Sierra De Gredos - Spain

Castles of the Gredos Mountains

4 star rating   24 July 2021

Mette who has been on 2 In The Saddle rides. Mamen and Emilio are amazing horse people and their love and respect for the animals pervade the whole ride. Just the fact that you ride bitless says it all. It IS a slow ride, which is also described when booking it and this year's heat wave probably slowed it down further. A couple of beautiful canters - but otherwise the pace is in calm walk. It was a beautiful experience to meet the locals and ride through small sleeping villages in the region, and experience the beautiful castles and squares, but if you, like me, are more into the deserted and completely raw nature, there are a little too many cars and roads to crossed on this ride.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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The most important part: Mamen's food and serving throughout the week gets 5+ stars! Picnic, food and drinks were absolutely unsurpassed and she had chosen the coziest places to camp for our siesta. Several days we were lucky enough to swim too (tip: Remember to bring flip-flops for siesta;))
The standard of the Hotels and hotel restaurants pulls down a bit. Both on meals and accommodation. Lacked some charm. However, one night stands out, namely the overnight stay at La Trocha de Hoyorredondo. Nothing less than fantastic. And sleeping to the sound of grazing horses outside is absolutely magical.

Before Your Holiday

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This is not the last time I go on a ride with Emilio and Mamen 🙂