7 Days Natural Park with Horseback Trails, Mindfulness, Yoga and Hiking Holidays in Andalusia, Spain

Adventures and Relax Holidays

This is a week for you at the Costa de la Luz! If you love horses, yoga, come and spend your week with Aventuras del Sur in the family-run horse and yoga retreat in bright apartments, located all in one big rural country house, elevated on a hill just behind the ocean, with breathtaking views of the sea and the mountains. So, book now!

Highlights

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • 3 horse riding tours on free-living horses
  • Enjoy sessions of hikes to breathtaking views
  • Enjoy the delicious Victoria Mediterranean meals
  • Hatha and Energetic yoga is available for anyone who is interested
  • Restorative yoga seasons and mindfulness in a beautiful and relaxing Natur Park
  • Unlimited hot tea throughout the stay
  • The best nature beaches of Spain
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8

Airport transfer available:
Jerez Airport (US$70 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$87 per person)

Airport transfer available:
Gibraltar Airport (US$58 per person)

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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Aventuras del Sur's guest stays at the Finca. Is a familiar house in the nature of an amazing Park and it is five minutes of driving from the beach and 15 minutes from Tarifa town. We have just 7 rooms for the guest, is the very intimate place. The house is looking to panoramic views of Africa coast and Ocean, and also the amazing Mountain of Betis to relax. The garden is common, with hammocks to rest or read. All rooms are different, so we tried to put different prices to be more just with the guest, depending on the number of persons sharing or the terrace or the bathroom.

  • We have 2 big private apartment; fully equipped for 4-5 persons, or for families or groups, or just sharing with another guest. But also you can have your own private room, or share a twin room with another person!!

Program

Aventuras del Sur at the Costa de la Luz began from a familiar dream that was forged with determination, illusion, and patience. The love for horses and nature has brought Aventuras del Sur here, giving birth to this beautiful project that is shared with the world.

You are invited to la Costa de la Luz, in Tarifa, where you will enjoy horseback riding, yoga, and meditation, and paths along the beach and the mountains, immersed in the silence and purest nature. The horse riding is going to be 1 - 2-hour riding, for beginners or nonexperience people. The rides are going to be in the afternoons if they don't have experience, and if is used to ride, they can go the three hours in the morning with the riders group.

Aventuras del Sur started off as a family dream 30 years ago, Paco, the horseback riding guide, started the family business breeding and training the first horses and building his family home. Step by step, Aventuras del Sur realized the dream with patient, love, and effort. Love to the horses and the beautiful nature surrounding Aventuras del Sur has been the driving force of Aventuras del Sur's pursuit. In addition, Aventuras del Sur is close to beautiful beaches and cities such as Tarifa, Algeciras, or Cadiz.

Aventuras del Sur, as a family and also your yoga teacher live in other apartments in the same house. You will experience this country lifestyle, as Aventuras del Sur is a running farm, taking care of the horses, the gardens, and the house, as well as preparing the school snacks for their youngest one. Victoria, the mother of the family, is a fundamental piece of the team. She delights the guests with traditional Andalusian food prepared with vegetables from the garden. She will make you feel at home.

Aventuras del Sur wishes to offer you an unforgettable holiday of horseback riding, practicing yoga, hiking in the untouched nature, or simply enjoying the calmness and peace of the place.

This week is just for you to escape from the daily hustle and the European winter, to relax, practice or learn yoga, and do horse riding and hiking in beautiful nature at one of the last wild Spanish coasts where nature meets the ocean and where the sun shines almost every day. You can have tasty Mediterranean (vegetarian) food, exciting conversations, a good book, a walk around the farm, a visit of Tarifa, sitting on the beach (in cozy warm clothes), or watching the waves roll in.

Begin your day with a nourishing meditation in Aventuras del Sur's sea view shala followed by a heating and cleansing yoga session, connecting your body with your breath and so with your mind. Step out at the terrace, breathing in the salty ocean breeze, mingled with the fine scent of the pine tree forests, let your eyes stroll over the rocky hill to the silver colored sea, glistening in the morning sun, and just listen to the silence.

Then, you enjoy your breakfast accompanied by a fresh orange juice in Aventuras del Sur's cozy dining room and prepare yourself for an adventurous horseback ride on Aventuras del Sur's free-living horses guided by the expert Paco, who has more than 10 years of experience in that region and will know how to surprise you.

Discover the tranquillity you will feel while trotting through the wild nature of the mountains or along the beach on the back of your horse. For everyone who once went on a horseback ride, this experience is unforgettable.

Every second day, you will be taken on exciting walks (instead of the rides) in silence or in laughter to peaceful places with breathtaking views over the coastal line and all the way to Africa. One of this walks will include a meditation.

After a picnic-style lunch (on the trip or back "home", lunch is optional), you have your late afternoons free to just relax in the garden or the cozy living room, reading, chatting, or going to visit the vibrant town of Tarifa or watching the kite surfers on the Tarifa beach during the sunset.

Aventuras del Sur offers 2 restorative afternoon yoga classes on demand, depending on your needs. Some groups like to escape and explore the area; there is plenty to see and some like to have more time on their mats.

To all who come here, Aventuras del Sur offers an experience of profound beauty, wholesomeness, wellbeing, human warmth, down-to-earth family life, respect (for the human beings as well as for all the animals that enjoy a free life on the farm), and care. The group size will be no more than 8 people, so you can get the attention you need and make new friends easier.

The practice of yoga and meditation will help you to restore the body for the rides, also, they will help you find your calm. Soul, mind, and body will be renewed and full of energy after the week.

The yoga teacher is Sandra Trujillo, she is part of the family, she decided to live a Yoga lifestyle way and is studying vipassana meditation, is a certified Allianz Yoga teacher, also Pilates instructor and the hiking guide, if one person is interested in learning vipassana meditation, she is very happy to share this knowledge and introduce you in the technic, but optional, depending on your interest and kind of holidays you are looking for!!

Sample daily schedule

  • Optional vipassana meditation for persons who like to meditate: 07:30 - 09:00
  • Breakfast 09:00 - 10:00
  • Horse ride 10:00 (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday); walking tour (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 14:00 Picnic style lunch and free afternoon
  • 18:30 - 20:00 Yoga session
  • 20:15 Dinner

Important information

This retreat is for experienced riders, (medium and advanced riders), 3 - 4 hours trails with some gallops on the beach and some days Mountain tours, so please, be aware of your capacities). Nonexperience horse riders can book just one beach ride on horseback, directly with the horse guide in the house, 1 or 2 hours (25 EUR or 40 EUR per person).

Included excursions

Our excursions: Estrecho Natur park excursions every day, with horses or hiking, discovering every treasure of this amazing Natur Park, Bolonia beach, Valdevaqueros beach, Punta Paloma beach, the Pine forest of the Park, Betis Mountain, Sierra Plata Mountain, Cape Camarinal, El Cañuelo beach, (the most beautiful and natural area in Spain, last places and beaches without hotels and authentic still).

The afternoons are free to explore, rest, take sun, go to Tarifa nightlife experience, flamenco concert, shopping or cultural visits like Vejer, (if you are an active person, come with a rental car to be independent for your trips or to go beach everytime you want, if you are doing a retreat to calm and rest and you are not interested in beaches, and practise tourism, then you can come by bus or transfer service if is available).

Instructors

Sandra Trujillo
federación Española de Pilates 450 hour Pilates Certification Program (Pilates Instructor)
Iyoga center, (Dharamkok) Introductory I, II, and III (Iyengar Yoga)
Tao Center Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)
Sandra is the principal Yoga teacher in Aventuras del Sur, she was born in this magic village and with her family they built this home to share with you. One day she started her journey with Yoga and Meditation and now she´s guiding her visitors focusing the mind-body connection. Meet your Mind and join her yin-yoga classes, feel a nice and long strech, on other days a more energetic class depending on the group / situation. The aim for her is to improve your understanding of your mind-body connection and relaxation. Perfect for someone who want to escape the daily stress.
Francisco Trujillo
Francisco Trujillo is the horse guide and founder of this project, Aventuras del Sur. He started 35 years ago when building this place in the village where he was born and acquired his first horses. He learned to ride in his childhood and has an authentic own style. He looks like a cowboy sometimes. The horses live free in the natural park where we lives. This means that they are relaxed and calme. Francisco has 17 horses for different levels. He will help you to choose the best one for you. Through his work with many Tourist he´s even capable of showing People how to ride his horses.
Sascha, (Marcel) Pflaum
Sascha is German, he speaks German, English, basic French and Spanish. He was militar during many years of his life, one day he leaved everything back, looking for something with sense in life, Then, he discovered this magic place and become part of the family. Now he guides the hikking tours and the Yoga classes with Sandra. He is also Yoga teacher, he likes more energetic yoga (Ashtanga style), and Sandra more meditative, and is studing and guiding vipassana Meditation, and different technics of Pranayama. He will share with love his knowledge and is always ready to help anyone!

Location

Aventuras del Sur is located in a very special, still seemingly untouched place in the natural park, the "Parque Natural del Estrecho" at the Costa de la Luz. The name says it all, "Coast of the Light".

The house is located in a village called Betis, close to Tarifa in the southeast of Spain. It is at the southern extreme of Europe facing Africa, where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean meet.

Betis is a unique, traditional, and natural place where you can find peace and feel close to nature. You can discover small untouched beaches with white sand and a blue ocean. The trails will take you to the beaches of the coast or breathtaking viewpoints in the mountains.

Nearby places

  • Valdevaqueros - 5 minutes
  • Bolonia - 10 minutes
  • Tarifa - 15 minutes
  • Tangier - 25 minutes
  • Gibraltar International Airport (GIB) - 1 hour

Features

Activities

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain walking
  • Pilates
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Trail running
  • Wine tasting
  • Whale watching

General

  • Balcony
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Beach
  • Café
  • Concierge desk
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free bicycle
  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding
  • Wireless internet

Food

Victoria, the mother of the family, is a fundamental piece of the team. She delights the guests with traditional Andalusian food, all vegetarian if requested, and she will make you feel at home.

Almost all the food (vegetables and honey) comes from the garden or the area, the food can also be vegetarian. Three meals are included; a healthy breakfast with muesli, traditional "tostadas", tea/coffee, and a fresh orange juice. A picnic style lunch is included during the tours or when we arrive home. A Mediterranean variety dinner will be served at 8 pm.

You will enjoy a nice breakfast in Andalusian Mediterranean style, also a little brunch, pick-nick style and a traditional dinner cook with love and care, as well as shared with a good wine (if you like it) and a good company!

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Gluten Free
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Pescatarian
  • Fruitarian
  • Lactose Free
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

If you come by car, you can visit the historic towns of Tarifa, Cádiz, Jerez, Sevilla, Algeciras, or Ronda or the Roman Ruins of Bolonia, or visit Vejer, one of the typical white towns of Andalusia, or drive to the astonishing empty beaches of the Costa de la Luz where tourism still hasn't hit the beaches! Beaches can be reached in 10 minutes.

If you are without a car, you can go hiking or on nature walks, climbing, cycling, observe the nature and animals, rest and relax, read, drink a tee, and enjoy life.

In the area, you can visit the Roman Ruins Baelo Claudia, visit the close beaches or enjoy the sunset in one beach bar or on the sandy beach.

In the house, you can book other excursions like whale watching or tours to Marocco. You can make a day trip to Marroc and Tangier and come back the same day. Whale watching from Tarifa port. You can also do kitesurf, surf or paddle surf, and scuba diving.

Spa treatment and massage

Osteopathic and Physiotherapist techniques, from Sonia Baquero Rodríguez. She is our neighbour and works in a clinic in Tarifa, it is possible to book a massage or therapy with her in our home.

Enjoy different kinds of massages on demand for an additional cost of 40 EUR for 1 hour. You can book the massages one day ahead before dinner. Belen Rodriguez from Vejer de la Frontera is a massage expert with 15 years of experience.

What's included

  • Acommodation in shared or individual room depend on your booking
  • Breakfast and dinner (you can add picnic style lunch for an extra cost if you prefer 3 meals) which can be decided at home
  • 5 daily yoga classes (1.5 hours)
  • Daily free open meditation and pranayama or breathing technics finishing with some stretching (1.5 hours) - optional
  • 3 intensive horseback trails with the group
  • 2 hiking, (3, 4 or 5 hours depending on weather, and group)
  • Material is included so you don't have to bring yoga props (We can also lend you a helmet for horse riding)
  • 24 hours tea included

What's not included

  • Transfer from airport
  • Massages
  • Extra excursions

How to get there

Driving directions from

If you come driving and you don't have GPS or Google Maps, then go direction Tarifa.

  • Once you are in Tarifa, continue the road direction Bolonia.
  • In the road up to Bolonia, you will find a crossroad to the left where it is written Betis.
  • Follow Betis road and look for the signals with Aventuras del Sur that you can follow.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Gibraltar International Airport (GIB).

Gibraltar International Airport (GIB) is the nearest airport (cheap flights from England). The second nearest airport is Jerez Airport (XRY) approximately to one and a half hours away (you can find good prices sometimes). The biggest airport is Málaga Airport (AGP), 2-hour driving, and there are many flights from every country (the cheapest).

You can also fly to Seville Airport (SVQ), but Aventuras del Sur does not offer transfer from there, 3-hour drive. Tangier Ibn Battuta Airport (TNG) is also very close if you go first to visit Marrocco, then you only have to cross the sea by boat to Tarifa which takes only 25 minutes (Tanger-Tarifa boat: FRS).

From Gibraltar International Airport (GIB), you can get the bus: La Linea-Tarifa and Jerez-Tarifa too. Sevilla-Tarifa: 3 hours.

If you don't want to rent a car at the airport, then ask for the transfer service (round trip: 100 EUR Gibraltar, 120 EUR Jerez, 150 EUR Málaga).

The best recommendation is come by car from the airport, the beaches are not far, but we are on the hill, so is hard to return walking from the beach, and also is difficult to find the ways through the forest, (if you don´t know the Park).

Arrival by bus

There are some direct buses: Málaga Airport (AGP)-Algeciras-Tarifa.

Note: Aventuras del Sur will be happy to help a group or individual guest to contact with each other to rent a car together or share the transfer costs in case you want. Ask Aventuras del Sur.

Airport: Jerez Airport Airport transfer available: Jerez Airport (US$70 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$87 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Gibraltar Airport Airport transfer available: Gibraltar Airport (US$58 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 100 days before the arrival date.

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You can book the "7 Days Natural Park Intensive Horse Riding, Meditation, and Yoga Retreat in Andalusia, Spain" which will be for more experienced riders with daily 5 rides (3 - 4 hours) included. In this new package, hiking can be done in the afternoon on request.
 

  • From December until February, the Yoga with Sandra and Sacha is not available, they will go to India to continue the studies every year. (The rest of activities are available during this months).
  • In Christmas time and January, the full team will take rest.
  • During July and August, there are not horseback holidays. The temperatures are high for this activity. Only the yoga and hiking retreats will be available during July and August.

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