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

Adventures and Relax Holidays

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Spain.

This is a week for you at the Costa de la Luz! If you love nature, feel free, walk in the mountain and coast, horseback, yoga, meditation, come and spend your week with Aventuras del Sur in the family-run horse and yoga retreat 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!

Meet the instructors

Sandra, Francisco, & Sascha
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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

Yoga 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$68 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Málaga Airport (US$85 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Gibraltar International Airport (US$57 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga shala
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Meeting room

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.

You will experience this country lifestyle during your holidays, if you like you can help Paco to fit or prepare the horses, he will be happy to show you.

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.

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 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, mind, energy, and Soul. Connect yourself with nature, with the elements, with the true self and learn to calm the thinking mind, find the peace. After the morning session becoming one 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), with Marcel, (call Sacha by the family), 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 bird watching panoramic view place!.

After a little brunch, snack will be available, (fruits and sandwich). Then, 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-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 teachers are Marcel, (Sacha) & Sandra Trujillo, both part of the family and team members of this project. They both decided to live a Yoga lifestyle way and studying meditation, they are certified Allianz Yoga teacher, also Pilates instructor and hiking guide, *(if one person is interested in learning more deeply meditation, they are very happy to share their knowledge and introduce you in the technic), but optional, depending on your interest and kind of holidays you are looking for!!

Sample daily schedule:

  • 07:00 - 07:30 Optional meditation for persons who like to meditate
  • 07:30 - 09:00 Yoga
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Activities: horseback: (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday); walking tour (Tuesday and Thursday)
  • 14:00 or 15:00: Picnic style lunch.
  • 16:00 - 19:00 Free afternoon, (We can practice some meditation or relaxation techniques in the afternoon), or book a massage with Sonia, our neighbor physiotherapist)
  • 19:00 or 20:00 Dinner time, (the group decides the time)

Important information: This retreat is for experienced riders, (medium and advanced riders), 3 - 4 hours trail 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

Francisco Trujillo

Sascha

Retreat 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

Unique 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.

Spa treatments

Physiotherapist sessions during the week for an extra cost. Just ask at home to get the date (additional cost).

What's included

  • Acommodation in shared or individual room depend on your booking
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • A picnic or snack will be available at middle day, (fruits, sandwich...)
  • 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

Recommended Airports

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$68 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Málaga Airport Airport transfer available: Málaga Airport (US$85 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Gibraltar International Airport Airport transfer available: Gibraltar International Airport (US$57 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 100 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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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 middle February the retreat is not available.

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