Gredos & Segovia
Spain on horseback
This extraordinary ride combines 3 days riding in the province of Segovia with 3 days riding in the Sierra de Gredos; the historic centre and natural heart of Castile. Both provinces are in Central Spain, in the Meseta, the great high plateau of the Iberian Peninsula, in the region of Castilla y Leon.
The journey starts in the Sierra of Gredos Nature Park, where riders will be inspired by the landscapes full of light, colour and nature’s splendour. This area is truly rural Spain, with an economy based on free range Avilian cattle breeding. The small villages display their architecture, their traditions and the way of life of their people, isolated in this inaccessible nature that shapes 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 part of the ride will take you to Segovia, a journey with many historic sites accessible on horseback, riding through the open and unspoiled Castilian countryside. Riders will visit the medieval city of Segovia, a UNESCO World Heritage Town which boasts a colossal Roman Aqueduct from the 1st Century AD; and 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.
The quality of the accommodation is outstanding, with all hotels in great locations and carefully selected for their authenticity and character. The trip also caters extremely well for non-riders offering a programme of history, gastronomy & wines, astronomy, walking & bird watching.