La Alpujarra Ride The Alpujarra is the name given to the South of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. A region of much botanical and geological importance, it is an area with a rich cultural and historical heritage.
We follow ancient bridle paths and valleys where the horse, mule or oxen still pull the plough and thresh the harvest. Each day of the ride we pass through different terrain; from mountain pastures and pine forests to almond and olive groves.
Here is an opportunity not only to discover spectacular landscapes and sceneries, but also a culture where tradition remains very much part of everyday life. The average riding time per day is between five and six hours.
On some days there are plenty of opportunities to trot and canter, other days it is mainly walking (due to the rough terrain). No matter what pace it is a beautiful ride.
Those of you who have arranged to be collected from Malaga airport will be pickup at prearranged time and driven to the village of Bubion. While in Bubion you will be staying in the comfortable Casa La Sevillana.
Your host (Dallas Love) will meet you at 8.30pm and take you for dinner in one of the local restaurants, within easy walking distance of your accommodation.
Approximately 6 hours riding.
After breakfast you will be collected and driven to the stables situated 5 kilometres from the village of Bubion at an altitude of 1.650 meters.
Today is a day ride local to the stables, enabling you to acclimatise slightly to the area and the altitude. Also acquainting you and your horse prior to setting out for the week.
The ride takes us high into the Valley Poqueira, on a combination of bridle paths and forestry tracks. The route follows along ancient Moorish irrigation channels and summer pastures watered by the snow melt.
This valley is claimed to be one of the most beautiful in the whole of Sierra Nevada with the high peaks reaching over 3,000 metres at the head of the valley, and the Mediterranean Sea at the foot.
The horses will carry a full picnic lunch which we will eat besides one of the mountain streams, at 2,500 metres an idyllic spot offering spectacular views, on a clear day all the way across to the mountains of Morocco.
Returning to the stables you will be driven down to the village.
Set dinner in one of the local restaurants. Overnight in the Casa la Sevillana.
Approximately 6 hours
Today we head east to the village of Trevelez, at 1,486 metres 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.
Approximately 6 hours riding
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 path, many centuries old, follows first the Moorish irrigation channel and then works its way through oak and pine forests to the open pasture lands of the Sierra of Juviles.
Here we have two options, depending on the weather we continue to climb and picnic at about 2,300 metres or start a gentler descent and picnic in the oak woods above the village of Juviles.
Both lovely rides with stunning views. Both slow as we are mostly climbing on mountain paths. On both options the final descent into the village of Berchules is on foot about 30 minutes walk.
Overnight and dinner in the very comfortable Hotel Berchules.
Pool available June to late September.
Approximately 7 hours
Berchules takes its name from the old Spanish word ´Berchel´ meaning literally ´mountain garden´.
During the morning we take the ancient Moorish bridle path, once the main trade route over the mountains to Granada.
As the path passes through terraced orchards and fields, high above the cause of the river, it is easy to see how the area came by its name.
Leaving the path we stop for a picnic lunch in the shade of the pine woods
After lunch we join the main forestry track built in the early 1900s to improving access for farming and reforestation in the area. Opportunities for trots and canters.
We spend a second night in the village of Berchules.
Approximately 5 hours.
To-day we head back to the village of Trevelez. Leaving the village of Berchules below we have a steep climb to approximately 2,400 metres.
During the morning the route follows dirt tracks through farm and pasture lands up to the tree line. Some canters.
Picnic lunch on the edge of the pine woods with wonderful views over the valley of Trevelez, the sea to the south and the Mulhacen 3486 mtrs(the highest mountain on the mainland) to the north.
During the afternoon we descend on the bridle path through the woods to the village of Trevelez. There are some places one needs to lead the horses for short periods.
Overnight and dinner in the comfortable Hotel Fragua, Pool June to late September.
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.
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.
|27 April – 04 May (Sat- Sat)||La Alpujarra||1,395.00€||165€|
|11th - 18th May||La Alpujarra||1,395.00€||165 €|
|17 – 24 Aug (Sat – Sat)||La Alpujarra||1,395.00€||165 €|
|07 – 14 Sept||La Alpujarra||1,395.00€||165 €|