In the Heart of Andalusian Countryside
Built in the early 18th Century, Hacienda Las Alcabalas is a property with immensely rich history and cultural heritage. With its Sevillian-esque architecture, much of the area makes reference to Roman villas. This immersive experience takes visitors back in time, being a grand, picturesque yet almost nostalgic area. This is the perfect location to embark on a romantic equestrian adventure, making the property a place for you to take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Riding for Passion, Riding for Leisure
Perhaps you dream of taking a stab at classical dressage, or even learning about a whole new culture through horses. At Hacienda Las Alcabalas, you will have the opportunity to take lessons with professional riders of the Al Andaluz Troupe in the very unique discipline of Doma Vaquera, which directly translates into a ‘Spanish version’ of Western dressage. If you are a current dressage rider, this experience offers a unique opportunity to explore a spin-off from regular, competitive dressage and explore an area of the equestrian world that is unique to Spain.
Meet Gorgeous Andalusians
A Riding Holiday in Seville
You can enjoy a 5 day stay at Hacienda Las Alcabalas and improve your dressage skills alongside other fun activities. This course is accessible to all riders comfortable with three gaits wishing to hone their abilities, discover new dressage methods, and get a glimpse into the daily lives of professional rider trainers. It is led by Maud Boisson, show rider and competition DE instructor.
The disciplines covered are those that are included in Andalusian riding:
- High School
- (work assembled and in hand),
- doma vaquera (initiation and work in the garrocha).
- Work of the young horse
If you choose to take this course with non-riding family or friends, they can discover the main tourist attractions of Andalusia during the visit as well.
You will be accommodated in an authentic 17th century hacienda with Sevillian architecture.
Here’s what you can expect from this 5 day Riding Programme:
Upon your arrival in the evening, you will be given a welcome drink at the hacienda. After this you will be shown to your accommodation where you can rest for the night.
In the morning, from 9:30 am / 12 noon, you will have your dressage riding course. After this, you will be given lunch in the afternoon at a restaurant nearby. You will then depart in the afternoon at 3pm, for a visit to Seville at a distance of 50 km. In Seville, you can enjoy sights such as Alcazar, Giralda, Santa Cruz Quarter, and cathedrals, as well as the bullring and Triana district. In the evening you will return to the Hacienda for dinner.
In the morning, from 9:30 am / 12 noon, you will have your dressage riding course again. After this, you will be given lunch in the afternoon at a restaurant nearby. You will then depart in the afternoon at 3pm, for a visit to Ronda at a distance of 70 km. Here, you can enjoy sight-seeing at the bullring, the Roman bridge, and the historic district. After this, you will return by road to the white villages: Setenil de las bodegas, El gastor, Zaharra de la Sierra, and Olvera. There is also a possibility of visits to a ganaderia de toros bravos. After returning, you will be served your evening meal at the hacienda, after which, you can enjoy Andalusian musical entertainment.
In the morning, you will visit the village of Rocio crossing the Guadalquivir by the Coria del Rio ferry and the Doñana natural park. You will have lunch at the Rocio. Your dressage lesson will commence at 5:30pm and end at 8:00pm.
In the morning you will visit Cordoba after travelling a distance of 110km. Here you can explore the Mezquita "Cathedral of Cordoba", which is the Jewish quarter, complete with typical Andalusian patios. After this, you will have lunch in Cordoba. Upon returning to the Hacienda your dressage lesson will commence at 5:30pm and end at 8:00pm. You will have dinner at the Hacienda.
In the morning you will visit Jerez de la frontera. Here you can explore the Royal school show, and also get a VIP tour of the stables and meeting with the riders. There is also an Optional visit to a bodega, pinacotéca. Upon returning to the Hacienda your dressage lesson will commence at 5:30pm and end at 8:00pm. You will have dinner at the Hacienda.
The next morning, after breakfast, you will depart from the Hacienda.
A Multitude of Experiences
If you’re on a vacation with friends and family who don’t ride themselves, there is an entire range of engaging and exciting adventures for those you are travelling with. From exploring the region on a carriage ride, to hiking in the surrounding countryside, Hacienda Las Alcabalas is a holiday location for everyone, regardless of your riding background.
Apart from Seville, Ronda, Cordoba and Jerez, there are many places you must visit during your stay at Hacienda Las Alcabalas. These include Murube ganaderia, one of the oldest ganaderia in Andalusia, considered an exceptional site, on 850 ha: Visit of the farm in 4X4 in the company of the mayoral, visit of the private arenas and the finca: history and memories of this breeder family. Duration three hours minimum. For an extra payment of 100 Euro, you can also enjoy a VIP visit to the Royal Andalusian Riding School.
Another must-see area is the Village of El Rocio, which you can reach by crossing the Guadalquivir on a ferry to Coria del Rio and then travelling through the Doñana natural park. This place is known for its churches, sandy streets and Spanish architecture.
You can also visit an ecological Iberian pig farm, where you can learn about breeding methods, and taste cold meats and local products.
And if you want to go for sports or a bit of an adventure, you can also enjoy golf in Arcos de la Frontera (18 holes) or Paragliding in Montellano
Bask in the beauty of Andalusian Countryside
Facilities to Enjoy at the Hacienda During Your Stay
Along with its traditional Spanish architecture and the many rooms to accommodate guests, Hacienda Las Alcabalas also has an outdoor pool with deck chairs, pergolas, and a pool bar. Apart from this, you can also enjoy the outdoors at the BBQ dining area, or the large Andalusian garden. There is also a bowling alley and a ping pong table, as well as cards and board games that you can enjoy with the whole family!
Some basic amenities you will find in all rooms include air conditioning, wifi, mini bars, hair dryers, a kettle kit to make your own tea or coffee. There is also a large living room with a fireplace, library and reading area. You can also spend leisure time at the bar, and the large interior patio surrounding it.