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A Taste of Sevilla

sevilla – andalusia

3/4 nights – 3 days riding

In Andalusia it is still possible to ride through the most unimaginable landscapes for several days, combining nature with the most ancient traditions.


This is a new ride, a short programme, in the province of Sevilla. The ride starts at the Cortijo La Corbera, situated 17km South from Seville and about 45kms from Jerez. This is the heart of the Andalusian horse country, surrounded by the best Andalusian horse breeding farms, the most renowned Doma Vaquera trainers and riders, and some of the most beautiful Haciendas of Andalusia.


This three day programme will charm the riders with the magic of the Andalusian countryside and its deeply rooted traditions. To the Southwest of Sevilla, we will ride on the pilgrimage roads to El Rocío, on the” Caminos”, that thousands of pilgrims follow at the end of the spring. This area is called the Aljarafe of Sevilla, with the beautiful nature reserve of the Dehesa de Abajo, rich in birdlife. The landscape is very diverse: farmland; forests of pine and savin, eucalyptus and cork oaks; marshlands and preserves, in the boundaries of the Doñana National Park. We will stay at some beautiful cortijos ( Andalusian country houses), very well preserved, with all the charm of the old times.


This area enjoys an excellent climate, with very mild temperatures and sunshine in the winter months, very pleasant for riding. The terrain is ideal for riding, with a natural sandy soft going and miles of paths and open country , which allows a very varied pace for this ride.

Trip summary

Moderate to fast ride

Best time to visit
Set dates in February-March-November.
Very pleasant temperatures and sunshine over the winter months and early spring

Trip length
3/ 4 nights (*) – 3 days riding
Distance covered 55 miles / 90kms

(*) Optional: one extra night in Sevilla

Group size
Minimum 6 riders - Maximum 10 riders.
This ride can be tailored for groups of 6 or more riders at other times in the year

Airport
Seville

Riding ability
Intermediate to experienced. Reasonably fit riders.

Horses
Andalusian, Hispano-Arab and Anglo-Arab. Excellent horses, strong, very well-trained, responsive, sure footed, fit and fun to ride. They are very well schooled, with training in dressage, show-jumping and cross-country. They participate in eventing clinics and TREC competitions,

Pace of the ride
The pace of the ride is moderate to fast, with many opportunities for good trots and canters. The terrain is excellent, with predominantly sandy tracks in the pine forests and good terrain when riding though the “dehesas” (oaks land and pastures) and the private estates.

Tack
Excellent leather English general purpose saddles
Seat savers and small saddle bags

Time in the saddle
From 4 and ½ to 6 hours

Languages
English, French, Spanish

Climate
The climate in this are of Spain is nearly tropical. Winter months are strongly recommended - with gentle temperatures, maximum 18 - 22ºC and minimum temperatures at 8-10ºC. Average days of rain in the February – March – November months is 5 days per month.

Your hosts and guides
The Sevilla rides are lead by Alfonso, the owner of the stables in Sevilla – la Corbera, and Maria Elena. They are knowledgeable, qualified, hospitable and terrific travel companions.
The assistant guides and helpers are enthusiastic, motivated, attentive and charming.
Out attention to the detail is outstanding. We go as far as we can to anticipate all the little things that can make a difference. We have a lot of repeat guests that come back every year. We can give you direct references of riders from many different parts of the world.

Bookings
Please contact us equiberia@equiberia.com

Horses and Riding

Riding ability
Intermediate to experienced. Reasonably fit riders.
It is not necessary to be an expert rider but it is essential that riders have trail riding experience, can easily manage a horse at all paces and be familiar and comfortable handling a horse on the ground. A level of fitness is required, as the days are 4-6 hours. Horses will be ready for the riders to get on every morning.

Horses
The horses are Hispano-Arab, Anglo-Hispano Arab and Andalusian breed ranging in height from 15 - 16 hh, and selected for their good nature and endurance. They have been carefully bred and trained by Alfonso Gonzalo de Bustos, a great horseman, who is an expert in Andalusian dressage or Doma Vaquera, and passionate about all the Andalusian traditions. At present, he is competing in TREC. Excellent horses, strong, very well-trained, responsive, sure footed, fit and fun to ride. They are very well schooled, with training in dressage, show-jumping and cross-country. They participate in eventing clinics and TREC competitions,

Pace of the ride
The pace of the ride is moderate to fast, with many opportunities for good trots and canters. The terrain is excellent, with predominantly sandy tracks in the pine forests and good terrain when riding though the “dehesas” (oaks land and pastures) and the private estates.

Tack
Excellent leather English general purpose saddles
Seat savers and small saddle bags

Time in the saddle
From 4 and ½ to 6 hours (one day)

Weight limit
90kgs / 198 pounds

Your hosts and guides The Sevilla rides are lead by Alfonso, the owner of the stables in Sevilla – la Corbera, and Maria Elena. They are knowledgeable, qualified, hospitable and terrific travel companions.
The assistant guides and helpers are enthusiastic, motivated, attentive and charming.

Out attention to the detail is outstanding. We go as far as we can to anticipate all the little things that can make a difference. We have a lot of repeat guests that come back every year. We can give you direct references of riders from many different parts of the world.

2015 Accommodation and Meals

The selection of the accommodation and the service in every aspect of the ride is of outstanding quality.

Accommodation Lodging is very comfortable and full of charm. You will stay at traditional Andalusian country estates and cortijos (the Andalusian country houses).
The Cortijo de La Corbera, where the ride starts and ends, has accommodation in the finca, eight beautiful bedrooms, charming and with all the facilities and views of the open countryside. The private Cortijo de Gelo, in the Hacienda de Gelo estate, is the home of a great horseman, breeder of Anglo-Arab horses and expert in marathon carriage driving.
Night 1. Cortijo La Corbera
Night 2 & 3. Cortijo de Gelo
Night 4 – optional: Hotel in Sevilla.

Food & Wine
Breakfast, aperitifs, lunch and dinner are included while on the trek. The local cuisine is excellent and much consideration is taken when planning the meals to provide visitors with a sampling of the many different dishes produced in the area. Lunch is usually a picnic in the countryside with set tables, chairs... and small feast everyday! Some lunches will be cooked on the spot; others prepared the village bars o restaurants, always exquisite. Dinner is at the hotels will feature a varied selection of the typical cuisine.
All the drinks are included during the meals. Tasting of Spanish red& white wines; sherry; beer, juices, soft drinks and water.


A support vehicle will follow the riders during the entire trip, meeting for aperitifs, meals and at night.

Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice.

2015 Dates & Prices

2015 DEPARTURE DATES
View our departure dates here
These are the dates programmed for 2015.
This ride can be organised for groups of 6 or more riders at other times in the year

2015 PRICES
Please get in touch with us
Special offers for early bookings confirmed before the end of January and small groups of 4 or more riders.

All our prices are fully inclusive. You will need a very limited amount of money for the week.

o Transfers from/to Sevilla are included in the price
o Accommodation in comfortable and charming hotels, all carefully selected for their character and welcome to riders and horses
o Beautifully trained horses, in excellent condition and very well looked after in every aspect: feeding, grooming, veterinary care, and general well-being. You will feel it: they are happy horses.
o The days riding as described in the programmes, with itineraries carefully selected to make the best out of every day ride
o Knowledgeable, qualified and hospitable guides, the owners of the stables lead the rides personally, accompanied by attentive and charming support guides
o Excellent leather English GP saddles; small saddle bags and seat savers are provided. Riding hats or helmets can be provided too. Every piece of the tack is in excellent condition.
o All the meals are included: exquisite gourmet picnic lunches; aperitifs and tapas; fresh salads and fruit of the season everyday; selected dinners in the hotels; all the drinks are included during the meals: tasting of different red & white wines with the picnics; sherry at the aperitifs; beer, juices, soft drinks.
o A support vehicle meets the riders with 1 or 2 helpers, to transport the luggage and prepare the lunches, with set tables, chairs.., and to assist the riders when necessary.
o Out attention to the detail is outstanding. We go as far as we can to anticipate all the little things that can make a difference. We have a lot of repeat guests that come back every year. We can give you direct references of riders from many different parts of the world.
o The company is fully insured and legally registered in every department, tourism, equestrian and agriculture.

Travel

MEETING POINT

Sevilla
Riders will be picked up at the Sevilla airport (or at the Santa Justa train station – AVE trains) at the agreed times
Meeting time around 16:30 – 17:00 on the Wednesday, beginning of the weekend ride

Arrival
Any flight in time for the pick- up time at 16:30 pm of the first day of the ride
Pick up times can be tailored for groups.

Departure
Transfers on the day of departure will be organised at the most convenient times for the riders.
Please contact us before booking the flights.

Before/After the ride
Equiberia can help with suggestions, hotel bookings, and other arrangements before or after the ride. Please contact us.

Packing list The principle of “layers” is always very convenient, any time of the year.
We suggest the following

Riding

• Jodhpurs or riding breeches
• Half chaps and short riding boots with a good sole (don’t try new boots for a riding holiday)
• Long sleeve shirts and T-shirts
• Waistcoat (warmer or lighter (depending on the time of the year)
• Warm or light fleece (depending on the time of the year)
• Light rain jacket
• Sun hat with a brim and sun glasses
• Riding helmet (a few helmets are available at the riding centre). Not mandatory but advisable.
• Riding gloves
• Small saddle bags are provided to carry only small things while riding
• Seat savers can be provided

Other
Casual clothes for the evenings
Sunscreen and lip balm

2015 Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1 SEVILLA – CORTIJO LA CORBERA (UTRERA)

Pick up at the Sevilla airport – or at the Santa Justa train station if you are in Seville already. (pick up before 17:00). Transfer to the equestrian centre La Corbera, south of Sevilla, near Utrera, about 20-30min from Sevilla.
It is a beautiful Cortijo, a traditional Andalusian country estate. 40 horses, mainly Hispano-Arab and Anglo-hispano-arabs, very well trained. The owner of La Corbera is Alfonso Gonzalo de Bustos, a great horseman, with a background in Doma Vaquera and at present competing in TREC. He is passionate about his horses and about Sevilla and its country and traditions.
The ride will be led by Alfonso and Maria Elena.
Welcome drink at the Cortijo and distribution of the rooms. The accommodation is at the finca, with 8 charming bedrooms in overlooking the fields and the horses.
Distribution of the horses and short ride around the finca to try the horses.
Dinner and night at La Corbera.

Day 2 HACIENDA TORREQUEMADA - CAMINO DE TRIANA – CORTIJO DE GELO

Horses will be transported to the Cortijo de Torrequemada, near Bormujos.
Riders will be driven to Torrequemada – about 30min drive.
Ride will start at Torrequemada, a XVI c. Hacienda of Andalusia. After a brief visit of Torrequemada. This is a traditional stop of the pilgrims on their way to El Rocio, the Camino de Triana, from where we will start the ride. Through farming land of olive trees we will get to the pine forest for the aperitivo stop. . We will follow the camino de Triana, and stop for a picnic lunch before the river Quema. In the afternoon we will croos the river Quema, where the pilgrim traditionally get baptised!. Ride on to Benacazón, to the beautiful private cortijo de Gelo, home of a great horseman, breeder of Anglo-Arab horses and expert in marathon carriage driving. Dinner and night at the cortijo

Day 3 DEHESA DE ABAJO – CORTIJO DE GELO - BENACAZÓN

Morning ride through the pine forests, dehesas (holm and cork oaks estates) and private fincas. Aperitivo and picnic lunch in the countryside, near the Hacienda de Lopa. In the afternoon we will reach the Camino de Aznalcázar and the Nature Reserve Dehesa de Abajo, rich in birdlife. We will ride around the reserve to get to the Hacienda de Gelo and to our accommodation, a private Cortijo in Gelo. Dinner and night at the cortijo.

Day 4 CORTIJO DE GELO – PUEBLA DEL RÍO – GELO – (SEVILLA)

Ride by the nature reserve to reach the Camino de Puebla del Río. Ride though private estates where bulls (toro bravo and Andalusian horses are bred). Aperitivo and picnic lunch in the countryside. Ride back to the Cortijo de Gelo. End of the ride.
Luggage will stay at the cortijo, so riders can shower and change in the afternoon after the ride, before the transfer back to Sevilla

* END OF THE PROGRAMME *

History and Nature

About Sevilla
Sevilla is the capital of Andalusia and of the province of Seville. It is situated on the plain of the River Guadalquivir, with an average elevation of 7 metres (23 ft) above sea level. The inhabitants of the city are known as sevillanos or hispalenses, following the Roman name of the city, Hispalis.
Sevilla is without a doubt one of Spain’s most beautiful cities. The Sevillanos are an extremely proud and passionate people. To many Sevilla is not just a place, it is a way of life. The Guadalquivir, Semana Santa, the April Feria, Velazquez, Don Juan Tenorio, orange blossom, the dancing of Sevillanas and bullfights….. Sevilla is bright, beautiful and a city that must be seen and must be experienced.
Following the Moorish conquest in 712, Seville came under a long period of Moorish rule. It was during this period that both the Giralda and the Mosque (Mezquita) were built, on the site where the Cathedral now stands.
With the discovery of America in 1492, Sevilla developed a monopoly on trade with the New World. It became the arrival and departure point for every expedition to the newly discovered continent. Sevilla began to amass a great wealth, palaces were built, new industries were created and the whole city was a hive of activity. All financed by American gold.
In 1929 Sevilla hosted the Ibero-American Exhibition and in 1992, the Expo. Both of these events had a significant impact on Sevilla to become the beautiful city you can discover nowadays.

More information at
www.visitasevilla.es

Coto Doñana Nacional Park
The Parque Nacional de Doñana is one of Europe's most important wetland reserves and a major site for migrating birds. It is an immense area; the parque itself and surrounding parque natural or Entorno de Doñana (a protected buffer zone) amount to over 1,300 sq km in the provinces of Huelva, Sevilla and Cádiz. It is internationally for recognised for its great ecological wealth. Doñana has become a key centre in the world of conservationism.
Doñana is well known for its enormous variety of bird species, either permanent residents, winter visitors from north and central Europe or summer visitors from Africa, like its numerous types of geese and colourful colonies of flamingo. It has one of the world's largest colonies of Spanish imperial eagles. The park as a whole comprises three distinct kinds of ecosystem: the marismas, the Mediterranean scrublands and the coastal mobile dunes with their beaches.
The configuration of the Parque Nacional de Doñana is a result of its past as the delta of the Guadalquivir river, the 'big river', or Wada-I-Kebir, of the Moors. But it is a delta with a difference. Unlike most, the river has only one outlet to the sea, just below Sanlúcar de Barrameda. The rest of what used to be its delta has gradually been blocked off by a huge sandbar that stretches from the mouth of the Río Tinto, near Palos de la Frontera, to the riverbank opposite Sanlúcar, and which the sea winds have gradually formed into high dunes. Behind this natural barrier stretches the marshlands (marismas).

The effect of this extraordinary mélange of land and water was to create an environment shunned by people but ideal for wildlife. As early as the thirteenth century, the kings of Castille set aside a portion of the Doñana as a royal hunting estate; later the dukes of Medina Sidonia made it their private coto too. One of the duchesses of Medina Sidonia, Doná Ana de Silva y Mendoza, indulged her antisocial instincts by building a residence there that was more hermitage than palace. As a result, the entire region came to be known as the 'forest of Doná Ana', or Doñana. In the eighteenth century, Goya is known to have visited the Duchess of Alba at the Palacio de Doñana when she was its proprietress. Subsequently, the land passed through many hands before the official creation of the parque nacional in 1969.

Doñana National Park is a wetland / coastal reserve at the delta of the Guadalquivir River and a major site for migrating birds. The park holds 360 species of birds, in transfer from or to Africa (on the same flyway as Djoudj and Banc d’Arguin). Especially noted are its wintering waterfowl, which number over 500.000.
The importance of the Doñana region cannot be overstressed. Half a million wintering birds, mainly wildfowl and waders, flock to the area each year to escape the much colder weather conditions in the north of Europe and many more use it as a feeding station during the migration periods in spring and autumn. It is also of major importance as a breeding ground for some of the scarcest and most endangered bird species in Europe, such as the Spanish Imperial Eagle, the Marbled Duck and the Red-knobbed Coot. The park also is the habitat of the endangered Spanish lynx, Adalbert’s eagle, marbled teal and white-headed duck.

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