Horse Riding

Horse riding is a fantastic way to explore the countryside and lakes surrounding Orihuela. Within an easy drive are the numerous nature trails around the picturesque Lake Pedrera. Slightly further is the natural park surrounding Torrevieja's salt lake. Furthermore, running alongside the salt lake is a superb ‘greenway'. These are now found throughout the country and are a great idea. Initiated by the Spanish government and local councils, greenways are hiking, cycling and horse riding trails that make use of the country's old railway tracks.

Horse Riding
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Horse Riding In Orihuela

There are several riding schools, stables and activity centres in Orihuela and Orihuela Costa that offer both hacks and lessons. There are stables near Cabo Roig and two multi-activity centres close to the shores of Lake Pedrera. These multi-activity centres are great for large groups or families who all want to try different activities. However, for an hour, day or even a week, you can't beat the excellent El Rancho Stables that also offer charming accommodation.

Horse Riding At El Rancho

El Rancho lies close to the northern shores of Torrevieja's salt lake. It is easily reached from Orihuela City in around 30 minutes via the CV-95 and CV-945. This wonderful countryside oasis boasts impressive stables, paddocks and practice arenas. The lovely main complex is all panelled wood, giving it a wonderful rustic feel. Here they have a restaurant, large bar and outdoor terrace. The terrace overlooks an inviting swimming pool, perfect for a refreshing dip after an energetic horse ride. Further activities at El Rancho include lawn bowls and petanca.

El Rancho Accommodation

In the heart of the ranch are its charming wooden chalets. Accommodation is offered in twin, double and family rooms. Each room features an en-suite shower, bed linen and towels. Family rooms have a cute loft area that's a favourite with kids and can accommodate 2 persons. Near the top of the ranch are their Cosmopolitan Rooms. These are brick built with a modern flair. Visitors can choose from twin or double rooms with additional bunk beds for the little ones. They also have en-suite shower rooms and an added bonus of luxurious, thick mattresses.

Horse Riding Hacks & Lessons

El Rancho offer 1 hour, 2 hour and 3 hour hacks for beginners or the more experienced. These take in the beautiful countryside in the natural park surrounding the salt lake. Professional riding lessons are also available. These are personalised classes for beginners and advanced students. Pony rides for children are also offered as well as facilities for birthday parties. Should you wish, at El Rancho you can loan a horse for a monthly fee. This gives you the chance to look after your own horse and ride at your leisure whenever you want, within limits.

Horse Riding Packages

Horse Ride & Breakfast – This allows for a one hour's horse ride and breakfast with drink.

Horse Ride & Lunch – This allows for a one hour's horse ride and 2 course lunch.

Horse Ride & Dinner – This allows for a one hour's horse ride and 3 course dinner.

Horse Riding Break – A fantastic value mini break that includes two, hour long riding sessions, breakfast, lunch, dinner and one night's accommodation. Discounts for more than 2 nights.

Go Karting

Go Karting makes for a fun day out from Orihuela and also presents the chance to enjoy the area's fantastic coastline. The city of Orihuela does offer a variety of activities and some great attractions