TRIP 11.B. “TRASHUMANCIA”. THE SPANISH COWBOYS. SHORT

 

Difficulty level: high (ONE OF OUR TOUGHEST TRIPS!)

Duration: 3 days

Time on horseback: 4-9 h daily

When: from 11th to 13th November 2017

No. participants: min 3 – max 5

Printable version: TRIP 11.B. “TRASHUMANCIA”. THE SPANISH COWBOYS. SHORT.pdf

The first day we ride from Villafranca del Cid town (Castellón province) to Mosqueruela town (Teruel province) following a cattle path. There are many cultural and natural attractions in Villafranca del Cid worth to see, as the “drystone” architecture or the town itself. We´ll ride through awesome landscapes while crossing a mountain range at 1.100-1.200 m above the sea level.

The second day, very early in the morning (6.00 am), we drive a herd of migrating beef cows from Mosqueruela to Vistabella del Maestrazgo area (Castellón province). We ride at a slow pace, following and guiding the cattle from the summer pastures to the winter ones. Our horses are used to work with cattle in the countryside. This is a unique opportunity for experiencing this tough and ancient tradition, riding through rough trails and beautiful landscapes.

The cattle belong to the Fernando Robres ecological livestock farm: Fernando Robres farm. This farm focuses on the welfare of the animals, on keeping the local traditions and on producing very high-quality meet. The cows are reared in freedom, born and raised in the mountains and fed on grass and ecological pastures without chemical fertilizers or pesticides. The winter pastures of the farm are in Vistabella (Castellón), while the summer ones are located in Mosqueruela and Linares de Mora (Teruel).

Fernando Robres farm also owns a store where they offer products made with the meet of the cattle they rear, as well as other ecological products produced in the area. We´ll have the opportunity of visiting the store and tasting their healthy and delicious products.

The third day we will ride in Vistabella and Penyagolosa Nature Park area. The Penyagolosa mountain is the highest mountain in the province (1,813 m), providing a magnificent panorama from its top. It is covered by a well-preserved and diverse forest. There are also many cultural and architectural attractions worth to visit. Our route runs along the slopes of the Penyagolosa mountain, following the route of the millenary Useres pilgrimage in some stretches. We ride through one of the most beautiful landscapes of the province. In this route, we´ll meet some riding challenges since the paths are quite incline.

This trip is full of innumerable architectural, historical and cultural attractions, which will take us back to distant epochs (village of Mosqueruela, for example). We will also tell you exciting stories and interesting traditions of the area, as the ancient Useres pilgrimage. And last but not least… we guarantee a great gastronomic and wine experience!

Check the following links for inspiration:

Villafranca del Cid

Villafranca del Cid_nature

Villafranca del Cid_Dry Stone

Mosqueruela – arteguias

Mosqueruela – tourism

Penyagolosa

Penyagolosa Nature Park

Penyagolosa trails

Vistabella del Maestrazgo

 

You cannot miss this extraordinary riding trip, where you will live so many diverse and enriching experiences!!!

 

Total price for 3 days:

Riding: 475 € per person. Included: horse, riding equipment, native guides + translator Spanish-English, one rustic meal per day, accident insurance, cattle driving activity, horse and person transport.

Others (accommodation, breakfast and dinner): Prices can vary depending on the accommodation type (single or double rooms are available). It could be about 230 € in total for 3 days on average (prices estimated for single room use).

 

Practicalities:

Weather and temperature: between 5 and 15 degrees. Some probability of raining. Maybe some wind.

Equipment you should bring:

  • Comfortable clothes for riding: regular riding trousers, chaps, boots/shoes comfortable (and safe) for riding and maybe some hiking.
  • Riding helmet (optional for adults but recommendable).
  • Rain jacket and wind clothing (just in case).
  • Small plastic bottle with water for the day (should fit inside a small saddlebag).
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses and hat or cap.
  • Small binoculars and camera.

No need to bring towels or linens.

Meals: Local dishes and possibility of vegetarian food (tell us if you eat eggs, milk and/or fish).

Travel info:

We are well connected by plane, train, bus or car.

The nearest airports to Benlloch – the meeting point – are:

  • Castellón airport (CDT) (the nearest – 15 km).
  • Valencia airport (VLC) (107 km).
  • Reus airport (REU) (175 km).

Flights from Scandinavia to these airports with 1 connecting flight in European cities. Several airlines, including SAS, Norwegian and Ryanair.

Other airports with direct flights from Oslo:

  • Alicante airport (ALC) (285 km): Norwegian, Ryanair, SAS.
  • Barcelona airport (BCN) (250 km): Norwegian, SAS.

We will pick you up at the Castellón or Valencia airports. From other airports, you could take the train or the bus to Valencia or Castellón. We will pick you up at the train or bus station. You could also rent a car and drive to us.

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