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Alan, along with Elle, is the owner of Spain Buddy. He was born in the North of England (Lancashire) and travelled extensively before eventually settling in Almería. Alan has 3 sons from the first of his 18 marriages, (Sam, Joe & Ben) who are all now adults. You can read more articles by Alan on his personal blog at and see more of his photography on his photography website as well as on Flickr and Instagram. Also, for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month you can help support Alan's photography (and get some freebies into the bargain). Click here to visit his Patreon page to find out more.


  1. Guy paul
    December 20, 2017 @ 7:49 pm

    Hi Alan,
    I am visiting ROQUETAS in a weeks time and our girl aged 8 would love to do some riding – she has had experience in Germany so not complete novice.
    Maybe adults can ride in a group too

    Please advise what is on offer for her, school, just rides, etc



    • Elle Draper
      December 21, 2017 @ 3:40 pm

      I found a horse trekking company close to the Tabernas desert (closer to you than this one) for someone on TripAdvisor the other day. I’ve no personal experience of them… but they may be worth chatting to?

      E xx


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