In the Guadarrama National Park, in the mountains north of Madrid, there are quite a few tour operators offering excursions on horseback (there are also nearly 50 other horse trails recognised by the Community of Madrid in other areas of the region). A ride in a gorgeous place like this will totally enthrall you and make you want to do it again - and by the way, it doesn't matter if you're an old horsey hand or a total newbie. There are hour-long rides (around 10 euros) or you can spend two or four hours out on the trails - even an entire day or weekend (the last of which includes accommodation in a country hotel). Children older than 8 are also welcome to ride (and for the younger ones, there are pony rides which are usually a half hour long). In summertime, there's also the option of moonlit night-time rides - you'll feel like you're in a movie!
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