Horseback Riding in Spain

Horseback riding in Spain is an ancient art which contributed enormously to their military success and helped them become the most powerful country in Europe in the 16th century.  It was their magnificent Arab, Andalusian and Barb horses which enabled them to conquer mighty empires in the Americas like those of the Aztecs and the Incas.   Vast wealth from plundering the treasures of America enriched Spain and began a prosperous period when art and architecture flourished for centuries.  Travelers can still wonder at the artistic glories created during this period.  Today riders see picturesque medieval castles and traverse ancient, walled towns.  This is the land which fostered great artists like Picasso, El Greco, Velasquez and Dali.  Being exposed to this enthralling history is one of the charms of riding vacations in Spain

Equitours has developed over many years a broad choice of excellent and well tested equestrian vacations.  You can ride from the Mediterranean to the rugged mountains of the interior.  You can gallop along beaches in Catalonia, wind through the mountain trails of the remote Alpujarras or take dressage lessons in Andalusia.  Spain is truly a many- faceted land where the horse is still much revered.  From the Epona Equestrian Center you can visit the Royal Spanish Riding School in nearby Jerez where magnificent Andalusian stallions perform the most intricate maneuvers in dressage.  The ambiance created in this place by the exquisite architecture of the building, the costumes of the riders and the apparel of the horses is most impressive.  The precision of riders and the superb performance of the horses are breathtaking.  Of course classical dressage developed from the need to have warhorses perform athletic feats like the capriole where the horse leaps in the air and gives a mighty kick with both legs capable of smashing surrounding foot soldiers with devastating blows far more powerful than any human could give.  In those days they were as effective as modern tanks.

Spain is understandably one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations.  It has a very rich cultural tradition with castles out of fairy tale, flamenco dancers, soulful folk songs, gastronomic delights, excellent climate and good safety for travelers.  On the back of a good horse you can go deep into the country off the normal tourist path and experience the vibrant heart of Spain.  At the same time you will have the opportunity to practice the sport you love on fine horses.

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Enjoy trail riding and instruction on this dressage holiday in Spain

Epona Equestrian Center

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This picturesque riding center provides trail riding in the morning, and afternoon dressage instruction, making for a memorable dressage holiday in Spain. The entire Garcia family is involved in the day to day activities... Read more

Alpujarra Ride

Alpujarra Ride

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The Alpujarra and Coastal Range rides in the Sierra Nevada mountains follow ancient bridle paths from village to village on well mannered, fit horses at a moderate pace. The Alpujarra Ride is an ideal... Read more

Enjoy the Coastal Range horse riding holiday in Spain along beautiful trails

Coastal Range Ride

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The Alpujarra and Coastal Range rides in the Sierra Nevada mountains use well mannered, fit horses and are moderately paced through beautiful landscape going up to alpine meadows. For these reasons this trip is... Read more

Enjoy riding through the countryside on the Valley of Gredos horseback riding holiday in Spain

The Valleys of Gredos

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This horseback riding holiday in Spain passes through the Valleys of Gredos, one of the most distinctive regions of the Iberian Peninsula. River valleys, surrounded by rugged mountains, are dotted with small villages. Here... Read more

Catalonia Coast horse riding trip in Spain

Catalonia Coast Trail

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Catalonia is a region of diverse landscapes, mild climate and complex cultural history, and the Catalonia Coast Trail opens the wild side of this region to you. On the three shorter days, you visit... Read more

Ride by local villages on the Dali Coast horseback riding holiday in Spain

Dali Coast Trail

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The base of the Dali Coast Trail is built around the so-called Dali-triangle that consists of the villages Cadaques, Figueres and Pubol. Here you can experience authentic horse riding in Spain while aboard fine... Read more

Horseback riding on the beach in Spain

Mediterranean Trail

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The Mediterranean Trail offers a day of horseback riding on the beach in Spain and has opportunities for fast riding on beautiful Andalusian horses with much time spent in the saddle. You will enjoy... Read more

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Mountain Riding in Spain

Mountain Riding in Spain

Riding High In the Sierra Nevadas… Sitting now in my living room in Verona, Wisconsin, it is hard to believe that a week ago I was sleeping in a rustic inn in Trevelez, the... Read more

Galavanting around Castile, Spain

Galavanting around Castile, Spain

An Exploratory Riding Vacation in Spain…   One of the greatest perks of being a ride consultant at Equitours is being able to travel, actually experience our rides first hand, meet and develop friendships... Read more

Dressage- A Long Link to Equestrian History

Dressage- A Long Link to Equestrian History

Of History, Horses and Dressage… The Ancient Greeks were the first to leave records about anything like the art of dressage. Almost 2,500 years ago Xenophon wrote a treatise about how to teach horses... Read more

Guest Reflections

"I had an incredible time at Epona. I seemed to have lucked out in being the only rider there that week, so all of my lessons were private. My riding improved ten-fold from my lessons with Vivi... I wish I could train with her all the time! And Rafael did... Read More"

Gioia, 2014

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