You don't have to stray too far from home to experience
the thrill of an equestrian adventure, Europe has many hidden gems
that are just a short plane ride away. Here we have put together
our favourite destinations for riding holidays that you won't
Los Alamos, Spain
Where? The Atlantic coast of Southern
Spain plays host to an exhilarating and exciting horseback holiday
combined with the perfect dose of relaxation. Situated on the edge
of la Breña National Park, when riding at Los Alamos you will enjoy
views of the Cape Trafalgar beaches and across the coast to
Why?Los Alamos offers some of the best
beach riding in the world with well-trained horses and a relaxed
atmosphere giving visitors the chance to escape areas of mass
tourism and experience the relatively un-touched rural Spanish
Chateau Chazelles, France
Where? This beautiful ancient
'chateau-fort' is situated in the Haute Loire department of the
Auvergne region on the Massif Central, which is home to medieval
French towns, gastronomic cuisine and historic monuments, making
this holiday ideal for experiencing the local area and enjoying
some fantastic riding.
Why? Ride well schooled, quality horses
along tracks through wooded valleys, past Roman villages, onto open
pastures and through gorges - the terrain is varied and gives
travellers plenty to feast their eyes on.
Equus Sylvania, Romania
Where? Explore the Carpathian
Mountains and Transylvania, the only place in Europe, west of
Russia, where widespread populations of wolves, bears and lynx
Why? Embark on daily adventures amongst
the breathtaking and un-spoilt countryside, armed with saddlebag
picnics and excitement for the day ahead. Riding fit, well-trained
horses along gorges, through forests, across alpine meadows and
into remote mountain settlements will give you a taste for the
lifestyle of this beautiful country.
Where? Experience magnificent views,
from snow capped mountains and volcanoes, to lunar landscapes and
waterfalls. Catering for a variety of riding standards, combine
relaxing in northern Iceland with sightseeing, or challenge
yourself on adrenalin fueled trail ride in the highlands.
Why? Iceland is home to the traditional
Icelandic 'tolting' horses, which offer a unique experience that
every rider should experience at least once in their life! Their
willing attitude and strength provides riders with tremendous fun
and the tolt is a fast gait that is comfortable and enables the
horse to cover great distances.
Where? This delightful hilltop farm is
situated in I Moresani, south of Naples and overlooks the beautiful
Cilento National Park. This area on the coast of Italy, provides
views out into the sea in a series of dramatic headlands and broad
Why? With four itinerary choices there
is a holiday to suit all equestrian enthusiasts, from the Campania
Relaxed Ride, which integrates early morning rides with relaxed
afternoons by the pool, to the Cilento Journey, which takes you
through the breathtaking National Park. For something a little
different, combine your riding holiday with cookery classes to
learn the art of delicious Italian cuisine.
For more great holiday tips, visit http://ggjourneys.com/.