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Wonderful Horse Riding Tour Spain

This is a stationary summer ride with relaxing full days riding from Navarredonda de Gredos in different directions every day, changing landscapes and opportunities for swimming in the crystalline waters of the Gredos Mountains.

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 90 kilograms / 198 pounds
  • Tack type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Purebred Andalusian horse (PRE) and Hispano-Arab horses

Meet the instructors

Emilio Rodriguez
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Highlights

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4 - 7 hours
  • Ride through mountains and valleys
  • 1 visit to the medieval town of Ávila
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction
Group size: 2-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi

The accommodation and your attention in every aspect of the rides are all to an excellent standard. The accommodation in this ride is five days at the same charming rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos, all rooms have private bathrooms. Each of them is very clean and comfortable. There is Wi-Fi in the hotels you stay and is for free.

There are towels, shampoo, and liquid soap in each room. A support van follows the group during the whole week, meeting you in the morning to meet the horses, for tapas breaks, lunches, and dinners so you have access to your day bag during the day at least three times or when necessary. The service along the ride is outstanding.

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Madrid - Navarredonda de Gredos

Meet at Madrid Airport (meeting time is at 3:00 p.m.) and transfer to Navarredonda de Gredos, which is a two-hour drive with a break in Avila town for a short visit. Avila is an amazing walled medieval town World Heritage Site UNESCO. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel with Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding in Navarredonda de Gredos, a mountain village at 1,600 m altitude with beautiful views of the highest peaks in Sierra de Gredos.

Day 2: Navarredonda de Gredos - San Martín del Pimpollar

Today will be an easy day as you will ride from Navarredonda to the mountains through summer pastures. The lunch stop will be by the river near San Martín del Pimpollar with an excellent picnic cooked at the spot. In the afternoon, you will be riding through the pine woods with good canters and trots before coming back to the stables. Dinner will be at a rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.

  • Time on the saddle: 5 hours

Day 3: Navarredonda de Gredos - Laguna Cañada del Gallo

You will be riding in the morning to Cañada del Gallo lagoon with some great views of the peaks of Gredos with great canters in an open landscape. After that, you will be riding down to the Tormes Valley for another luxury picnic with an excellent paella cooked at the spot with an opportunity for swimming. After a relaxing lunch break, you will ride back to the stables with some good canters. Overnight and dinner will be at a hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.

Day 4: Navarredonda de Gredos - Barbellido - Navacepeda de Tormes

In the direction to the highest mountains with stunning views of Gredos, you will be riding up to Puente de las Juntas and down to Barbellido gorge, then stop for an excellent lunch with Avilan beef barbecue at a fisherman hut which is also a good spot for swimming in crystalline waters of Barbellido gorge. After a relaxing lunch stop, in the afternoon, you will enjoy good canters along the pinewoods then ride to a different hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes. You will overnight and have dinner at a rural hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes.

  • Time on the saddle: 6 hours

Day 5: Navacepeda de Tormes - Pozo de las Paredes - Navarredonda de Gredos

You will be following the Tormes River valley through Navacepeda - a historic town in the mountains - to Navalperal for a tapas break, then continue to Pozo de las Paredes which is a 14th-century bridge over the Barbellido gorge. Lunch will be at that beautiful place which is also perfect for swimming. In the afternoon, you will be riding along the Tormes River and coming back to the stables. Dinner and overnight will be at a rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.

  • Time on the saddle: 6 hours

Day 6: Navarredonda de Gredos - Hoyos del Espino

You will have a fast morning ride to Hoyos del Espino, then have a lunch stop and swim at an excellent spot. In the afternoon, you will enjoy fun riding with canters through the pine forest. Overnight and farewell dinner will be in Navarredonda de Gredos.

  • Time on the saddle: 5 hours

Day 7: Navarredonda de Gredos - Madrid

After breakfast at the hotel, you will depart at 10:00 to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) at 12:00 p.m.

Note: This is a suggested or sample itinerary with descriptions of a typical day program. The itinerary may vary due to weather or other circumstances.

Overview

One day in the middle of the week you ride on a mini trail to a different village. The summer in Gredos is perfect for excellent riding holidays due to the altitude, Navarredonda is at 1,600 meters, so even in July or August is not hot for full days riding and perfect for swimming in the fresh waters at lunch stops. This tour has a center-based itinerary with one night on a mini trail. You will have different rides each day with opportunities for swimming at lunch stops in the crystalline waters of Gredos, rivers, gorges, etc. You will have a relaxed and comfortable ride - good for families.

The daily trails will have different itineraries every day through the wild landscape of the Gredos Mountains where you can see Iberic Goads, golden eagles, or black vultures. Lunches will be held in the countryside with barbecues, paella, and much more after relaxing swimming in the crystalline waters of the rivers in the mountains. You will experience very relaxing day rides. In the middle of the week, you will travel to another town located in the Tormes River valley to spend one night. Emilio knows the terrain and the route very well and will show you interesting facts along the way.

The pace of the riding will be moderated with walks, trots, and canters. Usually, when the terrain allows for a safe canter, you will canter. However, in the mountains, there are many areas where the terrain does not allow for trotting or cantering, so you will enjoy walking with breathtaking views around instead. The length of the ride is around 150 kilometers.

Every ride is personally guided by the experienced Emilio, with experience of over 30 years as an equestrian guide, he is a terrific guide. Emilio is an expert rider and has a special ability to match his horses with riders. He is leading the groups with his confident and well-mannered horses that are a pleasure to ride, you will always feel very safe. He is an English speaker.

Level of riding

Intermediate to experienced riders means that you should be comfortable walking, trotting, and cantering in groups and open spaces and your seat should be independent from your hands. On the rides, you will be riding for between four to seven hours a day so it is important to be as fit as possible.

Guide

Every ride is personally guided by the experienced Emilio, with an experience over 30 years as an equestrian guide, he is a terrific guide. Emilio is an expert rider and has a special ability to match his horses with riders. He is leading the groups with his confident and well-mannered horses that are a pleasure to ride, you will always feel very safe. He is an English speaker.

Horses

Excellent PRE horses, Hispano-Arabs, born at home, very much loved, very well trained, beautifully looked after and good-natured, very easy to ride. They are all well-fed and in great riding shape.

Tack

They use the finest quality English saddles and tack with silicon seat savers and small saddle bags in front of the saddles. All the tack is in excellent condition and very comfortable for horses and riders. The horse tack quality is outstanding.

Helmet

They recommend wearing a helmet, however, you can ride without a helmet but your insurance must clearly state that you are covered to do that. You will also be asked to sign a disclaimer.

Non-riders

The ride is suitable for non-riding companions; they can travel in the support car and join in meals, dinners, and other activities, or if they wish can rent a car in Madrid too. They can move on their own and join the group for dinner.

Age limit

There is not an upper age limit, as long as you are riding fit and healthy, keep in mind you are long hours on the saddle for four to seven hours a day. Minimum riding age is 10 years old, competent riders, accompanied by an adult.

Included excursions

You will enjoy a short visit to the amazing walled medieval Ávila town on the first day.

Instructors

Emilio Rodriguez Morales

Location

You will ride to various locations in the Gredos Mountains area in Spain including Navarredonda de Gredos, San Martín del Pimpollar, Cañada del Gallo lagoon, Puente de las Juntas, Barbellido gorge, Navacepeda de Tormes, Navalperal, Pozo de las Paredes, Tormes River, and Hoyos del Espino.

Food

During this tour, you will be served all meals from the welcome dinner on the first day to the breakfast on the last day included in the price. You will also enjoy white and red wines with lunch and dinner. The food is one of the highlights of this trip. Mamen will delight you with the tapas breaks waiting for you in an unexpected place with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives, nuts, etc. The lunchtime will be relaxing and you will have a social affair with delicious homecooked Spanish dishes such as Paella, Tortilla Española, barbecue, salads, etc. followed by a siesta in the peaceful countryside.

After the day's ride, your dinner in the evening will be at around 9:00 p.m. and you will have a choice of different dishes and courses of local Spanish recipes. Dinner will be at your guesthouse accommodation. All the drinks are provided during the meals including excellent Spanish red and white wines, beer, canned drinks, and water. Furthermore, the special diet (vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, etc.) can be arranged with advance notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Massage treatments

What's included

  • Daily rides
  • Excursions described in the itinerary
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • White and red wine, water, beer, and canned drinks with lunches and dinners
  • All transfers from and to the meeting point
  • Airport transfers
  • Horses
  • Tack
  • English-speaking guide
  • Luggage transport

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic drinks other than wine with dinner
  • Massages
  • Items of a personal nature and gratuities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Jerebeque Trails Horse Riding will pick you up from the airport. Emilio, Mamen, or both will personally do the transfer. The meeting time is at 3:00 p.m. so please book flights that arrive no later than 2:00 p.m. In case of delay, please telephone Jerebeque Trails. Transfer from Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) to Navarredonda is about two hours. The transfer back to the airport on the last day will be at 10:00 a.m. so you can arrive at the airport at about noon.

Therefore, please book flights that depart no earlier than 2:00 p.m. Furthermore, the transfer from and to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) is included for a group of four riders or more. If you are traveling with less than four people, an additional cost for the transfers is needed. For three riders, the transfer cost is 50 EUR per person from and to the airport while for two riders, the transfer price is 75 EUR per person from and to the airport. Please send an inquiry for more information.

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 20% 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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7 days / 6 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Availability

Arrival: Sunday August 4, 2024
Departure: Saturday August 10, 2024

Pricing information

If you would like to book a private single room, there is a surcharge of 180 EUR to be paid directly to the hotel.

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