The Poqueira Short Break itinerary is centre based, three full days riding out daily on very different trails, returning nightly to the home base.
The Poqueira Valley situated at the base of Mt Mulhacen (3,480ms) offers spectacular and very varied rides.
Those of you who have arranged to be collected from Malaga airport will be pickup at prearranged time and driven to the village of Bubion; just over a two hour drive.
While in Bubion you will be staying in the comfortable Casa La Sevillana. Your host (Dallas Love) will meet you at 8.30pm and take you for dinner in one of the local restaurants, within easy walking distance of your accommodation.
Approximately 5 hours.
After a relaxed breakfast, we drive up to the stables (5 kilometres from the village) to meet the horses.
Once everyone has been introduced to their horse we start the ride with a steep climb through evergreen Holm oaks and pasture lands to join the main forestry track into the National Park.
This track allows for some steady trots and canters as it climbs high above the valley Poqueira to join one of the old bridle paths winding through pine woods and Summer pastures to an altitude of approximately 2,300 metres.
Picnic lunch at the tree line approximately 2,400 metres, spectacular views down the Barranco Habali, across the Contraviesa mountains to the Mediterranean and on a clear day Morocco.
Descending on one of the firebreaks we pass the remains of trenches and gun placements from the Civil War (1936-1939), and down through oak woods to the main forestry track leading back to the stables.
Riding at a lower elevation (between 1,300 and 1,800 meters) we follow a combination of forestry tracks and bridle paths through pine, oak and chestnut woods.
During the course of the morning in addition to the woodlands we pass through pretty terraced farms and orchards above the villages of Pitres and Portugos.
After lunch we return to the stables on one of the main forestry tracks offering opportunities for some good canters.
Today, the highest ride of your stay takes you to the base of the Mulhacen (at 3,486 m the highest mountain on the mainland). During the morning a steep ascent on old Moorish bridle paths and sheep tracks over rough and steep terrain, crossing Moorish irrigation channels and snow fed streams. There maybe places you have to dismount and lead your horse.
After a picnic lunch by one of the mountain streams we have a much gentler descent on dirt roads down through pine woods to the control point of the National Park, where we join a small path leading through the woods and down to the stables.
Because today is largely climbing there are no canters. The scenery and the paths are quite breathtaking.
Farewell drink with your guides.
After breakfast transfer to Malaga airport at pre-arranged time.
4 nights accommodation, breakfast, lunch on three days, dinner on night of arrival, 3 full days riding. The price is based on a double or single room, if you require a single room there is a supplement of 75 Euros.
flights, personal and medical insurance, airport transfers.
We can arrange collection from Malaga or Granada airport for an additional cost of 45 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.