Transhumance Trail

9 Days  |  From £2049pp

Spain ( Best airport: Madrid)

Travel on horseback from Extremadura to the Gredos Mountains following the ‘Cañadas Reales’, a thousand year old route used by cattlemen who still practice transhumance to this day.

The Riding

Ride 200km over 7 days through three different Spanish regions; like cattlemen of the past the route takes you north from Extremadura to the Gredos Mountains in the spring, and in the autumn the trail is ridden in reverse.

The pace of this ride is moderated, with trots and long canters where the terrain allows. The distance covered is approximately 25-35 km per day.

Level of Riding and Fitness

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

Guides and Group Size

You will be guided by Emilio, an English-speaking guide who, with 30 years of riding experience knows each stone of every path. Emilio knows the Cañadas reales very well; keeping up his family tradition of practicing transhumance with cattle.

There will be a maximum of 10 riders in a group.

The Horses

You will be expertly matched by Emilio to one of his excellent Hispano-Arab horses. Born at home, very much loved and extremely well looked after, these horses love their job and make for very easy, relaxed riding.

Tack and Riding Equipment

All horses are fitted with English tack, with a silicon seat saver and saddle bags supplied for small personal items. A support vehicle will transport your luggage and will be available at your lunch breaks.

Transhumance Trail
Transhumance Trail

Accommodation and Dining

The accommodation varies from charming rural Inns to a delightful 4* hotel in Trujillo town. All rooms have private bathrooms and are very clean and comfortable.

Single rooms are possible on request for a single supplement.

The food is another highlight of this trip; your hosts will delight you with tapas-breaks during the trail with serrano ham, manchego cheese, olives, nuts, etc. Lunchtime is a relaxing and social affair with delicious home cooked Spanish dishes such as paella, tortilla española, iberian pork bbq, salads, and soft cheese very typical of the Extremadura region.

After your day of riding, your dinner will be served at your guesthouse and you will have a choice of different dishes and courses from local Spanish recipes.

Dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

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Itinerary

Transhumance Trail

9 days / 8 nights / 7 riding days
£2049pp

£209 single supplement

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Please plan your flights to/from as follows:

On arrival day please plan your flight to arrive at Madrid by 2pm in time for the 3pm group transfer. You will be transferred back to Madrid in time for 12:30pm, so your departure flight can be any time after 2pm.

Price Includes
  • Transfers
  • All meals
  • Wine with lunch and dinner (apart from day 5)
  • Accommodation in twin bedded rooms with private bathroom
  • Riding
  • Luggage transport and excursions described in itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flights
  • Single supplement
  • Alcoholic drinks other than wine with dinner
  • Massages
  • Items of a personal nature and gratuities.

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22nd October 2022 - 8 Saddles Available - £1960pp
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