18 Comments

  1. Kristina |

    I had a lovely 3-hrs ride. Just me and the guide. Relaxed atmosphere, beautiful diverse scenery, perfect weather, a great horse, and a nice guide with good stories. I definitely want to come back. Maybe for a longer tour?

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  2. Una & Philip |

    What a wonderful holiday the Hand of Fatima Route turned out to be. Starting with riding your lovely horses in the mountains, encompassing beautiful views along with swathes of wild flowers growing from every crevice possible. Really good accommodation with great food and service. We both also enjoyed the explanation on the processing of olive oil & of course the wine tasting. If this wasn’t enough, the trip to ride pedigree horses, followed with sight-seeing in Cordoba, infused with its history and the convergence of different religions was outstanding. This holiday had it all, including a bilingual guide who went out of his way in making the holiday happen. Many Thanks Rafael, we will be back to ride with you again in the future. Una & Philip.

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  3. John and Linda |

    June 2013 – we had the most amazing week – far exceeded expectations. Beautiful scenery, great horses matched well to riders, fabulous company, comfy accommodation and really good local food and wine provided by friendly, attentive locals. Rafa – you pulled the whole experience together brilliantly and were the perfect guide. Hope to do it all again.

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  4. Matti |

    Hallo Reitervolk,
    das war ein superschönes Erlebnis, vier Tage durch die Alpujarras reiten auf Rafaels schicken Pferden. Eine gut organisierte Tour durch eine grandiose Gebirgslandschaft mit herrlichen Ausblicken über die östliche Sierra Nevada mit ihren malerischen Weissen Dörfern. Die ausgesuchten und gut ausgestatteten Landhotels passten mit ihrem durchweg rustikalen Charme gut ins Gesamtkonzept eines Aktivurlaubs und boten, mit Pool oder Sauna, immer ausreichend Entlastung von den täglichen Anstrengungen auf dem Pferderücken. Viel Reiten, gut Essen und tief schlafen, das gar nicht so geheime Rezept eines erfolgreichen Reiturlaubs. Wenn die Abende beim gemütlichen, oft mehrsprachigen Schwatzen mal etwas länger wurden, also eigentlich immer, wurde das morgendliche Versorgen der Pferde auch schonmal allgemein nach hinten verschoben – man ist ja immerhin im Urlaub.

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  5. Cordy |

    J’ai fait ma première rando avec Rafael en 2006 en Andalousie : des paysages magnifiques, des petits villages blancs accrochés à la montagne, des très bons chevaux, et oui, ma Ramona qui m’a fait prendre un bain surpris en cours de route………..et tous les soirs la découverte d’un lieu unique pour passer la nuit. Et bien sûr, Rafael, un guide exemplaire, qui gère les cavaliers et les chevaux de la même manière tranquille, qui a toujours des histoires à raconter et qui est toujours prêt de faire la fête. Des souvenirs pleins la tête…… Puis j’ai récidivée en 2011 en partant avec Rafael à Cuba, voyage inoubliable à la découverte d’un monde inconnu, et en 2012 sur « la Ruta de la Plata » au Mexique……
    Je hâte à repartir en Andalousie pour des nouvelles aventures……

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  6. Sophie |

    I really enjoyed the wonderful tour “Alpujarras I” with Rafael and Paco. It was an amazing tour, nice to get to know other riders, great horses, the most beautiful views, very good hotels and great food and wine. Rafael takes his time to match every rider with the perfect horse, so that everyone can enjoy at his/her level. I will definitely go back and recommend this tour to everyone!
    Sophie from Belgium

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  7. SANTHUNE |

    Randonnée géniale pour tous les amoureux d’évasions au naturel.
    Merci à nos supers montures attachantes, aux pieds sûrs.
    De superbes hôtels et une gastronomie à découvrir.
    Un grand merci à Rafael pour sa disponibilité et sa gentillesse.

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  8. Mia & Pancho |

    Een absolute aanrader is de Sierra Nevada- Tabernas Desert route. Je doorkruist de Alpujarras 6 dagen op mooie en zeer goed verzorgde paarden. Met de prachtige ver gezichten en de steeds wisselende omgeving blijft deze streek je overweldigen vanaf dag 1.De lieflijke witte dorpen waar je stopt aan de plaatselijke bron om je paard te laten drinken of de mensen die naar buiten komen om je vriendelijk te groeten.De zalige picknicks en de mooi verzorgde hotels,…we hebben alleen maar superlatieven met wows!
    Bedankt Rafa en Paco voor de schitterende organisatie en jullie vriendschap.We hebben er een schitterende en deugddoende vakantie opzitten.

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  9. Simone |

    shhhh, don’t tell too many people about this hidden treasure…
    Did the Alpujarras I tour: a fabulous riding experience and a perfect way to discover the beautiful Alpujarras. Everything is so well organized, that you only need to concentrate to experiencing this great horseback riding adventure. The different landscapes, well trained horses, picturesque villages, good quality rural hotels and above all the guides Raphael and Paco make this experience as one never to forget.
    Thanks guys!

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  10. Simone |

    shhhh, don’t tell too many people about this hidden treasure…
    Did the ‘Alpujarras I’- tour: a fabulous riding experience and a perfect way to discover the beautiful Alpujarras. Everything is so well organized, that you only need to think about enjoying this great horseback riding adventure. The different landscapes, well trained horses, picturesque villages, good quality rural hotels and above all the guides Raphael and Paco make this experience as one never to forget.
    Thanks guys!

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  11. Simone Clement |

    shhh, don’t tell too many people about this hidden treasure…
    ‘Alpujarras I’ tour (in October): a fabulous riding experience and a perfect way to discover the beautiful Alpujarras. Everything was so well organized that you only needed to focus on enjoying the horse riding adventure. The different landscapes, well trained horses, picturesque villages, good quality rural hotels, lovely food and above all the entertaining guides Rafael & Paco have made this an unforgettable experience. (and one to be repeated)

    Many thanks to Rafael & Paco for your great guidance!
    Simone

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  12. Sanne |

    We arrived at the airport, met Rafa and within 5 minutes we knew that this would be a nice week. What a beautiful area, two very kind guides with a lot of humor, lovely horses, great accommodation, great food, nice company from the rest of our group! What more do you wish….. It was complete! Thanks again Rafa, for the great experience!

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  13. Saskia (la Pepita) |

    In October we made a lovely and incredible trip across The Alpujarras. The scenery was sublime! We had a great international group and Rafa & Paco were the best.
    The horses are in very good condition. The hotels, the food, the wine everything was very well organized and good. I really recommend this trip for every rider who likes adventure (and Spanish Fiesta!).

    Saludos de la Pepita

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  14. Marie-Anne |

    We hebben een heerlijke tijd gehad in La Alpujarra! Na een paar daagjes in het appartementje zijn we (Marion – geweldige metgezel uit Frankrijk en mijn man) met Rafael vertrokken op trektocht – La Mano de Fatima – en hebben het geweldig gevonden. De paarden waren er klaar voor en wat een prachtige natuur en zo divers! Geweldig ook om voor de paarden te zorgen ‘s morgens and ‘s avonds. Alles was prima georganiseerd. Rafael is een uitstekende gids en zorgt ervoor dat iedereen het naar zijn zin heeft! We hebben ook van de dagen in Granada en Cordoba genoten, de Alhambra en de Mesquita…ontzettend mooi! En natuurlijk de rit bij Angel en de Spaanse paarden.
    Bedankt voor alles Rafael en natuurlijk ook dank aan Clandestino (mijn paard…) Paardrijden in Andalusia met Rafael: een aanrader!
    Marie-Anne

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  15. Sandy |

    Had a fantastic experience all round on the Mulhacen Route (Andalusia of the Moors Trail Ride), whether airport transfers, riding amazingly sure-footed horses, outstanding accommodation and being in the hands of an extremely experienced guide in Rafael. It was very hard to leave after breakfast on the last day, and I have already looked at The Hand of Fatima ride with the hope of returning to Andalusia for another brilliant adventure some time.
    Sandy

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  16. Samantha |

    Had a great week riding in the Alpujarras in April. Horses were very sure-footed and forward-going, the villages were picturesque. We stayed in good quality rural hotels with lovely food and the group was really nice. Really enjoyed it. Thanks Rafael for the great adventure. Samantha (UK)

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  17. Heather Marston |

    I have ridden all my life and I am now approaching my sixties.But I had totally lost my nerve for riding. I knew by booking on this adventure it was make or break for me and horses. Before I got on the stunning mare which was to be mine for the trek I was crying in fear. Rafaels patience and expertise resulted in me riding the mare up and down slopes you would not believe. The mountains the ecology and the food and places you stay in are what dreams are made off.
    So thank you I am a re vitalised person such a lovely warm friendly exciting experience. I now have an ex polo pony originally from Argentina which I am loving which I could not entertained without doing this amazing trail.
    So thank you to Rafael and of course Paco.

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