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7 Days Stunning Castles of Gredos Mountains Horse Riding Holiday in Avila, Spain

Navarredonda de Gredos, Ávila Province, Castile and León, Spain

Exhilarating Horse Riding Holiday Spain

Join this progressive ride where you will enjoy five days of riding to the west direction following the Tormes River valley with Jerebeque Trails who has more than 20 years' experience doing this ride - making it a perfect ride. In this horse riding holiday, you will ride to different landscape every day at a pace that will be moderated to suit the various terrains. Come hop onto your horseback and cross medieval villages full of history through the breathtaking landscapes of Gredos Mountains in Spain!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 90 kilograms / 198 pounds
  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Purebred Andalusian horse (PRE) and Anglo-Arabian horse

Meet the instructors

Emilio Rodriguez
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Highlights

  • 5 days' exciting horse rides
  • Approximate daily riding time: 4-7 hours
  • Use of PRE and Hispano-Arab horses for riding
  • Assistance of an experienced English-speaking guide
  • A fascinating excursion to Ávila town
  • White and red wine during meals
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 10
Airport transfer available:
Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (US$83 per person)
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Accommodation

In this holiday, the accommodation and the customer attention in every aspect of the rides is all to an excellent standard. The accommodation along the way varies from charming rural inns in villages to delightful four-star hotels in towns. All rooms have private bathrooms and every one of them is very clean and comfortable. There is Wi-Fi in every place you stay and it is available for free. In addition, there are towels, shampoo, and liquid soap in each room and in some places, they have hair dryers.

On the first and last night of this holiday, you will overnight at a hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos. On the second night, you will stay at a local hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes and on the third night, you will stay at a four-star hotel in El Barco de Avila. The fourth night will be spent at a rural inn, La Trocha de Hoyorredondo. Meanwhile, on the fifth night, you will stay at a charming hotel in Navacepedilla de Corneja.

Your accommodation has been carefully chosen by Jerebeque Trails. Due to the quality and also for the place for horses, they will rest in a field next to the hotel where you spend the nights. A support van follows the group during the whole week, meeting you in the morning for tapas-breaks, lunches, dinners at night, and also to move your luggage, so you have access to your luggage during the day at least three times or when is necessary. The service along the rides is outstanding.

Program

Overview

This ride is Jerebeque Trails' favorite because you will arrive on a horseback to the town where Emilio was born. At Barco de Ávila in Central Spain, Emilio knows every stone of the path and will never get tired of doing this ride. Emilio have nice chilhood memories riding with his brother and the horses Cuco and Rifeño moving his grandfather’s cows. You can’t miss this progressive ride which has become the best ride for Jerebeque Trails after many years riding through these paths in Gredos Mountains. The terrain you will ride on will be different every day and the scenery will never get boring. You will get a perfect ride with amazing contrasts, spring colors, peaceful autumn, and different landscapes during the week which are amazing. Moreover, 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. In this castles of Gredos Mountains ride, Jerebeque Trails offers the best ride dates that will allow you to admire Gredos at its best depending on the time of year such as the spring with the famous broom in bloom, summer with opportunities for swimming at lunch stops, and the autumn with the colorful rides. This holiday will take seven days, six nights, and five days of riding from Sunday to Saturday. The length of the ride is around 150 kilometers. Every ride is personally guided by the experienced Emilio.

Level of riding and age limit

This horse riding holiday is for intermediate to experienced riders which mean that you should be comfortable to walk, trot, and canter in a group as well as in open spaces and your seat should be independent of your hands. On the rides, you will be riding for between four to seven hours a day so it is important to be as riding fit as possible. Please note that the weight limit for the rides is 90 kilograms / 198 pounds. There is no an upper age limit as long as you are riding fit and healthy. Therefore, please keep in mind that you will have long hours on the saddle for four to seven hours a day. The minimum riding age is 10 years old but they must be competent riders accompanied by an adult.

Horses and tack

You will ride on excellent PRE horses or Hispano-Arabs that are born at home, very much loved, very well-trained, beautifully looked after, good-natured, and very easy to ride. They are all well fed and in great riding shape. Moreover, Jerebeque Trails uses the finest quality English saddles and tack with silicon seat saver and small saddlebags in front of the saddles. All the tack is in excellent conditions, very comfortable for horses and riders. The horse tack quality is outstanding.

Itinerary

Day 1: Madrid - Navarredonda de Gredos

You will meet Jerebeque Trails at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) at 15:00. Then, you will be transferred to Navarredonda de Gredos which is a two-hour drive with a break in Ávila town for a short visit. Ávila town is an amazing walled medieval town of World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel with Jerebeque Trails in Navarredonda de Gredos, a mountain village at 1,600 meters altitude with beautiful views of the highest peaks in Sierra de Gredos.

Day 2: Navarredonda de Gredos - Navacepeda de Tormes

You will get the distribution of the horses at the stables. Today will be a short and comfortable day as it will be the time for you to meet the horses and riding through the Tormes valley, pine forest, and the open fields with great views of Gredos Mountains. Lunch will be held at a fisherman's hut with an excellent paella cooked at the spot beside the Tormes River where it is possible to swim in the summer. You will enjoy a short afternoon ride to Navacepeda de Tormes, then overnight and have dinner at a local hotel.

  • Time on the saddle: 4 hours

Day 3: Navacepeda de Tormes - Barco de Ávila

Today will be the longest day but you will see the most beautiful views of Gredos Mountains. You will ride down the valley by riding through small and remote medieval villages. Lunch will be at Aliseda de Tormes that is beside the Tormes River and its medieval bridge. In the afternoon, you will ride down the opened valley with a different landscape around. You will enjoy good trots and canters to El Barco de Ávila. Then, you will cross the Tormes River by the Roman bridge in El Barco de Ávila, a 12th-century village with a castle from that time. You will overnight and have dinner at a four-star hotel.

  • Time on the saddle: 6.5 hours

Day 4: El Barco de Ávila - Hoyorredondo

You will ride to Salamanca Province which is a beautiful flat and dry area with incredible granite formations. It is a very rural region that has fields with stone walls where you can see farmers riding donkeys. The landscape today will change again. You will be riding through holm oaks woods and pastures and you will cross Puente del Congosto which is another medieval village with a 15th-century bridge and castle. After that, you will have a picnic near the river that is also a very beautiful spot for swimming in the summer. Lunch will be held by the river. In the afternoon, you will enjoy funny riding with good canters to Hoyorredondo. You will overnight and have dinner at a very beautiful rural inn, La Trocha de Hoyorredondo, where it is possible to see the horses resting from your bedroom's window - truly a magical place.

  • Time on the saddle: 6 hours

Day 5: Hoyorredondo - Navacepedilla de Corneja

You will enjoy good trots and canters in the morning by the flat and open Corneja River valley to Bonilla de la Sierra, a very important medieval town with a beautiful church. Lunch will be held in a private garden with swimming pool and you will taste a barbecue with Ávilan beef steak. In the afternoon, you will start climbing back to the mountains, then you will overnight and have dinner at a charming hotel in Navacepedilla de Corneja.

  • Time on the saddle: 6 hours

Day 6: Navacepedilla de Corneja - Navarredonda de Gredos

Today, you will have a magnificent mountain riding through three different valleys. In the morning, you will ride up the mountain to the highest place of the ride, Puerto de Chía (1,800 meters), with a magnificent view of the Corneja River valley in the back and the Alberche River valley in the front. Lunch will be at San Martin de la Vega with the views of the Gredos Mountains. After lunch, you will cross the Alberche River and continue to Tormes River valley to get to the stables. You will overnight and have a farewell dinner at the hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.

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.

Note: This itinerary may vary due to weather or other circumstances.

Non-riders

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

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 be riding to various locations in the Gredos Mountains area in Spain including Tormes River, Navacepeda de Tormes, Aliseda de Tormes, El Barco de Ávila, Province of Salamanca, Hoyorredondo, Corneja River Valley, Bonilla de la Sierra, Puerto de Chía, and San Martin de la Vega.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served all meals from the welcome dinner on the first day to the breakfast on the last day. 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 home cooked Spanish dishes such as Paella, Tortilla Española, barbecue, salads, etc. followed by a siesta in the peaceful countryside.

After the day's riding, your dinner in the evening will be at around 9 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 provided during the meals including excellent Spanish red and white wines, beer, canned drinks, and water. Furthermore, special diet (vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, etc.) can be arranged with advance notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

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)

You may have a massage treatment.

What's included

  • 5 days' horse riding
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • A visit to Ávila town
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • English-speaking guide
  • Luggage transport
  • Riding on PRE and Hispano-Arab horses
  • Use of excellent tack
  • White and red wine with lunch and dinner

What's not included

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

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

The meeting point is Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD) for all the itineraries. Emilio, Mamen, or both will personally do the transfer. The meeting time is at 3 p.m., so please book flights that arrive no later than 2 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 a.m. so you can arrive at the airport at about 12 p.m. Therefore, please book flights that depart no earlier than 2 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 available: Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (US$83 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 28 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

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Tour information

There is a minimum of 2 riders for this tour. 

  • 2019 tours: For 2 riders extra cost per person is 50 EUR each way. For 3 riders extra cost per person is 33 EUR each way (payable locally).
  • 2020 tours: For 2 riders, the extra cost per person is 100 EUR each way. For 3 riders, the extra cost per person is 70 EUR each way (payable locally).
Saturday October 26, 2019
(7 days / 6 nights)

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