Trails of Old Castile

  • Trip Duration
  • 8
    days
  • 7
    nights
  • Riding Time
  • 6
    days riding
  • 6
    hrs per day riding
  • Group Size
  • 1 - 10
    Guests per group

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

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.

Meals & Drink

Breakfast, aperitifs, lunches and dinners are included while on the trek. The local cuisine is excellent and much consideration is taken when planning the meals to provide a sampling of the many different dishes available in the area.

Ride & Horse Details

  • Overview:
    The outfitter organizes this ride from her own stables in the Gredos area and has an excellent stable in Segovia for the riding there. The part of the ride in Segovia is accompanied by the outfitter and will be guided by Enrique, owner and trainer of the horses, an excellent horseman with a show-jumping and cross-country background. He is passionate about Segovia, its nature and history. The horses are Andalusian crosses, mainly Hispano-Arabs and Anglo-Hispanos, ranging in height from 15-16HH, and are selected for their good nature and endurance. They are well trained for the rides, fit, very willing and fun to ride. The tack used is English - general purpose leather saddles with deep knee rolls - no western saddles. Seat savers and saddle bags are provided.
  • 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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