Contraviesa Short Break

4 days riding/5 nights.

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Contraviesa Short Break Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in the small mountain village of Bubion for 8.30 pm dinner. Overnight in the comfortable Casa Sevillana.


Day 2

Approximately 6 hours

Today we head east to the village of Trevelez, at 1,486 metres the highest municipality in Spain that is not a ski resort. During the morning we gradually descend (approx. 350 metres) on forestry tracks and bridle paths. The path passes through orchards and small terraces as it skirts the villages of Capilerilla, Pitres and Portugos. There are a few sections where it is necessary to lead the horses on some of the steeper descents. Leaving the village of Portugos below we start the 600 metre climb to our picnic spot in the shade of the pine woods. After lunch we join the main forestry track to Trevelez, this track maintains pretty much the same altitude as it winds its way through woodlands and small mountain farms. There are some good opportunities for nice canters. At the end of the day approximately a 15 minute walk down an old stone path into the village. Over night and dinner in the comfortable Hotel Fragua situated in the old Berber quarter of Trevelez. Use of pool June to September.

andalucian horses

Day 3

Approx. 6 hours

The route continues east to the village of Berchules. After a 10 minute walk through the streets of Trevelez we water the horses at one of the many springs, mount up and head down to the river. Once across the river the bridle path, many centuries old, follows first the Moorish irrigation channel and then works its way up through evergreen Holm oak and pine forests to the open pasture lands of the Sierra of Juviles.

Descending across the open hillside we have great views towards the coast of Almeria and the Contraviesa mountains. Climbing again we stop for our picnic in the oak woods before joining a dirt track leading us to the village of Berchules.

The final descent into the village is on foot followed by a 15 minute walk through the streets to the stables and our hotel.

trail riding

Day 4

Approximately 6 to 7 hours.

Today the ride passes through very different and rapidly changing terrain. The morning starts with approximately a 15 minute walk down to the riverbed where we will mount up and ride through small cultivated terraces and orchards to the tiny village of Narila. After a steep climb out of the village the terrain becomes much more arid and eroded, the green cultivations giving way to wild rosemary and thyme, almonds and fig trees.

10 minutes on a little transited secondary road will take us to the village of Golgo where we join the path leading to the bottom of the valley. After an early lunch by the stream in the shade of tall poplar trees the path climbs steeply through the deeply eroded hills to join a dirt track down to the valley of Yator.

Late afternoon we join one of the dry river beds which offers opportunities for some great canters and short gallops. The end of the day we cross and recross the river of Cadiar passing through orchards and small holdings to reach the charming hotel Morayma. This hotel is beautifully situated amongst the almond orchards overlooking the river valley.

guided tours

Day 5

Approximately 8 hours

Our final day of the trek we return to the village of Bubion, a long climb for the horses. Crossing the river Guadalefao we follow a steep bridle path west to the villages Lobras and Timar. From here the route follows a small local road for approximately 7 kilometres before beginning the descent into the spectacular gorge of Trevelez. This descent is on an ancient Roman path cut into the sides of the gorge and must be made on foot leading the horses. It is approximately a 30 minute walk down to the bridge from which we will ride up past the pretty village of Busquistar and on to Portugos for a well earned lunch. In the late afternoon we continue north west along paths and dirt tracks to Bubion.

Overnight in Casa la Sevillana and farewell dinner.

riding horses

Day 6


Prices Accommodation and Transfers

PRICE: 890 Euros. Single Supplement 100 Euros

This includes 4 full days riding with lunch, 5 nights accommodation in twin or double room, breakfast and dinner on 5 nights, guide, luggage while on trek is transported by vehicle from hotel to hotel.

Does not include – airport transfers, evening drinks.

 AIRPORT TRANSFER: We can arrange collection from Malaga or Granada airport for an additional cost of 35 Euros per person each way. The collection time should be no later than 4pm, and the return transfer on the day of departure would get into Malaga on earlier than 10am.


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Sierra Trails, 18412 Bubion, Granada, Spain,