Local Area

Local Area
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Centro Ecuestre La Luz

Centro Ecuestre La Luz is near the beautiful white village of Álora which is at the halfway point on the road from the coast to the interior of the province of Malaga, Andalucia. Surrounded by mountains which descend towards the sea and nestling at the foot of the Sierra del Hacho, it lies in the north of the Guadalhorce river valley, 37km from the provincial capital and 590m above sea level. Malaga airport is 40 minutes away, as are the coastal resorts and famous golf courses of the Costa del Sol.

 The area has a colourful history with the Phoenicians, Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and others leaving their mark on these lands. Their influence can be seen all around, particularly in the architecture of the typical Andalucian white villages and towns.


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Álora

In Álora, the Castle, which has been declared a national monument, has in its interior a unique horseshoe arch. Alora celebrates many traditional festivals throughout the year, the most important being Semana Santa (Easter), Feria Real Romeria de la Virgen de Flores (Annual Summer Fair) and the Festival de Cante Flamenco (Festival of vibrant flamenco music).


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el camino del rey

Álora is at the heart of this beautiful area which includes the nature reserve at El Chorro, home to several endangered species and the breathtaking El Camino del Rey (King’s Path) which clings 150m up the side of the mountain before winding its way through to the dam above the lakes with their outstanding panorama of pine forests around the blue waters.


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parque natural de ardales

The Parque Natural de Ardales, El Torcal de Antequerra, the Sierra de las Nieves and numerous picturesque villages, all add to the endless attractions, which with the beauty of the scenery, the ideal climate and the hospitality of the people will enchant visitors. On a practical note, Alora has a population of 15, 000 and is well provided with shops, restaurants and schools. It has a vibrant mix of nationalities and a thriving network of informal clubs and meeting places, which provide an excellent support system for new arrivals.


malaga

Malaga and the coastal area are easily accessible by car, rail and bus. Málaga is a beautiful city with a great atmosphere and plenty of good resturants. There are many musems including the Picasso ( who was born in Málaga ) , churches and the cathedral plus great shopping, beaches and the newly developed port complex all making for a fun and interesting day out.


other activities in the area

There is lots to do in the surrounding area if you want to bring a non-riding partner or friend or combining your riding with other activities. For example – in and around Alora :

  • Quad Bike Treks
  • Motor Bike Trails
  • Birding Days and Tours
  • Mountain Biking
  • Climbing and Caving
  • Walking
  • Fishing
  • Wind surfing
  • Hand gliding
  • Lakes and ardales natural park and caves
  • Thermal baths and Spa
  • Painting and Sketching
  • Flamenco dancing

within 1 hour of Álora

Marbella and the beaches of the Costa del Sol. Malaga City with it’s Cathedral, Picasso Museum, shopping etc.  Antequerra interesting market town close to Wolf Park, Donkey Sanctuary and  Flamingo Lakes.  Ronda famous for it’s spectacular gorge and bull ring.

within 2 hours of Álora

Sierra Nevada Natural Park and Ski Station from 1st Dec to 1st May.  Tarifa -windy city where the Mediterranean sea meet the Atlantic ocean famous for wind and kite surfing and unspoilt beaches. Jerez – home of sherry and the Royal School of Equestrian Art.  Madrid- Visit the capital which is now only 2 hours on the newly opened high speed train! Or the other provincia capitals of Andalucia like Cordoba, Jaen or Sevilla.

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