A Comparison of Horse Riding Experiences in Gran Canaria

by Oliver Stallwood  |  Published June 20, 2024

With its rugged countryside and incredible views out over the Atlantic, Gran Canaria is the perfect place for a horse riding experience.


Gran Canaria is the perfect place for a horse riding adventure. The Spanish island, situated in the Atlantic Ocean roughly 210km from the coast of Africa, is a rugged place with long sweeping beaches, wild countryside and towering mountains with winding trails. Taking to horseback is the perfect antidote from chilling by the pool or on the beach, often taking you to places in Gran Canaria that are off the beaten tourist track. Here is a comparison of horse riding experiences in Gran Canaria.

One hour horse riding tour in Gran Canaria

This trip may only be an hour long but it still feels like a proper adventure. Your starting point is the riding centre situated near the village of Piletillas, on the east side of the island, a place where the rocky, mountainous scenery could double for the backdrop of an old fashioned Western. After a quick briefing on how to ride a horse there is time to practice in the training area before touring the surrounding countryside. Helmets and back protectors are included and it is suitable for beginners and children from five years old. From €30.80.

El Salobre: Horse Riding Adventure with Transfer Options

This riding experience takes place in the south of Gran Canaria and can be done in either one or two hours. The horses are gentle and surefooted and can take the mountain trails safely and with ease. After a briefing the journey takes in views of, tropical plantations, the grand dunes of the island and Maspalomas Beach, walking across the rugged volcanic landscape of Gran Canaria. Helmets and safety vests for young riders are provided and a chance to purchase snacks and drinks when you get back to the ranch. A hotel pickup and drop-off is also available as an option. From €30.00.

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Horse Riding Coast Tour

This is a longer ride than the above two and the only one aimed at advanced riders. After arriving at the riding centre near Piletillas on the east side of the island, you’ll be taking challenging paths and old stone bridges as you ride across an arid desert-like landscapes and lush grass fields. There are opportunities to trot and canter where the ground is good for horses and you’ll see breathtaking views as you skirt the coastline, walking onto the stunning cliffs of Tufia, Telde and El Goro, up to Salineta harbour. This private tour is a true adventure for anyone who has ridden in the past and wants to experience the wilder side of Gran Canaria. From €230.00 per group up to two.

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