Riding Spain's Sierra Nevada with Dallas Love
With its rich variety of landscapes and consistently beautiful scenery, La Alpujarra, situated on the southern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountains, offers some of the most spectacular horse riding countryside in Europe.
The proximity of the Mediterranean and the altitude, gives the region very diverse microclimates, flora and geological formations. As a result riding through this ever changing landscape is an unforgettable experience.
Expertly led week long horse riding holidays (6 days 7 nights) and short breaks (3 days, 4 nights) through the Sierra Nevada National and Natural Parks. The rides run from March through to November and are designed to explore as much as possible of these unique and captivating lands.
Dallas owns the longest established holiday riding centre in the Alpujarra. Since 1987 her top quality spanish horses have provided unforgettable holidays for hundreds of people.
Dallas came to Spain from the U.K. as a child and has rarely been far from a saddle since. Working with horses most of her adult life, she established the first stables in the Alpujarra and now has more than 20 horses. The horses have been backed and schooled by Dallas and her brother Mordecai, a professional dressage trainer. Many of the horses have a basic training in classical dressage.
Circling to the west of Sierra Nevada this route will take us from the southern slopes over some of the highest summer passes to the north and back again. Long days.
Overnighting in the attractive white villages of the Alpujarra this ride follows bridle paths and forestery tracks at an altitude of 1,500 to 2,000 meters. So avoiding the worst of the summer heat.
A circular ride, the first day of this ride is the same as that of the Alpujarra, after which we are on lower trails dropping down to 800 meters. Spring is about 4 weeks earlier than on the higher Alpujarra ride and the Autumn much milder.