Happy April Fool’s day! I promise what I have written below actually happened and is not a joke!
With the help of GoLearnTo holidays I had booked a week in Granada to learn Spanish at the wonderful Escuela Montalban. I will have separate posts on the week there and some of the activities I had the fortune of joining.
On my first full day in Granada, I started my morning with an early Spanish class. Following the class I took a bus to the charming village of Dìlar from Granada town centre. It was a beautiful bus ride with forever changing landscape and I loved looking at the Granada Hills on the way.
I was picked up by the wonderful Silka, my horse riding instructor and we immediately struck up a great friendship! Her level of English was great and she also encouraged me to use my Spanish when I could.
We went and started feeding, cleaning, brushing and caring for the horses. I struck up a relationship with my horse Sabine- a beautiful white grand horse with a spritely personality. I also enjoyed playing with the dogs there too! What a gorgeous village with moorish architecture and hilly slopes- it’s hard to understand I’m not too far from Granada city centre!
I put on my helmet and got onto Sabine.. The first hour was spent learning to win the ‘control’ of the horse, I quickly had to get used to the steep slopes. Going up and down the narrow, unstable ground was a challenge but my confidence grew.
We enjoyed some flat land, and I practiced a canter with Silka’s encouragement. Apparently I even got into a gallop which makes me feel so proud!
The beautiful snow capped Andalusian hills were a great juxtaposition with the desert land I was on. The Sierra Nevada National Park is truly stunning and the twelfth national park of Spain.
Silka and I got lost in our conversation and in true Spanish style did not pay attention to time- so my lesson ended much later than originally planned!
The bus service is infrequent and we sprinted our way to the bus stop- I literally missed the bus by less than 30 seconds so we ran further and further until the driver saw me and kindly stopped! By the time I got back to Granada it was dark even though it was only a 20 minute journey!
There are loads of things to do in Granada town itself- but this is a great day out and it’s so exhilarating to ride a horse and enjoy the fresh air. No cars, no traffic- Dìlar is a beautiful place to try out the experience!