CRYSTALLINE WATERS OF GREDOS

This is a stationary summer ride with relaxing full days riding from Navarredonda de Gredos to different direction every day, changing landscapes and opportunities for swimming in the crystalline waters of Gredos Mountains. One day in the middle of the week we ride on a minitrail to a different village. The summer in Gredos is perfect for excellent riding holidays due to the altitude, Navarredonda is at 1,600 m, so even in July or August is not hot for full days riding and perfect for swimming in the fresh waters at lunch stops.

 

Centre based itinerary, with 1 night on a mini trail. Different rides each day with opportunities for swimming at lunch stops in the crystalline waters of Gredos, rivers, gorges….

 

Relax and comfortable ride good for families and less experience riders, 5 nights at the same hotel, daily trails with different itineraries everyday through the wild landscape of the Gredos Mountains, where we can see Iberic Goads, golden eagles or black vultures.

 

Lunches in the countryside, bbqs, paella.., after a relax swimming in the crystalline waters of the rivers at the mountains, very relaxing day rides. In the middle of the week we will travel to another town located in the Tormes River valley to spend one night.

 

Emilio knows the terrain and the route very well and will show you interesting facts along the way.

The peace of riding is moderated with walk, trots and canters every day. Usually, when the terrain allows for a safe canter, we canter. In the mountains, in many areas the terrain does not allow for trotting or cantering so we enjoy walking with breathtaking views around.

 

LEVEL OF RIDING

Intermediate to experienced riders, means that you should be comfortable to walk, trot and canter in group and in open spaces and your seat should be independent from your hands. On the rides you will be riding for between four to seven hours a day so it is important to be as riding fit as possible.

 

GUIDE

Every ride is personally guided by the experienced Emilio, with an experience over 30 years as equestrian guide he is a terrific guide. Emilio is expert rider and has a special ability to match his horses with riders. He is leading the groups with his confident and well-mannered horses that are a pleasure to ride, you will always feel very safe. He is English speaker.

 

HORSES

Excellent PRE horses, Hispano-Arabs, born at home, very much loved, very well trained, beautifully looked after and good natured, very easy to ride. They are all well fed and in great riding shape.

 

TACK

We use finest quality English saddles and tack with silicon seat saver and small saddle bags in front of the saddles. All the tack is in excellent conditions, very comfortable for horses and riders. The horse tack quality is outstanding.

 

HELMET

We recommend wearing a helmet, however you can ride without a helmet but your insurance must clearly state that you are covered to do that. You will also be asked to sign a disclaimer.

We make a suggested or sample itinerary with descriptions of a typical day program.

 

Day 1 MADRID-NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS

Meet at Madrid airport (meeting time is at 3pm), transfer to Navarredonda de Gredos, 2 hours’ drive with a break in Avila town for a short visit, amazing walled medieval town World Heritage Site UNESCO. Enjoy your welcome dinner at the hotel with us in Navarredonda de Gredos, a mountain village at 1,600 m altitude with beautiful views of the highest peaks in Sierra de Gredos.

 

Day 2 NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS-SAN MARTÍN DEL PIMPOLLAR

Easy day from Navarredonda to the mountains riding through summer pastures, lunch stop by the river near San Martín del Pimpollar with an excellent pic-nic cooked at the spot. In the afternoon riding through the pine woods with good canters and trots coming back to the stables. Time on the saddle 5 hours. Dinner at rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.

 

Day 3 NAVARREDONDA – LAGUNA CAÑADA DEL GALLO

Riding in the morning to Cañada del Gallo lagoon with some great views of the peaks of Gredos with great canters in open landscape. Riding down to the Tormes valley for another luxury pic-nic with an excellent paella cooked at the spot with opportunity for swimming. After a relaxing lunch break riding back to the stables with some good canters. Night and dinner at the hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos.

 

Day 4 NAVARREDONDA – BARBELLIDO-NAVACEPEDA DE TORMES

In direction to the highest mountains with stunning views of Gredos, riding up to Puente de las Juntas and down to Barbellido gorge, stop for an excellent lunch with Avilan beef bbq at a fisherman hut, good spot for swimming in crystalline waters of Barbellido gorge. After a relaxing lunch stop, in the afternoon good canters along the pine woods riding to a different hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes. Time on the saddle 6 hours. Night and dinner at rural hotel in Navacepeda de Tormes.

 

Day 5 NAVACEPEDA – POZO DE LAS PAREDES – NAVARREDONDA DE GREDOS

Following the Tormes River Valley through Navacepeda, historic town in the mountains to Navalperal for a tapas-break, continuing to Pozo de las Paredes, a 14th century bridge over the Barbellido gorge. Lunch at the beautiful place perfect for swimming. In the afternoon riding along the Tormes river coming back to the stables. Dinner and night at rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos. Time on the saddle 6 hours.

 

Day 6 NAVARREDONDA-HOYOS DEL ESPINO

Fast morning riding to Hoyos del Espino. Lunch stop and swimming with excellent spot. In the afternoon funny riding with canters through the pine forest. Time on the saddle 5 hours. Night and farewell dinner in Navarredonda de Gredos.

 

Day 7 NAVARREDODNA DE GREDOS- MADRID

Breakfast at hotel, departure at 10 to be at Madrid airport at 12pm.

 

ITINERARY MAY VARY DUE TO WEATHER OR OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES.

Please get in touch with us for any further information

The accommodation and the customer attention in every aspect of the rides is all to an excellent standard.

 

The accommodation in this ride is 5 days at the same charming rural hotel in Navarredonda de Gredos, all rooms have private bathrooms. Every of them very clean and comfortable.

 

Single rooms are possible on request with a single supplement.

 

The food is one of the highlight of this trip, Mamen will delight you with the tapas-breaks waiting for you in any unexpected place with Serrano ham, Manchego cheese, olives, nuts, etc. Lunchtime is relaxing with delicious home cooked Spanish dishes as Paella, Tortilla Española, Avilan beef bbq, salads, etc. followed by a siesta and swimming.

 

After the day riding, your dinner in the evening is around 9 pm and you have a choice from different dishes and courses of local Spanish recipes. All the drinks are included during the meals, red and white wines, beer, canned drinks and water.

 

There is Wi-Fi in the hotels you stay and is for free.

 

There are towels, shampoo and liquid soap in each room.

 

Special diet (vegetarian, gluten free, allergies, etc.) can be arranged with advance notice.

 

A support van follows the group during the whole week, meeting us in the morning to meet the horses, for tapas-breaks, lunches, so you have access to your day bag during the day at least 3 times or when is necessary. The service along the ride is outstanding.

RIDE DATES – 2019 DAYS RIDING PRICE – 2019
TWIN ROOM SINGLE SUP
CRYSTALLINE WATERS OF GREDOS

JUL 07-13

JUL 14-20

AUG 04-10

AUG 11-17

5 1,250 € 125 €

THE PRICE INCLUDES

The price is per person and includes: all transfers from the meeting point for groups of 4 or more riders*, all meals from the welcome dinner on the first day to the breakfast on the last day, white and red wine with lunch and dinner, accommodation in twin bedded rooms with privet bathroom, riding, horses, tack, English speaking guide, luggage transport and excursions described in itinerary. All to an excellent standard.

*If less than 4 riders:

For 3 riders the transfer cost is 50€ per person from/ to the airport;
For 2 riders the transfer price is 75€ per person from/ to the airport;

NOT INCLUDED

International flights, single supplement, alcoholic drinks other than wine with dinner, massages, items of a personal nature and gratuities.

MEETING POINT?

The meeting point is Madrid Airport for all the itineraries. Emilio, Mamen or both will do personally the transfer. Telephone number in case of delay: +34 635 433 079 (Emilio)/ +34 609 833 783 (Mamen)

 

MEETING TIME?

The meeting time is at 3:00 pm, so please flights not after 2 pm. The transfer Madrid airport –Navarredonda-Madrid airport is included (for group of 4 riders or more). The transfer from Madrid airport to Navarredonda is about 2 hour.

The transfer back to the airport on the last day will be at 10 to be at the airport about 12 pm, so please flights not before 2 pm.

 

TRIP LENGTH?

“Crystalline waters of Gredos” is 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days riding from Sunday to Saturday. The length of the ride it is around 150 km

 

WEITGH LIMIT?

90 Kgs / 198 Lbs.

 

NUMBER OF RIDERS?

Min 2 to Max usually 10

 

NON RIDERS?

The ride is suitable for non-riding companions; they can travel in the support van and join in meals, dinners and others activities, or if they wish can rent a car in Madrid too. They can move in their own and join the group for dinner.

 

LEVEL OF RIDING?

Intermediate to experienced riders, means that you should be comfortable to walk, trot and canter in group in open spaces and your seat should be independent from your hands. On the rides you will be riding for between four to seven hours a day so it is important to be as riding fit as possible.

 

WHAT I NEED TO BRING?

We recommend you to check the weather forecast before coming, always is important to bring sunglasses, sun cream, a rain coat, swimsuit and towel in summer for swimming in the mountain rivers.

 

WHAT TYPE OF TACK?

We use finest quality English saddles and tack with silicon seat saver and small saddle bags in front of the saddles. All the tack is in excellent conditions, very comfortable for horses and riders. The horse tack quality is outstanding.

 

DO I NEED TO WEAR HELMET?

We recommend wearing a helmet, however you can ride without a helmet but your insurance must clearly state that you are covered to do that. You will also be asked to sign a disclaimer.

 

DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?

It is a condition of your booking that you take out a travel insurance covering you for all medical expenses, injury, cancellation, baggage and personal effects for the entire duration of your trip at the time of booking.

If you come from Europe, you should bring the European Health card, this gives you access to Spanish health care.

 

WI-FI?

There is Wi-Fi in every accommodation we spend the nights and is for free.

 

AGE LIMIT?

There is not an upper age limit, as long as you are riding fit and healthy, keep in mind we are long hours on the saddle for 4 to 7 hours a day. Minimum riding age is 10 years old, competent riders, accompanied by an adult.

 

WHEN CAN I RIDE WITH YOU?

We are opened all year round, so it is possible riding with us in Gredos or in Extremadura all around the year.

 

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO COME?

In Crystalline Waters of Gredos we offer the best ride dates July and August, allowing you to swim in the beautiful rivers and gorges of crystalline waters at lunch stops.

 

DO YOU CATER FOR SPECIAL DIET?

Special diet (vegetarian, gluten free, allergies, etc.) can be arranged with advance notice.

The climate is dry Continental weather. Springs soft temperatures around 18ºc with sunny and cloudy days, excellent time to ride. Summers are dry, sunny, temperature during the day around 25º, 28ºc good for pic nics beside the rivers and swimming.

 

Autumn usually Sept, Oct, are months with temperatures around 18ºc, sunny and cloudy excellent time to ride in Gredos.

 

The temperatures in the night are lower in spring and autumn, but the hotels are comfortable and central heating. Not humidity area and not mosquitoes either.


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