Horseback riding and hiking from the top of the Col de Vence – for both beginners and experienced
Just 10 minutes from Vence, perched on top of the Col de Vence and the Saint-Barnabé plateau, Ranch El Branco enjoys a unique location in unique natural surroundings.
Here you can rent horses for both beginners and more experienced riders. Ranch El Bronco is located in a scenic area with breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, Cap d’Antibes, the Lérins Islands, the Cagnes Gorge and the Loup Valley. In addition to horseback riding, the ranch offers pony riding, a riding school and disability coaching sessions.
They offer tours for young and old, businesses or individuals. The youngest can also enjoy riding in safety on friendly ponies.
The Col de Vence and the Saint-Barnabé plateau offer a magnificent setting for riders on several hundred acres with many marked trails.
Ranch El Bronco can also arrange tailor-made walks for groups of at least five people. The ranch has received the quality label Equestrian Tourism Center from the French Equestrian Federation.
By Tommy Sverre / 2021
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