Horse riding is one of the most popular activities to enjoy during a visit to Santa Pola. The area's wonderful countryside, beaches, lakes and natural parks are criss-crossed with pleasant nature trails. Most of these offer access for hiking, mountain biking and horse riding. Although the town of Santa Pola has no equestrian facilities, there are nearby riding schools and activity centres where visitors can enjoy a variety of hacks and riding lessons. There are several riding schools within 10 kilometres from Santa Pola, and a bit further afield is the superb El Rancho Retreat.
Activity Centre Horse Riding
A 40 minute drive inland takes you to the picturesque Lake Pedrera. Aside from good fishing and an abundance of nature trails, the lake is home to two fantastic multi activity centres. Visiting one or both centres makes for an excellent day out where visitors can try numerous activities including horse riding. The closest to the lake shores is Casa La Pedrera. The other is Lo Rufete Multi Adventure Centre located about 2 kilometres from the lake just off the CV-951. Both centres offer a choice of horse riding hacks, pony rides and other activities such as paintball. At Lo Rufete, if you are taking part in activities you can use the swimming pool and BBQ facilities.
Horse Riding At El Rancho
The superb El Rancho Retreat is located 30 minutes drive from Santa Pola, just off the CV-943. It's location near the natural park that surrounds Torrevieja's salt lake offers ideal terrain for horse riding. This place is truly a horse rider's paradise and has several other activities to enjoy as well as charming accommodation. The main complex features a bar and restaurant with a large outdoor dining terrace overlooking the swimming pool. Alternative activities include lawn bowls and petanca courts. A day of lawn bowls is great value at just 5€ or 25€ to join for a month.
El Rancho Horse Riding Packages
The centre offers pony rides for children, professional riding lessons for all experience levels and hacks of 1, 2 and 3 hours duration. For a very reasonable fee of 220€ per month there is even the chance of loaning a horse. This gives you the opportunity to ride and care for a horse as if it were your own. Included in the price is 4 classes per month on the techniques of training a horse.
Horse Ride & Breakfast – 1 hour horse ride around the salt lake. Breakfast with tea/coffee 25€.
Horse Ride & Lunch – 1 hour horse ride around the salt lake. 2 course lunch 30€.
Horse Ride & Dinner – 1 hour horse ride around the salt lake. 3 course dinner 35€.
Horse Riding Break – This is a very popular offer. It includes 2 horse riding sessions of 1 hour each, breakfast, lunch, dinner and 1 night's accommodation 125€. Each additional person in a group pays 75€ and there is a maximum of 2 persons per room.
El Rancho Accommodation
Visitors wanting to enjoy a longer stay at El Rancho have a choice of accommodation options. In the heart of the ranch are rustic wooden cabins. These have twin, double and family rooms. They are basically furnished with bed linen and an en-suite shower room. At the top end of the ranch are more luxurious twin or double cosmopolitan rooms. These allow pets at an additional charge.