If there is a city that truly evokes the essence of Spain, that city is Granada. A cross-roads of civilizations since time immemorial and in an unparalleled location, Granada is a vibrant, friendly and lively metropolis that is full of culture. The Alhambra, the flagship of the city's vast historical heritage, stands on a hilltop overlooking a city that attracts around three million visitors every year.
If there is a popular horseback riding around Granada, that is around La Alpujarra, an area that lies between the Sierra Nevada and the Lújar and Gádor mountain ranges. It opens up to the Mediterranean Sea from the Mulhacén, the highest peak of the Iberian Peninsula. Its landscape is rough yet colourful, scattered with ravines, canyons and valleys with traditional villages lying all around.
This region was inhabited by Phoenicians and Romans, however it was the eight centuries of Arab domination which gave it its tiered architecture, its water irrigation system, its cuisine and even its name. Isolated and inaccessible for centuries, this rugged terrain has been kept almost unspoiled, as if time had stopped in La Alpujarra. The villages of LaAlpujarra, with their whitewashed houses, are scattered along the slopes between green forests.
The beauty of these villages is only one of its many attractions. Lanjarón, a spa town famous for the longevity and good health of its inhabitants, is the gate to the La Alpujarras’ wonders. Trévelez, the highest town in Europe, is best known for its exquisite hams. Another main tourist destination the Barranco de Poqueira, a ravine where the villages of Pampaneira, Bubión and Capileira are.It is said that this is an area of goblins and witches, in addition to the smell of olives and trout with ham.
The Rio Guadalfeo divides lengthwise La Alpujarra in two, giving rise tothe High and Low Alpujarra. The High onefalls in the southern part of the Sierra Nevada where beautiful villages such as Bérchules, Busquístar, Bubión, Juviles or Yegen are located. The LowLa Alpujarra is made up of La Contraviesa, where we find unusual villages such as Lújar, Sorvilán and Albondón among others.
Both locals and foreigners have been mesmerised by these local villages.
Next to La Alpujarra is the Valle de Lecrín valley, whose orange and lemon groves fill it with their scent. Old flourmills, Arab castles and charming farmhouses are scattered around this quiet region with its beautiful light.
ALPUJARRAS HORSERIDING ADVENTURE 2019
This program will allow us to enjoy the Alpujarras region in 4 days. This area has a landscape of exceptional natural beauty. The varied topography provides the most surprising contrasts in scenery, from the snowy heights of the Sierra Nevada National Park, to the fertile valleys of olive and almond groves, and on a clear day one can even glimpse the Mediterranean Sea in the distance. A meeting point of the Arab and Christian worlds, the once impregnable stronghold for the different peoples who settled here. Riding deep into the heart of this region as we pass though several villages it is much like travelling in the Spain of the 19th Century, where time has stopped for travellers who wonder at the changing face and vegetation of the different micro-climates. The route generally follows old bridle paths which snake through numerous ravines where the snowmelt waters run.
DAY 1. CAPILEIRA. Welcoming and introduction of the guide. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.
DAY 2. BUBIÓN – TREVÉLEZ. Drive to the riding centre in Bubión (2 Km away from Capileira). Introduction of the horses. We will start by climbing up along bridle paths through the Blood Ravine to the track that leads us to Trevélez with views of the villages of the Poqueira and La Taha Valleys. Picnic en route. During the ride there are some opportunities for gallops with a magnificent panoramic view of the Sierra Contraviesa and Lújar opposite us. Descend to Trevélez by a bridle path where we will arrive in time for some beers with tapas. There will be the opportunity to visit some of the ham drying houses of Trevélez, famous for its hams and considered the highest village in Spain at an altitude of 1,700m. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Fragua **. A five hour ride.
DAY 3. TREVÉLEZ – JUVILES - LOS BÉRCHULES. After crossing the bridge over the river, we will start this route by a bridle path that climbs the left slope of the ravine, leaving behind the village from which it takes its name. Riding down to Los Berchules by a track. Picnic on the way. Once again, we will enjoy the beauty of the Sierra Contraviesa and Sierra Gádor, this time in the province of Almería. On a clear day we will have the view of the Mediterranean Sea and the silhouette of the mountains of Africa in front of us. Descent to Juviles for lunch. The journey continues on horseback to Los Berchules by a bridle path. Dinner and accommodation tonight in a very comfortable, family-run hotel - El Cercado***. Option for Spa services. Five hours riding
DAY 4. LOS BÉRCHULES - CÁDIAR. From Los Bérchules, we will descend to Narila, where we will stop for water the horses and visit a breeding farm of P.R.E. (Spanish Pure Breed) horses. The ride passes through Cádiar village and we will finish the ride at the beautiful hotel Alquería de Morayma**, where we should arrive just on time for lunch. Three and a half hours riding. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.
DAY 5. CÁDIAR - BUBIÓN. Crossing the Guadalfeo river, we will join the path that will lead us to Lobras, Nieles and Càstaras. We will continue until we reach the impressive gorge of Las Carihuelas de Busquístar, where we will descend to cross the Trevélez river, and we will follow the path which leads to the village of Busquístar for lunch. After lunch two more hours riding to Bubión. A six hour ride. Farewell dinner in a local restaurant and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos*** in Capileira.
DAY 6. After breakfast, we say goodbye.