Seasonal Splendor in the Valleys of Gredos

  • Trip Duration
  • 6
    days
  • 7
    nights
  • Riding Time
  • 6
    days riding
  • 4-6
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 1 - 10
    Guests per group

Seasonal Splendor in the Valleys of Gredos

Ride Overview

The Sierra de Gredos passes through one of the most distinctive regions of the Iberian Peninsula. River valleys, surrounded by rugged mountains, are dotted with small villages. Here and there a towering castle perches in austere grandeur on a hill and an ancient monastery lies in a valley. The final day of this ride is spent exploring the medieval town of Avila.

This is a very representative part of the Sierra.  Riders will be inspired by this National Park’s diverse display of flora and fauna through the Tormes, Corneja and Alberche river valleys.  Ride up slopes of oak, pine and chestnut trees, discover wildlife from rocky overlooks, and gallop across pastures and open fields.  The small villages along the trail display their architecture, their traditions, and the way of life of their people.

These ride dates allow you to admire Gredos at its best depending on the time of year: Easter, spring, summer and the fall mushroom ride.

Accommodations

Lodging is planned in small and very comfortable village and rural hotels, providing twin-bedded rooms and en-suite baths. The first and second night are spent at the National Parador of Gredos, an ancient hunting lodge built by the King Alfonso 13th, the first Parador opened in Spain. The accommodations have been carefully chosen for the quality and welcoming to the riders and horses. The last night will be spent at the National Parador of Avila. Single accommodations can be arranged at an additional charge.

Meals & Drink

A support vehicle will follow the riders during the entire trip, meeting for meals and at night. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included while on the trek. The local cuisine is excellent and much consideration is taken when planning the meals to provide visitors with a sampling of the many different dishes produced in the area. Lunch is usually a picnic in the countryside. Some lunches will be cooked on the spot; others prepared and packed in the saddle bags; and still others at local bars or restaurants. Excellent Spanish red and white wines are available during lunches and dinners. Dinners will be at the hotels and will feature a varied selection of typical local cuisine. Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The horses are Andalusian, Hispano-Arab, and Lusitano crosses ranging in height from 15 - 16 hh, and selected for their good nature and endurance. The organizer and guide takes great pride in the quality and the character of the horses and is adept at matching horse and rider. The horses are fun to ride, strong, fit, lots of personality and well-adapted to the terrain. English all purpose saddles are used which have a deep knee roll. Small pommel bags and seat savers are provided.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Hispano-Arab, Andalusian, Lusitano
  • Trip Pace:
    Moderate
  • Tack:
    English trekking
  • Weight limit:
    195 with riding equipment

Meeting Point

Madrid

With first-hand knowledge of the exciting tours we offer, the ride consultants at Equitours look forward to answering any questions you might have about this ride. We want to help make sure that you select the trip of your dreams. Please call or email and get ready to pack your bags for a wonderful adventure!

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