Spain

The Valleys of Gredos

A trail riding holiday through the Valleys of Gredos, situated between the provinces of Avila, Cáceres and Salamanca, and crossed by the Duero and Tajo rivers. This is a tast of truly rural Spain with immense landscapes, unspoilt nature, remote Castillian villages and charming hotels. Ride across open fields with magnificent views and follow paths along river banks and through oak, pine and chestnut trees.
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Trail Riding
8 days/ 6 days riding
From £2,350
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    Gredos Valley Trail in Spain
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    On horseback in the valleys of Gredos
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    Canters across the open fields of Gredos
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    Crossing a river on a trail ride with horses
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    Bridge crossing in the Gredos Valley in Spain
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    Ride beautiful Spanish horses
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    On horseback between the fields and mountains
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    Riding through the rural villages of Spain

Itinerary

Highlights

- This is a particularly nice holiday in summer with average temperatures of 25 °c in Navarredonda Gredos (Riding at altitudes between 1000m and 1700m)
- Many opportunities for swimming in natural pools in the river
- Excellent Spanish and Arabic horses
- Visit the fortified medieval town of Avila , recognised as a world heritage site
-The local cuisine combines a number of excellent dishes - sample many delicious local specialities.
- Ride through the wild and untouched countryside through flowering valleys, mountains, forests and heathlands, with an amazing and diverse display of flora and fauna.
  • Day 1 1: - London - Madrid- Navarredonda de Gredos

    Fly to Madrid. You will be transferred from Madrid airport (Pick up at 15:00, terminal 4, gate 10, Cafeteria Caprizzio) to Navarredonda de Gredos, a small village which is in the heart of Castile with stunning views over the Sierra. This region is steeped in history, where the Moors and Christians fought and where Romans built roads. On the way from Madrid, a stop in Avila for one hour visit of this medieval historic town, Unesco World Heritage city. You will enjoy a welcome dinner and stay overnight at the Gredos National Parador, the former hunting lodge of Alfonso XIII, which offers panoramic views of the Sierra de Gredos.
  • Day 2 2: Pinewoods and Summer Pastures - 4 hours

    Set off on horseback from Navarredonda, an easy first day ride today, while you get used to your horse. You will ride through pine forests, across open fields and follow paths towards the mountains with great views of the Sierra de Gredos. Aperitivo in the countryside and lunch at old sawmill by the river, an excellent paella cooked on the spot and other delicacies. In the afternoon ride back to the stables in Navarredonda, returning for dinner and overnight as the previous night.

    Today's ride is short so that riders and horses get used to each other. If there are any change of horse it can be easily done, before leaving the next day for the rest of the ride.

    A small Spa has been opened in the next village just 5 minutes away. It is possible to arrange a massage this evening before dinner. If riders interested in bird watching, an evening walk in the mountains can be organised.
  • Day 3 3: Navarredonda de Gredos – Navalperal the Tormes - 4-5 hours

    This morning ride through woods and beautiful meadows in the valley of the Tormes river. You will follow the course of the river and enjoy a picnic lunch at the Pozo de las Paredes, a magical spot at the gorge of Barbellido, which joins the Tormes River. This is an ideal spot for a swim in summer. After lunch you will follow a cattle path, with great views of Navalperal the Tormes. Tonight you will stay at a new rural hotel near the Tormes River.
  • Day 4 4: NAVALPERAL THE TORMES – EL BARCO DE AVILA - 4 hours

    Today you will embark on a long half day ride, which will take you to El Barco. Ride along the Tormes River valley, along cattle paths, passing the village of Aliseda de Tormes. You will notice a distinct change in the vegetation as you approach the small town of El Barco de Avila. The hotel in Barco de Avila is a luxurious country house hotel which has a spa and an indoor heated pool. You will have a free afternoon to visit El Barco de Avila or just relax and enjoy the facilities at the hotel. El Barco de Avila is a 15th century fortified village with a medieval bridge stretching over the Tormes.

    This evening a very special Spanish wine tasting and pairing
    dinner will be offered in the local wine shop, one of the top ten wine shops of Spain.
  • Day 5 5: EL BARCO DE AVILA – HOYORREDONDO - 6 hours

    Today's ride will take you through oak woodland and open pastures, following the cattle track between Barco and Hoyorredondo. You will arrive in Puente del Congosto, with a XVth century bridge and castle. Enjoy a picnic by the river, great for a swim in the summer. This afternoon there will be a short ride to Hoyorredondo. The evening will be spent at a beautiful and comfortable country hotel .
  • Day 6 6: HOYORREDONDO – SAN MARTIN DE LA VEGA - 6-7 hours

    A day with great contrasts in the landscape. The ride will start in the valley of the Corneja River with open flat valleys. You follow the river Corneja to its source, and stop for lunch near one of the water mills along the river. In the afternoon you will follow a Roman road up to the Puerto de Chia (5,686 feet) for a panoramic view of the Corneja Valley on one side, and the Alberche River on the other. You then descend to San Martin de la Vega where the horses spend the night. There will be a short transfer to a charming rural hotel in Barajas de Gredos.
  • Day 7 7: SAN MARTIN DE LA VEGA – NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS - 4 hours

    On your final riding day, back to Sierra de Gredos, there will be great views of the peaks of the Sierra. You will descend towards the Tormes valley where you started. A very special catering lunch with a tasting
    menu produced and served by one of the best restaurants in the area, at the most beautiful spot with panoramic views of the Sierra de Gredos. The afternoon ride will be short, with some good canters, before heading back to the stables. Overnight and farewell dinner at the Parador.
  • Day 8 8: Avila – Madrid

    After breakfast you will be transferred to Madrid, arriving around 12 noon. Please do not book flights departing before 1:00 pm.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights are not included.

- The riding group comprises 1 up to 10 riders plus your guide. If there are fewer than 4 riders then the route may be changed but will still be of an equivalent standard. Additional transfer fees may apply.

- There is a single supplement of €150/£140 (2019) or €200/£180 (2020) if you end up in a single room - this is payable locally to your guide

- Rider weight limit is 90kgs (with equipment)
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

2 English-speaking horse guides

Logistic

1 horse equipped with saddle and bridle
1 vehicle and driver
Chairs and table for the pique nique at lunchtime

Inland transports

Airport transfers to/from Madrid

Accommodation

Double room in hotel standard 3*

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on the final day
Drinks, wines, apéritifs and tapas

Price doesn't include

Meals

Beverage and personal extra

Extras

Tips to the local team

Insurance

Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement
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