Horse Riding - Horse Racing

The famous horse  races on the beaches of San Lucar de Barrameda. © Michelle Chaplow
The famous horse races on the beaches of San Lucar de Barrameda.


Horse racing is not the most popular equestrian sport in Spain, let alone Andalusia, but there is a small niche for it. If you are keen on the discipline, the region offers a few racetracks that hold events throughout the year. You will find horses in the Andalusian racing scene are probably different to those seen in the U.K., Ireland, France and America, specifically in the physical aspect. You will notice they are much smaller in build, first of all, and perhaps it's also fair to say the fitness levels are not quite the same.

It would be advisable to contact each racetrack to find out about events as they are not widely advertised, apart from the famous beach races at Sanlúcar de Barrameda.

Sanlucar Beach
Horse racing along the seaside town's famous beach during two weekends in August (Thursday to Sunday). Now an international event with horses from other European countries taking part and many famous names amongst the spectators, the August races began way back when fishermen used to ride with their catch from their boats at one end of the shore to the Port's market at the other end. More>

Hipodromo, Mijas
There is horse racing at the Hipodromo Costa del Sol in Mijas Costamore>

Chapin Sports Complex
There is also a race course in Jerez de la Frontera at the Chapin sports complex just to the east of the city centre. It was here where the 2002 World Equestrian Games were held.

Seville Racecourse
Seville racecourse is at the Club Hipico Peneda, Avenida de Jerez.