Ride Overview - Castles of Gredos
A enjoyable horseback riding vacation in Spain! The impressive Gredos Mountains are located in the central range of Spain. The summits are surround by four distinct river valleys – the Tietar, Alberche, Tomes and Corneja. In these valleys, incredibly clear deep blue water is forged by sheer grey granite rock walls. The Tietar Valley is considered a magical place to admire the works of nature. The region explodes with brilliant red, yellow and ocher in the spring and autumn. The Alberche Valley is where the black vulture and the Spanish Imperial eagle nest in lofty oak and pine forests. If you are a birdwatcher, you will enjoy the Corneja Valley where Bee-eaters and Hooppos reside under the imposing rugged peaks. This valley boasts some of the most iconic architecture of Spain. The Tormes Valley is the wildest and most diverse of all the landscapes of Avila. The landscape is covered with oak, chestnut, wild pine, alders and birch and is home to mountain goats and griffin vultures. The village stone homes are built with tiny windows to protect against the harsh elements. You will ride through all four valleys and find your Hispano Arab horse most suited to the diverse terrain. They are noble with good temperaments like Andalusians yet rough and resistant as the Arabs. This ride boasts the best paella and an exquisite BBQ of Avilan beef. RIDING IN SPAIN
“We get a perfect ride, contrasts, spring colors, peaceful autumn, and the different landscapes during the week are amazing.”
Ride Itinerary - Castles of Gredos
Your guide will meet you at the Madrid Airport and drive you for 2 hours to Navarredonda de Gredos, Along the way, you will visit Avila, the City of Stones and Saints, whose claim is the greatest number of Romanesque churches in Europe within prominent medieval walls. Writer, Jose Marinez Ruiz called Avila “perhaps the most 16th-century city in Spain.” You will spend the night and have a welcome dinner at a hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.
This will be an easy and beautiful riding day following the Tormes River Valley. A sumptuous paella will be served for lunch at the Fisherman´s Hat beside the Tormes River. Your afternoon trail will lead you to Navacepeda where you will have dinner and spend the night at a small B & B. Time in the saddle will be 5 hours.
This will be your longest riding day with spectacular panoramic views of the impressive granite Gredos Mountains. Your trail traverses through remote shepherd villages and lunch will be served at La Aliseda de Tormes. In the afternoon, the ride will descend into the valley to the picturesque village of El Barco de Avila whose greatest lure is the magnificent scenery that surrounds it. Here is the home to the stoic 15th century Castle of Valdecorneja as well as your lodging for the evening. Your time in the saddle will be 6 hours
Your horse will cross the ancient stone arch bridge over the Tormes River to a trail that will lead to the plateau of the Salamanca Province. You will see the traditional farming culture with farmers riding and working with donkeys in fields partitioned by stone walls. Lunch will be served on the banks of the Tormes River. In the afternoon, you will enjoy invigorating canters. Your evening and dinner will be at a very nice rural inn. Time on the saddle will be 6 hours.
In the morning, you will enjoy some trots and canters along the Corneja River Valley to Bonilla de la Sierra , site of the medieval Bonilla de la Sierra Castle and the impressive 15th century Saint Martin Church. A delicious BBQ of Avilan beef will be served in a private garden. In the afternoon, your trail will ascend into the mountains where your hotel lodging will be found in Pihedrahíta, home to the 18th century Palace of los duques de Alba. Time on the saddle will be 6 hours.
Today your ride will reach its summit and you will enjoy a magnificent view of the Alberche River Valley and San Martin de la Vega. After you cross the river, your horse will continue to carry you to the Tormes River Valley. You will be served lunch surrounded by the marvelous panorama of the Gredos Mountains. Brisk canters will complete your afternoon ride and you will lodge in a hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos. Time on the saddle will be 5 hours.
After breakfast, you will depart around 10 A.M. in order to be at the Madrid Airport at noon.
Ride Details - Castles of Gredos
Dates: June 6th – 12th, July 18th – 24th, August 29th – September 4th, September 12th – 18th
Best months to ride: Northern Spain’s peak season is July and August. Central region: October – May. Southern: late spring – early autumn. Winter riding can be enjoy in the Andalusia because of the desert like climate.
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 5 – 6
Riding Ability: Intermediate to Advanced
Group Size: Maximum 8
Weight Restrictions: 198 pounds
Horses: Andalusian and Hispano-Arab
Saddles: Classic Spanish Dressage and English CP
Accommodations: 1 – 3* Hotels and B&B
*Price: $1,550.00 per person, double occupancy $155.00 single supplement
* Price is based on dollar/euro exchange and will be fixed at final payment.
**Small group fee for total group sizes of 2 ($110.00 per person) and 3 ($80.00 per person) may apply.
Included: 6 nights’ accommodation, all meals, horse, tack, guide, transfer to and from airport
Not Included: airfare
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