|DURATION||8 days- 7 nights – 6 riding days|
|Nº PAX PER GROUP||6 to 9 pax.|
|ACCOMODATION||Boutique Hotel hb.|
|TIME OF THE YEAR||August, October|
In this based stay holiday clients overnight in one hotel in Covarrubias. They are free to choose riding with us every day or simply relax, enjoy swimming pool facilities, go sightseeing, hiking etc.
Breakfast is in the hotel every morning; lunch will be freshly cooked and served in the picnic and dinner will be served in our restaurant in Covarrubias.
The main objective of this holiday is riding through open, raw, rocky and very “western” landscape and the highlights are historical sites, horses and local food and wine.
The horses used on this ride are Pure Spanish and mix with Arab horses. They are perfectly suited to the rocky terrain being surefooted and accustomed to trekking long mountainous routes, allowing riders to feel confident, relaxed and free to enjoy the stunning views.
Transfer from Madrid Barajas (MAD) airport, accommodation in Nuevo Arlanza or Doña Sancha hotel, dinner and ride introduction.
Sunday (5,5h ride)
We start our adventure. Leaving beautiful Covarrubias, one of the first villages to be reconquered from the Moors in the late ninth century and the birthplace of the Castillian language, for a ride to the Ura Valley, a small canyon that crosses the river Mataviejas. After lunch and siesta we will ride back to Covarrubias.
We ride to San Pedro de Arlanza is a ruined Benedictine monastery near Covarrubias. It is located in the valley of the river Arlanza. Founded in 912, it has been called the “cradle of Castile”. The present ruins of the church are those of the building begun in 1080. It had three naves and three semicircular apses in the Romanesque style. Later modifications in the Gothic style transformed the outward appearance, but some of its eleventh-century capitals have been preserved. Fernán González and Sancha were buried at San Pedro, however, and remained there until the dispersal of the monastic community in 1841 necessitated the removal of their sarcophagi to the collegiate church of San Cosme y San Damián at Covarrubias. Fernán González was a colourful character of legendary status in Iberia, and founder of the dynasty that would rule a semi-autonomous Castile, laying the foundations for its status as an independent kingdom. Afternoon we will have lunch break and siesta in the lap of nature and afterwards ride back to Covarrubias.
Tuesday (4,5h ride)
Relaxed ride to Lerma. This village dating back to pre-Roman times is beautifully located on top of the hill and adorns river Arlanza valley with its architecture. The most remarkable building is the 17th century collegiate church of San Pedro connected to the Ducal Palace through a projecting passage. The 1616 organ found here is one of the oldest in Spain.
Horses will stay here for night and we return to Covarrubias by car (around 20 min)
Wednesday (4,5h ride)
Transfer to Lerma and return ride to Covarrubias through scenic landscape shaped by river Arlanza.
Thursday (4,5h ride)
Ride through rocky hills to Silos village famous from its Romanesque Monastery, which has become a centre of spiritual and artistic pilgrimage
The monastery, of Visigoth origin, was razed to the ground by the Arabs, and rebuilt by Santo Domingo, whose remains lie in a sarcophagus that was carved on the rock. Its sensational Romanesque cloister, whose most important storey is the bottom one, dates from the 11th and 12th centuries, and has beautiful capitals, with varied sculptures depicting a variety of themes, resting on double columns.
The monastery, managed by Benedictine monks who celebrate Gregorian masses, has a rich library, and an 18th-century pharmacy, which holds a collection of Talavera jars, and a lab full of antique instruments.
Horses will stay here for night and we return to Covarrubias by car (around 20 min).
Friday (3,5 riding)
Transfer by car to Silos (around 20 min) and return ride from Silos to Covarrubias.