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Trails of Old Castile

Ride Overview

This wonderful horse riding tour in Spain combines 3 days of riding in the Sierra de Gredos with 3 days of riding in the province of Segovia; the historic as well as the natural heart of Castile. Both provinces, Segovia and Avila are in Central Spain, in the Meseta – the great high plateau of the Iberian Peninsula, in the region of Castilla y Leon.

The horseback riding holiday begins in the Sierra de Gredos Nature Park, where landscapes full of light and color inspire you. This area is rural Spain at its finest, with an economy based on free range Avilian cattle breeding. The small villages display their architecture, traditions, and way of life of their people, isolated in this inaccessible nature that has shaped their unique character. It is an excellent terrain for riding, mostly open fields with magnificent views and paths that follow the course of rivers.

The second half of the riding holiday in Spain takes you to Segovia, on a journey back in history. Many sites are accessible on horseback while riding through the open and unspoilt Castilian countryside. You will visit the medieval city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage site.  It boasts a magnificent cultural heritage, including the colossal Roman Aqueduct from the 1st century AD – one of the greatest in Europe.  Ride to the Romanesque church of Sotosalbos, the castle and fortified city of Pedraza and the Royal site of La Granja de San Ildefonso, with its grand baroque palace and beautiful gardens.

Accommodations & Food

The accommodations chosen for the ride are excellent, including some historic sites which are very unique hotels. All the hotels provide double or twin bed rooms and en-suite baths.
In the Sierra de Gredos, 4 nights will be spent at the National Parador of Gredos, built in an ancient hunting lodge and the first Parador opened in Spain.
The first night in Segovia will be spent at the at the National Parador of La Granja, an old residence of the King’s infants, in a great location near the Royal Palace of La Granja. Two nights will be spent in charming, rural hotels such as the Hotel de la Villa in Pedraza, located in an ancient noble house and the country hotel Finca del Duqye. The last night is at the National Parador of Segovia, with a spa and beautiful outdoor pool overlooking Segovia. Single accommodations can be arranged at an additional charge.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    Horses range 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.
  • Horse Breeds:
    Andalusian, Arabian and Thoroughbred crosses
  • Trip Pace:
    Moderate to fast
  • Tack:
    English all purpose
  • Weight limit:
    195 lbs in riding gear

Meeting Point

Barajas International Airport in 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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