Ride Overview - Flight of the Storks Horseback Ride
A breathtaking horseback riding vacation in Spain’s Extremadura. The Spanish word “extremar” means “to go to extremes.” This remote region offers a rare combination of lush forests, impressive mountains and sweeping plains dotted with historic villages. History buffs and bird-watchers will delight in this horseback riding vacation.
Your trails will follow the flight of the storks from their nests in the ancient village of Trujillo to their congregation with eagles and swallows in the Villuercas Mountain Geopark (UNESCO). This geopark is the emblematic landscape of the Extremadura – dense forest of Dehesa, holm and cork oaks. Along the way, you will ride through the picturesque villages of Berzocana and Cañamero. In addition, you will learn about the intriguing culture of the Spanish Conquistadors, local Roman and Arabic architecture. The accommodations vary from charming rural B & B’s to a delightful 4* hotel in Trujillo. All rooms have private bathrooms.
The food is another highlight of this horseback ride. From tapas-breaks waiting for you in unexpected places with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives, nuts, to delicious traditional meals. Menus feature home cooked Spanish dishes as Paella, Tortilla Española, Iberianola, Iberian pork bbq, salads, Extremadura “Torta del Casar” soft cheese and regional wines. RIDING IN SPAIN
Ride Itinerary - Flight of the Storks Horseback Ride
You will be met at the Madrid Airport around 3:00 PM. and transferred to Trujillo – a 2 1/2 hours drive. You will have tie to visit to the Spanish castles and Arabic fortresses of the historic village before a welcome dinner at the hotel where you will meet your guide and fellow riders.
After you are transferred from Trujillo to Herguijuela, you will mount up for your easy day of trails. Your paths lead through the Dehesa, a Mediterranean forest most similar to the habitat which covered the Extremadura thousands of years ago. After a relaxing lunch in the countryside with excellent paella and good wines.
you will ride to Garciaz where the horses will spend the night. You will be transferred to Madroñera. Night and dinner will be enjoyed at small and beautiful rural hotel. Time in the saddle 5 hours.
Today, you will ride through the best preserved Mediterranean forests. The dominant species are the evergreen oaks, the holm or cork oaks and the deciduous oaks. Lunch will be offered with starters, main course, salad, fresh fruit, coffee or tea with chocolate and biscuit; good wines, and beer, refreshment. Your afternoon trails will provide magnificent views of the Sierra de las Villuercas and end at the picturesque mountain village of Berzocana. Night and dinner will be at a very nice rural hotel with spectacular sunsets over the Villuercas Geopark. Time in the saddle 7 hours.
Your trails will provide panoramic mountaintop views of the impressive Villuercas landscape. You will be able to observe vultures, eagles, azure-winged magpies, red-billed choughs, shrikes and ravens. Villuercas has been declared Geopark (UNESCO, 2011) because of its Cultural and Natural Heritage and, of course, the great geological value of its relief. This is a remote rural region with fields dressed with stone walls. Lunch will be followed by an afternoon with good canters. Lodging and dinner will be at a nice rural hotel. Time in the saddle 6 hours.
This morning brings an opportunity for good trots and canters along the Dehesa. Cattle, sheep, goats and iberic pigs dot the countryside. Herds still live in a way which is reminiscent of bygone days. After a delicious picnic in the afternoon, you will enjoy more good canters as you head to Zorita. Dinner will be served at a local restaurant and lodging will be at a rural Inn. Time in the saddle 6 hours.
Your group will ride through the Dehesa Extremeña with good and long trots and canters to return to the beginning of the ride. After the lunch in the countryside, you will ride to the stables and have enough time to continue your visit of Trujillo. A farewell dinner will be served at the hotel.
After breakfast at hotel, you will depart from Trujillo at 10:00 AM to arrive at the Madrid Airport about 12.30 PM so, departing flights should not occur before 2:00 PM. All riders will be transferred at the same time, if you need to arrive in Madrid before, special transfers can be arranged at extra cost.
ITINERARY MAY VARY DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES.
Ride Details - Flight of the Storks Horseback Ride
Dates: February 14th – 20th, April 25th – 30th
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 – 7
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: Hotels and B&B
*Price: $1,550.00 per person, double occupancy $150.00 single supplement
* Price is based on dollar/euro exchange and will be fixed at final payment.
**Small group fee may apply to total groups sizes of 2 and 3 people.
Included: 6 nights’ accommodation, all meals, horse, tack, guide, transfer to and from airport
Not Included: airfare
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Flight of the Storks Horseback Ride
Extremadura, Southwest Spain