typical riding terrain for fast canters
view from horseback
horse and castle
picnic
view from the castle on horseback
room at the castle
riding down from the castle
view from the castle
countryside and flowers
Paunero
lovely horses
Ferdy and wine
oblisco
jimena
casa henrietta
getting ready
river crossing to Jimena
river crossing
flowers
riding to Jimena
Arab
View of lake from castle Castellar
View of Gibraltar from Castellar day 1
Sunset at Stevie's place day 1
start of the ride day 4
Finca La Alcadeisa day 3
Bedroom finca Alcadeisa day 3
Finca Alcadeisa day 3
casts in castellar day 2
castellar view from top terrace day 1
View through top terrace Castellar day 1
Castille hotel top terrace view day 1
Castellar Moorish fortress day 1
Castellar courtyard day 1
Casa Henrietta, Jimena, roof terrace
Casa henrietta bedroom day 2
Day 1 on the road to Castellar

Get away for a short break with lots of fast riding! We start only 20min from Gibraltar and ride 25km on the arrival day. Riding from a secluded valley on responsive endurance trained Andalusian and Arab X horses, we ride through the Parc Natural Los Acornocales to the historic fortress of Castellar. We overnight in the beautifully restored castle which is perched high above the lake with breath-taking views over the surrounding countryside. The following day we continue north to the traditional white-washed Andalusian village of Jimena, redolent with history of the Moorish occupation. We overnight in the centre of the village in a restored trading merchant's house with fascinating tile work. The third day is a long, fast day back south finishing at an historic hunting lodge, Finca Alcadeisa. On the last day we ride for 2 hrs before departing to the nearby Gibraltar airport.

This is an ideal break for those wishing to pack the maximum riding into a short time along carefully thought out routes to historic locations. With luxurious accommodation and excellent food, this is a high quality break with lots of riding for experienced and reasonably fit riders. There is also the option to combine this trail with a few days at Finca Alcadeisa where you can enjoy more riding as well as other activities on a longer stay.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from LL of Ayr on 07/10/2018

Ride Summary

What was your overall impression of the holiday
brilliant! exceeded our expectations across the board. Horses and host Ferdy were perfect for our group of 5 charming scottish ladies and we were all well matched to our steeds.
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Ferdy needs to work on broad scots accent lol!!
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all the horses knew their job and were exciting ,but not unsafe, to ride. reality check on how pampered and fat our horses are when we got home.
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i read all the feedback and all of them were accurate you do need to be fit to get the most out of this trip.
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What could we do to improve this ride?
first day with our travelling arrangements was pretty tough going and we were too tired to really enjoy our first night but we've re booked to stay an extra night and i'm sure that will help us get the max out of our stay.
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8
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this is not trecking pony stuff these horses have their own brains and love to have a yeeha with their riders. Days are long in the saddle over different terrain so you need to build up your stamina.
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excellent,genuine, friendly and helpful service from everyone. nothing has been too much trouble and we asked you a lot of questions!
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100% best holiday ever and we've rebooked for May 2019!!
Unicorn comments: Thanks for the superb review! Glad it was fab :)

Day 1: Finca Alcaidesa – Castellar (25 km riding)

From the airport you will be transferred by car to the stables which are located 20min from Gibraltar airport and the transfer is included. We suggest a morning flight. On arrival there is an opportunity to relax and have lunch before getting changed and meeting the horses. We set off cross-country through the Parque Natural Los Acornocales with its shady cork forests and sandy tracks, ideal for riding, until we reach the 13th century medieval fortress of Castellar and enter the castle by means of the old Roman road. Within the walls is a charming Andalusian town and incredible views of Morocco and Gibraltar peninsula. Overnight in the Castle (or similar) and dinner.

Day 2: Castellar – Jimena (23 km riding)

After breakfast there is time to visit Castellar fortress and wander through the narrow cobbled streets of the medieval village within its walls. Late morning we start our ride again, turning north we start to follow the river up the narrowing fertile valley towards the traditional white Andalusian village of Jimena (23 km). The area has had human occupation since prehistoric times and cave paintings are still to be seen at the archaeological site of La Laja. We´ll stop to eat in a traditional “Venta” where we will enjoy typical Spanish food. After lunch we have a short ride before we reach Jimena. When we arrive Jimena there is a chance to visit the 8th century Moorish castle built on newly excavated Byzantine roman foundations. Overnight and dinner in Casa Henrietta (or similar).

Day 3: Jimena – Finca Alcaidesa (30 km riding)

Today is a long day and we don't hang about! On the way back from Jimena we ride down to the river Hozgarganta to meet to “The Americans’ road”, a dirt road where we can speed up our riding till get to a more mountainous area where we follow the cow-tracks back to our park. The lunch today will be a picnic in this beautiful countryside. Then we canter across sunny meadows and for those wishing for a slightly longer ride, you may drop off your saddle bags and head off for a good gallop. We arrive tired and satisfied at a restored hunting lodge for another extensive dinner. Overnight and dinner in Cortijo “La Alcaidesa” (or similar).

Day 4: departure
An early start this morning in order to enjoy a 2hr ride in the surrounding countryside with its rolling hills, Acorn Forests and sandy tracks before a late breakfast and departure to Gibraltar airport in time for a lunch time flight. In season (September to mid June) for a small supplement we can ride on a wonderful sandy beach instead.

For clients who cannot arrive in the morning on Day 1 or depart in the afternoon on Day 4, there is an option for a 5 day/4 night/3 days riding itinerary. Riding would start on Day 2 and there would be no ride on the final morning.

Between 15 June and 1 Sept it is forbidden to ride in Spanish beaches.

A supplement of €50 per person is payable on-site for the beach rides. This covers transporting the horses and riders to the beach.

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

There are 12 horses to choose from, many are competing in endurance and all are very fit. They range in size from 15-16.2hh and are light-boned warm-blooded. They are very responsive and forward going, some more so than others. They all come back to hand easily and don't have any vices. They are ridden in English tack, mostly with snaffle bits. The ride leader carries saddle bags with water and refreshments.


The riding is at all paces and the ground is mostly sandy tracks, in and out of shady forests with minimal road work (only to cross the occasional road and ride into villages). The countryside is rolling, there are no drop offs and the terrain is ideal for long canters and some gallops. There are stops for refreshments and long traditional Spanish lunches in the middle of the day.

Rider requirements

Rides should be competent at all paces to get the best out of this ride. A reasonable level of riding fitness is required and some confidence as you will be riding at a good pace from the arrival day. You will have the opportunity to try your horses in the arena before setting off on the trail.
This trail is not recommended for children under 13.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 15 st/209 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

The accommodation is well above average on this trail with historic locations, beautifully restored and with a warm welcome. In the unlikely event the exact hotels below are not available locations of a similar standard and historic nature are used.


Night one: Castile de Castellar The 12-15th century castle hotel has a magnificent setting atop a fortified hill with it's own walled village. This Moorish fortress is now a Parador government owned historic hotel with beautiful rooms, all individually decorated. Due to the thick walls the complimentary wifi is difficult to use.


Night two: Casa Henrietta Casa Henrietta in a refurbished town house into a boutique hotel which is known locally as "La Casa del Doctor Don Juan Marina" . Offering 12 charming and exclusive on suite rooms, in three floors, all of them fully equipped and with wonderful views over the town and the countryside. You can make use of the splendid solarium, situated in the terrace of the hotel, from where you can enjoy the fantastic views over the Roman-Arabic castle of Jimena. There is a terraced Cafe/Bar de tapas.


Night 3: Finca La Alcadeisa An 18th century ducal hunting lodge and estate which is now a government owned natural park and rural hotel. The estate has an impressive surface area of 1,500 hectares with wild olive trees, cork oak trees and pine trees, this natural habitat is ideal for wild goats, deer and boar that inhabit the area. Visitors will find a fully-restored Andalusian country house on offer as rural accommodation of the highest standard with 5 suites.


Meals on this ride are of a very high standard. On the first night we eat out a very special restaurants (Stevie's place). The meals are typical of the region with a apperatives, a first plate, a second plate and desert followed by coffee.

Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

Visa are not required for U.K. or other European nationals. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on travel insurance, passport and visas, health and vaccinations, legal issues and emergency issues. They can be reached on 0207 008 0232/0233 or at www.fco.gov.uk

The British Consulate in Madrid is at the Calle de Fernando el Santo 16, 28010 Madrid. Tel: +34 91 7008200. Email: commerce@ukinspain.com www.ukinspain.com.

The Spanish Embassy in the U.K can be found at 39 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8SB. Tel: (020) 7235 5555.

Climate Summary

The ride takes place further inland and the hills mean it is a little cooler than Gibraltar which has a Mediterranean climate.

Climate Chart

Gibraltat Climate Chart

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health

No special health precautions are required for visits to Spain, for further details please see your local doctor. We do advise taking plenty of sunscreen!

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org

Health (ride specific)

Be sure to take some sunscreen.

Electricity

Voltage is the same as in the UK and most appliances such as battery chargers for videos, hair dryers etc. can be plugged in with appropriate adapters. These are available for purchase at most airports and travel shops.

230V 50HZ with a two pronged round pin plug

Film and Camera Equipment

There is electricity available each night, wifi at most hotels (although of variable speed and accessibility) and mobile phone reception in most places.

Packing List

Nothing specific is needed for this ride, dress in the evenings is casual.
Light summer clothing is needed on most departure dates. You need a riding helmet or broad rimmed hat which must stay on firmly and sunglasses with string. Riding trousers and half chaps are recommended, riding gloves, jersey, warm jacket (Winter, Spring and Autumn), shorts, long sleeve shirts, T-shirts, sarong or wrap, swimsuit, socks, raincoat (seasonal), sun block, camera on a shoulder strap with a pouch which can be secured to your belt, binoculars, lightweight riding boots with a tread for grip and a change of footwear - trainers or sandals.
A range of riding helmets are available on site. You may not have a saddle bag on your horse but the guide will carry one with water etc and the vehicle is available at lunch times.

Programmes

This is a 4 day/3 night programme with 4 days riding available on request all year round (excludes July-August).

Departure Dates

2018: departure dates on request between 1 Jan to 11 Jul; 1 Sept to 31 Dec (no beach riding 15 Jun to 1 Sept). Low season: November to February (excluding 23 Dec to 6 Jan).

Pricing
No single supplement is charged if the rider is willing to share with someone of the same sex, and a sharer can be found.


No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5double pp 5 days riding979
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5single supplement159
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5additional night (half board)58
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5non rider (half board)319
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6double pp 6 days riding1,089
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6single supplement159
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6additional night (half board)58
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6non rider (half board)319
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4double pp 4 days riding819
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4single supplement135
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4additional night (half board)58
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4non rider (half board)269
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6double pp 6 days riding1,135
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6single supplement189
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6additional night (half board)58
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6non rider (half board)375
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3double pp579
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3single supplement54
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3non rider (half board)115
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3additional night (half board) 58
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4double pp699
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4single supplement81
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4non rider (half board)175
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4additional night (half board) 58
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3double pp665
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3single supplement109
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3non rider (half board)235
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3additional night (half board) 58
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4double pp745
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4single supplement81
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4additional night (half board)58
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4non rider (half board)175
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3double pp705
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3single supplement109
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3additional night (half board)58
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3non rider (half board)235
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6double pp 6 days riding1,159
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6single supplement159
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6additional night (half board)58
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6non rider (half board)319
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4double pp 4 days riding875
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4single supplement135
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4additional night (half board)58
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4non rider (half board)269
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6double pp 6 days riding1,205
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6single supplement189
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6additional night (half board)58
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6non rider (half board)375
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5double pp 5 days riding1,099
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5single supplement179
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5additional night (half board)65
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5non rider (half board)359
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6double pp 6 days riding1,225
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6single supplement179
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6additional night (half board)65
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6non rider (half board)359
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4double pp 4 days riding925
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4single supplement149
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4additional night (half board)65
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4non rider (half board)299
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6double pp 6 days riding1,269
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6single supplement209
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6additional night (half board)65
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6non rider (half board)419
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3double pp649
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3single supplement60
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3non rider (half board)129
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3additional night (half board) 65
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4double pp785
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4single supplement90
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4non rider (half board)195
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4additional night (half board) 65
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3double pp745
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3single supplement119
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3non rider (half board)259
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3additional night (half board) 65
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4double pp835
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4single supplement90
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4additional night (half board)65
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4non rider (half board)195
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3double pp789
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3single supplement119
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3additional night (half board)65
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3non rider (half board)259
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6double pp 6 days riding1,299
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6single supplement179
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6additional night (half board)65
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6non rider (half board)359
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4double pp 4 days riding979
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4single supplement149
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4additional night (half board)65
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4non rider (half board)299
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6double pp 6 days riding1,349
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6single supplement209
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6additional night (half board)65
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6non rider (half board)419
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5double pp 5 days riding1,265
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5single supplement209
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5additional night (half board)75
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5non rider (half board)415
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6double pp 6 days riding1,409
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6single supplement209
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6additional night (half board)75
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6non rider (half board)415
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4double pp 4 days riding1,059
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4single supplement175
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4additional night (half board)75
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4non rider (half board)345
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6double pp 6 days riding1,459
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6single supplement245
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6additional night (half board)75
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6non rider (half board)485
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3double pp749
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3single supplement70
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3non rider (half board)149
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3additional night (half board) 75
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4double pp905
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4single supplement105
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4non rider (half board)225
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4additional night (half board) 75
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3double pp855
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3single supplement139
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3non rider (half board)299
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3additional night (half board) 75
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4double pp959
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4single supplement105
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4additional night (half board)75
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4non rider (half board)225
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3double pp909
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3single supplement139
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3additional night (half board)75
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3non rider (half board)299
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6double pp 6 days riding1,499
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6single supplement209
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6additional night (half board)75
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6non rider (half board)415
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4double pp 4 days riding1,129
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4single supplement175
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4additional night (half board)75
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4non rider (half board)345
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6double pp 6 days riding1,555
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6single supplement245
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6additional night (half board)75
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6non rider (half board)485
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5double pp 5 days riding11,535
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5single supplement1,889
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5additional night (half board)685
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/5d riding7d/6n5non rider (half board)3,775
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6double pp 6 days riding12,815
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6single supplement1,889
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6additional night (half board)685
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6non rider (half board)3,775
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4double pp 4 days riding9,659
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4single supplement1,575
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4additional night (half board)685
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4non rider (half board)3,149
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6double pp 6 days riding13,309
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6single supplement2,205
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6additional night (half board)685
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo Low Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6non rider (half board)4,405
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3double pp6,819
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3single supplement629
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3non rider (half board)1,365
2018 Year Round 3d/2n3d/2n3additional night (half board) 685
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4double pp8,235
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4single supplement945
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4non rider (half board)2,045
2018 Low Season 4d/3n4d/3n4additional night (half board) 685
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3double pp7,795
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3single supplement1,259
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3non rider (half board)2,729
2018 Low Season 5d/4n5d/4n3additional night (half board) 685
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4double pp8,759
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4single supplement945
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4additional night (half board)685
2018 High Season 4d/3n4d/3n4non rider (half board)2,045
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3double pp8,285
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3single supplement1,259
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3additional night (half board)685
2018 High Season 5d/4n5d/4n3non rider (half board)2,729
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6double pp 6 days riding13,635
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6single supplement1,889
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6additional night (half board)685
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 7d/6d riding7d/6n6non rider (half board)3,775
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4double pp 4 days riding10,279
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4single supplement1,575
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4additional night (half board)685
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 6d/4d riding6d/5n4non rider (half board)3,149
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6double pp 6 days riding14,159
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6single supplement2,205
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6additional night (half board)685
2018 Jimena/Based Stay Combo High Season 8d/6d riding8d/7n6non rider (half board)4,405
Wildlife

Species list for the PArque Natural Los Acornocales:
Storks (white, Ciconia ciconia; black, Ciconia nigra)
Kites (black-winged, Elanus caeruleus; red, Milvus milvus; black, Milvus migrans)
Buzzards (Buteo buteo)
Spanish imperial eagles (Aquila adalberti)
Vultures (Eurasian black, Aegypius monachus; griffon, Gyps fulvus; Egyptian, Neophron percnopterus)
Egyptian mongooses (Herpestes ichneumon)
Common genets (Genetta genetta)
European otters (Lutra lutra)
European polecats (Mustela putorius)
Wildcats (Felis silvestris)
Weasels (Mustela nivalis)
Iberian lynxes (Lynx pardina)
Roe deer (Capreolus capreolus)
Fallow deer (Dama dama)

Other Information

Los Alcornocales Natural Park (in Spanish, Parque natural de Los Alcornocales) is a natural park located in the south of Spain, in the autonomous community of Andalusia; it is shared between the provinces of Cádiz and Málaga. The natural park occupies a territory spanning seventeen municipalities with a total population of about 380,000. "Los Alcornocales" means "the cork oak groves".

Nearly all of the uninhabited land in the park is covered by Mediterranean native forest. While some of the land has been cleared for cattle ranches, much of the human activity in the park is devoted to exploitation of the forest's resources: hunting wild game, collecting wild mushrooms, and foraging for good specimens of tree heath. The tree heath (Erica arborea, called "brezos" in Spanish) is a small evergreen shrub, rarely more than two or three meters high; it is the source of the reddish briar-root wood used in making tobacco pipes, and its wood is excellent raw material for making charcoal.

Above all, however, the park's forests are exploited for the production of cork. The cork oak (Quercus suber) is a tree with a spongy layer of material lying between the outer surface of its bark and the underlying living layer called the phloem (which, in turn, encloses the non-living woody stem.) Cork is generated by a specialized layer of tissue called cork cambium. Properly done, harvesting cork from a given tree can be undertaken every ten to twelve years without damaging the tree; the cork cambium simply regenerates it. Cork has many commercial uses, including wine-bottle stoppers, bulletin boards, coasters, insulation, sealing material for jar lids, flooring, gaskets for engines, fishing bobbers, handles for fishing rods and tennis rackets, etc.

Jimena de la Frontera is a village in the province of Cádiz which is in Andalusia in southern Spain. Officially declared of Historical and Artistic Importance in 1983. Its narrow cobbled streets and typical white Andalusian houses and it's beautiful surroundings of unspoilt landscapes makes it a very picturesque place to visit. Locals in the village are very friendly and enjoy interacting with passing visitors. There are plenty of charming and authentic tapas bars. The popuation of Jimena is aprox 4500.

Your hosts design their horse riding holidays to share with clients the least known and best preserved Andalusian landscapes, culture and traditions.
Apart from tailor-made riding holidays they also offer the possibility for people from abroad to participate in endurance, with their own horses or with one of the stables.

Instructor;
Ferdy Coopman. (Holland 1965) Certified guide by The Royal Spanish Equestrian Federation.
More than thirty years of experience working with horses (Polo horses in Argentina and Belgium, race horses in Mijas, endurance horses in Estepona and Sotogrande.
Experienced teacher for beginners. Competes in endurance.
Fluent in English, German, Dutch and Spanish.

Assistant;
Daniel Rojas. (Spain 1983). Specialist in Spanish Country Dressage.
More than twenty years of experience working with horses.

Logistics;
Cristina Sempere. (Spain 1971)
She takes care that our clients have a “real Spanish experience” and chooses for you the best places to stay and eat. She can arrange all special requests to make your holiday unique.
Speaks English and Spanish.

Other Country Information

Spain is a beautiful and diverse country, the second largest in Europe. The official language is Castilian Spanish but Catalan, Galician and Basque are also spoken. Territory includes two island archipelagos – the Balearics and the Canaries – and two enclaves on the North African coast, bordering Morocco – Ceuta and Melilla. The African influence can be found throughout Spain but especially in the south, for example the guitar was invented by the Spanish when they added a sixth string to the Arab lute. Music and art permeates Spanish culture, most obviously displayed in the fire and passion of the Flamenco and the stunning modern architecture found in the cities.

The famous siesta is still enjoyed by the majority of Spaniards, most shops close at lunchtime for two or three hours so everyone can escape the often scorching afternoon sun. Evening meals are served late into the evening with plenty of wine or sangria. Often meals can last two or three hours, especially if your host is serving Tapas, small and varied dishes of meats, bread, vegetables. Paella is also a delight and very popular across the country.

Spain is one hour ahead of GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram. The international dialling code for Spain is +34.

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Gibraltar Airport (GIB)
Transfer:
2018: Included from meeting point and takes 20min. Also available from Malaga or Jerez airports at a cost of €45 per person each way (payable on site).
Flight Guide:
London - Gibraltar from £70 return
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