In Andalusia it is still possible to ride through the most unimaginable landscapes for several days, combining nature with the most ancient traditions. To the Southwest of Seville, we will ride on the pilgrimage roads to El Rocío. Leaving from the south of Seville, we will stay at some very rich and ancient cortijos (country manors), very well preserved, with all the charm of the old times. We will ride by the environs of the Doñana National Park. The landscape of this area is of great diversity: forests of pine, eucalyptus and cork oaks; beaches and dunes, marshlands and preserves. Thousands of birds come to spend the winter here. We will ride on sand tracks, ancient bridle paths, and get to El Rocío, named the International village of the horse. All the houses have stables and all the streets are sand tracks. In the times of the pilgrimage, this village hosts thousands of horses - many of them Andalusian stallions. A unique natural area, full of the most authentic traditions, the kingdom of the Andalusian horse.
About The Horses:
The horses are Andalusian crosses - Hispano Arab or Hispano-anglo-arab - the horses mostly used for the work with the cattle.The Spanish - Andalusian horse belongs to a medium size category, normally weighting about 500kg and 1,60 high. The Andalusian horse is spirited, strong, temperamental and of unquestionable courage. The counterpoint of these qualities is its docility, being a very sensitive horse, obedient and easy to handle. The Andalusian horse possesses, through inheritance, a measured and balanced command of its movements and it is a delight to ride. The horses have been carefully bred and trained. The terrain is excellent to ride - mainly sandy paths and pastures. Therefore the pace can easily be suited to the riders ability. Riders requirements: Tack The tack is Spanish Vaquera saddle - western type - or English.
Day 1: Sevilla - Hacienda La Indiana (Los Palacios). Meeting of all participants in Seville - at the airport or the train station - at 11.30 - 12 a.m. Transfer to the Cortijo Hacienda La Indiana - at about 40km. Accommodation and transfer to La Corbera where the horses come from - Alfonso's finca. Lunch at La Corbera. In the afternoon, distribution of the horses and short ride so everybody gets used to the horses and tack. Dinner and night at La Indiana. Includes: (L), (D);
Day 2: Finca La Corbera - Hacienda La Indiana. This day will be a short ride for the riders and the horses to get accommodated. Transfer to La Corbera (10km). Ride through agricultural land and pine woods. Picnic in the countryside. In the afternoon, ride back to La Corbera. Dinner and night at la Indiana. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 3: La Indiana -Torrequemada – Hinojos. Transfer to Torrequemada, where the ride will start - 20 min. Ride through olive trees and sunflower plantations. Picnic in the countryside. Ride to Hinojos, through pinewoods and open agricultural land. Dinner and overnight at an ancient, restored "cortijo" Torrecuadro. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 4: Hinojos - El Rocío - Cortijo de los Mimbrales. Ride through pine woods and open pastures where the bulls pasture. Picnic near the Palacio del Rey - a royal residence built by Alfonso XIII. In the afternoon we will get to El Rocío. This is the International village of the horse, where the pilgrims get to the hermit of La Virgen del Rocío. It is a unique village: all the houses have stables and all the streets are sand tracks. Dinner and night at the Cortijo de los Mimbrales, a homely atmosphere blending Spanish construction and traditions with up to date comfort. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 5: El Rocío - La Rocina - El Rocío. Ride through the forests of pine and eucalyptus, following the stream of La Rocina, one of the main sources of water of Doñana. Aperitif and lunch in the countryside. Ride back to Cortijo de Los Mimbrales. Dinner in the village of El Rocío. Night at the Cortijo. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 6: El Rocío – Hinojos. We will ride through marshlands and pine woods to the Palacio del Rey. Lunch at the "Raya Real", the main pilgrimage path to El Rocío, a wide sand avenue surrounded by forests of pines, cork oaks, and eucalyptus. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 7: Hinojos - Torrequemada - Cortijo La Indiana. We will ride through pine woods and cultivated land. Ride past the river Quema - where traditionally the pilgrims are baptized. Picnic in the countryside. Afternoon to Torrequemada, end of the ride. Transfer to Cortijo La Indiana. Dinner in Seville. Night at the Cortijo La Indiana. Includes: (B), (L), (D);
Day 8: Seville. Breakfast. Transfer back to Sevilla, arrival around 10:00AM. Includes: (B).
Prices above are per person based on 6 people travelling. This tour is available for as little as 2 people. Please inquire for exact prices. When you book your vacation, an agreement is made between you, our company and others who provide services. Upon request we can provide you with our general terms and conditions governing the provision of these holidays. A non-refundable upfront initial deposit of € 200 Euros is due within 7 days of the initial booking request. Final payment is due 45 days before the tour departure. Within 45 day full payment is due upon booking request. All prices, itinerary etc. listed are subject to change without notice
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