After breakfast you will be driven the 5 kilometres up to the stables, where you will meet the horses. The ride will vary slightly depending on the weather and the time of year.

During the morning the trail takes us along an old bridlepath through pine woods to open hillside high above the valley Poqueira. The path winds its way passed old terraced farms, follows the acequias (ancient Moorish irrigation channels) up through the high snow-fed summer pastures to the base of the Mulhacen , at 3,486 meters the highest mountain on the Spanish mainland.

Picnic lunch (approximately 2,400 metres) by a small snow fed stream with spectacular views of the high peaks to the north and the Mediterranean to the south. After lunch the trail follows the open ridge of the Mulhacen for about an hour again stunning views, on a clear day all the way across to Africa. The final two hours of the ride the path takes us down through the welcome shade of the pine woods to the stables.

Second night in Bubion

Dinner on this night is not included, however, we are happy to make any reservations on your behalf with the local restaurants.

Day 3

Approx. 5 hours riding

Today we ride through totally different terrain to the whitewashed village of Trevelez, the highest village in Spain and famous for its air cured hams.

During the morning the old bridle paths and tracks take us through chestnut woods, orchards and terraces to the villages of Pitres and Portugos.

After leading the horses through the narrow village streets we mount up and ride a further hour through small terraced farms and oak woods to our picnic spot in the shade of the pine woods. After lunch we join the main forestry track leading to Trevelez. During the afternoon there are opportunities for some nice canters as we ride through the pine and oak weeks.

The final descent into the village is on a narrow path and it is necessary to lead the horses for 15 minutes.

Trevelez has a long tradition of animal husbandry, the cattlemen and their horses heading out to the hills is a common sight in the early morning and late evening.

Overnight in hotel La Fragua,  swimming pool open June to September. Dinner at local restaurant.

Day 4

Approx. 5 hours riding

Returning to Bubion by an alternative route that takes us high into the mountains above Trevelez.  The dirt road out of the village lends to some good canters before joining the path leading into the high Sierras. This path climbs steeply through oak woods and open pasture lands to approximately 2,400 metres.

Picnic at 2.400 meters with stunning views over the Mediterranean, the valley of Trevelez and the foothills of the Contraviesa.

During the afternoon we leave the open pasture lands behind and follow the path descending through pine woods to the stables.

Overnight and farewell dinner in the village of Bubion.

Day 5

After breakfast transfer to Malaga airport at pre-arranged time.

pure breed spanish horses

Ride Dates


March 13 - March 17


March 28 - April 1


May 9 - May 13


June 6 - June 10


June 27 - July 1


July 24 - July 29


September 5 - September 9


September 26 - September 30


October 10 - October 14


November 27 - December 1


December 14 - December 18

Prices and Details


825  Euros

Single Supplement: 75 Euros (Payable on arrival in Spain)


4 nights accommodation,

Breakfast, lunch on three days,

Includes dinner on 3 nights..

3 full days riding.

The price is based on a double or twin room, if you require a single room there is a supplement of 75 Euros.



Personal and medical insurance,

Airport transfers. We can arrange a shared transfer from Malaga airport for the cost of 45 Euros per person each way. The collection time should be no later than 5 pm on the day of arrival.  The transfer on the day of departure will return you to  Malaga airport for 10 am.

Riding Experience:

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

Weight Limit:

90kg experienced riders,

75kg novice/low intermediate

Book Your Place on the El Sulayr Short Break

Book the El Sulayr Short Break

Ride Gallery

What 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.

Nice 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.

Beautifully 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.

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 accomodation was comfortable throughout with plentifiul, 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 thankyou 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 Marquesdad 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.

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

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.  However, we taught Alwin how to play Bridge which she picked up incredibly quickly.

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.

Also 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.  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.  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.

At times the riding can be physically challenging, but any reasonably competent rider who doesn’t mind walking alongside their horse on the steep bits for an hour or so can manage it. 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. The time we had to lead our horses up that rocky cliff face was probably one of the most difficult things I have ever had to do – I thought my lungs were going to burst when I reached the top.


Also the 4k walk down the side of the mountain to Trevelez, but that was to do with the intense heat rather than the distance. All in all I didn’t ache half as much as I thought I would given the number of hours we were riding each day. The food was always plentiful and delicious. As I didn’t eat much breakfast (too early!), the picnic lunches were always welcome and the evening meals substantial – just what was needed after a day in the saddle. Cold beer was often on my mind during the hottest parts of the day and it hardly touched the sides when I eventually got one.

All the accommodation was of a good standard and always clean, although there always seemed to be a party going on outside my window – ah well, that’s Spain! I thought the refuge was a really interesting building built in such a beautiful spot – definitely worth an overnight stay.