Horse-riding Adventure Through Madrid's Mountains
Duration: 4 hours Easy
Why we love this tour
Take a horse-ride through forested landscapes of the Sierra de Guadarrama National Park, the natural highlight of Madrid’s vast mountains.
- Explore the mountains of Sierra de Guadarrama National Park
- See rare wildlife, like the Iberian frog and the Alpine newt
- Ride along La Pedriza, passing flowing streams and pine forests
- Follow experienced, local horse riders
- Difficulty level adapted to your needs
- Great for families
Pine forests, stunning hill views, and wildlife await just 50 km from the city center. To get the most out of 150,000 acres of beautiful mountain scenery, this horse riding day trip takes you along the rocky cliffs and flowing streams of La Pedriza.
Under the instruction of experienced riders, even beginners are welcome on this adventure. After your pickup before 10:00 a.m., we are introduced to our horses. From the village of El Boalo, we ride along La Pedriza, Europe’s largest granite mountain range. The beautiful mountains of the Iberian Peninsula offer hundreds of kilometers of winding paths leading us to a variety of views.
The Peñalara Peak (Pico de Peñalara) is the highest point of the mountains, standing dominant at 2,428 m (7,970 ft) above sea level. With four other nearby summits, the panoramic Peñalara Massif (Macizo de Peñalara) opens up before us. We explore the rich pinewood forests, wildflower fields, and endless pastures as we alternate between a relaxing and dynamic speed.
Our horses pause for a drink from mountainous waters, like the Peñalara Massif wetlands – considered as having exceptional ecological relevance thanks to the rich biologic diversity. The lakes, ponds, and streams found here often originated in the last glacial period and are home to many unique species under threat of extinction, like the Iberian frog, the Pyrenean muskrat, and the Alpine newt.
We take photos of your experience to make sure you have wonderful memories to take with you. With two full hours of riding time, you see much more than you could cover in this time on your own feet, and feel you’ve been a true part of nature after we return you to your hotel.
Need to know before you go
The group minimum is 1 person, maximum is 11 people. For bigger groups, please contact us.
The minimum age for this trip is 7.
Pickups are usually between 9:30-10:00 a.m., but we can adapt to your needs with a 24-hour notice.
What to bring: Hat for sun protection, snack, sunglasses, sunscreen, sturdy shoes, water/drinks, wind-proof jacket.
No previous experience with horse riding is required. If you are a more advanced rider, we can prepare a more challenging, personalized ride for you. Just let us know in advance.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement. There is no reimbursement for later cancellations.
In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
Pickup is included in this tour. But if you choose to take public transport, you can take the bus from Plaza de Castilla to the "El Boalo" bus stop, where our guide will pick you up. Please contact us for more details.
Provided byMadrid Outdoor Sports
Reviews for this provider
19 Jun 2019
We had a fantastic time on the trip! Gabriel provided very clear instructions and our guide, Charlie, was great. He is an expert in canyoning and made sure that our whole family had fun (wife, daughter (13), son (16), and me). This trip will provide memories that we’ll keep forever!
7 Dec 2018
The ballon flight was a fantastic experience which we thoroughly enjoyed.The tranpotation arrangements from Madrid were excellent. The staff was very ooperative and we enjoyed Daniel's (the pilot) explanations. One recommendation - please supply the participants with a helmet for the landing. Thank you Yaakov Straus
20 Oct 2018
We had a lovely tour. Our guide was knowledgeable about Madrid and we saw some interesting places. He also gave us tips on other places to visit on our stay. We went places we wouldn’t have seen so would definitely recommend.
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