Spain ~ Mountains & Valleys of Gredos

4, 6 and 7 night village-to-village rides, exploring the river valleys and moorland of the Sierra de Gredos in central Spain. Available March to November for intermediate riders and above.

Where In Castille, central Spain, starting about three hours drive west of Madrid, past the medieval walled city of Avila, on the borders of the provinces of Caceras, Salamanca and Avila.

What is it like The Gredos Mountains are a lovely example of rural, unspoilt Spain. High snow capped peaks frame open moorland valleys and in summer the hillsides are covered in seas of yellow broom, lavender and thyme. Routes explore the untouristed valleys of the Tormes, Corneja, Alberche and Tietar rivers, passing through sleepy hillside villages and stopping at village hotels at night.

Who does it suit These are excellent quality rides, with a real emphasis on personal service. Riding days are broken up with stops for delicious leisurely lunches served at a table set up on the grassy river bank. Nights are at comfortable village and country hotels, including a Parador. The horses are well loved, well cared for and well schooled. Riding hours are long enough for you to feel you've really done something but not too long that enjoyment suffers and the pace is fun and well balanced to keep everyone interested. Its also not just riding - you'll come away feeling you know and understand a little more about Spain and Spanish culture and ready to sign up next year!

Why We Love it Superbly organised, without any feeling of being regimented. You can hand over responsibility for your enjoyment to Maria Elena and relax knowing she'll make the right choices every time. Good horses, warm Spanish hospitality and a host with an eye for every detail, who's keen to make sure everyone has a great time.  Its also a suprisingly beautiful area to explore.  

 

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SUMMARY

Riding: 5-7 hours a day

Horses: Arab and Andalucian crosses

Pace: moderate overall

Riding ability: intermediate to experienced riders

Weight limit: 90kg (14st 2lbs)

Accommodation: 2* and 3* village hotels, 3* & 4* Parador

Group size: max 10

Season: March to November

Price: 7 night trails from 2100 Euros (approx £1905) per person

HORSES & RIDING

Horses: The horses are mainly locally bred Arab and Andalucian crosses. They average between 15hh and 16hh and are a forward going, responsive and thoroughly enjoyable ride. They are also good natured, nimble but sure footed and well suited to the going. Tack is English style with sheepskin saddle covers available if required and saddle bags provided when necessary. Rides are normally for a maximum of 10 guests.

Hours:
There is between 5 and 7 hours riding a day, riding from village to village with breaks for rests and lunch.

Pace and experience required:
To join these rides you should be a reasonably experienced rider who is comfortable, secure and in control on a well schooled horse at a walk, trot and canter in open country and over varied terrain. You should also have a fairly good level of general and riding fitness. The pace on the rides is moderate overall but it varies each day with the going - one day particularly includes some steep ascents, descents and narrow trails to negotiate; other days are on more open going which allows faster riding.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation on the rides is in comfortable village and country hotels which are varied in style and character. All are chosen as far as possible for their character and / or setting. Rooms have private en suite bathroom with shower or bath and loo. Some nights are spent in the Parador of Gredos, an old hunting lodge built by King Alfonso XIII and now an imposing country hotel. Hotel rooms are twin or double bedded although single rooms can be arranged at a supplement. Your luggage is transported from hotel to hotel by vehicle. Breakfast and dinner each day will be eaten at the hotels. Lunches are usually picnics out riding, at a table set up in the countryside.

RATES & DATES

Rates 2023

Valleys of Gredos Ride - Euros 2850
single supplement - 200 Euros payable in Spain
Sierra de Gredos Ride - Euros 2450
single supplement - 200 Euros payable in Spain
Gredos & Segovia Ride - Euros 3100
single supplement - 250 Euros payable in Spain

Rates include - all riding, 7 nights twin accommodation, meals (except lunch on day 7 on the Sierra de Gredos Ride), wine and other drinks with lunch and dinner and transfers from / to Madrid airport at set times with the group.

Rates exclude - international flights, single supplements, personal medical insurance (compulsory), extra drinks on route, lunch on day 7 of the Sierra de Gredos Ride, any visa fees, personal items at hotels and any tips.

Long Weekends
4 nights staying in Parador - Euros 1350; single supplement - 100 Euros payable in Spain

Rates include - all riding, 4 nights twin hotel accommodation (either at the Parador de Gredos or a village hotel), meals, wine with lunch and dinner and also transfers from / to Madrid at set times with the group (assuming at least 4 riders using transfers; if there are only 2 riders using transfers there is a supplement of Euros 100 per person for transfers; if there are only 3 riders using transfers, there is a supplement of Euros 70 per person for transfers)

Rates exclude - international flights and taxes, personal medical insurance (compulsory), any extra drinks, any visa fees and any tips.

Prices are quoted in Euros. Payments to us can of course be made in pounds sterling if you wish

Dates 2023

Valleys of Gredos Ride
9th to 16th April 2023
30th April to 7th May 2023
14th to 21st May 2023
28th May to 4th June 2023
11th to 18th June 2023
10th to 17th September 2023
24th September to 1st October 2023
8th to 15th October 2023
22nd to 29th October 2023

Sierra de Gredos Rides
23rd to 30th April 2023
7th to 14th May 2023
21st to 28th May 2023
4th to 11th June 2023
25th June to 2nd July 2023
9th to 16th July 2023
16th to 23rd July 2023
30th July to 6th August 2023
3rd to 10th Septmeber 2023
1st to 8th October 2023
15th to 22nd October 2023
5th to 12th November 2023

Gredos & Segovia Ride (please see Segovia page)
18th to 25th June 2023
17th to 24th September 2023

Long Weekends
5th to 9th April 2023
19th to 23rd April 2023
10th to 14th May 2023
28th June to 2nd July 2023
5th to 9th July 2023
26th to 30th July 2023
9th to 13th August 2023
20th to 24th September 2023
18th to 22nd October 2023
1st to 5th November 2023
8th to 12th November 2023

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ITINERARY

Itinerary in brief - Valleys of Gredos itinerary. Please enquire for other itineraries.

Day 1 You will be met at Madrid airport, usually at about 3 pm, and driven about 2 ½ hours to a small village in the Gredos mountains. Dinner and the night at the Parador of Gredos.
Day 2
Breakfast, then meet the horses and set off on a day ride through pine woods and open fields. A chance to really get to know your horse with wonderful views of the Sierra de Gredos as you ride. Picnic lunch out riding and ride back to the stables in the late afternoon. Dinner and second night at the Parador with time to visit a local spa with heated pool before dinner if you wish.
Day 3
A day ride following the course of the Tormes River, stopping for lunch at Pozo de las Paredas, a magical spot at the gorge of Barbellido which joins the Tormes. After lunch and a swim in summer, follow cattle tracks to Navalperal de Tormes. Diner and night at a rural hotel.
Day 4
A long half day ride today, along cattle tracks and past the village of Aliseda de Tormes. The night in a luxurious country hotel with spa and pool just outside the small town of Barco de Avila. A free afternoon with time to visit Barco if you wish. Dinner and the night.
Day 5
Breakfast, then ride through holm oak woods and pastures to Puente del Congosto. Picnic by the river, then a short ride on to Hoyorredonda for dinner and the night in a lovely country hotel.
Day 6
A day of contrasting landscapes, starting with flat open valleys, then following the Corneja River to its source. Lunch near a watermill, before following a Roman road up the Puerto de Chia for panoramic views of the whole of the Corneja and Alberche valleys. Climb down to San Martin de la Vega and dinner and night at a rural hotel.
Day 7
Ride back to Navarredonda stopping for lunch with great views of the peaks of the Sierra. A short afternoon ride takes you back to the stables and return to the Parador de Gredos for dinner and final night.
Day 8
Breakfast and then transfer back to Madrid for your onward journey, arriving about 12 noon.
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TRAVEL

The meeting point for the rides is Madrid airport. There are several flights a day to Madrid from London. British Airways have regular flights from Gatwick and Heathrow and Iberia fly several times a day from Heathrow. Easy Jet usually have a daily flight from Luton and also some flights from Stansted. Fares vary with the airline and season but budget around £150 to £250 return.

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