Tarifa Riding Week

Southern Spain Spain: (IT-SPSR10-W)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/spain_andalusia_tarifa_riding_week.aspx

Introduction
Southern Spain Spain
Tarifa is the southernmost village of Spain and Europe and it offers many diverse possibilities for excursions, riding or otherwise!  From Tarifa you can journey to Jerez, which is the home of the Royal Andalusian Riding School, Cádiz, Ronda, Gibraltar, and Sevilla.  The Tarifa town itself has a buzzing summer social scene and is worth a visit or two! Because of its excellent wind conditions, Tarifa is very popular with wind and kite surfers. Watch them while you suntan on the beach or learn with lessons of your own! Make your dreams of beach horseback riding come true along the sands of the region's pretty beaches - the stable is located 3 miles west of Tarifa, right on the beautiful beach and close to a vast nature reserve in the mountains. Enjoy horseback riding through clean pine forests, over sand dunes, and along quaint country roads weaving the local farmlands on a string of well trained and gorgeous Andalusian horses. Here is the ideal climate for riding all year round! The frequent winds between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic make it cool enough to enjoy riding even during the hottest sunny periods of the summer and in the winter the temperature seldom drops below 15º.

This relaxed program is a great opportunity to discover the quiet corners of a stunning region by horseback. The combination of white sandy beaches and the rolling hills of the national park is perfect! From the park there are even panoramic views over to Africa which is truly breathtaking!

If you want to discover more, we can organize following activities for you:
-Additional riding or lessons.
-Day trip and shopping at a bazar in Morocco (Tanger)
-Dolphin and Whale watching
-Learn Spanish at our well known Spanish school in Tarifa
-Learn to Kite and Windsurf
 

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a stationary ride so all nights are spent at the same location.

Description
You can choose between 2 hotel accommodations: Hotel Dos Mares & Hotel La Cordoniz.
Both hotels offer a laundry service for an extra fee.



Hotel Dos Mares 
This charming lodging located directly on Los Lances Beach is the most convenient with the riding stables on the premises. The hotel offers a swimming pool, tennis and paddle courts, windsurf and kite surf school as well as a gymnasium. The rooms all come with air conditioning / heating, plasma TV, safe, telephone, mini bar and private bathroom with shower and hairdryer.
We normally reserve the bungalows closest to the stables for our clients.
The Hotel is famous for its buffet breakfast and restaurant. The hotel offers a swimming pool, tennis and paddle courts, windsurf and kite surf school as well as a gymnasium. Free Wi-Fi is available in common areas.

Hotel La Cordoniz
This beautiful Spanish accommodation is located 5km away from Tarifa and the riding center. Some rooms have a view over the Sea while other have a terrace with direct access to the surrounding gardens. The rooms are simply decorated and all feature private facilities (hair dryer included), TV, phone, mini fridge and air conditioning / heating.
There is an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi access.


Meals
Only breakfast is included. Lunch and dinners are to be paid extra.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Horses
There are about 20 well-trained local Andalusian and Andalusian cross horses waiting for you. They are kept naturally in small groups in eucalyptus woods beside the stable. Most of our horses are forward going and are well suited for the more experienced riders.

Equipment
We ride in the Spanish Vaquero style which will be carefully explained to you. We use neck-reining, body-weight and voice. You do not need spurs or a whip.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Please note that order of events and riding times might change during the season!

Day 1 (Sunday): Arrival
Please do not hesitate to see us at the stables before or after you check-in. We are happy to help you whenever you need us.
Meals included: None
Overnight at Hotel Dos Mares or Hotel La Cordoniz (depending on package chosen)


Day 2 (Monday): Introductory Ride
We all meet at the stables at 10:00AM. Here, you will get to know your guide and your horse for the week. We will give you an introduction to the natural way of Spanish riding. Our goal is to show you a different way to ride. We try to ride most of the horses bitless with fine aids, with weight and voice as well as neck reining. The Spanish horses are amazing teachers. Practice the Spanish riding style on your first ride through the pine woods and along the endless, golden beach "Playa de los Lances".
After the ride, we all sit together for a small snack, in Spanish "tapas" to discuss the weekly program. In the evening, there will be another beach ride, where you can practice your new skills.
Riding approx. 3 hours
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Dos Mares or Hotel La Cordoniz (depending on package chosen)


Day 3 (Tuesday): Mountain ride to the “Sanctuary of the Light”
We start riding around 10 am. On this ride we discover the real Andalusian countryside. We ride at a slower pace through fields and along narrow pathways, where all types of animals can be seen. At the Sanctuary, we have a nice picnic, in the park. Then we return through the valley to the stables.
Riding approx. 3-4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel Dos Mares or Hotel La Cordoniz (depending on package chosen)


Day 4 (Wednesday): Sand Dune “Punta Paloma” Ride
We meet around 10 am to start our ride along the hillside to the amazing sand dunes of “Punta Paloma”. We will climb the dunes at this world famous windsurf beach of Tarifa. Enjoy the views and have fun sliding down the dune on horse back. After this special adventure we will enjoy a picnic in romantic pine woods.
Riding approx. 3-4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel Dos Mares or Hotel La Cordoniz (depending on package chosen)


Day 5 (Thursday): “Relax day” (no riding)
Free day where you can relax or discover the surroundings of Tarifa. Visit the beautiful bay of Bolonia and the historic ruins or book tickets (extra cost, paid locally) with us: Tangier, whale watching, Show of the dancing Andalusian horses in Jerez (must be booked in advanced to guarantee seats -- let us know ahead of time if you want to see this during your tour - extra cost).
Or just relax, and enjoy a beach or Tarifa town day.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight at Hotel Dos Mares or Hotel La Cordoniz (depending on package chosen)


Day 6 (Friday): Ride into the “Cork Tree National Park”
Start around 10 am. Ride into the hills of Tarifa, with stunning views over the valley, beaches and over to Africa. We reach the southern most part of the cork oak forest, called “Los Alcornocales”. Here, mules are still used to transport the cork, which is cut every 7 years. This is a beautiful ride into the remote back lands of Tarifa passing by herds of free roaming farm animals. We will enjoy a picnic in middle of the cork oak wood before we ride back through a beautiful valley.
Riding approx. 4-5 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel Dos Mares or Hotel La Cordoniz (depending on package chosen)


Day 7 (Saturday): Mountain ride “El Rancho” and Beach ride
We start with a beach ride at 10 am and then ride inlands to a typical Andalusian restaurant for lunch. The restaurant is called “El Rancho” where you can enjoy local food and local ambience. On the way back we ride through the countryside passing a private Spanish farm.
Riding approx. 3-4 hours
Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch
Overnight at Hotel Dos Mares or Hotel La Cordoniz (depending on package chosen)


Day 8 (Sunday): Departure
Enjoy your last view of Morocco from our side of the water, before you say goodbye to your horse of the week.
Meals included: Breakfast


Rates and Dates for Tarifa Riding Week

Rates include:

Accommodations with breakfast (except for Casa Javier accommodations), lunches (included on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday), 5 riding days

Packages and Options




* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer from/ to Malaga or Jerez Airport (1 pax), return 400 $480
2019 Transfer from/ to Malaga or Jerez Airport (2+ pax), pp, return 200 $240
2019 Transfer from/to Gibraltar Airport (1 pax), return 200 $240
2019 Transfer from/to Gibraltar Airport (2+ pax), pp, return 100 $120

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
D 2019 01/06 - 03/31 8d / 7n Weekly program - 5 riding da... 1 /8 Reserve
C 2019 01/06 - 03/31 8d / 7n Weekly program - 5 riding da... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2019 04/01 - 06/30 8d / 7n Weekly program - 5 riding da... 1 /8 Reserve
B 2019 04/01 - 06/30 8d / 7n Weekly program - 5 riding da... 1 /8 Reserve
A 2019 09/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n Weekly program - 5 riding da... 1 /8 Reserve
B 2019 09/01 - 10/31 8d / 7n Weekly program - 5 riding da... 1 /8 Reserve
C 2019 11/01 - 12/21 8d / 7n Weekly program - 5 riding da... 1 /8 Reserve
D 2019 11/01 - 12/21 8d / 7n Weekly program - 5 riding da... 1 /8 Reserve

Dates Note: This trip is available any time of the year SUN -SUN except June 25 - Sept. 24

Rates do not include:

Lunches on shorter rides (Monday and Thursday). Dinners. Tickets to shows and other activities on day 5

Other Info
Meeting: near Tarifa
Airport: Malaga
Transfer: Gibraltar, Malaga, or Jerez airport; by arrangement

Climate:
                                                Tarifa area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

60

60

62

64

67

72

76

77

74

70

65

61

Average Low Temperature (°F)

52

52

54

55

59

64

67

69

66

62

57

54

Average High Temperature (°C)

16

15

17

18

20

22

24

25

23

21

18

16

Average Low Temperature (°C)

11

11

12

13

15

18

20

20

19

17

14

12

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

7

7

6

6

3

1

0

0

1

5

7

8

Source: NOAA


Seasons
You can ride in Tarifa year round!

Winter
Even while the rest of Europe is shivering, you have a good chance of being able to walk around in a T-shirt, while in Tarifa. In winter the temperature seldom drops below 15º C.

Summer
It’s hot in summer, but not oppressively so – the seaside location saves it from becoming the furnace that inland cities can be. The constant winds between the Mediterranean and the Atlantic make it comfortable to ride even during the hottest sunny periods of summer.

What To Bring:
English or Western riding attire is fine for the ride. Rain gear suitable for riding should be carried along, particularly during the months from November through April. Good sun protection (gloves, sunscreen, hat with a chin strap), sunglasses with straps, swimsuit, towel, shorts, and a windbreaker should also be taken. A jacket or sweater for the cool evenings is recommended. A hard hat is not required, but recommended for safety. A belt pack in which to carry your camera and other small valuables during the ride is handy. Attire is strictly informal throughout, though if you are planning to visit other cities on your own later you may wish to bring a jacket and tie. Regular film can be obtained locally, but special sizes may not be available-bring plenty. It is a good idea to bring your own soap, since not all hotels supply it.  Saddle bags will be provided.

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots (short) + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection
Lightweight Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films and batteries
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm