A relaxed and comfortable ride, great for families and less experienced riders. You stay at the same hotel most nights, but ride out daily on different itineraries through the wild landscape of the Gredos Mountains, where you can see Iberic Goads, golden eagles or black vultures. In the middle of the week you will travel to another town located in the Tormes River valley to spend one night out.
Enjoy a relaxing swim in the crystalline waters of the rivers in the mountains.
Your guide Emilio has years of experience in the area, dedicated and enthusiastic about this trail. His warmth and care contribute to an all round experience.
You ride home bred pure Andalucian and pure hispano arab horses, born and brought up and trained by your guide. They are well loved and used to gentle English riding methods. The hotel accomodation is of a high standard with comfortable en suite rooms and a hot shower and an aperitif is never very far away.
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Day 1: MADRID NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS
Meet at Madrid airport, transfer to Navarredonda de Gredos, a 2 hour drive with a stop in Avila for a short town visit. Welcome dinner at Hotel Garabatos or similar.
Day 2: NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS
Easy day to the mountains riding through summer pastures, lunch stop by the river with an excellent paella.
Afternoon through pine forest, good canters and trots. Dinner at hotel in Navarredonda.
Day 3: NAVARREDONDA – PUERTO DEL PICO
In the morning you will get to Puerto del Pico through the pine forest by the cordel, the path that connects the glens. Beautiful views of the Tietar River valley and Toledo and Caceres provinces. Lunch at restaurant. Good canters and trots in the afternoon through san Martin del Pimpollar. Night and dinner at hotel in Navarredonda.
Day 4: NAVARREDONDA – BARBELLIDO
Ride in the direction of the highest mountains stopping at Barbellido River for lunch and good swimming in the crystalline waters.
Afternoon canters along the Tormes River valley. Night and dinner at hotel in Navarredonda.
Day 5: NAVARREDONDA – CAHARCO DE LAS PAREDES – NAVALPERAL
Following the Tormes River through Navacepeda, a historic town in the mountains on the way to Charco de las Paredes with a lunch and swimming stop. Afternoon downhill to Navalperal de Tormes by the river. Night and dinner at hotel in Navalperal.
Day 6: NAVALPERAL - NAVARREDONDA
You will go back to Navarredonda by the Tormes River valley, a fast morning. Lunch and swimming at excellent spots. Afternoon canters again through the pine forest. Night and dinner in Navarredonda de Gredos.
Breakfast at hotel, departure at 10 to be at Madrid airport at 12pm.
2019/20: If there are 3 riders transfer cost will be €50 per rider each way. If there are 2 riders transfer cost will be €75 per rider each way, payable locally. Groups of 4 or more riders transfers included.
Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.
Homebred PRE and Pure Hispano-Arab horses with English saddles and tack are utilised. The horses are responsive, well behaved and good natured ranging from 15 - 16 hands. They are perfectly groomed and well shod.
The ride is at a moderate pace with walk, some trot and regular canters. The terrain has no drop-offs although there are mountains all round.
Riders should ideally be able to walk, trot and canter and have expereince of riding out. Some riding fitness is advised as up to 6 hours are spent in the saddle each day with a break for lunch. As the ride is based it is possible to have a day off to relax and explore the area without your horses. It is an advantage to be able to mount and dismount unaided but not essential as help is usually at hand. There is a minimum age of 10 for children who must be competent riders.
The weight limit for this ride is 198 lb/90 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.
5 nights are spent in Mira de Gredos in Hoyos Del Espino. All rooms are double/twin with extra beds available if arranged in advance and have en-suite bathrooms. The hotel offers beautiful views.
One night is spent out at a small rural hotel, again with private bathrooms.
Meals are of a Mediterranean flavour including paella, excellent Avilan beef, salads, fish, iberic ham, sheep's cheese and excellent red and white local wines and aperitifs included in the price with your meals.
Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.
Visa are not required for U.K. or other European nationals. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on travel insurance, passport and visas, health and vaccinations, legal issues and emergency issues. They can be reached on 0207 008 0232/0233 or at www.fco.gov.uk
The British Consulate in Madrid is at the Calle de Fernando el Santo 16, 28010 Madrid. Tel: +34 91 7008200. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ukinspain.com.
The Spanish Embassy in the U.K can be found at 39 Chesham Place, London SW1X 8SB. Tel: (020) 7235 5555.
The climate is dry continental weather. Spring's mild temperatures around 18ºc with sunny and cloudy days, an excellent time to ride. Summers are dry and sunny, the temperature during the day around 25º - 28ºc good for picnics beside the rivers and swimming.
Autumn usually Sept and Oct are months with temperatures around 18ºc, sunny and cloudy, excellent time to ride in Gredos .
The temparatures in the night are lower in spring and autumn, but the hotels are comfortable with central heating.
No special health precautions are required for visits to Spain, for further details please see your local doctor. We do advise taking plenty of sunscreen!
For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org
Voltage is the same as in the UK and most appliances such as battery chargers for videos, hair dryers etc. can be plugged in with appropriate adapters. These are available for purchase at most airports and travel shops.
230V 50HZ with a two pronged round pin plug
There is electricity in the hotel rooms and camera equipment can be recharged each night. Most towns and villages will sell some batteries and film.
It is recommended to take a riding helmet or broad rimmed hat which must stay on firmly along with sunglasses on a string. There are a number of riding helmets available for use.
Half chaps (recommended)
Short riding/ walking boots and trainers
Long trousers (evenings)
Long sleeve shirts (great for layers when riding)
Sarong or wrap
On a practical level a bottle of water for refilling and the all essential loo paper (for outdoor emergencies only!) are handy.
This is a 7 day/6 night programme with 5 days of riding on set dates. Extra dates can be arranged for groups of 4 or more.
2020: 5, 12 July; 2, 9 Aug.
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`The New Spaniards’ –John Hooper, ‘Driving over Lemons’- Chris Stewart, ‘The Story of Spain’- Mark Williams, ‘South of Granada’ – Gerald Brenan, ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ – Ernest Hemmingway, ‘As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning’- Laurie Lee and ‘Don Quijote de la Mancha’ – Miguel de Cervantes. For the equestrian traveller who would like to see what is possible on horseback visit www.thelongridersguild.com. Another fantastic place to acquire your equestrian travel books is www.horsetravelbooks.com
Gredos is a National Park where the Hispanic goat is the icon. You may also see royal (golden) and imperial Eagles, Red and black kite, black vulture, black stork, falcon.
Fox, wild boar, red squirrel, different types of deer, badger...
Flora depends on the different level of altitude. In the spring, a grand multicoloured carpet of thousands of flowers. At the highest level in the Gredos the yellow broom flowers with their very characteristic aroma can be experienced in the spring.
Non riders can travel in the support car and join the riders at meal times and join in any other activities or if they wish, they can rent a car in Avila and explore on their own and join the group for the evening meals.
Castilla y Leon is very historical region. Riders can visit, before or after the ride, very interesting towns like Toledo, Salamanca, Segovia, Avila... All are towns full of history.
Spain is a beautiful and diverse country, the second largest in Europe. The official language is Castilian Spanish but Catalan, Galician and Basque are also spoken. Territory includes two island archipelagos – the Balearics and the Canaries – and two enclaves on the North African coast, bordering Morocco – Ceuta and Melilla. The African influence can be found throughout Spain but especially in the south, for example the guitar was invented by the Spanish when they added a sixth string to the Arab lute. Music and art permeates Spanish culture, most obviously displayed in the fire and passion of the Flamenco and the stunning modern architecture found in the cities.
The famous siesta is still enjoyed by the majority of Spaniards, most shops close at lunchtime for two or three hours so everyone can escape the often scorching afternoon sun. Evening meals are served late into the evening with plenty of wine or sangria. Often meals can last two or three hours, especially if your host is serving Tapas, small and varied dishes of meats, bread, vegetables. Paella is also a delight and very popular across the country.
Spain is one hour ahead of GMT and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram. The international dialling code for Spain is +34.