A horseback holiday in Los Alamos? Sign me up. Los Alamos is a European wonderland in the heart of Spain and an exotic, fun-filled destination. Everything from the moment I arrived exceeded my expectations.
I was greeted at the airport by John, our host, who made me feel comfortable from the moment I arrived. John helped show us around, and with a potential language barrier, John made it a lot easier to feel comfortable when arriving to our villa.
The aroma of cheese and bread filled the air as I walked into the villa, with brunch already prepared for me.
When we walked into the villa, it felt surreal. The floor plan was open, so you can see the dining room table, sofa, television and windows all from the entrance. Reclining sofas greeted us as we walked through the kitchen to get a drink.
There was a wide selection of drinks available, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic options.
When I stepped outside, I was greeted by the gardens and a pool, which I took full advantage of on a near daily basis. The villa was impressive, but I am on a riding holiday, so I was more interested in the horses than the villa itself.
Kevin, the horse manager, did a wonderful job at matching us up with horses that met our riding skill. A sense of confidence is felt when you saddle up on a horse that “fits” you well. Los Alamos horses are on trails almost every day, and these fit horses are used to riders coming in and taking control. Cross breeds and thoroughbreds were available, and experienced riders can opt for the more challenging horses that aren’t afraid to push the rider’s skills to the limit.
A week of riding on the perfect steed was as perfect as it sounds. Horses need a rest, and I was accompanied on my rides by three beautiful horses: Blaze, Star and Jack. Well-trained and polite, I venture to say that the horses in Los Alamos provide more than enough incentive to come back and ride again.
Riding up the rolling hills of El Campo was spectacular, with the ability to see cattle tracks and ancient roads. The hamlet of San Ambrosia was equally as breathtaking, with the area remaining untouched. It’s like riding into the past where humans, pavement and buildings didn’t scatter every city.
Galloping through the natural park is a surreal experience, with every corner providing something new and exciting to explore. Cantering on the beach or going up the firebreaks took my breath away.
The beaches of Cape Trafalgar allow horseback riding twice a week, and the thrill of your steed cantering on the sand is an indescribable experience. When the sun peaks above the horizon, the day riding to match the tides begins.
The horses tend to fill with vigor as they reach the beach, and when the steeds reach the water’s edge, their skills are on display. Riding along the beach to start the day off is a great way to ready yourself for the adventure ahead.
Cantering down the beach with the wind brushing by me was one of my favorite riding experiences.
And then I have to mention the delightful food at Los Alamos. Chicken kebabs, fish, omelets, pork and a variety of other home cooked dishes were served. Local bars provide simple, local delights that are both affordable and tasty.
Los Alamos is one of the most highly sought, most rebooked European destination, and it’s hard not to fall in love with everything, from the food to the horses and the sandy beaches.
We throughly enjoyed our stay, we are now looking to book another horse riding holiday in North America. I would love to have my own horses and find temporary horse stalls for rent and explore everything North America has to offer from the saddle.