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.
1st day: Mas AlbaArrival 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.
2nd Day: Marvellous CataloniaWe 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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).
5th Day: Vamos a la playa (*)
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.
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.
6th Day: Costa RicaSunlight breaks through the deep green of a tropical, jungle like area.
Bamboo narrows the paths and the atmosphere reminds us of Costa Rica.
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.
We sit by the pool with a cool drink and discuss the week's trail before having dinner together.
7th Day: Hasta la vistaTransfer to Barcelona or Girona or extension to another trail at Mas Alba.
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.
(*) It is specified in the Coastal Law (Law 22/1988, of 28 July) and the regulations surrounding it (Royal Decree 1471/1989, of 1 December), that excursions operated in places of maritime public domain should not be for profit. We would like to advise that we do not charge for riding on any beach and therefore that part of any ride is free of charge.
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
|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
LS= Low season; MS= Mid season; HS= High season
|Not included in price||
|Number of participants||
Thank you so much for the absolutely fabulous trail! I was the "green one" in the group but every thing exceeded my expectations and I had a blast! Horses were so well trained and sweet, international group was funny and helpful, and of course the trail it self was the most beautiful with changing landscape from poppy fields to seaside and everything between. Most important thing for the successful trail was our great guide Nacho, who made us feel safe by showing great horsemanship and knowledge of human nature :) I really lived my dream!
Warmest thanks also to Jose for excellent arrangements of lunches and all.
See you next year!
Big hug and kisses from Finland, also to my "good bad boy" Atrevido :)
Susanna, May 2014
Many thanks for a great time and riding vacation!
It all was sooo nice again! And Nacho is such a good guide and a nice person, and took care of everything so well.
As well Jose was great and very patient with helping us 'old ladies' :) :)- me and my friend Susanna, with saddle belts and everything.
Also cooking and food all was so delicious!
Hugs and regards to all of you! We surely will come back again next spring… if not earlier! :)
Give some extra carrots and some sugar to Attila and Quijote, please! :)
Tell my best regards and many thanks for a very nice vacation also to Nacho and Jose!
Kind regards from Finland
Anita, May 2014
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.
Thank you so much, Nacho, Rudi and Kathrin!
Susanne Jungmann, June 2013
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.
Sarah Dutrieux, March 2013
|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.|