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Discovery Ride I 

(full days riding tailor made)

From 2 to 6 days 4/6 hours riding, center based

DATES 2018

All year round, except January and December. Tailor-made programme. The whole week is from Sunday to Sunday, but you  can start at any day.  On Sunday, there is not any ride.

The Discovery ride is a lively and exciting ride with a lot of canters and gallops and... with a swimming with horses in a lake. An unforgettable experience!!

To make this experience more authentic, we propose you to ride with our Spanish horses. They will guide you through this region with an amazing variety of landscapes, meadows and forests of pine, idyllic beaches and green valleys. You gallop through plains and meadows, through valleys and winding forest trails and our horses will allow you to access to remote areas out of the civilization.

We invite you to stay at our hotel and cottages, a rural farm with over 500 years of history that has remained stuck in the past but without giving back to the present.

You can decide how long you would like to ride ... from 2 to 6 half or full days!

Tailor-made programme

The whole week is from Sunday to Sunday, but the clients can start at any day. (See attached calendar for Discovery Ride). On Sunday, there is not any ride.

Pace: trail adapted to the riders. It has walk, trot, canter and gallop.

Hours a day: 4-6 hours a day

Group: Minimum group: 2 riders. Maximum group: 10 riders (with a back up guide up 8 riders)

We are going to join the riders according their level

Horses: The horses for the short programme, like weekend will be our Spanish Breed Horses, because they are very good trained to ride on the beach and for short trails.

  • Basic price: 500.00 €360x300_1_1_0

Supplements prices

  • Transfer: 150.00 € (from/to Barcelona airport (return))
  • Transfer: 60.00 € (from/to Girona airport (return))
  • Extra half day riding: 180.00 € (per person per day in double room with full board)

4 days/3 nights/2 days riding:

  • Full day riding (with picnic): 500€
  • Single supplement: 96€

5 days/4 nights/3 days riding:images-2

  • Full day riding (with picnic): 680€
  • Single supplement: 128€

6 days/5 nights/4 days riding:

  • Full day riding (with picnic): 860€
  • Single supplement: 160€

7 days/6 nights/5 days riding:

  • Full day riding (with picnic): 1.045€rsrfotografia_6940_0_0
  • Single supplement: 194€

8 days/7 nights/6 days riding:

  • Full day riding (with picnic): 1.130€
  • Single supplement: 224€

Transfers


- From / to Barcelona Airport: 150€ pp (return) groupprice

- From / to Girona Airport: 90€ pp (return) groupprice.

Discovery Ride II

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(half days riding tailor made)

From 2 to 6 days 4 hours riding, center based

Day 1. Welcome (Sunday)

We arrive at the rural village of Can Muni (Pins) in the afternoon. It is located in the heart of the Baix Empordà, in the middle of nature and hidden from passers-by. Our farmhouse with stonewalls welcome you. Here you will meet the family and your guide. At dinner, we will go over the week’s program, you will be told about the special characteristics of our horses. After dinNer, you will be given an introduction to the weeks programme with an opportunity for a one to one conversation designed to find every rider their perfect horse. 

Day 2. Our medieval villages (Monday)

Today's destination is the Baix Empordà region, passing through medieval villages such as Camallera, Sant Jordi Desvalls and Gauses. We will cross gorgeous beech and holm oak forests, and we will be able to see the vineyards near Sant Jordi. We will go through Gauses, with its beautiful medieval church from the 15th Century. This morning we will enjoy nice gallops, some trots and walks.

Day 3.  Let’s gallop! (Tuesday)

Today we will set towards the village of Verges, going pass the villages of Las Olivas, Garrigolas and, finally, Verges. Along the way, we will be able to enjoy long gallops. We will see the plain part of this area, following in the distance the path of the Fluvia River.

Day 4. Following the riverbend (Wednesday)

Today is going to be a both longer and faster day. We will go down to the village of Colomrs, where we will visit a typically medieval village, with its walls, its church and its paved streets. We will cross the Fluvia River and, galloping along the river, we will head to Sant Jordi Desvalls, where we will also see its narrow streets. Crossing fairy tale’s forests, we will arrive at Llampaies and we will enjoy a new gallop on the way back home.

Day 5.  Cultural tourism (Thursday)

Today we will have a chance to visit some of the northern villages, like Saus o Vilaür. We will see the church of Saus, the olive groves that surround the village and we will enjoy the views of the Pyrenees in the distance.

Day 6. Swimming with horses! (Friday)

Today, if the weather is nice, we will be able to swim with the horses! We will go to the Vallveralla Lake, passing by the historical villages of Sant Mori and Ventallo. We will enjoy pleasant gallops, some trots and walks.

Day 7. The best views (Saturday)

Today we will have the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding views from the Puig Segalar, amazing views over the Roses Bay, the Pyrenees and the Fluvia River bend. A quite active farewell day!

Day 8. Goodbye friends (Sunday)

Breakfast and departure.... We hope to see you soon again! (Or why not continue with another week’s trail in the mountains?)

Prices

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  • Half-day riding - half board (4h): 365€  -
  • Single supplement: 96€
  •  Non-rider half board: 260€

5 days/4 nights/3 days riding:

  • Half-day riding - half board (4h): 480€  -
  • Single supplement: 128€
  •   Non-rider half board: 320€

6 days/5 nights/4 days riding:rsrfotografia_6103_0

  • Half-day riding - half board (4h): 600€
  • Single supplement: 160€
  • Non-rider half board: 385€

7 days/6 nights/5 days riding:

  • Half-day riding - half board (4h): 715€
  • Single supplement: 194€
  • Non-rider half board: 450€

8 days/7 nights/6 days riding:2016_galeria_0

  • Half-day riding - half board (4h): 770€
  • Single supplement: 224€
  • Non-rider half board: 515€

Supplements prices

Transfer: 150.00 € (from/to Barcelona airport (return))

Transfer: 60.00 € (from/to Girona airport (return))

Extra half day riding: 125.00 € (per person per day in double room with half board)

Beachride trail   € 650,-

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. With lots of long canters and gallops through pine forest, we reach the long curve of the Bay of Roses. Here we enjoy a fantastic gallop and we can even stop to take the horses into the water, they love it! We continue crossing a Natural Park, the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Emporda, a marshy land that shelters predominantly aquatic birds. Finally, we will go back to Can Muní through crop fields and old villages, beautiful stonework of the past.

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!   

DATES 2018

March 14-18 April 11-15 April 25-29 May 9-13 May 23-27 June 6-10 September 12-16

September 26-30 October 10-14 October 24-28 November 7-11

PROGRAM

DAY 1. Welcome

You will arrive at Can Muní. Located at the Pyrenees’ feet, facing the natural and wild reserve of the Illes Medes, the guesthouse of Can Muni, and its surroundings, will make you discover l'Empordà and the many pleasures of the mountain and the countryside holidays. Wild nature close to the beach and Figueres, and not far away from Girona and Barcelona. The perfect place for a horse riding holiday and an original way to discover l'Empordà. Before dinner we will go over the week's program. You will be told about the special characteristics of our Andalucian 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 their perfect horse. Then, you will enjoy a fantastic dinner!

DAY 2. From inland to the sea

We will leave Can Muní and head to the small hill called “ Puig Segalar” from where we will enjoy amazing views over our first beach, Roses Bay. From this point we will get a general view of the entire route and we will star enjoying the landscape. We will approach Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park. This first day will allow us to get used to our saddle and to get to know our trip mate.

Between cereal fields, we will have our lunch under the pine trees of Viladamat, before starting with the gallops of the afternoon. We will arrive at the fantastic village of San Marti de 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. the beach and a long gallop

This day we start a bit earlier to enjoy our gallop on the beach. 6 kilometres of beach are waiting for us 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 the rests of sand, etc. and to take a well-deserved coffee! We still have around three hours riding ahead. This is a quite long and active morning that will allow us to see rice fields, apple tree orchards… We will arrive at Castello d’Empuries to finally rest. We will enjoy a free afternoon that you can use to stroll around Castellò, to visit the basilica, the squares, the wall… If you are interested, we can arrange a visit to the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres.

DAY 4. Through fruit orchards

On our way back to Can Muní we will pass pear and apple orchards. We will cross the villages of Vilamacolum and San Miquel de Fluvia, following the bend of the Fluvia and Muga Rivers. We will arrive at Can Muní where they will be waiting for us with a wonderful dinner! 

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Breakfast and departure. We hope to see you again soon!

Trail Characteristics

Dates: From Sunday to Thursday (See dates below)

Pace: trail with long gallops, canters and trots.

Hours a day: 5-7 hours a day

Group: Minimum group: 4 riders .discovery_costa_brava_trek_and_ride_room_0

Maximum group: 10 riders

(with a back up guide up 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.

Prices

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Supplement Touristic Tax: 1,5€ for weekend trails

Mid Season (26th June to 4th September): 60€

High Season (27th March – 26th June and 4th September – 16th October): 90€

Single Room: 30€ per night / per person (single person willing to share no supplement)

Transfers:

From / to Barcelona airport: 95€ (return)

From / to Girona airport: 60€ (return)

Two beaches     € 1095,-

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!

DATES 2018

March 11-18 April 8-15 April 22-29 May 6-13 May 20-27 June 3-10 September 9-16 September 23-30 October 7-14 October 21-28 November 4-11

DAY 1. WELCOME

You will arrive at Can Muní. Located at the Pyrenees’ feet, facing the natural and wild reserve of the Illes Medes, the guesthouse of Can Muni, and its surroundings, will make you discover l'Empordà and the many pleasures of the mountain and the countryside holidays. Wild nature close to the beach and Figueres, and not far away from Girona and Barcelona. The perfect place for a horse riding holiday and an original way to discover l'Empordà. 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 their perfect horse. Then, you will enjoy a fantastic dinner!

DAY 2. GALLOPING WITH EMOTIONS

We will leave Can Muní and head to the small hill called “Puig Segalar” from where we will enjoy amazing views over our first beach, Roses Bay. From this point, we will get a general view of the entire route and we will start enjoying the landscape. We will approach Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park. This first day will allow us to get used to our saddle and to get to know our trip mate.

Between cereal fields, we will have our lunch under the pine trees of Viladamat, before starting with the gallops of the afternoon. 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!

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 around three hours riding left. This is a quite long and active morning that will allow us to see rice fields, apple tree orchards… We will arrive at Castello d’Empuries to finally rest. We will enjoy a free afternoon that you can use to stroll around Castellò, to visit the basilica, the squares, the wall… If you are interested, we can arrange a visit to the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres.

DAY 4. THROUGH fruit orchards

On our way back to Can Muní we will pass pear and apple orchards. We will cross the villages of Vilamacolum and San Miquel de Fluvia, following the bed of the Fluvia and Muga Rivers. We will arrive at Can Muní where they will be waiting for us with a wonderful dinner! 

DAY 5. TOWARD L’ESTARTIT BAY

Today we will leave Can Muní again, but direction L’Estartit Bay this time. Passing villages like Albons and Torroella de Montgrí, we will follow the bed of our third most important river, the Ter River. We will sight the Montgrí Castle, and notice how the landscape changes to dunes, in the Montgrí and Medes Islands Natural Park. We will arrive at L’Estartit where we can go shopping, stroll, go to the beach, etc. And, of course, we will enjoy a fantastic dinner!   

DAY 6. THE SECOND BEACH

Back to the beach! Our horses gallop on the sand, playing with the waves! We will cross River Ter to get in the Baix Empordà, arriving at Pals for lunch. Wonderful views of the rice fields will accompany us. We will cross the medieval village of Peratallada with its stone houses and streets. At the hotel, a beautiful rural guesthouse, we will taste a homemade Catalan dinner.

DAY 7. BAIX EMPORDÀ

The trail leads us back to Can Muní, 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. Back at Can Muní, it is time to enjoy our farewell dinner and to get ready for next day departure.

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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: 5-7 hours a day

Group: Minimum group: 4 riders. Maximum group: 10 riders

(with a back up guide up 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.

Prices

2016_portada_1_2 1.095€ per person in double room

Supplement Touristic Tax: 3,5€

High Season (27th March – 26th June and 4th September – 16th October): 185€

Single Room: 245 euro / per person (single person willing to share no supplement)

Grouptransfers

From / to Barcelona airport: 150€ (return)

From / to Girona airport: 90€ (return)

MOUNTAINS & BEACH RIDE       € 1130,-

DATES 2018

March 4-11 March 18-25 April 1-8 April 15-22 April 29 – May 6 May 13-20 May 27 - June 3 June 10-17 September 2-9 September 16-23 September 30 – October 7 October 14-21 October 28 - November 4 November 11-18

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 in Barcelona or Girona and optional transfer to Can Muni, a typical agricultural Catalan property. It is located in a small village of the 15th Century with its stone made houses, which currently accommodate a little rural hotel. The environment, the pool, the meadow and also the forest procure a lovely ambience. We will start our vacation with a delicious dinner, when we will have the opportunity to meet the rest of the group and the guide.

day 2. riding with emotions 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. The first day gives us the opportunity to adapt our tack for the horses and to get to know our guide. On this trail, we will ride alternately on trot and gallop. We arrive at Pontos, at the “Tower of the Angel" for 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 3. to the mountains 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 shortly eat something 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 4. crossing the pyrenees 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 Empodà. 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 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 5. Alt Ermpordà, 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 6. the beachWe 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.  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. We will have a small gourmet-picnic at the top of the rocky reef where we have a wonderful view above the Bay of Roses. After this, we will descend to get to the town of L’Estartit where we will spend the night.

day 7. Baix Emporda, Today the route will leads us back 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. But it is also a quiet area where nothing disturbs the nature’s silence, while we trot across the narrow streets of all the small cities which have been all chiselled in stone, the only thing that we hear is the sound of the horse’s hooves. At lunch, we arrive at Can Muni where a traditional meal is waiting for us. We will meet the other riders again and share together all our adventures and, with an extensive farewell dinner, our vacation comes to its end.

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 !

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: 10 riders (with a back up guide up 8 riders)

Horses: The horses for this programme will be Spanish

(pure and crossed) and the arabian ones.

  • Basic price: 1,130.00 €

Supplements prices

  • High season: 185.00 € (from April to October)
  • Single room: 245.00 € (single person willing to share no supplement)
  • Transfer: 95.00 € (from/to Barcelona airport (return))
  • Transfer: 60.00 € (from/to Girona airport (return))

The price includes:

  • accommodation
  • fullboard with wine on the nightly meals
  • qualified guide speaking English

The price does not include:

  • transfers
  • extra drinks

Supplement touristic tax: 3,5 €

2016_portada_10_0INFORMATION

Dates: From Sunday to Wednesday

(see dates for Landscapes of Barcelona)

Pace: trail with gallops, canters, trots and walks. 

Hours a day: 4-6 hours a day

Group: Minimum group: 4 riders

Maximum group: 10 riders (with a backup guide up 8 riders)

500x400_3_0-1 Horses:  Spanish, Hispano-Arabians, Arabians, Anglo-Arabian, Quarterback

HIGH PYRENEES      € 1125,-

DATES 2018

April 15-21 April 29 – May 5 May 13-19   May 27 – June 2 June 10 – 16  June 24 – 30    July 29 - August 4 September 16-22    Sep 30 - October 6  October 14 – 20

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!

PROGRAM

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 have arrived 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 Setcasas, a well-known village, 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, our stop. 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.

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

INFORMATION

Dates: From Sunday to Saturday (see dates for High Pyrenees)

Pace: trail with long gallops, canters, trots.

Hours a day: 6-8 hours a day

Group: Minimum group: 4 ridersimg_0008_0_0

Maximum group: 10 riders (with a back up guide up 8 riders)

Horses:  Spanish, Hispano-Arabians, Arabians, Anglo-Arabian,

Quarterback

  • Basic price: 1,125.00 €

Supplements prices

  • High season: 185.00 € (From )
  • Single room: 216.00 € (single person willing to share no supplement)
  • Transfer: 150.00 € (from/to Barcelona airport (return))

360x300_1_0_0PYRENEES TO SEA    € 1095,-

DATES 2018

April 8-14 April 22-28 May 6-12 May 20-26 June 3-9 June 17-23 September 9-15 September 23-29 October 7-13 October 21-27 November 4-10

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 Empurdà, 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.

PROGRAM

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’Alvera and coastal vineyards

6-8 hours riding

Day with trots and many gallops. Today we leave the mountains and ride through the Alvera wine-growing region, and through the coastal area of Costa Brava.

From Perelada we will head to Sant Pere de Rodes, crossing a vineyards and olive trees area, until we arrive at the foot of the mountain. We are going to ride up to San Pere de Rodes, an ancient Romanesque monastery, from where we have an incredible view over the sea of Cap de Creus and Alt Empordán with the Bay of Roses and Port de la Selva. We will even be able to sight the Côte Vermeille cape, in France.

From Sant Pere de Rodes we will go down to Port de la Selva. Dinner and Accommodation.

Day 6. To the sea!

6-7 hours riding

Today, we will ride out of Port de la Selva to the Cap de Creus Peninsula and the sea. This peninsula of sculptured rock full of flowering shrubs, a truly lunar landscape, is Salvador Dali’s country; this area inspired many of his paintings. We lead our horses down to Tavallera Bay, a smugglers cove and a fantastic beach. We will enjoy our picnic in this cove. The effects of the Tramontane wind give us the opportunity to watch diverse forms of erosion, which convert the landscape in a special, formed one. We will ride to Cadaqués and then back to Port de la Selva, riding through the Cap de Creus Natural Park.

Free time, farewell dinner and accommodation at Port de la Selva.

Day 7. Departure

Breakfast and optional transfer to Barcelona.

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 (with a back up guide up 8 riders)

Horses:  Spanish, Hispano-Arabians, Arabians, Anglo-Arabian,

Quarterback

PRICE

Price: 1.095 €

Supplement Touristic Tax: 3,5€

High Season (27th March – 26th June and 4th September– 16th October): 175€

Peak season (July): 200€

Single Room: 35€ x night x person (single person willing to share no supplement)

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

 

 

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