Adventure vacations in Spain

Trails of Andalusia


This is an exciting offering in the provinces of Seville and Huelva, a great destination for horseback riding in Andalusia during the winter months. This region is the cradle of the Andalusian horse, a land of deeply rooted traditions, many related to agricultural endeavors around its horses and bulls. It is famous for the pilgrimage to El Rocío, as well as the sandy trails in the Doñana nature reserve and the beautiful pine forests and marshlands, a winter paradise for the migratory birds.

Lodging is very comfortable and full of charm. You will stay at traditional Andalusian country estates and cortijos (the Andalusian country houses).

Breakfast, aperitifs, lunch and dinner are included while on the trek. 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.

  • Overview:
    The horses are Andalusian, Hispano-Arab, and Lusitano crosses ranging in height from 15 - 16 hh, and selected for their good nature and endurance. The organizer and guide takes great pride in the quality and the character of the horses and is adept at matching horse and rider. The horses are fun to ride, strong, fit, lots of personality and well-adapted to the terrain. English all purpose saddles are used which have a deep knee roll. Small pommel bags and seat savers are provided.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Andalusian, Hispano-Arab, Anglo-hispano Arab
  • Trip Pace:
    moderate to fast
  • Tack:
  • Weight limit:
    195 lbs in riding gear

Seville at the Santa Justa train station at 4pm on the first day.

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Pick up is at 4 PM from the Santa Justa train station. Transfer to the equestrian center La Corbera, south of Seville, near Utrera, about a 20-30min drive.
The center is part of a beautiful Cortijo, a traditional Andalusian country estate. Introduction to the horses and the stables. The accommodations are at the finca, with 8 charming bedrooms overlooking the fields and the horses. Enjoy a welcome drink at the Cortijo and settle into your room before your welcome dinner.

Day 2

Today will be a short ride for riders and horses to get acquainted. Ride through agricultural land and pine woods before enjoying an aperitif in the countryside. Next experience some trots and canters to the beautiful Hacienda La Indiana before enjoying in a picnic lunch in the woods near the hacienda. After lunch, ride back to La Corbera. Dinner and overnight at La Corbera.

Day 3

The ride will start at Torrequemada, a XVI c. Hacienda of Andalusia. Enjoy a brief visit of Torrequemada, a traditional stop of the pilgrims on their way to El Rocio on the Camino de Triana. After riding through farming land of olive trees you’ll reach the pine forest for an aperitif stop. Continue along the Camino de Triana and stop for a picnic lunch at the Dehesa de Torneros. In the afternoon cross the river Quema, where the pilgrims heading towards El Rocio traditionally are baptized. Continue the ride on to Villamanrique de la Condesa, to the beautiful cortijo Ardea Purpurea. Dinner and overnight at this charming place dedicated to the Purple Heron, due to its great location for birdwatching in the boundaries of Doñana.

Day 4

Ride through pine woods and the Dehesa de Boyal, a forest of holm and cork oaks. Follow the Camino de Pilas and later the Camino de Hinojos, where you’ll stop for your morning break. Then join the Raya Real, an impressive wide sand avenue surrounded by forests of pines, cork oaks, and eucalyptus, where many trails meet for the last part of the pilgrimage. Lunch will be served near the beautiful Palacio del Rey, a royal hunting lodge built for Alfonso XIII. In the afternoon you will reach the destination of the pilgrimage on horseback: El Rocío, the international village of the horse, with the church Ermita de la Virgen del Rocío. It is a unique village; all the houses have stables and all the streets are sand tracks. When the pilgrimage takes place this village hosts a million people and thousands of horses! We will stay at a traditional house of El Rocío, which has been restored with all modern comforts. Dinner at a local restaurant with beautiful views of the marshlands.

Day 5

Today is a half day ride around El Rocia where it is possible to canter from the church to a bar. Aperitivo near the river Ajoli. Lunch at a restaurant in El Rocio. Overnight at the Hotel Pato Malvasia. This evening enjoy some spontaneous flamenco at a local bar.

Day 6

Today follow the ‘Camino de Moguer’, along the stream of La Rocina, which runs for 40km and is called ‘La Madre’ as its waters are the source of marisma, the marshlands which are the heart of Donana. Along its banks one can often see many different species of birds and at times, deer and wild boar as well as a variety of plant species. Stop in the countryside surrounded by pine trees where the pilgrims from Huelva rest when making the Rocio pilgrimage. Ride to the lagoon of Rivatehilos through forest of savine and mastic shrub. Lunch near the lagoon. In the afternoon ride to the abandoned village of Cabezudos where the horses will stay. Transfer to the Parador de Mazagon for dinner and overnight.

Day 7

This day will take you to the most Western part of Donana. This area is very little known and has its unique beauty, combining lagoons with forests of great diversity, wild shrub, rockrose, mastic, rosemary and thyme and spectacular wild flowers blooming in early spring. Aperitivo stop by the Laguna de la Piedras. Gradually abandon the forests to reach the dunes which in this part of the reserve are fossilized. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the top of the dunes overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Afterwards descend towards the beach and ride along the coast for more then 7kms, ending the ride with exhilarating canters on this neverending beach. Farewell dinner and overnight at the Parador de Mazagon.

Day 8

Breakfast and transfer to Sevilla, to the airport or the Santa Justa train station.

Itinerary Addendum

This itinerary is flexible and changes may occur at the guide's discretion due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

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Trails of Andalusia
May 21, 2024
January 1, 1970
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Epona November 2018: Super trip! Fernando and team were terrific, accommodations were great, fun riding (dressage lessons and trail rides) and extra activities, excellent food. THANKS

Susan Mercer