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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

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.

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

Group 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.

Two beaches     

Price 1095,- euro

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!

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

FURTHER INFORMATION

Dates: From Sunday to Sunday (see dates below)

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. 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.

Group transfers:

- From / to Barcelona airport: 95€ (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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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.

Discovery Costa Brava Breaks

Price: 550 €

Supplements: High Season (from June to October): 90€ Single Room: 108€

DATES 2019

21-24 March 28-31 March , 4-7 April 11-14 April 25-28 April , 9-12 May 23-26 May , 6-9 June 20-23 June , 5-8 September 19-22 September , 10-13 October 24-27 October , 4-10 November

Horseback-riding weekend getaway to experience Costa Brava Flavours

A fantastic weekend break to gallop free crossing Alt Empordà from the Mountains to the rugged cliffs of Costa Brava Beaches.

Join this horse experience to Discovery the nature and the flavours of Catalonia.

PROGRAMME

Day 1. Arrival. Welcome to Peralada

You will arrive to Peralada on Alt Empordà inland 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 weekend 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. 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 3. 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 4. Departure

Breakfast and optional transfer to Barcelona.

ACCOMMODATION

Perelada (1 night) Can Genís www.can-genis.com

Hotel Beri (2 nights) Llançà www.hotel-beri.com

FURTHER INFORMATION

Dates: From Thursday to Sunday (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

Transfer: from / to Barcelona airport: 150€ (return from Llançà)

Transfer: From Girona Airport 100€ (return from Llança)

On request at any time minimum 4 people

Special Pyrenees program in March

Price: 1.180€ pp full board 7 Days/6 nights/5 rides

Price: 1.000€ pp full board 6 Days/5 nights/4 rides

Arriving 3rd March departing 9th March

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!

ACCOMODATION:

Appartments L’Abella L’Abella

http://www.casaruralcamprodon.com/mas-batllo/

Day 2. From the Pyrenees to Alta Garrotxa Natural Park (light blue itinerary)

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.

Accomodation:

Forn de Beget , Beget

www.elforndebeget.com

Day 3. ESPINAVELL VALLEY, Rocabruna and the French Border ( itinerary with blue/ purple marks)

6-8 hours riding

We will leave Beget after breakfast direction Rocabruna mountain village, a small town with 70 citizens and with the very charming Romanesque church of Sant Feliu, crossing the ruins of the old castle to start climbing up to 1600m and riding at the French border to go back to Riutort Valle to finish the day at Espinadell, one of the most important Cattle fairs from all the country.

Accomodation:

Hostal El Quintà , Espinavell

www.hostalelquinta.com

Day 4. Costabona Mountain : high Pyrenees 2600m (Itinerary in orange)

6-8 hours riding

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. to Vallter 2000. Transfer to Setcases and for the rest of the days  you will be staying at the same accommodation.

Accomodation:

Hotel La Cabanya, Setcases

www.lacabanya.net  

Day 5. Pic de L’infern and Carança Lakes (Itinerary green)

6-8 hours riding

After breakfast we will be transfered back to Walter 2000 to continue our itinerary through “Infer peak” with breathtaking views over the Pyrenees and crossing the Carança lakes  and Ter river to ride back down to Setcases.

Accomodation:

Hotel La Cabanya, Setcases

www.lacabanya.net  

Day 6. Puig de Sistre, Vall de Ripoll and L’Abella (Itinerary yellow)

6 hours riding

Departing from Setcases after Breakfast we will be riding crossing the meadows and the forest to have a last ride to Ripoll Valley from Puig de Sistre at 199m to l’Abella at Hipica Mas Batlló, were everything will be ready for a FAREWELL BBQ. Transfer to Setcases

Accomodation:

Hotel La Cabanya, Setcases

www.lacabanya.net  

Day 7. Departure

Breakfast and we hope see you again in one of our trails in Barcelona!

FURTHER INFORMATION

Pace: trail with long gallops, canters, trots.  

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 Camprodon Valley)

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

PROGRAMME

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!

INFORMATION

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 1199 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.

PROGRAMME

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.

ACCOMMODATION

  • 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

INFORMATION

  • 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

 

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