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

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This is a progressive ride on magnificent Gredos Mountains in Spain, west direction following the Tormes River Valley, more than 20 years doing this ride makes it a perfect ride. There will be different landscape every day and peace moderated. You will cross medieval villages full of history and the riding is through breathtaking landscape. Not only riding, you will also experience a short visit to the beautiful town, which is known for its amazing walled medieval place listed in World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Prepare yourself to witness the beauty of Spain on a horseback!

Key information

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

Meet the instructors

Emilio Rodriguez
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Highlights

  • 6 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
  • An exhilarating excursion to Ávila town
  • White and red wine during meals
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 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$87 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi

On day one, six, seven, and eight of this holiday, you will overnight at a hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos. On day two, you will stay at a local hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes and on day three, you will stay at a four-star hotel in El Barco de Avila. The day four will be spent at a rural inn, La Trocha de Hoyorredondo. Meanwhile, on day five, you will stay at a charming hotel in Navacepedilla de Corneja.

In this holiday, the accommodation and 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 also have hair dryers.

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 will follow 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 is the favorite ride because you will arrive on horseback to the town where Emilio was born - Barco de Ávila in Central Spain - Emilio knows every stone of the path and never gets tired of doing this ride. Emilio has nice childhood memories riding with his brother and the horses Cuco and Rifeño moving his grandfather’s cows. You can’t miss this progressive ride which is the best for you after many years riding through these paths in Gredos Mountains.

The terrain you will ride on will be different every day and the scenery never gets boring. A perfect ride with amazing contrasts, spring colors, peaceful autumn, and the different landscapes during the week will be amazing. Emilio knows the terrain and the route very well and will show you interesting facts along the way.

Riding

The peace of riding is moderated with walk, trots, and canters every day. Usually, when the terrain allows for a safe canter, you will canter. On the mountains in many areas, the terrain does not allow for trotting or cantering so you will enjoy walking with breathtaking views around.

Level of riding

Intermediate to experienced riders means that you should be comfortable to walk, trot, and canter in group and in 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 riding fit as possible.

Guide

Every ride will be personally guided by 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 also an English speaker.

Horses

The horses are 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

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.

Helmet

Jerebeque Trails recommends 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.

Weight limit and number of riders

The weight limit is 90 kilograms or 198 pounds with a number of riders minimum two and maximum usually 10.

Trip length

The itinerary is eight days, seven nights, and six days riding from Sunday to Sunday. The length ride is around 180 kilometers.

Age limit

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

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-meter 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 and it will be the time for you to meet the horses and ride 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. Night and dinner will be 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 with 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 fields with stone walls where you can see farmers riding donkeys. The landscape today will change again. The riding will be 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. Night and dinner will be a 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 a swimming pool and you will taste a barbecue with Ávilan beef steak. In the afternoon, you will start climbing back to the mountains. Overnight and dinner will be spent 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 dinner at the hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.

Day 7: Navarredonda de Gredos

You will have a circle ride with funny riding with good trots and canters along the pine forest and along the Tormes River Valley. Excellent picnic will be held in the countryside. In the afternoon, you will be riding back to the stables after lunch. Night and farewell dinner will be held at the same rural hotel in the previous day.

Day 8

You will have breakfast at the hotel and depart at around 10:00 to Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport (MAD).

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, they can rent a car in Madrid too. They can move in 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
Spanish Equestrian Federation (Horse Riding Instructor)
Emilio was born in Sierra de Gredos, El Barco de Avila, the grandson of the most important Avilan cattleman in the region. Every ride is personally guided by the experienced Emilio with over 30 years of experience. As an equestrian guide, he is terrific. Emilio is an English-speaking expert rider and has a special ability to match his horses with riders. He leads the groups with his confident and well-mannered horses that are a pleasure to ride that you will always feel very safe.

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, San Martin de la Vega, and Alberche River.

Food

During this holiday, you will be served all meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) 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 any unexpected place with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives, nuts, etc. Lunchtime will be relaxing and you will have social affair with delicious home cooked Spanish dishes as Paella, Tortilla Española, barbecue, salads, etc. followed by a siesta in the peaceful countryside.

After the day riding, your dinner in the evening will be around 9 p.m. and you will have a choice of different dishes and courses of local Spanish recipes. Your dinner will be at your guesthouse accommodation. All the drinks will be included during the meals, excellent Spanish red and white wines, beer, canned drinks, and water. Furthermore, special diet (vegetarian, gluten-free, allergies, etc.) can be arranged with an 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

  • 6 days of horse riding
  • Short visit to the amazing walled medieval Ávila town
  • Use of PRE and Hispano-Arab horses
  • Use of tack
  • Service of an English-speaking guide
  • Luggage transport
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • White and red wine during lunch and dinner
  • 7 nights’ accommodation

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

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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 applies. 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$87 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.
8 days / 7 nights
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From 2019.

There are minimum 2 riders for this tour. For 2 riders extra cost per person is 50€ each way. For 3 riders extra cost per person is 33€ each way (payable locally).

Sunday July 7, 2019
(8 days / 7 nights)

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