Coastal Range Ride

  • Trip Duration
  • 8
  • 7
  • Riding Time
  • 6
    days riding
  • 5-6
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 4 - 11
    Guests per group
Enjoy the Coastal Range horse riding holiday in Spain along beautiful trails

Coastal Range Ride

Ride Overview

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 an ideal horse riding holiday in Spain. One sees bridges and roads from Roman times and some of the aqueducts built by the Moors still flow to the small mountain villages. Situated between the Sierra Nevadas and the Mediterranean Coast, is the Sierra la Contraviesa, a small mountain range reaching a maximum altitude of 1,511 meters. Due to the proximity of the coast, the climate and vegetation is very different from that of the Sierra Nevada, warmer and more arid. February and March are the months of almond blossoms and wild flowers, spring arrives here at least six weeks earlier than in the Alpujarra. The early winter months are another lovely time to visit this area and rarely cold. Until the 18th Century, this range was thickly wooded with cork, oak and chestnut. However, most of the indigenous timber was felled by the turn of the century and replanted with almonds, figs and vineyards. Following ancient bridle paths, goat trails, dirt tracks and riverbeds, ride from the Alpujarras over the Contraviesas and down toward the coast. Little has changed here over the centuries; the mule and ox still pull the plough, the horse and mule still provide the transport. The dramatic trail passes many small holdings and stone built farms that today provide the main industry for the area.


Lodging is in small village hostels and hotels providing twin bedded rooms and en-suite bath or shower rooms. Although clean and comfortable they are fairly simple (no porters, elevators or room service). Single accommodations are available at an additional charge.

Meals & Drink

Breakfast, lunch and all evening meals are included in the price of the trip. The local cuisine is excellent and much consideration is taken when planning the meals to provide visitors with a sampling of the many different dishes produced in the area. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notification.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses are pure and cross-bred Andalusians ranging in height from 15-16 hh. All the horses have been carefully selected for their intelligence, good nature and endurance and have been broken and schooled by the guide (there are no stallions used on the trek).
  • Horse Breeds:
    Andalusians and Arab cross
  • Trip Pace:
    slow to moderate with opportunities to canter
  • Tack:
    English trekking
  • Weight limit:
    190 lbs

Meeting Point

Malaga (Granada optional for an extra charge)

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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