A very nice week programm of horseback riding in unspoilt nature from aventura ecuestre, Christina Ward.
What is so special: That you can ride along the shore with sunset, go into the mountains enjoying beautiful lonely trails and some impressive views over the ocean.
Guides: The girls of Aventura Ecuestre take good care, they are all experienced and helpful.
What to do after and before: A helping hand in the stables is always welcome, Follow some Yoga classes, go for Mountain bike tour, visit the intact Castle Guzman el Bueno, Whale Watching is very nice experience. Never a dull moment.
The team of Aventura Ecuestre and their beautiful horses look forward to welcoming you in Tarifa. This is a short outline of their programm. Enjoy your week together with your horse.
Please do not hesitate to see us at the stables before or after the check-in. We are happy to help you whenever you need us.
Please note: riding times might change during the season.
First contact and beach ride.
10.00 meeting time at the riding stables of Aventura Ecuestre. Get to know the other guests and riders of the week as well as the horses and the guides. We will give you an introduction to the natural way of Spanish riding. Our goal is to show you a different way to ride as what you are maybe used to. 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 along the endless golden beach Playa de los Lances.
After lunch at a local Restaurant you will have some time to relax and enjoy the beach.
In the evening there will be another beach ride, where you can practice your new skills.
Mountain ride to the “Sanctuary of the Light”, a historic site of Tarifacaballossantuario
10h00-15h00 – We ride inlands, towards the hills, to discover the real Andalusian countryside. This is freedom. We ride through fields and along narrow pathways, through the common grazing land where cows and horses, Iberian pigs, sheep and goats roam freely. At a historic site, called the Sanctuary of light we will have a rest. This is a monastery, where the patron Saint of Tarifa can be seen. The colorful patio as well as the church is worth the visit. Once a year at the cabalgata, around 500 horses with their traditionally dressed riders, accompany the Saint to Tarifa where she takes a place of honor above the altar of the main church, St. Matthew. At the Sanctuary we have a picnic under the pine trees and time to relax and to explore the monastery.
Ride to “El Rancho” a local traditional restaurant.
11.00-15.00 – We will enjoy a great ride along the beach towards Tarifa with lots of possibilities to canter or gallop. If we are lucky we will see migrating birds near the river Rio Jara resting before their crossover to Africa. Through pine wood forests we ride into the countryside passing a private Spanish horse and bullfarm. A tipical local Spanish lunch will be served at the restaurant El Rancho. This restaurant owned by a horse loving family is hardly known to the non locals.
Free day – Discovery or relax day
Enjoy a day off riding. Either relax on the beach or take yourself time to discover Tarifa
and its surrounding. Buy your tickets in advance: We can organize tickets for you for
Whale watch, Tanger or the Royal horse Show in Jerez. Find more information about activities in Tarifa on the website.
Dune and “Paloma baja” ride.
10.00-15.00 – Ride to the sand dunes at the most famous windsurf beach of Tarifa. Have fun sliding down the dune on horse back. After this special adventure we will enjoy a picnic in romantic pine woods or, if the tide allows it, we carry on along the beach of the Atlantic Ocean, over dunes and through pine woods until we reach and pass the hidden village Paloma Baja and have a picnic.
Ride into the Cork Tree National Park
10.00-15.00 – 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. 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.
Enjoy your last view over to Africa, before you say good bye to ”your” horse. There is a saying, “Tarifa is like a virus, once you have caught it, it will not let you go”.
Depend if you wish with accommodation at the Beach Hotel Dos Mares, amount of riders and time of year.
Experienced qualifeid instructors and guides
Good physical condition
Sports riding clothes