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Mediterranean Trail - Horseback riding in Spain - pure horse riding!


Pure horseback riding ... A diverse round trail through the North Eastern part of Spain, crossing green hilly landscapes and mountains to the beaches of the Mediterranean (on 2 days we ride to the beach). Medieval towns, accommodation in comfortable natural stone houses and family run farms and hotels.

Panorama-Trails Mediterranean trail
Day 1:Mas Alba
Day 2:Marvellous Catalonia
Day 3:The Mediterranean - horseback riding along the beach!
Day 4:Wild Coast - Costa Brava
Day 5:Vamos a la playa
Day 6:Costa Rica
Day 7:Hasta la vista

 

1st day: Mas Alba

Arrival in Spain (Barcelona or Girona) and transfer to our horseback riding farm Mas Alba. Mas Alba is a typical Catalan natural stone house dating back to the 16th century. Since then this wonderful farm has been run by the same family. From here you overlook green meadows, forests and horse pastures. The unique light transforms the surroundings into a picturesque painting. What a beautiful place to begin your holiday in Spain.

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2nd Day: Marvellous Catalonia

We will pass through deep stone oak and pine forests, leaving the horseback riding farm Mas Alba behind us and heading towards the south. A pleasant silence and the perfume of pines, rosemary and thyme accompany us on our way.

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On the side of a 2000 year old Roman road we are welcomed by Joan with Cava, Vino tinto and Catalan specialities in the 'open air restaurante Buffalo'. Well relaxed we continue to ride along the banks of the river Ter.

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With gentle canters we reach one of the most beautiful villages of the Costa Brava - Peratallada. The old town wall embraces the lovely natural stone houses. Mosaic paving stones on narrow streets show marks of horse carriages from long ago. In this lovely setting the friendly landlady presents her cosy accommodation and we end the day with a stroll through the village.

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3rd Day: The Mediterranean-horseback riding along the beach!

At the start of the riding day we pass another "pearl" of the Catalan coast — Palau Sator. The ride then leads through rice fields to the medieval village of Pals with its stone houses and cobbled streets. The name Pals comes from the Latin word palus and means marsh land, as Pals was once surrounded by marshes and lakes.

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We pass craftsmen and artists selling their goods and have lunch in a typical village restaurant. We ride in the shade through sand dunes under the roof of a Mediterranean pine forest, trotting and cantering on the soft sand to the bay of Pals. The rocks of the Islas Medes stick out of the water majestically. Here we can have a swim in the Mediterranean sea and we spend the night in the family run Hotel Picasso.

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4th Day: Wild Coast - Costa Brava

In high spirits we manage to ascend the mountains of Montgri Massif and we are rewarded at the top of the cliffs with a magnificent view overlooking the endless sea.

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Seabirds glide with thermal winds over the coast and the lovely fragrances of rosemary, thyme and lavender are in the air as we sit down to a delicious "Cowboy's Picnic".

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With long canters we cross the high plateau of the coastal mountains and dive into the silence of the Mediterranean sand dunes. In the Bay of Roses we overnight in the hotel on the beach (depending on the season, the overnight stay may be in a beautiful 16th century mill).

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5th Day: Vamos a la playa


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In front of us are miles of sandy beaches. We have an early canter through the breaks which wakes the horses and riders. The water splashes, the sand leaps and we gallop into the sunrise. The horses play with the waves and we try not to get too wet.

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After an adventurous beach ride we have a "second breakfast" in the fishing village of Sant Pere and then follow the river Fluvia inland until we reach the little paradise of a friend, Bogi, who owns a house beautifully situated by the river. The garden, which has a South American atmosphere, gives both horse and rider a romantic setting to end their day. The horses enjoy the big meadow next to the house.

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6th Day: Costa Rica

Sunlight breaks through the deep green of a tropical, jungle like area.

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Bamboo narrows the paths and the atmosphere reminds us of Costa Rica.

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The trail leads us along a river, then winds through forests, meadows and pretty villages of natural stone, then its back to the horseback riding farm Mas Alba.

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We sit by the pool with a cool drink and discuss the week's trail before having dinner together.

 

7th Day: Hasta la vista

Transfer to Barcelona or Girona or extension to another trail at Mas Alba.

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Important notice to all customers! All trail itineraries are general guidelines and in order to offer our customers the best riding holiday experience we often makes changes. Depending on the number of trails running, the season, the weather and national holidays, we may make alterations to itineraries at short-notice, which could affect the number of riding hours per day, the route we take to any given destination or the use of alternative accommodations. Trails can also be ridden in both directions. All changes are at our discretion but when changes are made, we endeavour to ensure that our high standards of quality are maintained and reflected in the alternatives we choose.

If you wish to extend your holiday with us, this trail can be combined with other riding trails from "Panorama Trails" and in this case you will receive a reduction of 50 Euros.


Mediterranean Trail — horseback riding Spain information and photos by Rudi Stolz



Highlights of the trip


  • Long gallops through the lowlands of the river Ter
  • Ride through sand dunes and pine forests
  • Picnic on the highest point of the steep coast of Costa Brava
  • Ride through charming ancient villages
  • Two beach days with speedy gallops
  • Swimming in the sea with view on the cliffs of the Medes Isles


Horse riding conditions Mediterranean Trail (5 days riding):
At least Intermediate Rider, daily 4-7 hours in the saddle; total distance about 180 km/110 miles
Travel dates

LS= Low season; MS= Mid season; HS= High season

Special offers
  • Free bus transfer from / to Girona / Barcelona
  • Young Rider discount (up to and including 28 years): 10% discount
  • €50 discount on Trans-Catalonia combination (2 weeks)
Services
  • 7 days with 6 nights in a double room with shower and toilet, of which 1-2 nights accommodation may be with a shared shower and toilet, 5 riding days
  • 4 riding days with full board including wine (lunch: picnic)
  • 1 riding days with half board (lunch not included)
  • Riding program as described
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Free bus transfer from / to Girona / Barcelona
Not included in price
  • Tax on stays in tourist establishments 1€/night per person (payable locally)
  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure), taxi
  • Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments
  • Drinks / food in bars
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Coffee at dinner
  • Lunch on 1 day (cost of restaurant approx €10 - €20)
Note
  • First day: on arrival dinner is at approx 9pm
  • Last day: before departure breakfast is at approx 9am
  • Program changes possible! The Mediterranean trail can be ridden in both directions
Accommodation
  • Double room
  • Shared double room booked at no extra charge (subject to availability)
  • Single room supplement is an extra €30 per night, if available
Transfers
  • Barcelona Airport transfer at 17.30. Meeting point at Terminal T1 (new) in the arrivals hall in front of the Cafe Jamaica - Group Meeting Point South (after customs control on the left)!
  • Return flights from Barcelona Airport from 14:30!
  • Barcelona City Centre: Shared Transfer at 16:45, meeting point at the taxi stand at the statue of Columbus (below the "Rambla" at Port Vell).
  • Girona Airport: Shuttle bus to 18.30, meeting point at the airport outside the Café Caffriccio in arrivals!
  • Return flights from Girona Airport from 13:00!
  • Girona Train station: Shared Transfer at 18:45, meeting point at the station exit towards the city (before the taxi rank).
  • Pick up times in Barcelona City Centre and in Girona can vary depending on flight arrival times / delays from other guests / traffic etc. Please be patient in these cases!
  • If the arranged transfer times do not fit with your arrival and departure times, we will organize a taxi for you (about €80-€120 from Girona, €200-€250 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start / end points). Other arrival and departure destinations provided on request.
Number of participants
  • 4-12 people
Guest opinions

I'm just back from my first trail experience and still can't believe how amazing these days were. I almost never before spend such a relaxing holiday, with so good food, such a great landscape and nice accomodations as well as a huge portion of good humor.
Nobody should miss it!
Special thanks to our guide Nacho, who contributed with a lot of energy and good spirit to the success of this adventure.
I fell in love a little with my horse Tito who was a very reliable companion with a strong character.
I will come back again - the latest next year!

Thank you so much, Nacho, Rudi and Kathrin!

Susanne Jungmann, June 2013

Hi Rudi,

I really had a great time in Spain. I have enjoyed riding on the horse Gallego. It is a really nice, consistent and cuddly hores. All the places I have seen were very nice. I enjoyed all Bed & Breakfast hotels, all the food and scenery. We had a lot of fun with our group. I wish you, Judith, Buffalo and all the people from the stables the best. And maybey we see each other next year on a different trip.

Greetings,

Sarah Dutrieux, March 2013

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This dream tour has all the ingredients of a classic trail. With steady and quiet conditions, these rides are through forests and meadows and along paved paths through stone villages with spectacular river crossings. Canters along a sandy beach and panoramic views along the Wild Coast are hard to beat. These are the ingredients of this classic trail!
The Mediterranean Trail is ridden at all gaits, so it is recommended that you know how to connect with your four-legged partner. It is also perfect for experienced riders who usually just train in the arena and would be interested to experience trail rides. Our sure-footed horses provide the necessary security in this varied terrain. Every day you will spend 4-6 hours in the saddle.

   
 Riding levels (Horseshoe - )
1 Horseshoe Beginner: If "fresh" in the saddle, has little experience (for example, has had at least 3 months regular riding lessons).
2 Horseshoes Novice Rider: Is familiar with at all basic aids. Does not shy away from being on a well-trained horse in walk, trot and easy canter on short routes on the trail. Rides primarily in the paddock.
3 Horseshoes Intermediate Rider: safe on a well trained horse at all paces - including a long rising trot and canter. Equestrian experience also in open country. Fitness and experience make several hours in the saddle possible.
4 Horseshoes Experienced Rider: Confident and relaxed on horseback, rides regularly and is fit. Has a good seat and soft hands and is capable of handling a spirited horse at canter in open country. May own/share a horse or have previously owned/shared a horse and will be happy with long gallops. Can lead a horse even in difficult terrain.
Costa Brava Mediterranea