Horse Riding in Spain
Spain has so much more to offer than Flamenco music and dance, bull-fights, fantastic beaches and lots of sunshine, It is one of the cultural centres of Europe. It has beautiful cities and towns and wonderful countryside and coastline. There are endless tracts of wild and crinkled sierra to explore, as well as some spectacularly rugged stretches of coast between the beaches. One of the best ways to explore this diverse countryside is on horseback.
The Spanish Andalusian horse is believed to be the most ancient riding horse in the world and Spanish experts maintain that it does not owe a single feature of its make up to another breed. In the sixteenth century the horses were taken to Austria to found the Spanish Riding School of Vienna and its Lippizaner horses and the Portugese Lusitano have evolved from the Spanish Andalusian. Consequently, the Spanish are justly proud of their history with the horse and today you will find this wonderful breed all over Spain justly admired for its temperament and empathy with the rider.
The Camino de Santiago, known in English as the Way of Saint James among other names is a network of pilgrims' ways or pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. It is also popular with hiking, cycling and horseriding enthusiasts.The French Way (Camino Francés) and the Routes of Northern Spain are the courses which are listed in the World Heritage List by UNESCO
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.
HORSE PILGRIMAGE EL ROCIO
Pilgrimages in Spain are very popular. One of the most renowned is "El Rocio" and one of the most popular ways to do it is on horseback or in one of the carretas (decorated wagons), journeying through the marshlands and sleeping out in the open.
On Sunday night no-one sleeps in anticipation of being able to enter the church and join in the procession of the Blanca Paloma (White Dove), by which the Virgin of El Rocío is known. The most exciting moment of all is the salto (leap), when the people of the nearby town of Almonte enter the shrine, leaping over the railings, and lead their Virgin in procession through the village. In the camps, when night falls, the pilgrims drink, sing and dance. The sound of flamenco guitars and tambourines, carried on the sandy wind, animate the night.
A peaceful way to enjoy nature and the scenery whilst travelling with groups or family. The Region of Valencia, with its long equestrian tradition, offers many opportunities of carrying out horseback trails of different lengths, ranging from trails for novice or inexperienced riders to trails that last several days, providing an unforgettable tourist experience.
As well as the numerous forest trails or country roads through which you may ride, the Region of Valencia has a total of nine equestrian trails that have been certified by the Royal Equestrian Federation of Spain, which have been provided with tourist infrastructure and the necessary services for you to have a great time whilst riding our horses.
One of the most espectacular riding trails near the city is the one from Yatova to Siete Aguas