Sierra Nevada-Tabernas Desert Route 2017

DAY 1. CAPILEIRA. Welcoming and introduction of the guide. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel Finca Los Llanos***.

DAY 2. BUBIÓN – TREVÉLEZ. Drive to the riding centre in Bubión (2 Km away from Capileira). Introduction of the horses. Always along bridle paths, we descend to the village of Pórtugos, where we will take the track that later on will lead us to Trevélez. We will ride through an oak forest on paths that cut this track. Descend to Trevélez by a bridle path. This village, famous for its hams, is considered the highest one in Spain (1,700m). There will be the opportunity to visit some of the ham drying houses. A four and a half hour ride. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Fragua **.

DAY 3. TREVÉLEZ – CÁDIAR. After crossing the bridge over the Trevélez river, we will start this route by a bridle path that climbs the left slope of the ravine, leaving behind the village from which it takes its name. Once again we will enjoy the beauty of the sierras Contraviesa, Lújar and Gádor, this one already in the province of Almería. Descent along a more gentle path to Juviles, where we will have lunch. Descend to Tímar along a narrow path through the gorge. Then we will take the bridle path to the beautiful Hotel Alquería de Morayma (**), close to Cádiar. We have descended over 1,000 m in 5 hours. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel.

DAY 4. CÁDIAR – PICENA – LAROLES. Riding first over the hills with stunning panoramic views of Sierra Nevada and the sierras of Contraviesa and Gádor, then we will ride along the dry riverbed to arrive at Ugíjar for a picnic. In the afternoon we will ride up to Picena, where we leave the horses. Drive to Laroles (3Km). A six hour ride. Dinner and accommodation at the Refugio de Nevada***.

DAY 5. LAROLES – BENECID. Descent to Picena then crossing the Bayarcal river, where we enter the Almería province. Picnic at Guarros. Leaving for Benecid passing by Laujar de Andarax, important wine-growing area. A five hour ride. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Marmita de Ahlam***.

DAY 6. BENECID – ALCORA. Across Sierra Gádor, riding on a track enjoying the open view of Sierra Nevada, on the other side of the Andarax river. After crossing Cortijo Cacín we ride to the old “Venta de Alcora” for picnic-lunch. During the morning ride there are some opportunities for gallops with a magnificent panoramic.  After a short rest, ride for 1 hour to the Casita de Cristal beneath the pine trees where we leave the horses. Drive back to Benecid (21Km). Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Marmita de Ahlam***. A four and a half hour ride. Dinner and accommodation at the hotel La Marmita de Ahlam***. A four and a half hour ride.

DAY 7. ALCORA – ALBOLODUY – GRANADA.  Drive to Casita de Cristal to meet the horses for our last four hour ride to the desert. Descend to the Andarax river and to Rágol. Riding to the mountain of Montenegro through the Rambla (dry river bed) of Guadix, with many opportunities for canters and where we start to discover the first desert landscape. Descend to the colourful dry riverbed of Alboloduy through a labyrinth of canyons similar to those seen in numerous spaghetti-western films. At the end of the Rambla de Los Yesos, we will arrive at Alboloduy, at the edge of the Sierra Nevada Natural Park. After saying goodbye to the horses, lunch in the village. After lunch drive to Granada (2 hours drive). Dinner in a typical restaurant and accommodation in Hotel Maciá Plaza**.

DAY 8. GRANADA. Farewell after breakfast.

  • OPTION: For those who want, they will have this day the opportunity to visit the Alhambra.

PRICE: 1.490€

Single room supplement: €180

8 days, 7 nights, 6 days riding

DATES:  May 06-13 // October 07-14

Minimum: 6 people