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4 Day Horse Riding Trail in Guadarrama National Park near Madrid

Navacerrada, Community of Madrid, Spain

Horse Riding Holiday in Spain

One of the best ways to discover and admire Guadarrama National Park is from the back of a horse. Thanks to the riding trails offered and organized by Horse Riding Madrid across the Sierra, led by their expert guides, you will discover all those unspoiled settings and enjoy a time of adventure and fun. Come and relieve your stress in the natural setting with your new best friend, the horse!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 209 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Horse Height Range: 15 to 17 hands
  • Tack Type: English saddle
  • Horse Breed: Thoroughbred, Anglo Arabian, Arabian, Andalusian (pure Spanish breed), and mixed breed

Meet the instructors

Mariano
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Highlights

  • Cross all the Valley of la Fuenfria
  • Trip around the mountain of Valsain
  • Visit Monasterio del Escorial, Segovia City and La Granja Palace
  • Transfer from Madrid center or the airport
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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Accommodation

All the hotels of this trip are really comfortable, luxurious, and in a natural environment.

Program

The National Park Sierra del Guadarrama offers incredible and rugged landscapes of breathtaking beauty. One of the best ways to discover and admire them is on horseback. Besides fun and adventure, the trails encompass ecological and historical sites: visiting places such as Segovia, La Granja Palace, and Royal Site of San Lorenzo del Escorial

You will cross all the Valley of la Fuenfria. The pine forest of this valley forms part of the largest forest in the National Park of Guadarrama. In 2001, the forest was nominated as one of the best conservation areas in the whole of Europe.

The journey starts in Jarahonda Land, near Navacerrada. You will take the “Republican Road”. You will visit the place like Segovia (Roman aqueduct, cathedral, and palace) also Granja Palace with its famous garden and fountain. They are included in the World Heritage List (UNESCO).

Day 1

The riders arrive in Navacerrada (45 kilometers from Madrid Center), with an average altitude of 1,200 meters above sea level, which is surrounded by mountains. Horse Riding Madrid can pick you up in Madrid center or airport.

You’ll go first to the hotel and leave the suitcase. It is possible to come the night before and sleep in Navacerrada Town (not included). You will ride three to three and a half hours around Navacerrada mountains to have the first contact with the horse.

After that, you go back to the hotel in Navacerrada town to get lunch. In the afternoon, the riders can stay in the hotel to enjoy the spa, swimming pool, and more, or you can visit Monasterio del Escorial by car.

Located in the heart of the Guadarrama Sierra (on one side of Mount Abantos), just 50 kilometers from Madrid, San Lorenzo de El Escorial is one of the municipalities of the greatest tourist and cultural interest in the region. Its main attraction is the San Lorenzo de El Escorial Monastery and Royal Site, which was declared to be a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1984. When you finish you go back to the hotel.

Day 2

You’ll leave Navacerrada and begin the trip to Valsain across de National Park of Guadarrama. You’ll take the “Republican Road”. This was the road originally used by the kings to travel from Madrid to Segovia and then later restored by the Republicans to have a route between the two cities (you can find the road mentioned by Hemmingway). The road continues up to the pass where you can then take the Roman road, which dates from 1AD and was made by Emperor Vespasiano to go from Titulsia to Segovia.

As you transverse down to Segovia, you’ll follow the Minguete stream at the point where it meets the Eresman River. Keeping to the left bank, you can see and follow the well-preserved road built by King Carlos III with steps down to the river's edge to enable him to go fishing. The day’s journey ends at Valsaín where King Carlos IV make his the first palace in 1552.

During the trip you stop to eat a picnic with Spanish food and wine. After leaving the horses in the stable, you will go to the rural hotel in the town with a wonderful spa. This day you’ll spend around seven hours riding (you’ll stop to eat and rest a couple of time).

Day 3

Have breakfast in the hotel and you go all together to the stable to begin a new trip around the mountain of Valsain in the national park.

This day, you’ll make only a half day trip. After lunch, you go by car to Visit La Granja Palace and Segovia: Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, a grand and impressive complex, built on the site of an old hostel run by the Hieronymite monks from the Monasterio del Parral monastery in Segovia. Work began on the palace in 1721.

In 1724, Philip V retired there in the hope of creating a royal residence (the palace where Valsain was burned) after the style of the court at Versailles. The palace is surrounded by magnificent gardens containing a wide variety of plants and adorned with statues and 26 fountains, some of the spouts of which produce 40 meters high jets, as is the case of those of the La Fama fountain

Segovia, the old quarter of which, along with its Roman aqueduct, are World Heritage Sites, lies on high ground between the Eresma and Clamores Rivers. In addition to its famous aqueduct, numerous Romanesque churches, the cathedral and fortress go to form this magnificent landscape that presides over this part of castil.

The Roman aqueduct in Azoguejo square serves as the main entrance to the historic quarter of Segovia. This engineering gem, built under the Roman Empire (1st century AD), carried water to the elevated city from some 15km away. Its 163 arches and its height, some 29 meters at its highest point, are supported by blocks of stone from the Sierra de Guadarrama mountains that are completely plaster, lead, and mortar free.

A stone's throw from the arched Plaza Mayor, you come across one of the last Gothic buildings built in España, the Cathedral. Building began on it in the 16th century, during the late Gothic period.

At one end of this walled enclosure, you can see the outline of the Alcázar Fortress, behind the Queen Victoria Eugenia Gardens (this is the spot where the old cathedral stood). The exterior of the fortress as a whole makes quite an impact on the visitor given its 80 meters high tower, its other twelve turrets and its defensive moat. You will go back to the hotel for dinner and sleep afterwards.

Day 4

After breakfast in the hotel, you will go to the stable and begin the route back to Navacerrada in a different way. You will arrive around 18:00 and get back to Madrid by car or taxi. You can also spend one more night in Navacerrada Rural Hotel (not included).

The Horses

Horse Riding Madrid's horses have an excellent character and have been trained and adapted to Guadarrama natural way. They are resistant and safe in the stony paths of Madrid mountains. Horse Riding Madrid uses very comfortable English saddles of general use for riders, which are well adapted to the back of the horses. All of the horse live free in Horse Riding Madrid's land, they don't have stable. The horses spend all day outside in the mountain or on the land.

Instructors

Mariano Puente Uslé

Location

This riding holiday will take you to Navacerrada,Guadarrama National Park, Valsain, and Segovia area in Spain.

Food

Breakfast and lunch (picnic) are included in the price.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Minimum two riders
  • A visit to Monasterio del Escorial, Segovia City and La Granja Palace
  • Horses, material, stable and guide
  • Insurance
  • Luggage transfer to the different hotels
  • Car and assistant
  • Transfer from Madrid center or airport to the land and back
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Breakfast and lunch (picnic)

What's not included

  • Dinner
  • Extra Night in Navacerrada Hotel

How to get there

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Airport: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.
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Pricing information

There is a 10% discount if the trip is booked for the week days (no weekend).

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