A horseback ride along the Catalan coast, through the landscapes of the Empordà and its coast. Beaches, meadows, and paths that will allow you to discover the Costa Brava. Beautiful landscapes and a great artistic heritage. This region was voted one of the best destinations in the world in 2012 by National Geographic Traveler magazine. You ride through the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Empordà. The park is located on marshy land, serving as a refuge for mainly aquatic birds. More than 300 different species are present there. You ride to the magnificent mouth of La Gola de Ter and its view of the Medes Islands, now converted into a protected natural area. Beaches, sand, naturally formed dunes, beautiful villages, castles and churches await you. Discover the medieval sites of Peratallada, Torroella de Montgrí, and stroll along two sandy beaches. Exciting galloping experience by the sea.
HORSEBACK TRAIL RIDE IN CATALUNIA
INDICATIVE ITINERARY *
Day 1: Welcome ! In the evening you arrive at the horse farm. After a home cooked dinner, presentation of the program for the week and we will talk about the characteristics of our Spanish and Arabian cross horses. Individualized conversation to find the ideal horse for each rider.
Day 2: Today, after breakfast, a short briefing with your guide and preparing your horse, you are ready to start your adventure. You leave Vilafreser crossing an oak forest, accompanied by smells of thyme and rosemary. Your destination today is Besalú: a fortified medieval village. This ancient capital is a jewel of Romanesque architecture located between two rivers. You travel many kilometers in the wild nature of Garrotxa, through fields, open meadows and forests. Your hotel is opposite the spectacular medieval bridge and you have time to wander around and soak up the unique atmosphere of this special village.
Day 3: In the morning you depart from Besalú towards the surrounding forest and hills. You cross a typically Mediterranean forest. It is a rocky area with old buildings of traditional rural architecture, such as shepherds' shelters and small stone walls. Until the Fluviá, from the hills to the plains, you gallop along olive groves and wheat fields. Your destination is an interesting Catalan farmhouse restored with historical respect for the protected buildings. After installing the horses in the paddocks waiting for them, you enjoy a rest at the swimming pool or in the gardens before a delicious dinner.
Day 4: After an excellent breakfast, you find the horses, you get back in the saddle, and you begin your journey west, towards Vilafreser. Although it is a prosperous region, the Empordá region still retains the traditional rural and village way of life. The paths and tracks have not been paved, nor has the countryside been fenced: so there is a limitless combination of footpaths and bridleways to explore.
Day 5: Today is a long day in the saddle. You leave the horse farm heading west and enjoy long gallops through the pine forests of Alt Empordà. Every hour you pass a beautiful village, a castle, churches, arches, a tunnel, old wooden doors with wrought iron knockers...the stone beauty of the past. As the afternoon progresses you feel the proximity of the coast and you finally arrive at the great Gulf of Roses. The support team is waiting for you and has prepared everything for the horses to rest. For dinner: a delicious paella to complete this extraordinary day.
Day 6: After an early start, you trot down to the beach. The long curve of Rosas Bay stretches out before you, miles of golden sand! You enjoy excellent gallops on the beach, then you head inland again along the Fluviá river, passing a bird sanctuary where you can observe migratory birds. The land is flat, with many rice fields and peach, pear and apple orchards. The pace today is lively! After the picnic in a forest of holm oaks, you head back to the horse farm. Accommodation at the horse farm.
Day 7: After breakfast you head south through the Catalan Mediterranean landscape, passing through the small villages of Galliner and Vilamarí. You benefit from spectacular views of the coastal plains and foothills of Empordà. After crossing a forest of pine and oak trees, you stop to rest and have your picnic. For the last part of the day, take a gentle ride to finally reach the horse farm, where you can shower your horse and enjoy a delicious dinner.
Day 8: End of your ride in Spain, departure or transfer to the airport.
* 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 10-11 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.
In comfortable rooms, charming guest houses and hotels. 4 nights at the equestrian farm, 3 nights in different charming guest rooms and hotels.
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.
IN SUMMER, A PROGRAM WITH HALF DAYS MORNING RIDES IS AVAILABLE:
SEE THE SUMMER PROGRAM
By booking with Cap Rando, you get the benefit of the French travel agency law, one of the strictest in the world: an unlimited financial guarantee for all your payments !
1. CHECK THE AVAILABILITY, PRICE, DISCOUNT:
Check the availability and price (depending on the type of accommodation and after possible discounts) by contacting us through the availability & quote request form or by phone +33 (0)483431321, whatsapp +33(0)609520324, or e-mail: email@example.com
If you already have received the confirmation of the availability and the price, you can proceed directly to your booking:
Fill out the online registration form: https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/booking-form
If you are registering and paying for several riders, you can add riders on the form.
If you have difficulty with the online form or if you prefer:
- Download the Excel file for 1 rider
- Download the Open Office file for 1 rider
- Download the Excel file for 2 riders
- Download the Open Office for 2 riders
To be completed, saved on your computer, and sent by email as an attachment.
Your personal information (birth date, height, weight, riding level & experience, health information, etc.) are contractuals. The facility / guide / instructor may exclude on site and without compensation, any person whose information is different from the information provided on the registration form, and/or who does not correspond to the conditions of participation.
Cap Rando is covered for its professional civil liability: GENERALI contract n ° AL974010.
To register on a Cap Rando holiday, you must be covered by an individual liability insurance covering your activity, individual accident, assistance, repatriation, and possibly cancellation (strongly recommended not to lose your payment in case of cancellation for a reason covered by a cancellation insurance).
We offer to Europe Union, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Norway residents (only) to subscribe the "Cap Security" insurance from Chapka Insurance. This covers you for cancellation, interruption of stay, individual accident, assistance 24h / 24h, repatriation, medical expenses abroad, luggage insurance, civil liability. You can also only subscribe a "Cap Cancellation" cancellation insurance if you have insurance covering other risks.
See all information about our cancellation policy and Chapka insurance offer.
For other country citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
The US citizens can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/
- For a stay starting at more than 60 days: It is requested at registration: 30% of the price of the stay, the payment of the insurance possibly subscribed, the transport possibly requested, the booking fees. The balance is to be paid 60 days before the start date of the stay.
- For a stay starting at less than 60 days: Full payment is requested upon registration.
- For a stay starting at less than 21 days: Full payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
- If these are the last places available: Payment by credit card is requested upon registration.
You can pay:
- By credit card on our secure payment website: You will be directed to the payment link after completing the online booking form.
- By bank transfer: Our bank information will be sent to you after reception of your booking form.
For a quick processing and to secure your registration, receipt of your confirmation file within 24-48 hours: choose a payment by credit card. In addition: payment by credit card can allow you to benefit from its possible insurance.
Please note: your reservation will only be confirmed after receipt of your payment.
Your payments are guaranted by our GROUPAMA travel agent bond.
If you book a trip through Cap Rando, you have the guarantee not to loose any payment.
The French law is the strongest and requires all French travel agencies to have an unlimited financial guarantee for their customers in case of financial failure.
You will receive a confirmation file and contract with the invoice and all useful information within 24-48 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.
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:
You can consult the sale conditions: see the conditions.
Reception: Super welcome from the manager, very caring, with home cooked meals at all meals. We even had a Catalan dessert cooked in front of us the last evening.
Cavalry: The general condition of the cavalry (Excellent). My horse (Excellent). Well-treated, well-fed horses that evolve in a healthy outdoor environment.
Saddlery & Equipment: Excellent. Endurance material, Wintec synthetic saddle, good condition.
The comfort, cleanliness and comfort of the accommodation (s): Excellent. Very nice cottage, spacious room with bathtub.
Your general satisfaction on the stay: Excellent stay with very attentive staff, nice and well-treated horses and various landscapes every day!
Quality of the Cap Rando services: Excellent. Good follow-up of our file despite our many discussions, listening to our desires and constraints, we recommend Cap Rando! Only small point of improvement: we asked for a paying transfer and asked if another option was possible: we were told that we could rent a car. However, we discovered when arriving on site by the service provider that it was possible to take a train to access a closer town, which would have reduced the cost of the transfer. To reconsider for the next customers.