Visit horse riding historical constructions between beautiful natural sites
Due to its rich landscape, the Valle d'Albaida is especially interesting for horse riding. It is located in the monumental and cultural route inaugurated in 2008. It runs through various municipalities and places in the the province of Valencia, such as the Corpus Christi Monastery and the castle of Xio, both in the town of Llutxent. This is where you will find our equestrian center surrounded by nature and fruit trees typical of the Mediterranean climate. The sea is only 20 km away. The region’s mild climate allows you to ride all year round. Lovers of nature, culture and rich gastronomy will enjoy an incomparable environment. Due to its strategic location between the sea and the interior of the Iberian Peninsula, the territory has a history of continuous disputes. This is reflected in civil, military and religious structures with defensive and walled systems that extend between beautiful natural landscapes, mountain ranges and forests. Since 2000, the equestrian center has belonged to our experienced guide, Miguel. The farm, which was once used to make wine, features a winery from 1800, which is now a museum. The center began as a school of equestrian sport in all its forms. Since 2004, it has offered accommodations with a restaurant to all its customers. The soul of the farm is the horses
Arrival in Alicante or Valencia and transfer to the equestrian center. Reception and accommodation. Visit with Miguel, owner of the center and experienced guide, facilities and horses. Evaluation of the level of the rider. Talk about the route, its difficulties and distribution of the necessary materials. Pool available to all. At night, in the restaurant, we will taste a delicious typical Valencian cuisine menu.
After breakfast we will ride through forest roads and paths in the Sierra de Benicadell. The final section of the route is the Greenway, which was the railway line from Gandía to Alcoy; it passes through handmade tunnels and old Serpis river dams. In this typical Mediterranean climate the pines are the predominant trees. We will guide our horses in the river and have a riverside picnic. We will continue along the old railway and reach Lorcha. The land is flat with pine trees and Mediterranean vegetation surrounded by mountains. Dinner and accommodation will be at a beautiful rural house in Lorcha.
We will be ride along the river Serpis, going up among stone fruit trees (apricots, cherry trees, plums, olive trees, peach trees), fruit that we can taste directly from the tree, depending on the time of year. Little by little we will ascend, and both the vegetation and the climate will change. When we reach the Barranco de la Encantada, we will stop for a picnic lunch. Along the path we find the waterfall El Gorg del Salt. We will return to Lorcha by another river road crossing orchards and riding between rosemary, thyme and lavender. Dinner and sleep again in the accommodation of Lorcha.
After a delicious breakfast we will return to the Sierra de Benicadell, whose highest peak is at an altitude of 1104 meters. The difficulty is medium. Surrounded by medium and high mountains, there are days when our rote will be above the clouds. On clear days we can see the sea. We will stop to make a well-deserved lunch break for a picnic. Return to the equestrian center to relax in the pool and eat a typical PAELLA of cauliflower and cod. We will cook all together with the help of our Cook. We will accompany dinner with wines from the area.
Today we will ride through the agricultural area of La Vall d'Albaida, where we can enjoy a quiet and relaxed route through fields full of fruit trees. After a long road we will arrive at the Bellús reservoir. It is an artificial irrigation reservoir that was built to prevent drought. We will have a barbecue meal of lamb chops and vegetables next to the reservoir. In the afternoon we return to the equestrian center to relax in the pool and have a typical valencian food.
We will start a beautiful 3 hour route to reach the Royal Monastery of San Jerónimo de Cotalba, declared an Heritage Site of Cultural Interest. We will make a private visit to the monastery and its gardens. Picnic lunch in the Monastery. We will return by the same path to our equestrian center after 3 hours. Rest and pool. Dinner at the restaurant.
On this last day we will ride 6 km until we reach Llutxent, a town of Muslim origin, built in the 12th century. It is one of the oldest towns that has the festivals of Moors and Christians. Private visit to the Convent of Corpus Christi, a convent building whose origins are found in a thirteenth century chapel; it was renovated in the seventeenth century. Lunch at El Alter bar with Mediterranean tapas and wine from the land. Return to the equestrian center. After relaxing, a farewell party will end our stay with rich products of the land.
After breakfast you will be wished a fond farewell from your team as you are transferred to either Alicante or Valencia airport (cost not included).
PRICE: 1.500 €
Price per person in double/twin room with bathroom.
PRICE PER PERSON INCLUDED
Horse breeds: Pure English blood, Cross, Friesian, PRE (Pure Spanish Breed), Belgian
Type of saddle: mixed english saddle
About the guides certifications: All activities are carried out with and by professionals in the equestrian and riding areas. Equestrian riding technicians and equestrian guides. They are highly qualified as equestrian and mountain guides with extensive professional experience.
Maximum weight of the rider: 90 Kg
Age limit: Riders must be 15 or older.
Remarks: Prior meeting to review the technical features of the route, helmet use, and riders own riding kit (helmet, pants, and gloves, waterproof ...).
Duration of the equestrian activity: 6 days. 4-6 hours per day.
Required Experience: Level C-D Intermediate.
Activities and schedules shown in the program may undergo modifications due to weather reasons.
LEVELS OF THE RIDER
1 - Beginner (equivalent to Below Gallop 1)
Rider with limited experience, unable to trot or gallop.
2 - Novice (equivalent to Gallop 2)
Rider is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, controls at the walk, moderate length posting trots and short canters.
3 - Intermediate (equivalent to Gallop 4)
Rider with a firm walk, confident and in control at all paces throughout (including trotting and cantering), but does not ride regularly.
4 - Advanced (equivalent to Gallop 5)
Intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least six hours per day.
5 - Expert (equivalent to Gallop 7)
Rider who meets the above requirements and is capable of handling a spirited horse in open country.
Should have Gallops qualifications, we show the equivalence of such qualifications the minimum level required for the route.
Not applicable to carriages driving.