Monfragüe National Park Ride

Discover the "real Spain" on horseback, far away from the crowds! This authentic hotel-to-hotel trail ride takes you from the beautiful town of Trujillo to the Monfragüe National Park, home to the largest and best preserved Mediterranean forest in the world. The landscape, with the characteristic stone and cork oaks, rivers and massive rocks, is truly spectacular!

Best period

March, May, October

Price

From € 1.700

Ideal length

7 days - 6 nights

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Highlights

Explore the beautiful Extremadura region on horseback, an unspoiled part of Spain with incredible fauna and flora.
Experience the thrill of a real trail ride, with your beloved four-legged friend taking you to a new place every day.
Ride well-trained PRE (Pura Raza Española) horses, personally bred and trained by your guide.
Be pampered by a small and personal team of locals.

Quick facts

  • Riding Expeditions
  • 7 days - 6 nights
  • Intermediate to experienced
  • Groups up to 10
  • 4 - 6 hours/day in the saddle
  • Madrid

At a glance

On this authentic 7-day trail ride (6 nights, 5 days of riding) you will explore on horseback the wild Extremadura region, located west of Madrid. The ride starts and finishes in Trujillo, a historic town with a mix of cultures. The highlight of the week is riding through Monfragüe National Park, a wonderful place to explore for Mediterranean flora and ornithology. The landscape during the ride is spectacular: holm and cork oaks woods and pastures (called Dehesa, the most emblematic landscape in Extremadura) and the impressive landscape of the Monfragüe National Park, which is perfect for horseback riding. You’ll have the opportunity to visit the cliff Salto del Gitano to admire the incredible birdlife. Black storks, (Egyptian) vultures and imperial eagles are just a few of the many beautiful birds that nest here.

More information

On this trip, you'll be firmly pampered. From the moment you land in Madrid until the end of the trip you will be in the hands of your friendly, knowledgeable hosts Emilio and Mamén. They know the area inside out and love sharing their local knowledge with you. You will stay in characteristic, rural hotels. The accommodation was carefully selected for its quality and the presence of adjoining pastures for the horses. During the day on the trails you will be spoiled by relaxing lunch and tapas breaks with delicious homemade Spanish dishes such as paella, tortilla, Spanish ham, followed by a siesta in the quiet countryside. At dinner you can again enjoy renowned local Spanish recipes and specialties. This is not the place to go hungry!

The horses are without a doubt one of the highlights of the trip. Guests ride PRE (Pura Raza Española) horses, almost all of which were bred and trained by Emilio himself. They are strong, reliable and very nice to ride. The horses are considered part of the family and are treated with the utmost care. The rides are easy-going, with exciting canters in between. The average distance covered per day is 25 to 35 kilometers. The group consists exclusively of advanced riders, with a maximum of ten (and the guide). The equipment (English saddles and bridles without bit) is excellently maintained.

Different variants of this route in Extremadura are available. Contact us for more info on available dates and matching routes.

What do others say?

The perfect trip to de-stress! Laure-Anne had prepared this trip very quickly and smoothly. Everything was arranged in detail. For an entire week, I did not have to think about a thing. I could fully enjoy nature, the horses and the delicious food.
I've always dreamed of a riding holiday abroad. After all, with a horse you get to places you never reach otherwise. Determined to embark on this journey alone, I stumbled upon Outside the Corral. Instantly, it felt right. Their website exuded clarity and honesty, instilling a sense of trust within me. What truly resonated was that Laure-Anne, the founder, had personally experienced the destination. She had witnessed the people, interacted with the horses, and ensured impeccable organization and care for these majestic creatures. This attention to detail gave me a comforting sense of security. Before the trip, I reached out with a few questions, and the communication was fantastic. Laure-Anne shared a brief account of her own experience, fostering a sense of familiarity. It also reassured my loved ones back home. I also liked the idea that you can communicate in your own language in case something happens. There are far too many incredible moments to recount them all, but the entire experience was an enchanting tapestry. The horses were exceptionally well-cared-for, reflecting the passion and devotion of the knowledgeable duo who led our journey. And great travel companions, with whom I visited special places, saw beautiful views and had a lot of fun.
Laure-Anne from Outside the Corral paid attention to my holiday wishes from the very first moment. She took care of a proper preparation and literally took me on a journey to my holiday destination. During the entire stay in Spain, the horses and guests were well taken care of. We rode in a beautiful area with a diversity of scenery, from flat countryside, valleys to steep cliffs. We spent six to seven hours in the saddle per day and during the breaks we enjoyed delicious tapas and traditional local dishes. Lunches were lavish picnics, each day in a unique spot, in the middle of nature. Living so close to nature feels very exclusive. The experience of a Michelin restaurant can hardly compete with this. ;-) The composition of the group was amazingly good. Our group consisted of ladies, various age groups, and we interacted in a casual way. The holiday exceeded my expectations. It was truly fantastic and can highly recommend it!
Brigitte Verhoeven

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