Come explore the mountains and olive groves of Southern Spain with Cortijo Los Lobos. Many horses in the herd have been rescued and are trained to ride barefoot and bitless. You can ride at your leisure and customize your holiday to suit you. Whether you come to ride, or just enjoy the pool and surroundings, you will love meeting the friendly herd of horses and relaxing in this untouched corner of the Earth.
Set in the beautiful olive groves and pine clad National Park area of Andalucia, Southern Spain, Cortijo Los Lobos is just 40 minutes from Granada and Malaga airports. The breathtaking mountain views and spectacular rural location offer days of riding through open fields, cool shady pine forests, olive groves and streams.
Depending on the time of year, you can go on breakfast hacks, picnic hacks, hacks to a restaurant and even moonlit hacks. With so much surrounding countryside, you'll get to explore a different route every day. The duration of rides depends on your ability and the time of year.
Riding package: 2 hours per day for 5 days. You can distribute the 10 total hours however you wish across the week.
Weekend or midweek full board riding break: 10 hours of riding during a 3 night stay. Package includes board, meals, snacks and drinks, airport transfers, and use of all facilities.
1 week full board riding break: 14 hours of riding during a 7 night stay. Package includes board, meals, snacks and drinks, airport transfers, and use of all the facilities (including mountain bikes and heated pool).
June, owner and operator, has been riding for her entire life. She knows the countryside like the back of her hand and can show you or point you toward the best sights. She is gentle and kind with horses and riders alike. After a medical mishap with one of her horses nearly twelve years ago, she transitioned her herd to barefoot and bitless riding. If you're new to riding (in general or bitless), June will patiently show you the ropes and build up your confidence with a calm smile.
The Cortijo Los Lobos horses all live together as a family. Since many of the horses in the herd are rescue horses, June and Clive go above and beyond to give them a calm and stress-free life. The horses are trained with natural horsemanship techniques, go barefoot, and are ridden in bitless bridles. All are kind and sure footed, making it easy to find the right horse for you and your requirements.
Walking: stick to the trails or climb the steeper mountain paths in this hiking paradise. Expect to see wildflowers and even the more unusual wildlife: wild boar, Ibex (the wild mountain goat), eagles, Hoopoos, blue magpies, bee eaters and numerous other birds.
Mountain bikes: mountain bikes are available free of charge.
Skiing: go on an excursion to the Sierra Nevada ski resort with a personal guide to show you all the best runs. Equipment rentals and lessons can be arranged.
Painting and photography: bring your own equipment to capture the spectacular scenery all around.
Surfing: Tarifa, the popular surfing resort, is a 2 hour drive away with a clear sea and pure white sand.
Motorcycle trail riding: take scenic tours of the Andalucian countryside on motorcycles.
Spanish: learn Spanish on site with a native speaker.
The beautiful old family farmhouse consists of two tastefully and comfortably furnished self catering spanish cottages with a heated pool: El Establo & El Granero Viejo. Each sleeping up to 6 people (up to 4 adults, plus extra children) with private patios or courtyards. There is also a self-catered 1 bedroom apartment with twin or king size beds (plus 2 more beds for children if required).