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Joan

Joan and Day live in an 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 own philosophy.

What is our 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.

We have 21 horses that live in flock in semi-freedom. We work with them daily by techniques of natural dressage and Parelli, to improve horse-rider communication and thus ensure a good development of the trail.

Programs Joan

STAR ROUTES

In the weeks with STATIONARY programs  we offer different possibilities; we will confirm the programs with 2 riders.

Our great availability of own accommodation, horses, resident guide and own assistance, allows us to offer an open calendar for à la carte, private, short breaks or simply stays and interaction with horses.

Discovering  the Costa Brava

5-6 hours on saddle, full board

  • 2 nights / 1 riding day    385 €
  • 3 nights / 2 riding days  510
  • 4 nights / 3 riding days  675 €
  • 5 nights / 4 riding days   840 €
  • 6 nights / 5 riding days 1000 €
  • 7 nights / 6 riding days 1170 € 

3-4 hours on saddle, breakfast and lunch included           

  • 2 nights / 1 riding day   365 €
  • 3 nights / 2 riding days 485 €
  • 4 nights / 3 riding days 600 €
  • 5 nights / 4 riding days 725 €
  • 6 nights / 5 riding days 850 €
  • 7 nights / 6 riding days 975 € 

Beginners week

  • 6 nights 5 days riding. 900 euros
  • 2 nights 2 days away.   395 euros

Treks

  • Short trail Tasting the Costa Brava.       765 euros.
  • Catalonia, mountains and sea.              1350 euros.
  • New Year's                                                 1450 euros.
  • From the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava. 1350 euros.

Non riders can stay for 95 euros p.p.p.d. on a half board basis in a shared room with a rider.

Breakfast is available for 10 euros, lunch and the evening meal for 18 euros.

Look for dates below or on the Calendar page.

STAR ROUTES

DISCOVERING THE COSTA BRAVA

Dates 2020 Costomised programs with flexible nights, from 3 to 7

nights or more.

Dates 2021

10- 14 februari, 3 - 07 maart, 14 - 18 april, 05 - 09 mei, 13 - 17 juni, 22 - 26 september, 27 - 31 oktober, 17 - 21 november

With this discovery tour you start and end every day at the farm, which means that you do not change hotel and you can fully relax.
The program is a beautiful and exciting journey of discovery around the territory of Baix Empordà, an impressive area with a temperate climate. You drive through a country full of historic buildings, exciting civilizations, beautiful natural landscapes, good gastronomy and good wine.
An unforgettable experience!
To make this experience more authentic, we will be accompanied by our horses.
They will guide you through this "Costa Brava" region.
Many gallops through unspoiled nature, green valleys and beautiful medieval villages, we will even have the opportunity to cross a river together.
We invite you to stay in our farm with the history of more than 6 generations of our family working the land.
With the history of the past, authentic rural tourism with all the conveniences of today.
Our philosophy EcoSlow: live quietly without routine and make contact with nature!

DAY 1 ARRIVAL
In the afternoon we arrive at our accommodation. It is located in the heart of Baix Empordà, surrounded by nature and far away from the noise. Make yourself at home! Here you will find every comfort in a rural environment. Before we start enjoying the dinner we will discuss the program of the week. We can talk quietly about the special features of our Spanish and Arabian horses, an introduction to the entire weekend program, where we have the opportunity to find the perfect horse for every rider Relax and enjoy a fantastic welcome dinner!

DAY 2 MONTGRI, MEDES ISLANDS AND the river TER
Today we leave Llabià and go to the city of Torroella de Montgrí, a city of medieval origin, a city that currently has a balance between modernity and traditional rural life, we will continue our way to the Montgrí Natural Park, with the castle on top, Built in the 13th century, 322 meters above sea level. From the top of the massif we can enjoy a magnificent view over the Mediterranean Sea: the beaches, the N.P of the wetlands of Emporda, the vast plain of cultivation fields, a landscape from the north to the south of the Costa Brava. Along the way we stop at a good spot in the forest to enjoy a picnic lunch. We will continue our way to 'home', all comfort awaits us in our accommodation.

DAY 3 ALONG THE TER RIVERphoto :

Today the route takes us through grain and fruit plantations, along the river Ter, a very important area for many birds such as seagulls, ducks and a beautiful fauna. A landscape with endless flat roads that give us the opportunity to enjoy long and exciting gallops while enjoying the company of your horse and the silence of nature. We will ride through narrow streets of small villages carved in stone, and all we hear is the sound of the horse's hooves. We stop to eat in a restaurant with a beautiful view and a good atmosphere, close to the river. We return to our accommodation between meadows and beautiful colors, a landscape with large blue skies where the mountain of Montgrí and its castle will always accompany us along the horizon, will become our perfect setting during our entire stay. We arrive at the farm to enjoy a well-earned rest.

DAY 4 MEDIEVAL VILLAGES

Today's destination is discovering the history of the Great Middle Ages, passing through Fontanilles and Palau-Sator, two small villages of ancient Roman origin and medieval history of the 9th century. We will always be surrounded by nature, the green color of the fields and practically a blue sky all year round, this region is known for its flat terrain, very natural and its precious light. Then we arrive in Peratallada, one of the most important and best preserved medieval architecture centers in Catalonia, from the 9th to the 13th centuries. The time here seems to have stopped. We will enjoy a cowboy picnic and some free time to take pictures and walk around the village and to see houses with Gothic and Renaissance windows and arched doors with carved shields. We return to our accommodation, upon our arrival we will enjoy a relaxing moment in the gardens or in the company of the horses as they roam the fields of the farm.

DAY 5 GALLOPPES AND MORE MEDIEVAL HISTORY
Today we will enjoy, fields and beautiful paths full of olive trees, peace and good gallopades, a landscape strewn with villages until we reach Pals. If you liked Peratallada and its history, you will enjoy his sister Pals, with history from the 9th - 15th centuries, one of the stars of the area, a charming stone village with small cobbled streets and decorated with flowers. It is elevated on a small hill where we can see the sea in the distance, spectacular views from a village with a medieval spirit. We stop to eat at a restaurant nearby, enjoying a traditional rice dish. Then we will quietly enjoy the sky and the landscape, until we return to our farm.

DAY 6 ORIGIN OF THIS COUNTRY, RUINS IBÉRICAS OF ULLASTRET

Today we have a very interesting day. We leave after a good breakfast, because every day we prepare our horses and drive towards Ullastret through beautiful landscapes, we pass this Gothic city, which has a small stone core with sturdy walls that protected it from invasions. We will continue a little further until we find the Iberian ruins of Ullastret, the most important and largest ruins in all of Catalonia; the Iberian city is a mystery nowadays because there are no preserved writings. We will continue our journey through the interior of the region, through small rural areas, farms and typical houses. We will stop to rest and find strength with a picnic, then we will go back to the farm.

DAY 7 CROPS AND FRUIT TREES
Today we will have the opportunity to drive longer and more actively along the Ter River nature park, we will see many birds and fields with fruit trees all year round. You and your horse will gallop a lot. This route offers a beautiful view of the entire Montgrí mountain, with the castle at the top. We continue on our way to Verges, where we stop to eat at a local restaurant. Later we go back to the farm where we have time to rest, talk or continue to explore the area without a horse. In the afternoon we descend to our rural accommodation in the Empordà, to be visited again.

DAY 8 L'EMPORDANET, BEAUTIFUL LANDSCAPE AND HISTORY
After an extensive breakfast, it's time to prepare our four-legged friends and leave for Empordanet, a name that the locals give to the area of ​​small towns in the interior of the Costa Brava, from the medieval era. We can enjoy the freedom of trotting and galloping on flat paths with a beautiful view, fresh air and peace. We pass small villages with stone houses, until we reach the star of the day, Monells, a small town that has been very well preserved, with a lot of charm, the walls of the old castle have been preserved. We take a well-deserved time to eat, rest and step into the quiet cobblestone streets. We return to our accommodation through Mediterranean pine forests, vineyards, fields and farms (typical Catalan houses).

Information

4 nights / 3 days riding: Description days: 5th to 7th

Single room supplement: 30€ per night ( direct payment at arrival)
Single person willing to share, if there aren't another person for share with 15 days before of departure, must to pay directly the advertised supplement.
FOR EQUESTRIANS FROM 12 TO 17 YEARS OLD ACCOMPANIED
High season July - August:
60€ extra - Discovering 3 days riding.
100€ extra- Discovering 5 days riding.

Price includes

Spending the nights in the same accommodation with a private bathroom.
Riding through the variety of landscapes of Catalonia.
Full board with drinks: Catalan or Spanish dishes, with local and ecological products, always with water and wine.
Professional multilingual guide.
Type of horses: Andalusian and Hispano Arabic well trained.
Transport of luggage and extra vehicle.
Tourist tax.

Transfer information

Free transfer from Girona airport. Special transfers up to 4 people anytime.
One-way to/from Barcelona’s airport 220€ per car.photo :
One-way to/from Girona’s airport 75€ per car. From and to Girona Airport or Girona Train Station, in a single transfer for all customers:
Arrival: Pick-up at 7:30 p.m.
Please book flights to Girona with a landing time no later than 17:30h.
Departure from accommodation at 9:30 a.m.
Please book flights from Girona not earlier than 12:00h.
The Girona-Accommodation journey is 1 hour, for more information
and other transfers, contact us.
NOTE: There is very cheap connection to Girona with bus or train from Barcelona.
The train company is Renfe www.renfe.com and the bus company is
Segales.

The program is tailor-made. The entire week is from Sunday to Sunday but riders can arrive any day of the week and run any length (minimum 3 nights-2 days of riding).
4-6 hours a day on horseback.
Group: Minimum group: 2 riders - Maximum group: 8 riders.
Weight: max. 90 kg. Experienced riders with more weight in consultation.
Meals: Every day full board with water and one drink per person, the rest of the drinks are paid directly.

Beginners week

Learn to ride a horse in Catalonia!

v.a. 900 euros

High season (July and August): 950 euros based on a double room. Single room surcharge: 180 euros per person.

Dates 2020 Costomised programs with flexible amount of nights, from 3 to 7 nights or more.

Data 2021 24 - 31 januari, 21 - 28 februari, 29 maart - 5 april (western), 18 - 25 april, 16 - 23 may, 20 june - 4 september, 9 - 16 october, 28 november - 12 december.

This program is intended for people who have never or hardly ever
have riden a horse and want to start without risks. During the week, classes are given alternately in the tank and rides are made.
At the end of the week you will be able to step outside and trot and make a starting canter. You will also have spent a wonderful holiday in the Baix Empordà and the Costa Brava.
This program is perfect to start alone, as a family or with a group of friends, and take advantage of the holiday to learn horse riding. The horses are trained to obey the voice and to work in groups. Every day we do a lesson and later we go on the road to practice everything we have learned outside in nature.

Program

The days start with breakfast and a lesson about taking care of the horses and saddles before and after riding and end with a ride outside to practice what has been learned.

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DAY 1

Transfer from the airport, bus station or Girona train station to the stables.

DAY 2
Lesson about balance, riding and turning while walking.

Estimated duration 2.30 hours - 3 hours.

DAY 3
Riding position, balance, driving and turning while walking and initiation to the trot the rhythm and balance.

duration 2.30 hours - 3 hours.

DAY 4

During the trot we will learn how to turn, change hands and then we will start learning the trot in suspension.

Estimated duration 2.30 hours - 3 hours.

DAY 5
While trotting in suspension we learn how to turn around, determine the speed and then we will start galloping. Estimated duration 2.30 hours - 3 hours.

DAY 6
Ride  through medieval villages.

Today we will enjoy a trail on the paths that have been made many years ago on Iberian and Roman horses. The path leads us to Peratallada, through fields and along stone walls. Magnificent views of the sea, with the Medas Islands, the Natural Park of Montgrí, Pals, the Ullastret Pond, with all its history, etc. There will be some very special moments, accompanied by our friends (Golfo, Diablo, Zara, Reina, ....) who have shown us during these days the symbiosis that has existed for years between woman / man and mare / horse.

Duration approx. Three hours.

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Breakfast

Extra information

Stay on a Catalan farm. All meals are made with high quality products from our garden and farm, or local producers. We have en-suite rooms and 3 apartments for up to 4 people each. Free Wi-Fi, friendly and good service.
Duration: 7 days
Minimum 2 riders max. 40
Riders between 12 and 17 years old under supervision.

Price included

Riding programALLOTJAMENT-COLABORADOR3
Pick up at the airport, bus or train station in Girona.
6 nights with accommodation with breakfast in a real Catalan country house.
5 days of driving with programmed lessons and outings
Qualified guide
Maximum safety measures
Horses trained to teach all levels

Trails

Tasting the Costa Brava 

Mini trail from Wednesday to Sunday

Price 765 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)

Dates 2020 17 - 21 june, 30 september - 4 october, 21 - 25 october, 18 - 22 november, 2 - 6 december further Costomised programs with flexible nights, from 3 to 7 nights or more.

Dates 2021 10 - 14 februari, 03 - 07 march, 14 - 18 april, 05 - 09 may, 13 - 17 june, 22 - 26 september, 27 - 31 october, 17 - 21 november

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!

PROGRAM

DAY 1. WELCOME TO THE FARM (WEDNESDAY)

You will arrive to de farm. 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 the farm 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

  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Pick up at the airport, bus or train station in Girona.

Catalonia, mountains and beach

A route through history and naturephoto :

7 NIGHTS 6 DAYS

1350 euros

New Year's trek Price 1450 euros

Dates 2020 06 - 13 september, 25 oktober - 1 november, 27 december 2020 - 3 januari 2021 (speciale nieuwjaarstocht)

Dates 2021 New years trek December 27, 2020 - January 2, February 14-21, March 21-28, April 25 - Mei 2, September 26 - October 3, October 31 - November 7.

This route runs through two large nature reserves, through the Baix Empordà and the Costa Brava, the protected nature reserve of the Gavarres and the natural park of Montgrí, Islas Medes and Baix Ter.

The mountains and the sea will guide us from the megalithic era to our time through the Roman, medieval, pirate land.

DAY 1 WELCOME
Transfer from the airport or on your own to the stables. As soon as you arrive you will receive all information about the routes, driving times, places of interest, accommodation and other points that may be important for your horseback holiday. In the evening the dinner is with all participants, so that everyone can make their first contacts and we start to feel like a team, so that we can enjoy the next 6 days with our friends: the horses.

DAY 2 ROUTE OF THE PIRATES AND THE MASIAphoto :
The moment has finally arrived, it's time to make contact with our horses and to get to know him or her. Then we continue with a quiet and calm route to the river Ter, towards Montgrí, you pass through fortified farms and you will see how they were able to defend their inhabitants when there were pirate attacks. Then you continue along the foot of the Montgrí until you reach the beach and then you will cross the river and find your way back. Returning to the farm we go through apple crops, fields that were ponds and wetlands in recent times.

Riding time: 5 hours

DAY 3 THE MEDITERRANEAN VILLAGES OF CATALONIA
Today we head for the mountains, we come closer to some medieval villages, we will go to Peratallada and we will think about what was a lake until the XVIII century and 2000 years before it was the sea. In Peratallada, Canapost, Castell d'Empordà, Monells, Cruilles we will see stone constructions from the Middle Ages. After arriving at the destination for the night, after taking care of the horses, we can rest in a peaceful environment and in the evening enjoy traditional dishes prepared by Joan and Marta.

Riding time: 5h 30 mphoto :

DAY 4, THE "ROMANTIC" MIRADOR OF THE COSTA BRAVA
Today we go on a route that takes us through forests of cork oaks and chestnut trees, through St Cebriá de Lladó, "Els Metges" of Romanesque times, unbeatable views from the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava. Next we find the first megalithic remnant, a hunebed at a strategic point of "Puig d'Arques" and we descend to our accommodation for today. We will go along narrow paths and then we will find the hermitage of Sta Llucia d'Arboç, another example of Romanesque construction in the area. We arrive 'home' and rest, because the route for tomorrow is long.

Riding time: 5 h 30 m

DAY 5 THROUGH THE DOLLENES, WE GO TO THE SEA
After a good breakfast we go to the beach. Along the way we will be able to see old ice pits, abundant in the neighborhood; the Dolmen "Tres Peus" one of the best preserved megalithic monuments of the area and then we will enjoy the wide view over the entire plain with the blue Mediterranean Sea. We go to the beach, but earlier we stop at a number of monuments such as the church of Sta. Coloma de Fitor, from the X century. We go through forests and along Roman paths and the medieval village of Pals, where we will stay tonight, it is just a few meters from the beach. Once we have the horses in the meadow and they have been fed, we can relax in the cozy accommodation or take a walk to the fine sandy beach, the Playa del Racó.

Riding time: 5 hours 30 minutes to 6 hours

DAY 6 IN THE HEART OF THE COSTA BRAVAphoto :
Today we are in the Costa Brava, we will make a circular route along old mines and paths with holm oaks, cork oaks and pines, to a high point where we can see this beautiful landscape. Queremany, the viewpoint of Pals, with a beautiful view of the beach of Pals, which some historians say you saw the departure of the ships of Christopher Columbus on his first trip to America. With this beautiful landscape we will continue our way to the beach where we will rest because we have to get up early tomorrow. Driving time: 5 h 30 m.

DAY 7 BETWEEN THE TER RIVER, THE SEA AND THE RICE FIELDS
Today we leave very early, there is the possibility to ride on the beach, depending on the circumstances. We must keep in mind that we are in a nature park and that there may be limitations. We follow the entire beach to the mouth of the Ter River and leave the sea through apple orchards and rice crops, cultivation fields, where we can enjoy beautiful rice fields, the Arrós of Pals, depending on the time of year. A good rice dish to end this beautiful 6 days.

Riding time: 5 h 30 m

DAY 8, ADIÓS AMIGOS, WE SEE EACH OTHER

With the memory of sharing some wonderful days, knowledge of prehistory, history, gastronomy, etc., we can return to our places of origin, after first receiving a souvenir that reminds us that the Costa Brava on horseback is a is fun.
Extra information

Included in the pricephoto :

7 nights of quality accommodation with a private bathroom.
6 days riding through the variety of landscapes of Catalonia.
Full board with drinks: Catalan or Spanish food, always with water and wine.
Professional multilingual guide.
Type of horses: Andalusians and Hispano Arabian well trained.Transport of luggage and extra vehicle.
Tourist tax.

Pick up at the airport, bus or train station in Girona.

FROM PYRENEES TO THE SEA

NATURE, CULTURE AND GASTRONOMY

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PRICE  1350 euro

Single room 30 euros per night extra(direct payment)

High season supplement April - May - June - September - October: 150 euros.

Dates 2020 6 - 13 june, 19 - 26 june, 10 - 17 october, 07 - 14 november, 12 - 19 december.

Dates 2021 May 22 - 29, June 5 - 12, June 19 - 26, September 11 - 18, 15 - 23 october

WHAT’S THE HORSE TRAIL FROM PYRENEES TO “COSTA BRAVA”?

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 will ride through the fantastic nature of the Baix Empordà and Alt Empordà with it’s Mediterranean forest, stunning coastline and long sandy beaches. 

Discovery the little medieval villages, like Báscara, Crespià, Pals or Peratallada. We will pass by wheat fields, poppies and sunflowers. Discover pines forest 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 Albera wine growing region: olive groves and vineyard, intense natural beauty. 

Then 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 Bay of Roses, infinity beach of sand!

We will continue along the coastline, enjoying the sea, the cliffs and the breeze, to return to Els Masos d’en Coll through fields and fruit trees.

Coast, beach and Catalan Pyrenees a perfect formula to enjoy your holidays with excellent horses! 

PROGRAM HORSE TRAIL FROM PYRENEES TO “COSTA BRAVA” 

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL

Arrival and transfer to  a typical Catalan agricultural property. Make yourself at home! Here you will find all the comforts in a rural and traditional setting.

It is located in the heart of Baix Empordà, “Costa Brava”, few kilometers from the beach. The good atmosphere, the pool, the meadow and the landscape offer you a charming atmosphere.

Before enjoying dinner, we will review the program of the week. We can talk quietly with our guides about our expectations, horse experience, etc., having the opportunity to speak one by one to find the perfect horse for each rider.

Then, relax and enjoy a fantastic welcome dinner!

DAY 2 – FROM IRRIGATION TO DRY LAND

After the night's rest, a good breakfast, we make contact with the Horses, we all prepare, and we go.

We will leave Els Masos towards the interior, crossing the alluvial zone of the Ter River, the main artery of this territory and that facilitates the irrigation of the fields of fruit trees, corn, cereals and orchard.

We will pass along Sant Iscle d'Empordà, typical sample of construction of the settlements in somewhat elevated spaces to avoid the wetlands.

The most arid terrain awaits us once we have crossed the river, then of to lunch in Colomers, close to the river, on the way to Can Sort.

Ideal day to make good contact with your travel companion, on a flat and relaxed journey. We arrived at Can Sort, after leaving our friends in his paddock we took a good rest to taste the delicacies that Cristina will prepare for us.

DAY 3 – THE NATURE THAT SUBSISTS

We get up, have a tasty breakfast and ready to go. Today's trail runs between farmland and forest, passing through several towns of historical interest. 

We arrived in Bascara, enclave in times past on the road to France, there are writings of the ninth century, we pass the river Fluvià, we remember its waters, we will find them again on the penultimate day, we will cross Pontós with its archaeological site of the sixth century.

We will stop in Torre del Ángel, a Tower with history and from where we will enjoy a wide view to the sea. Here with the Horses in the shade of the pines we will take a delicious meal, nap, rest. And we will continue on our way to our accommodation today.

DAY 4 – DRY STONE, WORLD HERITAGE

After a good breakfast, our four-legged companions, already eaten too, await us for a trail between vineyards and olive trees.

We go north, we will pass through Vilanant and Llers, until we reach the Muga River, in a small dam with waterfall included we can bathe our mares and with dare also the riders, the water is always very fresh. A good meal in the shade of some willow tree, the well-deserved rest and we continue towards Capmany, already immersed in the D.O. of Empordà wine, land of wine.

We continue to Cantallops, in a hotel located in a beautiful enclave, from where you can see the bay of Rosas and where we can give ourselves a relaxing massage (reservation required).

A good typical dinner and rest. In this section you have to enjoy the walls and rustic dry stone buildings listed as a world heritage site.

DAY 5 – WINE, THE BLOOD OUR LAND500x400_3_0-1

Today a pure mountain route awaits us through the Sierra de la Albera, in a first section we will pass near the impressive castle of Requesens, from the 11th century, now fully restored and with private access. Landscape of the Mediterranean Pyrenees, paths between cork oaks and holm oaks and intermittent views of the sea. We will stop in an enchanted village to replenish energy and rest a little, to continue in the afternoon through more accessible land with vineyards and olive trees guarding our path.

We reach Vilamaniscle, high above the ruins of an old castle preside over the town. Our hotel, a perfectionist restoration of a farmhouse, where we highlight a large dining room overlooking the sea and where Chef Montse will prepare a delicious dinner.

Before this, not being able to ignore that we are in a wine production area, we will allow ourselves to make a tasting in a “Celler” with artisanal elaboration.

DAY 6 – DESCENT TO THE SEA

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We leave the Pyrenees behind to go to the beach, we are still accompanied by olive trees and vineyards, which give life to villages like Garriguella, already on flatter terrain our pace of route can increase until we reach Castello d'Empuries, passing through Vilanova de The Muga.  

We will have lunch again by the Muga River under the riverside trees if there is a lot of sun or on the shore of thick sand if we want to be under the king star. 

 We will can move to Castelló d'Empúries and visit it, full of historical past retains many vestiges of the Medieval period.

DAY 7 – NATURAL PARK OF MONTGRÍ, DOWN TER AND MEDES ISLANDS

It is the last day, and we will look forward to dawn so that just when the sun rises we are on the beach. On horseback, next to the sea and with the sun's rays peeking over the horizon, the indescribable feeling of freedom that will take us to Sant Martí d'Empúries, where we will stop to shower the horses and have a good breakfast. 

We will continue towards the Montgrí, majestic massif that will have watched us throughout the route and that separates the Alt del Baix Empordà and emblem of the Natural Park Montgrí, Medes Islands and Down Ter River. Limestone and with a continental dune that we will cross until we reach its southern face, where we will find beautiful views over the Medes Islands, the Ter River and the Gavarres in the background.

We continue to Els Masos d’en Coll, where we will arrive at lunchtime. Not before without giving the last portion of food, hug and farewell to our mare or horse, which will have made us enjoy some spectacular days of walking.

DAY 8 – SEE YOU SOON FRIENDS

After spending a wonderful vacation together with our horses, the time to say goodbye has come.

We hope to welcome you again very soon!

PRICES INCLUDE2016_portada_10_0

  • 7 nights high quality accommodation and comfort with a private bathroom  
  • 6 days riding through the variety of landscapes of Catalonia
  • Full board with drinks: Catalan or Spanish food, always with water and wine
  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Type of horses: Andalusians and Hispano-Arabic well trained
  • Transport of luggage and extra vehicle
  • Tourist Tax
  • Free transfers from airport or bus or train station of Girona, for other transfers consult price and schedules.

TRANSFER INCLUDED ON THE PRICE 

From and to Girona Airport or Girona Train Station, in a single transfer for all customers: 

Arrival: Pick-up at 7:30 p.m. 

Please  book flights to Girona with a landing time no later than 17:30h,   

Departure: Leave from accommodation at 9:30 a.m.  

Please  book flights from Girona not earlier than 12:00h.  

The Girona-Accommodation journey is 1 hour, for more information and other transfers, contact us. 

NOTE: There is connection to Girona with bus or train from Barcelona. The train company is Renfe www.renfe.com and the bus company is Segales. 

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PRIVATE TRANSFER 

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 NON RIDER / HALF-BOARD

95€ for night and person non-rider on half board sharing room with rider

EXTRA NGHT ( Direct Payment ) Without riding   

There is the possibility of expanding your stay before or after the program  60€ per night - Sharing double/twin room with breakfast 90€ per night - Single room with breakfast. Request price in apartment Mas Pou for 4 people.

OTHER INFORMATION OF INTEREST 

  • The horses are equipped with: Front and back saddlebags  
  • We have English saddle 
  • The helmet is mandatory. We have helmets available for riders 
  • It is advisable to use cream and glasses, sun protection all year 

  FURTHER INFORMATION2016_portada_10

  • Dates:  Saturday to Saturday, check the calendar. Always, it's possible other dates, private group or not private, during all the year and of all our programs, especially the weeks without program.  
  • Rhythm: Step, trot and gallops. 
  • Hours per day: 5-7 hours on horseback per day. 
  • Group: Minimum group: 4 riders - Maximum group: 8 riders. Ask about our prices of private routes and the supplement for guaranteed departures of small groups from 3 people. 
  • Horses: Spaniards and Hispano-Arabic well tamed.
  • Weight: Max 90 kg. Experienced riders with more weight, consult. 
  • Meals: Every day in full board with water and one drink per person, the rest of the drinks will be paid directly by the clients. 
  • Special diet: If you need a special diet, request it in advance. 
  • Guides and languages: Our guides communicate with our clients in Catalan, Spanish, English, French and possibility of German. 

Single room supplement 30€ per night ( Direct payment ) 

Single person willing to share, if there aren't another person for share with 15 days before of departure, must to pay directly the advertised supplement.  

FOR EQUESTRIANS FROM 12 TO 17 YEARS OLD ACCOMPANIED

SUPPLEMENTS

SUPPLEMENTS HIGH SEASON
ITINERANT PROGRAMS: (April-May-June and September-October)
150 € - Weekly programmes
100 € - Minitrail “Tasting the Costa Brava”
STATIONARY PROGRAMS: (July and August)
30 € - per night
SUPPLEMENT SINGLE ROOM ( Direct Payment )
IN ALL PROGRAMS: 30 € per night
Single person willing to share no supplement, if there aren't another person for share with 15
days before of departure, must to pay directly the advertised supplement.

SUPPLEMENTS SMALL GROUP
Check the minimum riders for each program and their small group supplement.
Horse trail from Pyrenees to Costa Brava: Guaranteed departure with 4 riders. For 3 riders:
210 € per person.
Catalonia, Mountain and Sea: Guaranteed departure with 2 riders. For 1 rider in private.
Tasting Costa Brava: Guaranteed departure with 2 riders. For 1 rider in private.
Discovering the Ampurdán and the Costa Brava: Guaranteed departure with 1 rider.
Riding week, Riding getaway: Guaranteed departure with 1 rider.

SUPPLEMENTS PRIVATE GROUP ITINERANT PROGRAMS
Weekly programmes
300 €, 2-3 pax
200 €, 4-5 pax
100 €, 6-7 pax
No extra cost, 8-9 pax
Minitrail “Tasting the Costa Brava”
150 €, 2-3 pax
100 €, 4-5 pax
50 €, 6-7 pax
No extra cost, 8-9 pax

STATIONARY PROGRAMS
30% 1 pax
15% 2 pax
10% 3 pax or 4 pax
5 pax or more, no extra cost

EXTRA COSTS
NON-RIDER
Person non-rider sharing room with rider. We recommend own vehicle to visit the area or move
to the different accommodations.
ITINERANT PROGRAMS: 95 € per night, half board
DISCOVERYNG THE AMPURDÁN AND THE COSTA BRAVA: 95 € per night, full board
DISCOVERYNG THE AMPURDÁN AND THE COSTA BRAVA: 75 € per night, breakfast and
lunch included

RIDING WEEK, RIDING GETAWAY

60 € per night, with breakfast included
EXTRA NIGHT ( Direct Payment ) Without riding
60 € per night - Sharing double/twin room with breakfast
90 € per night - Single room with breakfast
Request price in apartment Mas Pou for 4 people.

EXTRA LUNCH OR DINNER (Direct Payment)

Always in stays at the farm.
Delicious menus in our Farmhouse with recipes of traditional dishes, drinks included: water,
glass of wine or beer and coffee.

ITINERANT PROGRAMS 18 € per meal

EXTRA HALF DAY RIGING ( Direct Payment )
Always in stays in Els Masos d’en Coll Agrotourism.
HALF DAY RIDING: 60 €

PRIVATE TRANSFER
Up to 4 people. Anytime.
225 € per car - One way to/from Barcelona’s airport
80 € per car - One way to/from Girona’s airport

IN ALL PROGRAMS
8% Discount for groups from 7 to 12 riders
75 € for double trail with more than 9 nights
50 € for double trail with more than 6 nights
5% discount for riders who repeat with us

Note: Sometimes changes can be made to the program, due to weather conditions, and / or special situations that are beyond our control; always under the responsibility and trust of our guides.

Always, it's possible other dates, private group or not private, during all the year and of all our programs, especially the weeks without program.

Bookings:

horsebackridinginspain@gmail.com

Telephone: 0031612044440

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References

Hi Marion
We had a great time, thank you.
For your website if you like:
We spent four nights at Joan's. The property is situated among the most beautiful of Spain's landscapes, and it is loved.  Our rooms were brand new, extremely comfortable, and everyone was friendly and caring. The horses are fat and friendly, and ready for any kind of adventure. Our riding tours took us through the countryside to ancient villages, the beach, and through pristine agricultural lands. Paloma, our riding leader, is an enthusiastic equestrian and passionate about Costa Brava.
A dream vacation!
Kim

Hi Marion,

We had a wonderful holiday! The horses, people and food have made it unforgettable.

Absolutely worth repeating

Greetings, Mariëlle

Hello!

We had a great time at Pins, a fantastic holiday.

We have lots of photos and we will of course email you some of the best!

Regards

Diedrik