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“The most fantastic horse holiday”
Review of Ride Andalucia

Ride Andalucia
Reviewed 2 October 2011

Ride Andalucia offers horse riders the chance to ride across beautiful and varied countryside on perfectly behaved horses, while stopping to eat fantastic food and experience the real spain. I can not recommend it enough...you must go.

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Reviewed 15 May 2011

Only half an hour away from the famously overdeveloped coastline of Andalucia, you can find yourself in a wilderness of unspoilt beauty; and there is no better way of seeing it than from the back of one of Karen Considine's beautifully schooled PRE horses; close acquaintance with the network of ancient tracks that crisscross the countryside south of Ronda and with the history of the area, and a lifetime spent around horses, make Karen the perfect guide for a trip which progresses from one beautiful white village to another; along the way, the variety of plant, bird and animal life makes a fine addition to the breathtaking views; I cannot recommend this highly enough as a riding holiday.

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Reviewed 13 April 2011

Desperately in need of a break from all things office and English, I booked with Karen to go out to Spain for a week's riding. I'd been to this area of Andalucia before (see paragraph at the end about the village of Gaucin) but hadn't been riding because it's too hot in July and August, anyway I heard about Karen on the first trip, and this time went out there to horse ride with her.

Karen (who runs Ride Andalucia, speaks Spanish, French and English, but is Irish originally) is obviously a good rider, knows the horses (she worked in polo for a long time), and clearly looks after them well. She knows lots about the area, local customs, old riding trails from access points to the river estuary in the valley to the tracks through the cork forests to the North. Plus she'll tell you all about the place - in her inimitatble Irish way.

Anyway, the pace of life was beautifully slow and relaxing, there was gorg home made marmalade on tap and the accommodation was a typical large Spanish farm house villa style, with courtyard and deserted serene swimming pool. It was really really lovely and just what I needed. Everyone there was was really friendly and just seemed happy to be pootling about sorting out horses, doing breakfasts etc. I think it may have had something to do with a steady stream of gin and tonics in the afternoons ;)

A carefully considered group of horses (and variety of saddles) seemed to have something for everyone - from the steady Eddie confidence giver horse to flashy looking Andalucians, which were actually a doddle and an absolute dream to ride - especially compared to the thoroughbred's many of us ride in the UK - and which did the special paso steps Andalucian's are famous for and were something I'd wanted to ride for a while now.

The riding routes were a mixture of fast and slow riding on curving dirt tracks or up and down hillsides. Short half day rides or long ones going further afield, there was plenty to see and no road riding or traffic to worry about.

The weather was warm and fine for riding in t-shirts and cotton jodhs or trousers. Some days my long boots were a bit warm, so half chaps might have been better. On clear days you can see over to Africa, and closer up there were flowering fresia's growing wild and smelling fantastic, rustic cottages tucked into hillsides with olive groves and orange, lemon and grapefruit trees (which we picked and ate daily!).

And just finally, if you've got a non-riding other half who won't sit quietly by a pool all day - Guacin's the local village and a nice place to have a nosy around. It's actually quite a big village and must have 2 or 3 small supermarkets), 9 or 10 lovely tapas bars all with outdoor space for quietly enjoying a holiday beer or three with a some delicious bits of nibbly food watching the world go by, a handful of special restaurants, an antique shop, and some well signed walks, a castle etc etc. Everyone's chilled out and friendly - although you may need to mime or speak Spanish to get exactly what you ask for! I think there's also an art gallery and some places you can do cookery or painting classes. And an organic shop with an internet cafe. And best of all it's not full of English people, as they're all in Rhonda an hour up the road!

Anyway, all this is just an hour from Gibraltar airport (or a bit further from Malaga I think) and well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 7 December 2010

I love riding holidays, and have been extremely fortunate over the years to have ridden in Canada, Uruguay, Ecuador and Spain.

I first rode with Karen (Owner & Guide, Ride Andalucia) in October 2009 and am now a three times serial offender and am already planning my next trip.

Karens experience, professionalism and confidence with horses can only be admired yet she combines this perfectly with a very warm, fun loving sense of humour and adventure.

Two of the tours I've been on were tailor made for me as I wanted 6 days+ of riding with a family member, so if the set tours don't suit, or you want to add extra days, don't be afraid to ask!

The most recent tour (Oct 2010) was a brand new route exploring hidden valleys and the beautiful wild landscape of Andalucia which you would never get to on foot or by car. It was with two other riders whom i'd never met before. We all had a brilliant time.

Each time I've ridden with Karen I've been stunned by the scenery (her knowledge of the area is second to none). The accomodation and food provided are of a superb standard, but most importantly the quality & temperament of the horses is an absolute delight.

I cannot wait to be back, Karen...You're a star x

1  Thank crazyabouthorses
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Reviewed 17 November 2010

Karen's knowledge of the area, people and customs makes this more than just a ride through lovely scenery - you feel a part of the community in this beautiful part of Andalucia. We mounted our horses in the village square with all the customers from the cafe watching , and a local farmer appearing on his stallion with a foal trotting along behind! The riding is varied, the horses delightful and hospitality superb. I will certainly return, and would recommend this holiday to anyone who enjoys riding, lovely countryside and an insight into rural Spanish life.

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