Rideaway Castles of Gredos Mountains – Spain

Spain

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7 days, 6 nights, 5 days riding

Good Novice to Advanced

from 1385 EUR

Spain     RSCG

7 days, 6 nights, 5 days riding     Good Novice to Advanced

from 1385 EUR

The valleys of the Sierra de Gredos offer a magical combination of natural beauty and intrepid riding. From the colourful blossoms and wildflowers of Spring to the warm tones of red and ochre in Autumn.

The best way to see this scenic mountain range is on the back of a locally bred Andalusian horse.

About The Ride

Home to Spain’s largest population of Ibex, the Sierra de Gredos, is an area that has remained untouched by mass tourism.

Explore ancient mountain paths once used exclusively by smugglers and bandits, or venture into the chosen hunting grounds of General Franco himself.

Ride home-bred Spanish horses that live in free-roaming herds and enjoy the uncomplicated yet delicious cuisine of the area, which includes tasty chorizo sausage and jamon serrano–Spain’s famous mountain-cured ham.

The terrain defines the pace on these mountainous trips. You can look forward to canters and trots in the valleys combined with a relaxing pace while traversing steeper trails.

During these climbs you can expect some incredible panoramic views and sightings of fauna such as Ibex and eagles. A typical day riding has between 4 and 6 hours in the saddle with a siesta breaks in the middle of the day in the outdoors.

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The journey

The Ride 

These trips are what experiential travel is all about. The Sierra de Gredos mountain range is best discovered with someone like Emilio. A local guide that has more than 30 years’ experience running adventure trips. 

The Castles of Gredos is an inn-to-inn trail that follows the Tormes river valley. This bestselling ride visits ancient ruins, villages, roman roads, and local swimming holes. A complete itinerary for riders that wish to get a bit of everything on their vacation. 

Highlights

  • Ride to traditional mountain villages.
  • Experience genuine rural Spain far away from mass tourism in a land overflowing with unique fauna and flora. Expect to see wild ibex, soaring birds of prey, swathes of wild broom, myriad lichens, wildflowers and hundreds of butterflies
  • Refreshing natural swimming holes– with hundreds of amazing natural pools in the many rivers of Gredos, there are ample opportunities to enjoy a swim during your siesta break Happy horses – Andalusian and Hispano Arab horses bred on the mountains of Gredos are the best horses to help you negotiate the challenging, steep trails.

About your hosts

Emilio and Mamen are the heart and soul of Jerebeque Trails. 

Both born and bred in the Gredos Mountains, this friendly couple gave up many modern comforts to follow their dream of working full-time with horses. Emilio, a proficient horseman with more than thirty years’ experience, oversees the rides, while Mamen, hospitality extraordinaire, provider of smiles and creator of delicious cuisine; organizes all the crucial behind-the-scenes moments. You will share with your friendly hosts a week of relaxation and serenity with horses, nature, and fresh mountain air. 

 

Dates 2020 

(Please send us an email to confirm the dates and availability) 

  • Jun 07-13- * Seasonal splendour broom in bloom 
  • Jul 19-25 
  • Aug 30-05 Sept
  • Sept 13-19

Typical Itinerary - Castle of Gredos

Day 1: MADRID-NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS

Meet at Madrid airport (meeting time is at 3 pm) and take a transfer to your first night’s accommodation. You will stop en route at Avila, where you can take a walk around the old village. Back at the hotel, you have some time to relax before dinner with your hosts. 

Day 2: NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS-NAVACEPEDA DE TORMES

Meet your horse. The first day of riding is designated to get to know your horse for the week. You will take a ride through the Tormes valley, through vast fields that offer great views of the Gredos Mountains. Lunch is at a fisherman´s hut. Your first-day riding deserves an excellent paella, cooked beside the river where it is possible to take a swim in Summer. Short afternoon ride to Navacepeda de Tormes. Night and dinner at a local hotel. Time in the saddle four hours.

Day 3: NAVACEPEDA DE TORMES-BARCO DE AVILA

The longest day and also the trail that offers the most beautiful views of the Gredos Mountains. You will ride down the valley riding through small and remote medieval villages and take lunch at a riverside spot -the Aliseda de Tormes. Your picnic is right next to an ancient medieval bridge. In the afternoon, you will ride down an open valley with an entirely different landscape. Here you can enjoy good trots and canters to El Barco de Ávila. We will cross the river Tormes by the roman bridge in El Barco de Avila, a 12th-century village with a Castle. Night and dinner tonight will be at a four* hotel. Time in the saddle 6.5 hours.

Day 4: EL BARCO DE AVILA-HOYORREDONDO

We will ride into the Salamanca province, a beautiful flat, and a dry area, with incredible granite formations. This rural region is full of exciting fields and stone walls. Here you will see local farmers riding donkeys and enjoy the riding through holm oaks woods and pastures until the point that you cross Puente del Congosto, another medieval village with a 15th-century bridge and Castle. Picnic near the river at a lovely spot for swimming. In the afternoon, delightful riding with good canters on the way to Hoyorredondo. Night and dinner at a magnificent rural Inn, La Trocha de Hoyorredondo, where it is possible to see the horses grazing from your bedroom window. Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 5: HOYORREDONDO-NAVACEPEDILLA DE CORNEJA

A faster ride this morning as you set off along the Corneja River Valley to Bonilla de la Sierra, a medieval village with a beautiful church. Enjoy a delicious lunch in private gardens with a swimming pool and enjoy a proper Spanish BBQ with Avilan steak.

In the afternoon you will start climbing back to towards the mountains. Nights stay and dinner at the charming hotel at Navacepedilla de Corneja. Time in the saddle 6 hours.

Day 6: NAVACEPEDILLA-NAVARREDONDA

For your final day riding, enjoy magnificent mountain trails through 3 different valleys. In the morning, you will ride up the mountain to a high point - Puerto de Chía (1,800 m), with a magnificent view of the Corneja and the Alberche rivers. Lunch at San Martin de la Vega with views of the Gredos Mountains. After lunch, you will cross the Alberche river and continue to Tormes River valley and, finally, home. Final dinner and evening stay at your original hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.

 

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel, departure at 10 am. Leaving at this time, you can expect to be at Madrid airport for noon.