“El Cid” trail – Famous knight and his path of exile.

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“El Cid” trail – Famous knight and his path of exile.

The roots of Castile, the roots of Spain



DEPARTURE Covarrubias
ARRIVAL Quintanar de la Sierra
DURATION 8 days – 7 nights – 6 riding days
Nº PAX PER GROUP 6 to 9 pax.
ACCOMODATION Hotels and Boutique Hotels hb.
TIME OF THE YEAR June and September
Hotel, breakfast and dinner Guide and minibus transfer
Single/double rooms Picnic lunch
Liability insurance Traditional Spanish saddle: Silla vaquera
Experienced Spanish and Spanish mix trail horses


Castilla y Leon province (north of Madrid) is home to the roots and history of the Spanish and consequently the heart of national culture. Since the Early Middle Ages until nowadays, Castilla  León has been thriving with its rich history, architecture, landscapes and cuisine. This region marked with castles is homeland to Spanish hero El Cid: famous medieval knight and the military leader. Ride along routes taken by El Cid as in the times of the Moorish occupation. Explore the spectacular scenery on magnificent Spanish horses, the pride and joy of their owner.

Overnight accommodation on this ride is in very comfortable hotels with en suite bathrooms. The riding, food and wine is all above average, this riding holiday is highly recommended for good riders wanting to experience true Spanish culture in comfort.


Day 1

Llegada a Covarrubias.
Arrival at Madrid Airport and transfer to the first night’s hotel in Covarrubias. Here we enjoy a fine dinner and have the chance to learn a little about the history of El Cid, a medival Castillian hero in the fight against the Moorish occupation of 10th century Spain. On this horse riding holiday, we follow in his footsteps and the dramatic events of those times, visiting the monastries and villages he did 1000 years ago.

Day 2

Covarrubias – Covarrubias
We start our adventure.  Leaving beautiful Covarrubias, one of the first areas to be reconquered from the Moors in the late ninth century and the bithplace of the Castillian language, for a ride to the Ura Valley, a small canyon that crosses the river Mataviejas. This circular ride returns us once again to Covarrubias where we enjoy another wonderful supper in this historic village before retiring for the night.

Day 3

Covarrubias – Santo Domingo de Silos
 We continue on along El Cid’s banishment route, crossing the Arlanza river near Covarrubias. Then we take the road to Retuerta and later to Contreras, also know as the “town of the one hundred fountains”.
Finally we reach Santo Domingo de Silos, a well known Village due to its Romanic Monastery of the XI century, one of the most beautiful in all Spain.  Dinner and lodging in Hotel Coronas II or similar.

Day 4

Santo Domingo de Silos – Navas del Pinar
We leave Santo Domingo de Silos traversing Alto de Peñacoba , Marmolar and Tierra de Pinares (land of pines). Then we get to Navas del Pinar at the entrance of Parque Natural del Cañón del Río Lobos. We walk surrounded by pine groves and cross deserted mountain towns where all the inhabitants have left for the cities. Dinner and lodging in Casa Rural La Fuente or similar.

Day 5

Navas del Pinar – San Leonardo de Yagüe
 Today we ride through the spectacular Parque Natural del Cañón de Río Lobos, protected land and a sanctuary for birds. This is a 16 km canyon, made by Río Lobos that runs through the provinces of Burgos and Soria, surrounded by steep cliffs on both sides, lush vegetation underfoot and ancient trees and poplars. There are also many caves and wells. At the end of this canyon we emerge in Casarejo, in the province of Soria. Dinner and lodging in Hotel Manrique de Lara or similar.

Day 6

San Leonardo de Yagüe – Quintanar de la Sierr.
We leave Cañón del Río lobos, riding through the pinewoods of Pino Valsain and get to Canicosa de la Sierra and Quintanar de la Sierra in the Province of Burgos. Here we will visit craved into rock and very imaginative medieval cementary:  Necrópolis de Revenga. You can also admire rocks marked with dinosaurs  tracks. Dinner and lodging in Posada las Mayas or Casa Ramón or similar.

Day 7

Quintanar de la Sierra – Nacimiento del Río Arlanza
We leave these beautiful mountain towns and begin our last day riding through pine woods in our way to the source of river Arlanza. After a lunch here we return at last to Covarrubias where the adventure began. Dinner and lodging in Hotel Nuevo Arlanza or Hotel Doña Sancha or similar.

Day 8

Transfer to Madrid airport

Departure and transfer to Madrid after breakfast when we must bid farewell to Spain.

Please note: This itinerary is given for your guidance only and it may be altered in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organizing team.

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 4 reviews

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14 November, 2016

An amazing 6 day tour in rural Spain, every day it feels the scenery gets more and more spectacular. There is a horse to suit every riding ability and before the end of day one I guarantee you feel that special bond between horse and rider.
I have ridden this route three times and every time as enjoyable as the last, there is no better way to see Spain, make new friends and enjoy the great food and wine that is prepared for you along the way.

31 January, 2017

The route is an astounding variation of trails along and across creeks, rivers, gorges, through cherry tree orchards and farmland, beautiful pine and redwood forests, wild west scenery and medieval villages with narrow alleyways, old churches and monasteries. Storks nesting on chimneys, vultures circling the skies. Long and fast gallops, beautiful and sensitive, untiring and surefooted horses! And Jose, the owner and guide, is an experienced, humorous and prudent man. Accompanied by Ula from Poland, who is the translator and woman for ‘everything’, caring for all, loveable, merry, very fine rider, finding solutions for the most unthought-of situations……..
The week was marvelous. I wish I could be back this year, will definitely come again next year

31 January, 2017

Horses for every ability are catered for. As long as you listen to the detailed instructions on how to ride “Spanish Style” (it can take a day to really get the hang of but is pretty simple) then you will have a great ride.

7 June, 2017

I loved every element of this riding tour. The horses are wonderfully schooled and give you so much confidence. The guides and hosts are first class company, the hotels and food all memorable. We were immersed in breathtaking landscapes. I also really enjoyed explorong the monastery complex of Santo Domingo. And special mention must be made of the delicious picnic lunches served in style in lovely countryside locations.

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