Clients for the week rides will be collected from Malaga airport on the day the trek commences. The collection will be no later that 4pm.
Clients will be transferred to Malaga airport on the day of departure, the return transfer will leave Bubion no earlier than 7am. The transfer time is approximately two and a half hours from Bubion.
Granada airport is a one and a half hour drive from Bubion and private transfers can be arranged on request at extra cost.
With more than 30 years knowledge of this region Dallas has chosen a selection of trails offering an amazing diversity of terrains, views and flora. The rides follow ancient bridle paths and drovers routes, dating back to the Moorish occupation and before. Many of these paths have been in use for a thousand years or more, as have the terraces and irrigation channels they transverse. Through parts of the mountains there are more recent dirt tracks providing opportunities for canters and gallops, as do some of the river beds on the spring and autumn rides. The paths in many places are built into rock and on some of the steeper descents it is necessary to lead your horse. Likewise it is necessary to lead the horses through the narrow village streets. Here it is possible to forget the pressure of daily life and to ride all day meeting only the occasional shepherd or farmer.
The stables are situated in the spectacular valley Poqueira, above the picturesque villages of Pampaneira, Bubion and Capileira at 1650 meters they are possibly the highest stables in Europe. Just over an hours drive to the coast, an hour and 15 minutes to Granada and a little over 2 hours from Malaga. Sierra Nevada covers an area of approximately 2,000 square kilometres in the provinces of Granada and Almeria in the south of Spain. Sierra Nevada National park covers 86,210 hectares and the Natural Park another 86,000 hectares making it the largest park in Spain. With more than 20 peaks over 3,000 meters it forms the highest mountain range on mainland. The many micro climates have given rise to the richest botanical life in Europe. 2,100 plants have been catalogued in the park, 60 of which are unique to the area.
Small family run hotels offering twin bedded rooms with en suite bathrooms. The accommodation is comfortable, very clean and pleasant. Every effort is made to use the best accommodation available, most of the hotels are small with no more than 12 or 16 rooms. There is no porter services available and most of the rooms are 1st or 2nd floor.
The food is fresh local produce, the area is famous for its air cured hams, cheese and trout. A special effort is made to enable the visitor to sample the different local dishes, ordering what each place cooks best. Some days lunch will be in a small village, on others we will take a picnic. Please specify if you have any special dietary requirements.
All riders must take out holiday and accident insurance prior to commencing the ride. Spain has a National Health Service and it is recommended that participants from other E.E.C. countries obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for emergency medical treatment.
Comfortable riding trousers, riding boots with a rubber sole suitable for walking where necessary, long sleeves shirts with collar, rain proofs, gloves, full or half chaps, hat (hard hat recommended), sunglasses, sunscreen, water bottle.
These rides are suitable for competent to experienced riders, the horses are all well schooled and forward going. In order to participate on one of these rides it is necessary that you can control a horse outside at all paces, and that you can mount and dismount without assistance. Fitness - You will need to be reasonably fit to participate on one of these rides. In addition to being riding fit you will be required to lead your horse on some of the steep descents, and need to be comfortable walking on rough ground.