Ride through old villages on horseback, pass Romanesque churches. From the foothills of the Pyrenees to the rolling plains of Empordà, bordered by the long curve of the Bay of Roses... eight kilometers of beach ! You will experience the gallop of your life alongside the waves. Over the hours, discover a magnificent village, a castle, a church... In particular Castelló d'Empúries, a lively village with its majestic cathedral. Ride among the magnificent natural surroundings of Alt Empordà. Discover small medieval villages like Besalú, Crespià and Bàscara. Cross hills and pass fields of wheat, poppies and sunflowers. Discover forests full of wild herbs. Gallop through coastal meadows and walk along small winding coves. Alt Empordà is full of culture, history and natural diversity.
HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE IN CATALUNIA
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *
Day 1 - Welcome ! You will arrive at your accommodation, located on the Pyrenees’ feet, facing the natural and wild reserve of the Medes Islands, the guesthouse and its camp site, will make you discover the Empordà and his preserved nature, riding trails. The multiples pleasures of the mountain and the country-side holidays. Holiday’s nature close to beach and Figueres, and not far from Girona and Barcelona. The ideal place for a horse-riding holiday and an original way of discovering the region. Before dinner we will go over the week’s program. You will be told about the special characteristics of our Spanish 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 can enjoy a fantastic dinner !
Day 2 - Departure of the horseback ride. After preparing your horse, you are ready to start your horseback riding adventure. The horses are fresh and ready. You enjoy long canters through the pine forests of Alt Empordà. Every hour you pass a beautiful village, a castle, a church, arches, tunnels, old wooden doors with wrought iron knockers: the beauty of stone and the past. As the afternoon progresses, you feel the proximity of the coast. You finally arrive to the Mediterranean: the magnificent Gulf of Rosas stretches out before you and your hotel for the night is close to the beach.
Day 3 - Vamos a la playa ! After an early start, you trot 1 km to the beach. The long curve of the Bay of Rosas stretches before you: kilometers of golden sand. You enjoy beautiful gallops on the beach. After the beach walk, you head inland along the Fluvià River, passing a bird sanctuary where you can observe flocks of migratory birds. The land is flat, with numerous rice plantations and peach, pear and apple orchards. Today, the pace is lively and at lunchtime, you enjoy a superb picnic. In the afternoon you can explore Castelló d'Empúries and go shopping. It is a town with a lively cathedral where you can enjoy excellent tapas and cold drinks on one of the pretty terraces. Opportunity to visit the famous Dali museum in Figueres.
Day 4 - Boadella Lake: After an excellent breakfast, you get back in the saddle to continue your journey towards the mountains. Today's ride is spectacular, again at a brisk pace as you trot and gallop across the plains and through Mediterranean fields, meadows and forests, infused with the scents of herbs and wildflowers. In the afternoon, you walk along the cork oaks, olive groves and vineyards. After Lake Boadella, you return to your evening accommodation: a charming farm where you enjoy excellent homemade cuisine using local products.
Day 5 -Wild Emporda: Today, after saddling your horse, you head towards the most intact area of the ride, in terms of flora and fauna: the wild nature of Alt Garrotxa. During the morning you ride through hills and pine and oak forests. Continuing past the charming village of Terrades, you will most likely come across herds of sheep or wild boars. At dusk you arrive at your destination: Sant Martí Saserres, famous for its church, where you let the horses graze and rest. You are transferred by car to the Hotel Masia La Palma in Espinavessa: a country house dedicated to rural tourism that retains its original charm and in which Tonia and Andres are the perfect hosts.
Day 6 - Cantalan architecture and Besalù. You follow the north bank of the Fluvià river and enjoy a spectacular landscape with many different bird species. You cover a long distance in a record time, past sunflower fields, open meadows and forest. You stop in Besalú where you have a delicious picnic by the river. Besalú: fortified medieval village and ancient capital, is a jewel of Romanesque architecture located between two rivers. The squares, carved stone pillars and cool shaded arched passages are a marvel to behold. Without forgetting the stained glass windows of its churches. You have time to walak around and soak up the unique atmosphere of this ancient medieval village with its characteristic bridge. You will sleep at the Masia La Palma hotel, where you spent the previous night. The house dates from the 17th century and has been carefully restored. The swimming pool and lounge are at your disposal and there is the possibility of enjoying a private Spa or a massage. The restaurant: a traditional cuisine based on the best local ingredients and old family recipes.
Day 7: Back home ! In the morning, you leave Vilert and go to the forest and the hills around the village of Ollers, also known for its imposing church. In the region are some majestic farms, built by nobility in the 17th century. With a breathtaking view of the Pyrenees behind you, you enter the historic village of Galliners with some beautiful examples of Catalan architecture. You cross forests full of aromatic herbs and wild flowers and you stop for a pleasant picnic surrounded by rosemary bushes. After lunch, you continue your journey on horseback in the Alt Empordà region and after some good gallops, you slow down the pace to reach your final destination. Sit down, relax in the gardens or swim in the swimming pool and end the day with a comforting house meal for dinner !
* Indicative itinerary that can be modified if necessary.
Day 1 directly at your accommodation between 5 and 8 pm.
Paid transfer from Girona airport at 7:30 p.m., from Barcelona airport at 6 p.m.
The morning of day 8 after breakfast. Transfer to Girona airport (arrival around 10 a.m.), or Barcelona airport (arrival around 11:30 a.m.).
Gerona round trip: 60 € per person.
Barcelona round trip: 120 € per person.
Transfers are payable locally.
FROM BARCELONA TO GERONA:
Bus www.sagalesairportline.com or train: www.renfe.com . You can book a private car transfer: 240 € / per car / per transfer.
We recommend a car rental, particularly cheap in Spain, on www.autoeurope.fr
Flights are not included in our prices because it is generally more interesting to book your flights yourself, an inclusive flight package is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best rates or to offer you a trip including transport on request: free service.
You must be confident at the three gaits (walk, trot, canter) ourdoors. Minimum age: 9 years old if good rider.
About 4-6 hours per day.
Maximum 8-10 riders.
Professional licensed guide. The guide speaks Spanish, English, French, German.
Trail ride horses, mostly crossed Spanish or Arabian.
English saddles equiped with saddle bags.
At the equestrian center, in comfortable rooms in an old Catalan farmhouse over two hundred years old transformed into a rural guesthouse for tourism and equestrian activities.
In the evening, dinners are served in your accommodation with local produces. At noon, copious picnics are prepared by an assistant. Wine is included with meals.
|CONFIRMATION IN PROGRESS
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Before booking your transport: we advise you to wait for the receipt of the confirmation file and check that your transports feet with the meeting/separation times of the offered transfers. We recommend booking refundable transports.
7. CANCELATION POLICY:
Please note: Any stay may be canceled if there are insufficient bookings to ensure the stay up to 20 days before the date of a stay of more than 6 days, 7 days for a stay of 2 to 5 days. In this case, you may be offered a replacement stay or a departure with a supplement, if these proposals do not suit you: a full refund (unless you have accepted a possible supplement upon registration), excluding booking fees and possible non-refundable transport, is guaranteed without compensation.
See the cencellation policy: cancelation conditions.
8. SALE CONDITIONS:
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I'm already looking forward to the next horseback riding trip in Provence and Camargue with Cap Rando !