Happy Trails

Happy Trails
Programme

This is a six night, five day riding holiday designed for those who share our passion for horses and wish to get to know this amazing part of Spain on horseback. If you have been looking for an amazing experience, you now have a holiday opportunity of a lifetime.

The programme also includes cultural excursions to the heart of Seville to view a typical Flamenco show and the world famous horse show in Jerez entitled «How the Andalusian Horses Dance» all whilst staying in one of the most beautiful medieval towns in the world.

The programme runs in the mornings which allows for free afternoon to rest or enjoy the many sights this area has to offer.

Our weight limit for this programme is 95kgs.

Who is this programme for?

The programme is designed for those think that trail riding is one of the best ways to have fun, make new friends and to see Spain from another angle whilst also improving their riding skills.

So although we are dressage centre, we understand that there are people who would much rather ride outside than in the arena and thus we have a holiday option for those too!

This programme is also ideal for those who feel that they are not yet riding fit enough to do a morning ride plus an afternoon lesson as we offer in some of our other programmes.

During your stay with us, you can relax in stunningly beautiful surroundings away from the stress of modern-day lifestyles and enjoy your equestrian mornings at our farm while leaving plenty of spare time in the afternoons to either relax or to discover this unforgettable part of the world.

Typically, our Happy Trails riders are adults, with no upper age restriction, and who are comfortable in a steady trot and canter, along open trails on a well mannered horse.

However, we regularly design bespoke programmes for less experienced or less confident riders as well as for accompanied children over 10. Please don’t hesitate to ask us to help you design a suitable programme that meets your criteria.

What is involved?

Please note: If you are not yet comfortable or confident riding along open trails or the beach, in rising trot and canter, please let us know. We can arrange a bespoke trail riding experience for you.

All our guides are fluent in English as well as some other languages.

What to do in your free time?

Andalusia offers visitors an infinity of interesting things to see and do. It is one of the regions of Spain that most attracts national and international tourists. Its cultural richness, its environmental diversity and the open and friendly character of its inhabitants are part of the magical elixir that makes Andalusia a preferred tourist destination for people from all corners of the world.

The walled city of Carmona, where you are lodged during your stay with us is a touristic attraction in itself so we suggest that you dedicate at least one afternoon to visit its many sights.

From the times of the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors, etc, Carmona has been a town of great importance due to its privileged geographical situation, sitting on the top of a hill, and its fortifications. From these ancient times, we are left with many vestiges of tourist and cultural interest such as its amphitheatre and Roman necropolis, its fortress of Carthaginian origin, its many Baroque and Gothic churches, its convents and palaces…

All of this and much more make of this beautiful place a gem to discover.

The city of Seville, an incomparable and vibrant destination, is less than 30 min away. Its Gothic cathedral, its famous Moorish tower, Reales Alcázares, parks, markets, its river and famous bridges, its museums, and so much more, make this city a destination that no one should miss.

Also in the area, it is very interesting to visit an olive oil mill, the Roman city of Itálica or the Arab baths in Seville.

The monumental cities of Córdoba and Ronda are just over an hour away.

If you prefer to play sports in your spare time, we have several golf courses in the area and there are companies that rent mountain bikes and organize routes in the area.

Where do you stay

Your accommodation is in a 4* hotel, complete with a swimming pool, nestled in the nearby medieval town of Carmona, one of the famous white villages of Andalucia.

Carmona is the oldest continually inhabited town in Europe and as you stroll through the narrow streets of the old town, you will feel and breathe the spirits of ancient cultures (Iberians, Visigoths, Phoenicians, Romans, Moors), in the innumerable examples of their architectural influence in the churches, towers, palaces and mansions as well as in the inherited customs.

Carmona is one of Europe’s hidden gems and is a destination in its own right. You will never tire of wandering the streets and will discover that its timeless beauty changes from sunrise to sunset, and then at night. Carmona takes on a magical glow that will leave you spellbound. With at least fifty six small cafes and bars, you will be spolied for choice when it comes to a bite to eat or a refreshing drink.

Daily Itinerary and Cost

Afternoon

Guests usually arrive in the afternoon and settle in to their hotel, a former Palace once the residence of a Queen, which is nestled in the heart of the breathtakingly beautiful medieval town of Carmona.

We offer a complimentary pick-up from the train station in Seville at 16.30.

We can offer transfers at other times (and days) as long as you let us know in advance.

In the evening, you will be joined at the hotel by one of the Epona hosts, for a welcome dinner, where you will meet the rest of the week’s riding members.

After some friendly introductions and conversation, you are free to spend the rest of the evening at your leisure, and to relax before the beginning of what we hope will be an unforgettable week.

Welcome to Epona!

Morning

You will be collected from the hotel and on arrival at Epona, you will have a short guided tour.

You will then mount up for the ‘Old Hacienda Ride’, a relaxed trail ride around the immediate countryside, through olive groves and eucalyptus trees.

Depending on the season, you could see fields of sunflowers, wheat and cotton, as well as melons and water melons in late summer. The ride takes you past impressive 16th and 17th century Haciendas and Cortijos, steeped in history.

Return to Epona for lunch.

Afternoon
Free.
Morning

Early breakfast and pick up at the hotel at 8:30 a.m. for the drive to Jerez de la Frontera, in the province of Cádiz.

Jerez is internationally renowned for its production of sherry and brandy. However, the main attraction of this day will be the visit to the Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestre, and to see an equestrian performance titled, «How the Andalusian Horses Dance».

Here you will have the privilege of seeing the magnificent Andalusian stallions at their best, at home in the breathtaking setting of their 18th Century palace and riding hall. They will be performing piaffe, passage and the airs above the ground (courbette, capriole, etc) in a spectacle of light, music and colour.

Vivi Garcia trained at this school for four years and frequently performed in the show.

Please note: the additional cost for the entrance ticket to the «How the Andalusian Horses Dance» performance is €29.

Return for a late lunch at Epona.

Afternoon

Free.

Morning

After breakfast, mount up and set off across country for the ‘Roman Bridge’ ride.

Depending on the time of the year you could be riding through fields of sunflowers, wheat, cotton, oranges or almond trees, and through ancient olive groves still carefully tended and nurtured. It is a countryside where there are very few fences.

Along the way you may come across the river, full and flowing in spring, cool and shallow in summer, a natural heaven for wildlife, with abundant vegetation all year round. Splashing through the shallows, where you may disturb terns and grebes, you’ll emerge at an old Roman Bridge and shady eucalyptus grove.

Return to Epona for lunch.

Afternoon

Free.

Morning

Today we set off early from your hotel to the coast, where sturdy Spanish horses, all in Spanish Andalusian cowboy tack (montura vaquera), will be waiting to take you on the Beach Ride.

The ride takes you on an unforgettable route through the Donaña Natural Park, one of Europe’s last true wilderness regions. This area is home to many species (some protected), such as fallow deer, boar, fox, iberian lynx, imperial eagles, kites, vultures, storks, flamingos and herons.

The ride will take you over the golden dunes, full of the scents of the abundant flora, before arriving at the spectacular beach, where there is the opportunity to get the horses legs wet and to have a trot and a long canter, if desired.

Doñana Natural Park is one of the hidden gems of Andalusia and we are privileged to be able to ride through it.

After the ride, we head back to Epona for a late lunch.

Afternoon

Free.

Morning

We set off across open country for our last trail ride of the week, through olive and orange groves, and past farmers working the land.

How strange, in a region where there are no bridle paths the horse can wander anywhere just so long as you have respect for the crop. By now, you will realise that in Andalucia, everyone understands and loves the horse.

Return to Epona for lunch.

Afternoon

After a relaxing afternoon back in Carmona, get ready to visit the historical heart of Seville.

Here you can visit the tack shop, always a highlight and after a short walk around , It is time for a classical Flamenco Show. The show features dancers of national and international fame, traditional singers and wonderful flamenco guitar. This Flamenco show is optional and has an additional cost of €35.

Alternatively, if you don’t wish to go to the Flamenco Show or you have already seen it , perhaps you would rather stroll the streets around the largest Gothic cathedral in the world and the palaces and mansions that are a part of this world famous city.

The photo opportunities are endless and you will be spoiled for choice. There are also plenty of shops to visit near the city centre before it is time to meet up with the others for dinner.

After the show it is a short walk to the typical Spanish night market where you can choose your own meal, from a range of Spanish and International cuisine, accompanied, of course, by some superb Spanish wine.

We offer complimentary transport to Seville airport and train station. First trip at 8.00 am and last will be at 11.00 am.

Have a safe onward journey and we look forward to welcoming you back!

The total price for this programme is € 1,325.00 per person which includes accomodation in 4 star hotel, breakfasts and lunches , all riding , welcome dinner on first evening, transfers, amenities, tours and services as described in general information.

Not Included:

Airport and Train Station Transfers

Epona offers complimentary transfers to and from the Seville train station at pre-set times.

Arrivals on Sunday

Departures from the hotel on Saturdays only

To train station or airport:

If you require a different departure time or day from the hotel to the airport or train station, please let us know, and we can organise a taxi for you. You will pay the driver in person and the transfer time is usually less than 25 minutes to both the airport and the station.

Why choose Epona

Horses for all levels | Epona Spain

Horses for all levels

Our large number of highly trained horses and well thought out programmes, enable us to accommodate beginners through to advanced riders.

Professional instructors | Epona Spain

Professional Instructors

Our qualified instructors bring a wealth of riding and training experience to the lessons.

Family business | Epona Spain

Family business

Personal and close attention from the García family, will make you feel like a valued guest and friend.

World class facilities | Epona Spain

World class facilities

Top class facilities (including covered arena) and ancient trail riding routes, are complemented by luxury accommodation in the medieval town of Carmona.

Cultural experience | Epona Spain

Cultural experience

Our programmes combine riding with the historical, cultural and scenic experiences our unique location offers.

Ideal riding holiday climate | Epona Spain

Ideal riding holiday climate

We enjoy an average of 300 days of sunshine.

Unique in Spain | Epona Spain

Unique in Spain

The only riding holiday centre in Spain officially approved by the British horse society.

35 Years | Epona Spain

35 years

We offer 35 years of uninterrupted experience in hosting and training riding holiday guests from around the world.

Testimonials

Katy Tudor | Testimonial | Epona Spain

Katy Tudor

Testimonials | Epona Spain

Intensive training

Came back from our 10th visit in March, and plan to go back next year. Need I say more, it´s just the most amazing place.

Helen James | Testimonial | Epona Spain

Helen James

Testimonials | Epona Spain

Dressage Clinic with Rafael Soto

Fernando, Jane, Caty, Vivi, this has been the best trip I have ever taken, everything was perfect, the horses, the land and the hospitality.

Peter Choong | Testimonial | Epona Spain

Peter Choong

Testimonials | Epona Spain

Classical dressage and High School training

Could it get any better? Great horses, fantastic instructor, wonderful meals and a real family feel. A gem to be treasured.

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