A new horseback trail ride in Spain: Inn to Inn between the plains of Catalonia and the peaks of the Spanish Pyrenees.

Cap Rando Selection : Trips organized by Cap Rando partners
In line progressive trail rides
In 2-3 person bedrooms, single bedrooms with supplement
Level 3 :You must be able to walk, trot, canter and gallop outdoor
  • Varied landscapes
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • The Spanish Pyrenees
  • Culture & gastronomy

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You ride up to 2000m altitude into the Massif of Bassegoda. Forget everything you think you know about mountain riding. The Smugglers trail is very special. Discover one of the loveliest regions of Catalonia, a trip in the Romanic Catalan culture. This is the heartland of the region where the four red and yellow lines flag flies proudly on this breathtaking trail. You have the opportunity to taste different delicious Catalan dishes. You will discover three distinct landscapes: the fertile prairies near the river Fluvià, the mighty peaks of the Pyrenees and the warm wooded hills of the Garrotxa. This trail is an interesting mixture for riders that know how to measure their horse and at times leading them on foot.


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Programme intro


image-20220531143506-1Day 1: Welcome. Meeting at the horse farm at the end of the afternoon, and you will meet the team. Before dinner, the week's program is presented, as well as the peculiarity of endurance horses, Arabs and Anglo-Arabs crossed. You will have the opportunity to have a one-on-one conversation designed to find each rider their perfect horse.

We have a copious breakfast and, after a short briefing with the guide, we prepare our horses to leave the farmhouse. Every hour we pass another beautiful village as Ollers or Galliners with church, arches, tunnels, old wooden doors with wrought iron knockers. Next, we will have a picnic and know each other before riding again through prairies and Mediterranean forests to the hotel Masía La Palma, an ancient farm transformed in a comfortable country house.
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The peaks of the Alta Garrotxa are all around us. The air is poignant with the smell of wild herbs and Mediterranean fragrances. Later than any long gallops, we have our picnic at lunch time under an immense cork oak at Maria home with beautiful views of the Fluvia river. In the far distance we can make out the medieval village of Besalú. It is a jewel of a Romanesque city, with its bridge over the two rivers and Jewish past, with its old neighborhood almost intact. The ride is upbeat. The strong Andalusian horses are still full of strength. Their trots are long and rhythmic along the small climbing paths between country cottages with amazing views of the Pyrenees. We will then spend the night at Besalú where we will discover this medieval town at sunset. 

image-20220531141122-1Having tacked up we set off down into the valley of the river Fluviá, Girona´s largest river, and following a gushing stream we canter across the plains and into the spectacular gorge of Sant Aniol at the junction with Llierca river. This is the beginning of a historic smuggling trail between France and Spain. We stop for our picnic next to a big river pool, underneath an impressive Romanesque bridge. Excellent for a refreshing swim after lunch.
This spectacular scenery is the gateway to the region of the Alta Garrotxa, one of the region’s most beautiful natural parks. Up the mountain, in a very big oaks forest, we let our horses to pasture and we go to sleep to Besalú. Near the bridge, we will find again our comfortable hotel “Los Jardines de La Martana”, surrounded by beautiful gardens, and with its impressive library.

Day 5: BEGET
image-20220531141444-1In the morning we leave the gorge with its sculptured rock formations and we ascend higher into the mountains. We ride through Talaxa, a typical lost mountain village. 
From here we have spectacular views of "La Costa Bona", our goal for this journey, Queen of the Pyrenean peaks that we can discern in the far distance.
After a walk down into the next valley we eat a delicious picnic next to a little river. This is an ideal spot to swim with your horse.
In the evening we arrive at Beget, a beautiful mountain village, nestled amidst the gentle mountain scenery. This village maintains all of its original charm, famous for its Romanesque church, original tower and its Black Madonna, a gem of Romanesque architecture. Our hotel for the night is El Forn, it was the village bakery and now it is a well know restaurant in the region. Famous for the “nouvelle cuisine” of the local Catalan dishes and the local mountain wine is excellent, even Richard Gere got lost here…

image-20220531141838-1Day 6: UP TO THE HIGHEST PEAKS
Today after the best breakfast you have ever had we continue our journey riding through beech forests, meadows carpeted in wildflowers. The local farmhouses are huge constructions build by the local aristocracy and wealthy Barcelona merchants in the 16th century. Again, Catalonians Romanesque architecture is ever present in the arches, doors, windows and churches of this region, making for wonderful photography.
Our destination is the village of Espinavell, another small smuggler village untouched by the passing of time, just 5 kilometers from the French border. We stay in a family run mountain hotel with the beautiful presence of "La Costa Bona" in the background. The specialty of this restaurant is its delicious “vadella” with mushroom, wild boar civet and Ratafia, the home-made liquor.

image-20220531143159-1Day 7: WHERE THE EAGLES FLY
Today we will be riding up into the highest mountains of our journey. After an early start we begin to climb a winding track alongside a river. Soon we leave the track as up here it is only rolling mountain meadows and wild flowers where we enjoy some very nice canters and gallops.
The views are immense and breathtaking; the light is that of the Pyrenees. We pass herds of cows and savage horses grazing up here for the summer. Up here it is very common to see eagles, vultures and herds of wild goats and deer. After days of riding in the countryside it is nice to arrive at Camprodon, a lively market town, favored by the Catalan aristocracy in the past. The hotel is situated right in the center, a great opportunity to do some shopping and visit the local bars.

Departure after breakfast.

* Indicative itinerary that can be modified if necessary.


Day 1 directly at the accommodation between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Paying transfer from Girona airport at 7:30 p.m., from Barcelona airport at 6 p.m.

Day 8 after breakfast. Transfer to Girona airport (arrival around 11 a.m.), Barcelona airport (arrival around 12 pm).

Round trip Girona: 100 € per person to be paid locally.
Round trip Barcelona: 100 € per person to be paid locally.

Bus www.sagalesairportline.com or train: www.renfe.com You can book a private car transfer: 225 € / per car / per transfer.

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.


RIDING LEVEL: image 1262
You must be a very good rider, able to walk, trot, canter outdoor on open spaces. Some walks near your horse in the mountains.

About 5-6 hours per day.

Professional licensed guide. The guide speaks Spanish, English, German (on request).

Maximum 11 riders + the guide.


image 2267Trail riding and endurance horses: Arabs, Anglo-Arabs, Hispano-Arabs, horses trained in endurance.

Trail ride, English, some western saddles. The saddles are equipped with saddlebags..


In very comfortable hotels and guest rooms, in 2-person rooms with private bathrooms.
Rooms for 1 person with supplement.

image 2268MEALS:randonnee a cheval et gastronomie Espagne
In the evening, dinners are served in accommodations, prepared with local products. At noon, copious buffets are prepared by an assistant. Some days: picnics are taken in saddle bags. Wine is included with meals.

LUGGAGE TRANSFERS:Insured by assistance vehicle.



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Infos tarif


In double bedrooms: 1585 €
Single bedroom supplement: 260 €
Local taxes: 7 € to pay locally.
Booking fees: 15€
Girona airport: 100 € per person rount trip to pay locally
airport: 100 € per person rount trip to pay locally
Transfers are payable locally.


Horse and tack rental, Guide, Assistant preparing midday meals, accommodation, evening meals,  midday meals, drinks during meals (wine, beer and coca at lunches, wine only at dinners), breakfasts, luggage transfers, the financial guarantee of your payments by our travel operator deposit.


Individual insurance, drinks without meals and not included, any visits, Barcelone or Girona airport transfers not included, tips, local taxes to pay locally (1€ / night), everything that is not indicated in "the price includes".

INSURANCE (if you don’t already have one):
We offer to Europe Union citizens (only) Chapka insurances:
Cap Security: full insurance with cancellation. Cap Cancellation: cancellation only.
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Flights to Spain are not included because it is more interesting to book directly your ticket: a transport package included is generally more expensive with agency commissions. However, we are at your disposal to help you find the best prices or to offer you a flight included package on request (free service).

Dates From Infos Contact
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- 1585€ SUNDAY - SUNDAY - CONFIRMATION IN PROGRESS Information request
How to book

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 !


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: contact@horsebackridingvacations.eu
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

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 citizens (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 non Europe Union citizens: if you pay by credit card, depending on your card, you may be fully covered: check your contract.
You can subscribe directly an insurance for instance on: https://www.axatravelinsurance.com/

A 30% deposit is required upon booking, the balance being due 60 days before the stay date. Less than 60 days before your departure date, full payment is requested at 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: https://www.horsebackridingvacations.eu/form/booking-form
- By bank transfer: Our bank information will be sent to you after reception of your booking form.

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 practical information within 24 hours after reception of your registration form and payment.

See the cencellation policy: cancellation conditions.
Please note: Any stay may be canceled in the event of insufficient bokkings to ensure the stay up to 21 days before the starting date. In this case, a replacement stay may be offered to you, if it does not suit you: full refund is guaranteed without compensation. We advise you to book refundable transports.