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What makes these rides unique is the exceptional combination of remarkable historic sites, accessible on horseback, with the open and unspoilt Castilian countryside, ideal for riding, with some exhilarating canters and gallops!
The province of Segovia is in Central Spain, in the Meseta, the great high plateau of the Iberian Peninsula. It is situated between the provinces of Madrid, Guadalajara, Soria, Burgos, Valladolid and Avila, in the region of Castilla y Leon.
The Segovia ride is a journey back in history, through open landscapes, ancient woods, and river valleys. What makes this ride unique is the exceptional combination of historic sites accessible on horseback with the open and unspoilt Castilian countryside ideal for riding. History at a canter!
You will explore on horseback some jewels of the Spanish history: the castles of Pedraza and Castilnovo; the Romanesque churches of Sotosalbos and Sepulveda; the royal site of La Granja de San Ildefonso, with its grand baroque palace and its beautiful gardens. This ride will take you through very diverse natural landscapes, from the alpine views of the Sierra de Guadarrama, to the old transhumance trails and the open grazing fields; the ancient Valsain forests of pines, oaks, holm oaks and holly bush, where the Spanish kings used to hunt bears and wild boars; and through the vast grain fields, the Eresma river valley and the gorges of the Duraton river nature reserve.
The terrain is excellent for riding and the horses are very fit. There are plenty of opportunities for long trots and canters, so this can be quite an active ride if the riders wish to go for it! The ride starts and ends in the medieval city of Segovia, World Heritage Town by the UNESCO, which boasts a magnificent cultural heritage including the colossal Roman Aqueduct from the 1st century AD, one of the greatest in Europe, with 163 arches and 29m at its highest point, and the Alcazar Fortress with its stunning views of the city, among other great attractions.