When you don’t have much time left for long vacation, it doesn’t mean the fun should stop. In fact, an extended weekend, or even a regular weekend, is enough for a great adventure.
There are many benefits that horse riding weekend brings. Beginner riders can experience what a horse riding holiday is like without spending to many days in the saddle. For experienced riders, it can be a wonderful getaway to refresh your riding skills before joining a longer trip.
Europe has a long history of horsemanship and an abundance of destination for horse riding including natural parks and stables. There are countless number of riding trails that take approximately a couple of hours to several days to finish. And most of the long trails can be divided into smaller sections.
In this article, we take a look at the best destinations for a horse riding weekend in Europe
For a short yet intensive adventure in Southern part of Spain, try a horse riding weekend getaway in Andalusia – the place in which horsemanship are not only tradition but still part of everyday life.
Home of the Andalusian horse breed and an incredible landscape of many types, this is the premier destination in Spain, featuring coastal and mountain trails for all riding levels, as well as ancient Roman and Moorish tracks that are suitable for many types of transportation as well as walkers.
Jerez de la Frontera, the birthplace of the Spanish thoroughbred, is one of the best places on earth to study how to ride and improve your skills. You can start with short rides in the countryside or take lessons first. Jerez is also a great base camp for the advanced rider to enjoy beach riding in Cadiz.
If you have two or three days to spend, you must try to ride the strong Andalusian horses around the region of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the highest in mainland Spain. Seeing some of the most impressive scenery in the country, featuring lush valleys, pine forests, clear water rivers and alpine meadows. Riding through unspoiled wilderness, visiting remote areas that can only be reached on horseback.
On the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the culturally rich Alpujarra region has many spectacular horse riding trails of all difficulty levels and old paths that lead through traditional villages, beautiful farmlands, gorges and green olive groves.