Spain - Transhumance

  • Open May-Jun, Oct-Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 8 nights / 7 days of riding | 4 to 7 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Madrid
  • Weight limit: 14st 2lbs (90 kg) (198 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 10

This ride takes you along drover routes that are over nine centuries old. These paths which the Spanish call “Canadas Reales” are still used by cattlemen who practise transhumance, spending summer in the mountains with their livestock and returning each winter to their pastures in the lowlands. The direction you follow depends on whether you join this trail in the Spring or Autumn. Please note that you will not be moving livestock during this trail.

The horses are good natured, willing and sure footed and you stay in simple guesthouses along the way.

There are some long riding hours on this trip, and these hours in the saddle combined with long lunchtime siestas, will result in arriving at your guesthouse quite late into the evenings most nights. Just in time to shower and then eat supper.

On the trail rides you could be riding for between four to seven hours a day and so it is important to be as riding fit as possible. The horses are an excellent mix of Hispano-Arab, Spanish, Andalucian PRE and Andalucian crosses ranging in height from 15 to 16.2 hands. They are good natured, confident and sure footed on the stony paths of the hills and willingly forward going on the flat and sandy glens in the valleys.

Roadwork is kept to a minimum and the pace is leisurely allowing you to enjoy your surroundings. There are opportunities for some trots and canters too. The first days riding will be mainly at walk, allowing you the chance to get to know your new horse. It is worth noting that this is not a fast paced ride, the majority of the riding will be at a walking pace.

The horses are all ridden in comfortable English GP saddles and bridles. Seat savers and saddle bags are also available. You should be competent at walk, trot and canter outdoors.

Getting involved is one of the key elements of these rides and for most people adds much to their experience. You will be responsible for feeding, grooming, and tacking up your own horse each day, both at the beginning of the day before breakfast, and also at the end of the day after you have finished riding. Help and guidance is on hand should you require it.

The accommodation along the trail is comfortable but simple rural guesthouses and hotels.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Transhumance North Ride 27 May 2023 - 4 Jun 2023 8 nights 8 ngts $2,631.36 View (.pdf) Book
Transhumance South Ride 28 Oct 2023 - 5 Nov 2023 8 nights 8 ngts $2,631.36 View (.pdf) Book


INCLUDES Accommodation; full board (including wine with meals); transfers at a set time from Madrid airport.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT A single supplement is payable of $307.43 is payable if you are in a single room. The single supplement is refunded if you are willing to share and we can find you a sharer for you. Single rooms are subject to availability and not guaranteed.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments; drinks/snacks in bars; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; tips (c. €35- €50).


TRANSFERS Shared transfers (set time only) are included from Madrid airport. If you cannot meet these shared transfer times taxis can be arranged at an additional cost (payable locally).


Getting There

The meeting point is in Madrid Airport at 15:00 and so your flight should be scheduled to arrive before 14:00.

You will be transferred to your first night's accommodation.

The transfer back to the airport will arrive at Madrid Airport at about 12:00 so flights should depart after 14:00.

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Extremadura lies to the west of Madrid. It's sparsely populated which makes it one of the best places for wildlife in Spain.

Weather & Climate

The climate in this region of Spain is continental with hot, dry summers and mild winters.

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Guest Review

Extremely varied terrain from the wide expanses to the mountains at the altitude of 1324 meters.
A lot of the ride takes place at walk, but where the terrain allowed it, we rode many good canters. In total we covered about 190 km and approx. 38 hours in the saddle. Emilio and Mamen made a great effort to give the group a really good riding experience.

Erik ,

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Sarah Dale
A lovely friendly smile that goes into sparkling eyes always starts a trip off beautifully, and this is precisely the reception I received from Mamen at Madrid airport. I have to be honest too, it never faded throughout the whole week either, I was made to feel incredibly welcome and left feeling like I had made some lovely and kind new friends.

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