Type of horses:
Pure and cross-bred Spanish horses - Andalucian and Hispanic Arab.
Nature of horses:
Well-schooled and responsive
Height of horses:
14.2hh - 16hh
Lying northeast of Madrid are the Sierra del Rincon mountains which contain varied landscapes and a rich biodiversity. Classified a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2005, the area wraps around two valleys - La Hiruela and La Puebla and is surrounded by the mountains of Sierra Cebollera, whose peaks are home to the source of the Jarama River and the Sierra de la Puebla mountains. The landscape consists of high mountains alternating with rocky countryside, forests and scrubland on the mountainsides with valleys, pasturelands and country villages with arable crops in the lower areas.
The Sierra del Rincón mountains contain a broad variety of species of trees, such as pine, oak, holm oak, beech and ash. The Montejo beech forest is one of the region's main attractions, particularly in Autumn when the colours are spectacular.
Your guides have been involved with teaching riding and taking trails into the mountains for more than 18 years and have a wide knowledge of the area. Their horses are well schooled and responsive and well cared for by your guides. You will usually be guided by Daniel who is a highly qualified equestrian and mountain guide. He is ably assisted by a guide who specialises in biology and environmental education, so you can be sure to learn about the ecology of the area whilst also enjoying some fantastic riding.
You stay in rural hotels and guesthouses in double/twin rooms with private bathrooms. Some of the hotels have their own restaurants, whereas others do not and you dine in local restaurants instead.
The hotels are small and have between 6 and 8 bedrooms so it may be necessary to substitute some hotels due to availability but always with your best interests at heart.
On two days your will stay at the Hotel "Los Canchos". The hotel has 8 spacious rooms, 3 of them with a double bed and the other rooms with twin beds. All rooms are fully equipped with heating, TV, telephone, bathroom, hairdryer, safe and free internet. www.hotelloscanchos.com
Day two is either at the Al Viento hotel or La Posada de Horcajuelo . The Viento offers beautiful rural accommodation and is built in stone and wood.
www.alvientoturismororural.com. La Posada de Horcajuelo has 5 double rooms and one junior suite all equipped with wifi.
Day three is at La Hiruela. This is a restored stone house with a fine restaurant Casa Aldaba offering the most wonderful food.
The other days you will stay at other small rural hotels
Breakfast consists of freshly made bread with tomato, olive oil or butter, eggs, juices and tea and coffee.
Lunch is usually mainly vegetable/salad dishes and light food - exquisite picnics in the countryside.
Dinner is a varied selection of the typical local cuisine, including many delicious local specialities. It is usually a 2 course affair with plenty of vegetables, meat or fish.
Vegetarians can be catered for with prior notice.
The focus is on horse-riding and exploring the area on horseback, therefore the itinerary is not ideally suited to non-riders. However, the transfer vehicle does move the luggage between each hotel every day and so non-riders would be able to journey this way although no separate guide is provided.
Languages: Spanish, English
Health requirements: General good health
Age limit: 16 years and older
Included: Accommodation, full board (including wine and water), riding
Not included: Flights, transfers, insurance
There are many options for flying to Madrid from many airports across the UK and the world.
You will be collected from Madrid airport and transferred c. 1 hour to the riding centre. Transfers cost 75 Euro per person for the return trip.
Discover the beautiful Sierra del Rincon biosphere reserve, situated just an hour from Madrid, and follow trails on horseback through mountains and woodland. Riding glorious Spanish horses, you journey through this remote region which is well off the tourist track, and stay overnight in lovely local guesthouses and hotels.
You will be met at Madrid airport and transferred c. 1 hour to the equestrian centre where you will be shown the facilities and horses. You will have a chance to talk to the guides about your riding experience and discuss the allocation of horses. Dinner with the group and overnight in a rural hotel in Buitrago de Lozoya.
Set off riding through the small village of Buitrago de Lozoya which is set in the middle of the mountains with traditional old stone houses. Leave the village behind and explore this beautiful part of Spain on trails which are free of traffic and walkers. After c. 28km you reach Horcajuelo de la Sierra which is one of the best preserved scenic reserves in the region of Madrid and has a rich and varied nature. Dinner and overnight in Horcajuelo de la Sierra.
Today's ride covers 16km of of spectacular landscapes through high mountains, following the IE-041 Equestrian Route. Depending on the time of year and meteorological conditions you should reach the peak of Pico Pena Cebollera Vieja which stands at 2,129m above sea level. Dinner and overnight in La Hiruela.
Set off riding through woods and beautiful mountains whilst still following the same IE-041 as yesterday. Stop for lunch at Puebla de la Sierra, a magical little village, and then continue along the awesome Collado Salinero and El Ramal route. After 17km you reach you comfortable accommodation in Puebla de la Sierra where you have dinner and overnight.
Again you follow the important IE-041 trail today, through large areas of oak trees. You climb to the highlands of Montejo de la Sierra (2,000m) which are close to the mountains of Somosierra in the Sistema Central range. Here you can visit the 16th century church of Ermita de la Soledad. Overnight in Montejo de la Sierra (riding: 20km).
Today's ride offers excellent terrain for riding with magnificent views and paths which follow the rivers. You ride through the important beech forests of Hayedo de Montejo and are surrounded by the spectacular mountain ranges of Sierre de Somosierra and Macizo de Ayllon. After 18km you reach your accommodation in Pradena del Rincon where you overnight and have dinner.
There are beautiful panoramic views of the Sierra de Somosierra throughout today's ride as you follow a path which returns you to Buitrago de Lozoya. (Riding: 28km).
You will be transferred to Madrid airport after breakfast. Your flight should depart in the afternoon as all riders will be transferred together. If you book a flight which requires you to be at the airport before midday/noon then you will have to pay extra for a private transfer.
NB. Please note that the above itinerary may need to be modified due to local conditions but only with your best interests at heart.
|Minimum group size:||6|
|Maximum group size:||10|
|Ability description:||You need to be at least an intermediate rider who is comfortable and in control in all paces. You should be fit for up to 6 hours per day in the saddle across varied terrain.|
|Type of ride:||Trail|
|Total riding time:||8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding|
|Departure dates:||2017: Dates can be scheduled from March to November. Please contact the office.|
£1475 per person sharing
£299 single supplement for all those who end up in a single room
Transfers are an additional £63 per person return