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Sierra del Rincon, Spain


• Sierra del Rincon Trail



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

Weight limit:


Tack type:



Travel Advice

Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.

Ride Description

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.

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Food & Accommodation

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.

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. 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.


Further Details

Languages: Spanish, English

Health requirements: General good health

Age limit: 16 years and older

Tuition: No

Included: Accommodation, full board (including wine and water), riding

Not included: Flights, transfers, insurance


Travel Information

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.

Airport: Madrid



Sierra del Rincon Trail

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.

Day One:

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. Optional visit to the Picasso Museum (time allowing). Dinner with the group and overnight in a rural hotel in Buitrago de Lozoya.

Day Two:

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. Ride uphill to 1200m through oak, chestnut, maple and pine forests - if you are lucky you may spot roe deer or wild boar. Stop for a picnic lunch in the picturesque park of the town of Montejo de la Sierra. After lunch you can visit the visitors centre and museum of the Biosphere Reserve. Continue riding to Horcajuelo de la Sierra (1,145m) 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.

Day Three:

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. Stop here for your picnic lunch and appreciate the glorious views across the provinces of Madrid, Segovia and Guadalajara. You may see griffon vultures, kites or golden eagles here. Follow the trail through leafy pine forests scattered with willow, rowan and holly trees until reaching La Hiruela. Dinner and overnight in La Hiruela.

Day Four:

Set off riding through woods and beautiful mountains whilst still following the same IE-041 as yesterday. The mountain slopes are covered with the colours of rockrose, lavender and heathers. Stop for lunch at Puebla de la Sierra (1,163m), a magical little village with traditional old stone houses where red partridge and rabbits are often seen. After lunch you can visit a private art collection in an local museum before continuing along the impressive Collado Salinero and El Ramal route. After c. 17km you reach your comfortable accommodation in Puebla de la Sierra where you have dinner and overnight.

Day Five:

Again you follow the important IE-041 trail today, through large areas of oak trees and forests of pine. You ascend to the highlands of Montejo de la Sierra (2,000m) which are close to the mountains of Somosierra in the Sistema Central range. There are abundant fresh water springs here to sample whilst enjoying your picnic. After c. 20km you each the beautiful village of Montejo de Sierra where you can visit the Hermitage of La Soledad from the 16th century. Overnight in a rural hotel in Montejo de la Sierra.

Day Six:

Start the day with a guided visit of the imposing Hayedo de Montejo de la Sierra without the horses. A vehicle will transfer you to this beech forest of 250 hectares which is located in the foothills of Sierra de Ayllon for a visit of c. 2 hours. Upon returning to the hotel, you mount and ride alonga route which runs parallel to the Jarama river. This river divides the province of Madrid from the province of Guadalajara. Stop for a picnic in the beautiful maple forest of Montpellier, surrounded by stunning views of Sierre de Somosierra and Macizo de Ayllon. After lunch follow the old Canada de las Merinas to the mountain village of Pradena del Rincon where you overnight and have dinner.

Day Seven:

An early breakfast for this long ride back to where you started. Gradually descend whilst enjoying the beautiful panoramic views of the Sierra de Somosierra. The vegetation changes from high mountain to low mountain as you ride amongst forests of oak and ash. Stop for lunch in Montejo de la Sierra before following a path which returns you to Buitrago de Lozoya. (Riding: 28km). Farewell dinner at the tavern of Teo with typical dishes of the region.

Day Eight:

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: 2018: Dates can be scheduled from March to November. Please contact the office.
Pricing: 2018:

£1405 per person sharing

£312 single supplement for all those who end up in a single room

Transfers are an additional £66 per person return