Masos d'en Coll
Masos d'en Coll is a traditional Catalan country house dating back to the 18th century. This property has been run for 17 years, welcoming guests to a traditional farmhouse with an organic garden. We make our guests feel at home with a personal service and our EcoSlow philosophy.
What is the EcoSlow philosophy? It must be ecological, It is peace, It is vitality, It lives in a healthy way, It connects with the earth and nature, It is the most simple and pure appreciate, It respects the environment and the people. The team creates EcoSlow Experience, a travel agency specializing in outdoor tourism. The horse rides show the best landscape of Catalonia, the local gastronomy with the best accompaniment. All routes start at home, Els Masos d'en Coll Agrotourism.
BEACH RIDE TRAIL
Mini trail from Wednesday to Sunday
Price: 625 euro
Price in a double room basis.
High Season (April to October): 100€
Single Room: 145€ per person (single person willing to share no supplement)
Enjoy some excellent canters and gallops on the beach with our magnificent Spanish horses! Kilometres of golden sandy beach and the Mediterranean Sea are the delight of any rider. We will be riding through the typical landscape of Empordà, from inland towards the sea and then the mountain. The Beach Ride will start with a fantastic ride on the beach, and after that we will discover the gorgeous medieval villages and feel the nature and the peaceful of the inland mountain of Les Gavarres.
If you want to spend a complete week riding, you can join our Two Beaches Ride that combines the itinerary of the Beach Ride with three more days on horseback and with one more beach!
DAY 1. WELCOME TO MASOS D’EN COLL (WEDNESDAY)
You will arrive at Masos d’en Coll. Before dinner we will go over the week's program. You will be told about the special characteristics of our Andalusian trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the weekend ́s program with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation designed to find every rider’s perfect horse (this individual conversation could take place on Thursday morning instead). Then, you will enjoy a fantastic welcome dinner!
DAY 2. TOWARD THE BEACH OF PALS (THURSDAY)
Today we will leave Masos d’en Coll towards the beach of Pals. Over 3,5 kilometres long and surrounded by dunes and pine trees, it follows the whole rice growing plain. This sandy beach has some magnificent views over the Illes Medes. After our gallop, we will stop for a nice lunch.
At the afternoon, we will ride to the south through crops and forest. We will leave our horses in the stable and we will be driven to Calella de Palafrugell where we spent the night. Originally, the town of Calella was fishermen’s cottages, but now it’s a really peaceful and harmonious place where you can enjoy the beach before the dinner.
DAY 3. THE GAVARRES PARK (FRIDAY)
Today, we will ride inland to the Park of les Gavarres. This park has a large network of paths which will allow you to discover the most important Catalonian cork oaks and maritime pine forest. Vegetation here is that of wet, shady areas near mountain streams, forests are made up of alders, hazels and chestnuts, contrasting with the rest of the predominantly Mediterranean territory.
At the hotel, a beautiful rural guesthouse, we will be able to rest the rest of the afternoon and taste a homemade Catalan dinner.
DAY 4. MEDIEVAL VILLAGES (SATURDAY)
The trail leads us back to Masos d’en Coll, passing through the most well-preserved medieval villages of Spain. You will ride cross pretty medieval villages and towns that are mere dots on the map become quaint terracotta coloured settlements the closer you get. Peratallada and Ullastret are worth prising yourself away from the beach. We will be back at Masos d’en Coll in the afternoon and have some free time to enjoy your Saturday afternoon.
DAY 5. DEPARTURE
Departure after breakfast. We hope to see you soon in another adventure!
TRAIL CHARACTERISTICS AND OTHER INFORMATION
Dates: From Wednesday to Sunday (see dates below)
Pace: trail with long gallops, canters and trots.
Hours a day: 4-6 hours a day
Group: Min. group: 4 riders – max. group: 8 riders
Horses: The horses for this programme will be our Spanish Breed Horses, because they are very good trained to ride on the beach and for short trails.
Weight: max 90 kg. We reserve the right to exceptionally check on riders weigh. Riders far over this weigh will not be able to ride.
Meals: in the trails we have lunch in a sitting down picnic including local home made food and drinks (including wine). As for dinners, they will be in the hotel where we will sleep and will also be Catalan or Spanish home made food including water and wine.
Special diet: we can easily adapt to any special diet requirement riders may have so please let us know in advance when the booking is done. Otherwise we cannot guarantee it.
Guides and languages: the guides for this trail are experienced guides. We always guarantee fluent English speaking guides. If you are interested in another language, do not hesitate to ask. We may have a German or French speaking guide under demand (extra charge may apply).
Note: sometimes changes may apply to the program due to weather conditions, special situations beyond our control always under our guides’ responsibility and trust.
Masos d’En Coll Llabià www.elsmasosdencoll.com
Hotel Mediterrani (Calella de Palafrugell) – not sea view www.hotelmediterrani.com
Mas Massaller (Cruïlles) www.masmasaller.com
- From / to Barcelona airport: 100€ (return) - From / to Girona airport: 60€ (return)
Please let us know in case of any emergency i.e. flight delay: +34 630734247
Please recommend your clients to book flights to/from Barcelona with a landing time no later than 16.00h and a departure time not earlier than 13.00-13.30h.
Please be aware that departure times will be strict and that clients must know if they have to transfer themselves to Terminal 1 in case they are landing at Terminal 2 (free shuttles link both terminals). Terminal 1 operates One World, Star Alliance and Sky Team alliances and intercontinental flights. Terminal 2 has no departures and only operates arrivals from other companies such us AerLingus, Germanwings, Norwegian, Ryanair, and others. Please double check to be sure.
Pick up at Girona’s airport will be at 19.30h.
Private transfers: up to 4 people. Anytime.
220€ per car one-way to/from Barcelona’s airport. 75€ per car one-way to/from Girona’s airport.
Price 1095,- euro
Enjoy some excellent canters and gallops on two different beaches by the Mediterranean Sea! We will ride two loops from Can Muní that allow us to discover not only two beaches and two bays, Roses Bay and L’Estartit Bay, but also two different natural parks, incredibly well-preserved medieval villages, fantastic rivers… We will go all across Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park, the second wetland area of Catalonia and a great shelter for aquatic birds. Very different is the Montgrí, Illes Medes and Baix Ter Natural Park, with the Montgrí Castle guarding all the area from the top of its mountain. You will also visit medieval villages like Castellò d’Empuries, Peratallada, Pals, etc., gorgeous villages made of ancient stone. And, of course, we cannot forget the two chances you will have to gallop on the beach, enjoying together with your horse the sand and the waves of these two long bays. A complete and unforgettable experience!
If you are looking forward to a gallop on the beach but cannot spend a full week riding, take a look at our Beach Ride, it follows the same three days on horseback of the Two Beaches Trail (from Sunday to Thursday) and gives you the chance to ride on Sant Martí d’Empuries Beach!
MOUNTAINS & BEACH RIDE
Price 1130,- euro
Circular trail that takes you up the Catalan Pyrenees and down to the Mediterranean Sea, where you can enjoy an incredible gallop on Roses Beach. With our magnificent horses, we ride through the fantastic nature of the Alt Empordà with its Mediterranean forests, stunning coastline and long sandy beaches.
Discover the little medieval villages, like Báscara or Crespià. Pass by wheat fields, poppies and sunflowers. Discover pine forests and cork trees, filled with aromatic herbs to arrive at the end of the Pyrenees, where the mountains meet the sea. We leave the foothills of the Pyrenees and ride through the Alvera wine growing region: olive groves and vineyards, intense natural beauty. We leave the mountains behind us because the rolling plains of the Empordà region are waiting for us, and at the end, in the long curve of the Bay of Roses, miles of beach gallop! We continue along the coastline, enjoying the sea, the cliffs and the breeze, to return to Can Muní through fields and fruit trees.
Coast, beach and Catalan Pyrenees... a perfect formula to enjoy your holidays with excellent horses.
This Riding Center was established in 1989 as a riding school and a tourist center from where trekkings on horseback are organized.
Experience the nature, culture and gastronomy of Catalonia from the Pyrenees to the wild coast of the Costa Brava through the best riding trails.
The riding school Mas Batlló, located in Camprodon Valley, offers a wide range of professional services to let you enjoy the best horse riding holiday.
High Pyrenees trail
Price: 1180 euro
Supplements: High season supplement (from June to October): 185€ Single Room: 216€ (single person willing to share no supplement)
DATES 2019 28 April-4 May, 12-18 May, 19-25 May, 26 May - 1 June, 9-15 June, 8-14 September, 22-28 September, 29 September - 5 October, 13-19 October,, 20-26 October, 27 October- 2 November
Route of the Pyrenees for excellence in which we will reach peaks up to 2800m. It is a trail that crosses great ranges, going on their peaks so we can enjoy the Pyrenean scenery from alpine areas, deep valleys and rocky reliefs where it feels like you have landed on the moon. A nature spectacle!
This route is appropriate only for experienced riders and for fit people used to walk on the mountains, because in some parts of this trail it will be required. Therefore, we only recommend you this trail if you are in a good physical condition!
Abella – Setcases – Queralbs (close to Núria) – Puigcerdà – la Molina
Day 1. Arrival You will arrive to L’Abella on the Pyrenees, a typical and small Catalan village in the middle of the mountains with stone houses. Before dinner, we will go over the week's program. You will be told about the special characteristics of our Andalusian trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the week ́s programme with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation designed to find every rider their perfect horse. Then, you can enjoy a fantastic dinner!
Day 2. The journey begins 4-6 hours
After an early start from l’Abella, we begin to climb up to Costa Bona (2500m). Soon we leave the track as up here there is only rolling mountain meadows and wild flowers where we enjoy some very nice canters and gallops. Once we arrive at the peak of Costa Bona, we enter into the French territory passing the source of the Ter River. The views are immense and breath- taking, the light is that of the Pyrenees. Up here, it is very common to see eagles, vultures and herds of wild goats and deer. Then we continue our trail crossing the landscapes of Can Magre, and Portella de Mantet to reach the slope of Vallter 2000. We leave our horses here and our van is going to bring us to our hotel in Tregurà, in a well-known area because of its excellent and chary gastronomy.
Day 3. Up to the highest peaks 4-6 hours
Today we will meet for breakfast and for preparing our trail very early. During this day, we are going to ride through an spectacular high mountain landscape, with peaks of 2600m and 2800m. From Vallter 2000, we will ride to Coll de la Marrana, crossing the top of the Freser River where we will have a picnic. After lunch, we climb up to the Pic de l’Infern from where we can admire the beautiful lakes of Carança and the valley of Coma de Vaca. Our next step is Nou Creus peak, located in an altitude 2800m, our highest peak in this trail. During the descent, we will enjoy long canters until reaching Vall de Núria, and until Queralbs. Accommodation in the hotel and free time until dinner.
Day 4. Riding across French border 6-7 hours
We will begin this day by riding across the French territory, crossing through some nice ski stations with an intense but also excellent ascension until the Coll de Finestrellas Mountain.
From Vall de Núria we climb up to Finestrelles, crossing several times from Spain to France, with really nice landscapes. Now we start a calm descent on the hillside of Puigmal, where we prepare a delicious picnic. After lunch, we ride into the French side through Vilallobent, to enter again in Spain and arrive at Pugicerdà. Hotel in Puigcerdà. We have the possibility to enjoy our free time visiting the spa zone or also the commercial centre of Puigcerdà.
Day 5. The Great Valley of the Pyrenees 3-5 hours
Today, we will have a relaxing day with fast gallops and canters, to rest from the long journey of the previous day. We are going to ride across Cerdanya, one of Europe’s widest valleys, with a minimum altitude (about 1000 metres), with its east to west orientation, and a high dose of insolation of about 3000 hours of sun exposure a year. From Puigcerdá, the main village of the valley, we will move towards Queixans where we will ascent to subalpine mountains, to reach the alpine hut of Pla les Forques, where we will stop for the picnic. The diversity and beautiful landscape is clearly evident: from pure Mediterranean traits to alpine meadows of high altitude, you can even find sub-Mediterranean woods, beech forests, boreal woodlands of red pine trees and sub-alpine conifer woods with black pine trees and fir trees. The Park’s vegetation is considered of special interest, since its low temperatures, the high degree of humidity in the area, and its altitude have all contributed to the existence of species which are not characteristic of the Mediterranean region but of northern Europe and the high alpine or European mountains instead. After lunch, we are going to descent until La Molina. Accommodation in La Molina (a ski station during the winter).
Day 6. Natural Park Cadí-Moixeró 5-6 hours
Two great mountain ridges, El Cadí and El Moixeró, meet at Coll de Tancalaporta and form an impressive mountain barrier where the main Pyrenean ridge meets the pre-Pyrenees. This is where El Cadí-Moixeró Natural Park protects not just a wonderful biodiversity but also numerous sites of outstanding natural beauty. The day begins and we saddle up and ride across the plains through fields of wheat and sunflowers. Then an ascent up to the mountain meadows where cattle & horses are sent to graze in the summer time. Here we are aware of the strength, sure footedness and stamina of the horses as they power their way up the peak. We ascent above an altitude of 1500 m until we arrive at las Barracas del Rus, a building which grazes the cattle during summer, this place has got immense green landscapes with sources of water, where we will have our picnic. After lunch, we will ride long gallops across the meadows of Pla d’Anella, in where we have the possibility to meet more than 2000 sheep in summer. Arrival at the hotel in La Molina.
Day 7. Departure Breakfast and we hope see you again in one of our trails in Barcelona!
From Sunday to Saturday (see dates for High Pyrenees)
Trail with long gallops, canters, trots. Group: Minimum group: 4 riders
Maximum group: 10 riders Guide: the guide will be Xavi Pastoret, an experienced and talented rider, always accompanied by an English speaking back up guide.
Horses: Spanish, Hispano-Arabians, Arabians, Anglo-Arabian, Quarterback
Transfer: from / to Barcelona airport: 150€ (return from La Molina)
From the Pyrenees to the see
Price 1195 euro
Supplements: High Season (from June to October): 185€ Single Room: 216€ (single person willing to share no supplement)
Dates 21-27 April 5-11 May 12-18 May 19-25 May 2-8 June 16-22 June
1-7 September 15-21 September 22-28 September 29 September - 5 October 6-12 October 20-26 October 3-9 November.
A fantastic trail, where we are going to ride our horses from the mountains to the Mediterranean Sea. We will start our trail at Girona Pyrenees, where we can enjoy the beautiful mountain landscapes and will enter into the leafy forests of Garrotxa. It has a quite mild climate; therefore, we pass the landscapes of Empordà, former the ground of wine and olive grove. At this point, we arrive to the beach where we can behold the beauty of the coast and spend some time there enjoying the Mediterranean ambience as it has plenty of beaches.
The gastronomical variety of our country is guaranteed, as we offer Pyrenean veal with fish and seafood at the Costa Brava all marinated as usual, accompanied by some very great vines in every meal.
Day 1. Arrival. Welcome to L’Abella
You will arrive to L’Abella on the Pyrenees, a typical and small Catalan village in the middle of the mountains with stone houses. Before dinner, we will go over the week's program. You will be told about the special characteristics of our Andalusian trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the week ́s programme with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation designed to find every rider their perfect horse. Then, you can enjoy a fantastic dinner!
Day 2. From the Pyrenees 6-8 hours riding
The trail will start from l’Abella going into the Pyrenean direction to Salarsa valley characterized with large-scale landscapes and plenty centenarian oaks. We will descent to Sant Valenti de Salarsa church, Romanesque work, and continue downhill in a valley to the road
between Beget and Oix, where we will find Pont de Bolassell, a Romanesque cottage. In this picturesque and quiet place, we will have our picnic. We will continue on horseback on and uphill narrow but comfortable path in a dense forest until Coll de Salomó where we will reach the highest peak of the day (850 m). We will continue on a hill for 6 or 7 kilometres to Sant Andreu de Bestacrá, and then on a descent where we will be able to see a hundred-years-old holm oak stuck between rocks. We will continue downhill to Oix, full of natural areas of incredible beauty. Accommodation in a rural house.
Day 3. Up to the highest Peaks 6-8 hours riding
Today we saddle up and ride out through the mountains. During the morning we pass through the scented oak forests above beautiful ravines that so characterise this mountainous region known as the Alta Garrotxa. We will ride towards Vall d’Hortmoier, passing some gorges that will allow the riders to have a bath. We will cross the Llerca Riover and continue up to the Talaxà peak, a picturesque place with an old quarter from where we will be able to see the route of the day before and to enjoy a snack. From this point, we will start the descent to Vall de Sadernes, where we will have to walk for 1 kilometre. We will arrive to the Sant Aniol River where we will be able to enjoy a bath (without the horses). We will go back up to Coll de Bassegoda. After half an hour, we will enjoy our picnic in a 1.200 m height plain.
We will continue on the top of a mountain range and will descent to Albanyà, through dense holm-oak woods, steep mountains and amazing views of la Garrotxa.
Tracks and paths will lead us to the Muga River, which we will cross to arrive at Albanyà, a land of orchards, forests and hunting.
Day 4. Swimming with the horses 6-7 hours riding
Route with walks, trots, canter and enough gallops. A day of lively riding and excitement, because we are going to swim with the horses in a lake. An unforgettable experience!
Meeting for breakfast and preparing the route will be as usual. We will leave Albañá and go down along the Muga River. We will stop at Boadella Lake surrounded by a breath-taking mountainous scenery, for a refreshing swim with the horses. Always a pleasure for both people and horses!
Afterwards we get back to our route, this time we cross the GR2 with its typical landscape of Alt Empordà full of vineyards and olive groves as well as the vegetation of Albera Natural Park. This natural area is perfect to observe the pass from the mountain range and the most typical landscape to the Mediterranean metamorphous rocks made of schist and clay shale, both of these essences grow in a special terrain.
We will arrive at Perelada, a gorgeous medieval village, famous because of its “cava” (sparkling wine). We will be able to stroll around Perelada and even to try our luck at the village’s Casino.
Day 5. L’Albera and coastal vineyards 6-8 hours riding
Today we leave the mountains and ride through the Albera and the coastal area of Costa Brava towards the sea. From Peralada we will head to Llançà, a nice little historical village built close to the sea but quite hidden inland so it was easier for the inhabitants to protect themselves back in the 9th century! The medieval ages church and tower are the two characteristic monuments to be seen anywhere from the village.
Our hotel is in the old city centre and a nice 20-minute stroll to the beach. Llançà has the great amount of 23 beaches so you will sure find one you will love 😉
Dinner and accommodation.
Day 6. To the sea! 6-7 hours riding
Today, we will ride out of Llança in order to take our horses to a cute little bay where to enjoy a nice swim with the horses in an amazing landscape. We will ride to the Natural Park of Albera and then back to Llançà.
Free time, farewell dinner and accommodation.
Day 7. Departure
Breakfast and optional transfer to Barcelona.
- Appartments L’Abella L’Abella www.hipicvalldecamprodon.com
- Forn de Beget Beget www.elforndebeget.com
- Albanyà Camping Bassegoda www.campingbassegoda.com
- Perelada Can Genís www.can-genis.com
- Hotel Beri (2 nights) Llançà www.hotel-beri.com
- Dates: From Sunday to Saturday (see dates for Pyrenees to Sea)
- Pace: trail with long gallops, canters, trots. Hours a day: 6-8 hours a day Group: Minimum group: 4 riders
- Maximum group: 10 riders
- Guide: the guide will be Xavi Pastoret, an experienced and talented rider, always accompanied by an English speaking back up guide.
- Horses: Spanish, Hispano-Arabians, Arabians, Anglo-Arabian, Quarterback