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Horseback Riding & Hiking in Andalucia

We'll be in Southern Spain (Malaga, Seville, Gilbraltar area- details not yet set) in late February until about the 5th of March. I'd really like to do some horseback riding through the countryside and I'd like to do some hiking. Any recommendations?

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There are plenty of walking opportunities, although at that time of year you should be aware some will be treacherous and only suitable for experienced walkers with proper equipment (e.g. the high Alpujarras). For something more accessible, it does depend on whether you will have a car. For example, from Sevilla, Doñana would be an obvious choice, its ecosystem is unusual for Europe, but I'm not sure how practical that is by public transport. Without a car from Malaga there are various walks you can start by using the local railway or buses. Will you have a hire car?

I know nothing about "horseback riding" (?), hopefully others can comment. But this website is great for general Andalusian information and does have information on horse-riding:

http://www.andalucia.com/rural/horseriding.htm

PS I've never heard the term "horseback riding", just "being on horseback" or "horse-riding" or just "riding". I guess "horseback riding" is one of those Americanisms? Where else but on the back would you ride it? Anyway, best wishes for your holiday. I'm sure you'll find Andalucia brilliant.

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18754 posts

We always use the term, "horseback riding". I've never heard "horse riding". But I'm from the southeastern US. Perhaps that's used elsewhere.

Posted by
1239 posts

I don't know your riding skill so I have no way to know which ride might be best. Nor do I know anything about these stables, but a quick Google search found
https://www.cortijoelchenilcaballos.com/riding-adventures
http://www.andalucia.com/rural/horseriding/hiring.htm
http://www.rejertilla.com/ing/horse_riding.html
There are others listed on Google including multi-day treks and lessons. These three look fairly novice friendly judging from the pictures with less than perfect riding position.
Have a great ride!

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4351 posts

We always use the term, "horseback riding". I've never heard "horse riding". But I'm from the southeastern US. Perhaps that's used elsewhere.

I'm familiar with the term "horseback riding", I think it's an American thing but it's obvious what it means. In the UK I've only ever heard it referred to as "horse riding". I don't see it as an odd phrase, after all we all refer to riding piggy back.

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25594 posts

In my family when I was growing up it was just Riding.

I never thought of riding anything else (or falling off and winding up face down in the mud which I did more than once). I wouldn't even have changed the name if the creature was a pony - we would just go down to the pony club and ride.

I guess you could change the description if it was a completely different animal - aardvark riding for example....