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Masos d'en Coll

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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. Patricia

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)

Dates March 6 – 10, March 20 – 24, April 03 –  07, April 24 – 28, May 08 – 12, October 16 – 20, October 30 – November 03   , November 13 – 17

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 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

  • 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.

ACCOMMODATION

  • 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

Two beaches     

Price 1130,- euro

High Season (April to October): 190€

Single Room: 250€ per person (single person willing to share no supplement)

Dates March 3 – 10, March 17 – 24, March 31 –  April 07, April 21 – 28, May 05 – 12, October 13 – 20, October 27 – November 03, November 10 – 17

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!

PROGRAM

DAY 1. WELCOME TO MASOS D’EN COLL (SUNDAY)

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 week ́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. GALLOPING WITH EMOTIONS (MONDAY)

This first day will allow us to get used to our saddle and to get to know our trip mate. We will leave Masos d’en Coll and head to Montgrí Mountain, which we will turn it around. We will pass next to the l’Escala and we will arrive at the fantastic village of San Marti d’Empuries. This is a gorgeous little village, perfect to wander around and to discover its history. Our hotel is very close to the beach so you can also enjoy a swim at dusk.

DAY 3. OUR FIRST BEACH! (TUESDAY)

This day we start a bit earlier to enjoy our gallop on the beach. 6 kilometres of beach ahead to let us enjoy long gallops and a bath with the horses! We will take a break at the village of Sant Pere Pescador and we will use the opportunity to clean the horses form any rest of sand, etc. and to take a well-deserved coffee! We still have some hours riding left. This is a quite long and active day that will allow us to see rice fields, apple tree, orchards and much more, before arriving to Can Muni.

DAY 4. BAIX EMPORDÀ (Wednesday)

The trail leads us back to Masos d’en Coll, passing through fruit orchards near the Ter River as we follow the riverbed. We will ride between meadows and rice fields accompanied by ducks

and migratory birds coming from the Medes Islands. We will enjoy a quite active day and a last gallop along the riverbed.

In the afternoon we will arrive at Can Masos d’en Coll and have time to rest before joining the group for a home made dinner!

DAY 5. 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 a nice afternoon.

DAY 6. 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 7. 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 8. DEPARTURE

Departure after breakfast. We hope to see you soon in another adventure!

TRAIL CHARACTERISTICS

  • Dates: From Sunday to Sunday (see dates below)
  • Pace: trail with long gallops, canters and trots.
  • Hours a day: 4-6 hours a day
  • Group: Minimum group: 4 riders Maximum 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.

ACCOMMODATION

  • Masos d’En Coll (Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday) Llabià www.elsmasosdencoll.com
  • Hotel Riomar (Monday) Sant Martí d’Empúries www.hotelriomar.com
  • Can Muni Vilopriu www.canmuni-horse-trail.com
  • Hotel Mediterrani (Calella de Palafrugell) – not sea view www.hotelmediterrani.com
  • Mas Massaller (Cruïlles) www.masmasaller.com

Transfers:

-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.

MOUNTAINS & BEACH RIDE       

Price: 1165 € in a double room basis

High Season (April to October): 190€

Single Room: 250€ per person (single person willing to share no supplement)

Dates:  March 10 – 17, March 24 – 31,, April 07 – 14, April 28 – May 05  , May 12 – 19, May 13-20, May 26 – June 02  , June 09 – 16, September 08 – 15  

September 22 - 29, September 29 – October 06, October 06 – 13, October 20 – 27   , November 03 – 10

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.

PROGRAM

DAY 1. ARRIVAL AT MASOS D’EN COLL

Arrival in Barcelona or Girona and optional transfer to Masos d’en Coll, a typical agricultural Catalan property. It is located in a middle of Baix Empordà, just a few kilometres to the beach. The environment, the pool, the meadow and the landscape procure a lovely ambience. We will go through the week’s program and we will have the chance to talk to our guides about our expectations, horse experience, etc., so they will be able to give the right horse to every rider.

DAY 2. RIDING WITH EMOTIONS

Speed: Long and fast speed in the morning

Today the route will leads us to Can Muni, where we will pass orchards in the area of Ter by following the river. A low landscape that will give us the opportunity to enjoy exciting races of gallop while enjoying the nature’s silence and riding across the narrow streets of all the small cities chiselled in stone. The only thing that we hear is the sound of the horse’s hooves.

DAY 3. TO THE MOUNTAINS

Speed: morning slower pace + afternoon including the chance of a 10-minute long canter

We will start our journey from Can Muni to visit a country characterized by lots of small traditional villages as well as by many pine and oak forests. On this trail, we will ride alternately on trot and gallop. We arrive at Pontos, at the “Tower of the Angel" for a sitting down picnic lunch. Later we proceed our journey to arrive at Vilanant. Once we arrive there, we will spend the night in an antique property that has belonged to the count Rocaberti.

DAY 4. CROSSING THE PYRENEES

Speed: medium speed

This is when we start our mountain adventure, because today we will commence to climb up the Pyrenees. But first we will have the chance to practise long races of gallop. The route flows across a region with lots of old wine-growing areas, olive groves, and rustic buildings. We continue our journey by following the old trail of the Muga River, discovering forests at the bank as well as flood plains. Nearby the river we will have a cowboy picnic and if the weather is kind with us we will take a refreshing bath thus we have the possibility to relax for a while. In the evening we will proceed to the mountains crossing many regions full of beauty marked with small villages to arrive at Cantallops which is located at the Mediterranean Pyrenees. There one of the best hotels that you would find in the Mediterranean Pyrenees will welcome us.

DAY 5. ALT EMPORDÀ

Speed: Slow speed in the morning and medium speed in the afternoon

The route flows across the Mediterranean Pyrenees where the mountains meet the sea; there is a spectacular landscape which shows us, step by step, the beauty of the Empordà. Today we will gallop less and go more on foot. We will pass the Pyrenees on foot until we get to see the sea. In the meantime, the cork oaks, which are perfectly cautious, will accompany us. We will pass by the castle of Recasens an impressive fortress of the 11th Century that, as the years passed, has been renovated. At the peak of the mountain we will have a small cowboy picnic and afterwards we will descend to the most oriental part of the Pyrenees, where we will have one of the most beautiful views above the coast of Cap de Creus. We will spend the night in a small hotel with traditional architecture, where we will have a reinforcing dinner.

DAY 6. THE BEACH

Speed: fast day with long canters

Today we leave the mountains and move to the beautiful plain of Empordà, because today’s programme will lead us to the beach! We will gallop across vineyards and olive groves and pass small towns like Garriguella, Perelada and Vilanova de la Muga. We will have a lunch break in Castello de Empuries, a small city that used to be the old capital of Empordà so preserves a rich medieval past that we will discover in every single small corner and square of this town. In the evening we will ride in a fast gallop to Mas de Mar, an antique house at the beach of Sant Pere Pescador.

DAY 7. BAIX EMPORDA

Speed: beach + afternoon fast canters through the dunes

We arrive at the beach! Our horses gallop through the arena thus we are able to hear how the sound barrier is going to break. Later we arrive at L’Escala and continue our journey the Montgrí Massif, a mountainous zone that separates Alt Empordà from Baix Empordà, two areas that remain very well protected. We will have a break for a sitting down picnic at the entrance of the protected area of the dunes and the Medes Islands.

Its rocky reef sinks into the Mediterranean and creates spectacular landscapes, with a large horizon that spreads above the Mediterranean. Thanks to its protection, some very important

sorts of fauna were able to grow in this landscape. After this, we will descend to reach again Masos d’en Coll.

DAY 8. GOOD BYE / HASTA PRONTO

After spending a wonderful vacation together with our horses, the time to say goodbye has come. We hope to welcome you again very soon !

ACCOMMODATION

  • Masos d’En Coll Llabià www.elsmasosdencoll.com
  • Can Muni Vilopriu www.canmuni-horse-trail.com
  • Mas Jonquer Vilanant www.masjonquer.com
  • Can Xiquet Hotel Cantallops www.canxiquet.com
  • Mas Vivent Vilamaniscle www.masvivent.com
  • Mas del Mar Sant Pere Pescador www.masdelmar.com

INFORMATION

  • Dates: From Sunday to Sunday 
  • Pace: trail with long gallops, canters, trots.
  • Hours a day: 5-7 hours a day
  • Group: Minimum group: 4 riders. Maximum group: 8 riders
  • Horses: The horses for this programme will be Spanish (pure and crossed) and the Arabian ones.
  • 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.

Transfers

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.

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