HORSEBACK RIDING TRAIL RIDE IN ANDALUCIA
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *
25/12: Arrival for your horseback ride in Andalusia. Transfer from Almeria airport, bus station or train station. Presentation, dinner and overnight in a hotel in San José.
26/12: San José - Genoveses Beach - Monsul, Media Luna, the Sirens' Reef: without a doubt, the last Mediterranean wild beache, with their white sand dunes, shooting sites for many famous movies: Indiana Jones, Lawrence of Arabia, For a Fistful of Dollars. For lunch, picnic at the foot of the “El Romeral” cortijo, one of the typical facilities that once served as accommodation for the local farmers. In the afternoon, you ride up through the “Del Tesorillo” valley. You go back to your hotel in San José.
YOU CAN ARRIVE 26/12 EVENING
27/12: San José - Rodalquilar. To the North of the park are the Sierra de Gata mountains, with the craters of ancient volcanoes, surrounded by a lunar landscape and typical villages like “Los Albaricoques”. Several famous western movies were filmed here, such as "for a fistful of dollars", "the good, the bad and the ugly". The streets are named after Clint Eastwood, Sergio Leone… Lunch at the" Cortijo del Fraile: it's here where the events inspired Federico Garcia for his work “Bodas de Sangre” (The Blood Bride) took place. Night in a hotel with swimming pool
28/12: Rodalquilar - El Playazo - Cala del Cuervo. You ride to discover the eastern part of the Natural Park. You head to "la torre de los lobos" (the wolve tower), where you can enjoy the view over the whole natural park when the weather is clear, up to the snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada. You ride to "el playazo" beach, known since the Roman presence, which was a landmark for pirates. You cross a palm tree oasis fed by small springs. Picnic by the sea, at the “cala del cuervo.” Return to your hotel with swimming pool.
29/12: Rodalquilar - Old gold mine - Sierra de Gata - Rodalquilar. You take the old gold mine trail, straddling small ravines that were once the only connection between farms, between sea and mountain. You cross the crater of the volcano which now forms the Rodalquilar valley. You discover the cliffs which still hide gold today, and you visit the mine old installations which used to be in operation since 1933 and which finally closed in 1986. Picnic at the gold mine. Return to your hotel with swimming pool.
30/12: Rodalquilar - Las Negras- Rodalquilar. A long morning ride, of about 4 hours towards Las Negras, a beautiful place with many irrigated orchards, and an atmosphere of fishermen. At the bottom of its bay is El Cerro Negro (The Black Hill), an impressive rock formation that looks like a lava spit, witness to what was the Cabo de Gata Natural Park. Late lunch: a paella in a restaurant by the sea. In the afternoon, you can take a swim in the sea. Then, return to your hotel where you can enjoy the swimming pool and possibly book a massage or a spa (not included in the price).
31/12: Rodalquilar - La Isleta del Moro - San José. You leave Rodalquilar by a path that runs along the coast. These trails were once used to monitor the coast in the event of a pirate attack, which explains the presence of small castles and watchtowers. Picnic on the beach of Escullos, hidden behind its small oasis of palm trees. Nexyear's eve dinner. Night in a hotel in San José.
01/01: End of your horseback riding tour in Andalusia and transfer to the airport after breakfast.
* Indicative itinerary which may be subject to modifications if necessary.