Extremadura - Spain

Conquistadors ride

5 star rating   11 May 2019

Mie (this is their first In The Saddle holiday) Conquistador ride - Extremadura, Spain | The riding takes place in the hills, where it goes very up and down. Therefore, it is not the fastest ride with a lot of canters, as it will be too hard on the horses. But every day there is a canter at medium pace (absolutely perfect, as it does not go too slow or too fast) when the terrain allows it. I think it has been appropriate, as there were several good and long stretches of tracks where we canter.
Emilio is really good at assessing which horse best suits each rider. He hits the spot almost every time, it is wildly amazing!

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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The accommodation was in smaller hotels in local towns. It was the most friendliest hotel and many of them were very idyllic and very charming. The rooms had everything that was needed, often there was also a bathtub. As there are local towns, the reception can often not speak English, but Mamen and Emilio always make sure that there are no questions. So it was never a problem.

They made great focus on the food!
The breakfast was in the hotels, which was a very simple but good breakfast. It consisted of a buffet where there was always bread, butter, jam, cornflakes, milk, juice, yogurt, cheese, cold cuts etc.
After a couple of hours of riding, there was a short break with some delicious drinking and tapas.
The lunch was in the hills, which Mamen had always done the best of. Really delicious. It is often a big lunch and very different what its served. There is also always coffee and a little to the sweet tooth.
The evening meal is always a 3-course menu, where you decide on your own choice from 3-8 options at each dish. If it does not fall into one's taste (for example I am very picky), then the cook can often always do what you want. SO WONDERFUL! After a 3-course menu, coffee / tea was always offered. It's not gourmet food, but I always thought it was delicious. The appetizer could, for example, consist of salad, risotto, soup or likely. The main dish often consists of pork or fish (however, I always got chicken), and often with fries. But also many other things to choose from. Dessert could be fruit, cake, ice cream or something other delicious course.

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Melina described it all really well! I am glad she described the meeting place in such details, it made it very easy for me. She also explained me in great detail how the food, accommodation and how all the time were, which matched 100% with my experience. It was so nice.

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I can definitely recommend this ride! Emilio and Mamen are really caring and friendly, where you feel like part of big family. Everyone on the ride is together most of the day, which creates a good atmosphere and a great teamspirit. I traveled myself for the first time, I didn't know anyone and I really felt I was well taken care of. I'm also very picky, which they really took good care of. Can definitely recommend this ride whether you are alone or traveling with friends / family / partner.