Spain horseback riding

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.

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.

(*) 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

  • 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

  • Riding program as described
  • 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
  • Arrival day dinner included/departure day breakfast included
  • 4 Riding days full board including wine (lunch picnic)
  • 1 Riding day half board (lunch not included)
  • Tax on stays in tourist establishments
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Local transfers during the trail
Not included in price
  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure), taxi
  • Collective airport transfer from/to Girona 40,- Euros/one way; from/to Barcelona 60,- Euros/one way
  • Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments
  • Drinks / food in bars
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Coffee at dinner
  • 1 lunch (at restaurant approx. 10,- Euros/ 20,- Euro)
  • Single Room / Double Room / "Half Double Room")
    Single rooms cannot always be guaranteed though booked. If a previously confirmed single room is not available, the guest is entitled to a refund of the price paid for those nights surcharge.
  • Single travellers have the option to book a "Half Double Room".
  • Half double rooms for bookings 60 days prior to departure can only be booked, if at that time a same-gender customer is also waiting for a roommate. If this is not the case, we will book a single room with the regular, advertised surcharge.
  • Single room supplement + 30,- Euro/night
Number of participants
  • 3 -12 Persons
Guaranteed departure
  • With a small group surcharge in case the minimum number of participants is not reached.
  • Airport Barcelona collective group transfer at  5:30 p.m., meeting point at the airport is in Terminal T1 in front of the Café LIZZARAN at the Group Meeting Point North located opposite from the "Oficina de Turisme" (after customs on the right).

    Notice! If you arrive at Terminal T2 all five minutes a free shuttle bus brings you to Terminal T1!

    Flight on departure from 2:30 p.m. on!!

  • Airport Girona: Collective group transfer at  6:30 p.m., The meeting point at the airport is in front of Café Caffriccio in the Arrivals Hall.

    Flight on departure from  1:00 p.m. on!!

  • If the arranged transfer times do not fit with your arrival and departure times, we would be happy to organize a taxi for you (about €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start/end points). Other arrival and departure destinations provided on request.

    Notice: The transfer times can vary depending on flight arrival times/delays from other guests/traffic etc. Please be patient in these cases!
  • First day: on arrival dinner is at approx. 9 p.m.
  • Last day: before departure breakfast is at approx. 9 a.m.
  • Due to local conditions a route change or amendment may be necessary.
  • The Mediterranean Trail can be ridden in both directions.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodations by equivalent if necessary.
Guest opinions

This trail was great! So happy with the variety of beautiful flowers and natural landscape. The scenery was amazing. Wonderful service and very friendly staff! Truly a must-have once in a lifetime trip.

Kelly, May 2017

The Mediterranean Trail exceeded my expectations in every aspect! The horses were very beautiful and forward going. The scenery was wonderful and the accommodations were perfect and the food was fabulous. All very authentic! We were in capable hands with Anais and Manel!

Ara Crabtree, May 2017

It was almost a perfect holiday time! Sport, nature, horses, nice people… such a perfect combo! My horse was so cute and easy, never afraid of anything! Thanks for the organization and the good time I spent here!

Marine Parcheminer, May 2017

Truly, truly the most amazing vacation. The Mediterranean Trail was the perfect ride to experience a variety of landscapes along the Costa Brava. The sights were beautiful, the horses were fantastic and our guide, Nacho, was beyond helpful, knowledgeable, and entertaining. It was an unforgettable week spent in the saddle! Can't wait to plan my second vacation with Panorama Trails!

Lauren Baker, April 2017

The whole trip, accommodation, food, ride, and guide were all so excellent! A very well-organized trip! My horse was amazing and all horses were great with traffic and cyclists, etc. I could relax and enjoy every minute of it! Our guide was very knowledgeable, kind and the best guide one could ask for! Thank you!

Kim Hunt, April 2017

I expected a lot after booking this ride. I was not disappointed, it is a wonderful trail ride! Loved the scenery with the beautiful spring flowers and I learned a lot about trail riding!

Mira Stol, April 2017

I enjoyed the ride very much and my horse was great. We had a good variety of scenery and terrain. Good, long canters! And our guide Nacho was the best. He was very professional and very safety conscious but we all had fun.

Ken Rado, April 2017

Thank you for a wonderful week horseback riding in a most beautiful surrounding. The guide was great and the horses are heroes: brave, sweet, and reliable! I would love to come back!

Marit Lehmann, April 2017

Thanks for another great trail in this wonderful area of Catalonia. We were 11 riders from seven countries led by our excellent guide Anaïs. We had long gallops and a lot of trotting, the horses were very fit and did not seem to show fatigue. And of course being served good food! Thanks to Danny and Jose for providing good service at all levels. Breakfast usually at 09:00 and we rode most of the day turning in the horses usually at six o'clock. For those who do not have any plans in the X-mas of 2016 this trail is an excellent alternative! Ride safe!

Tom Øiestad, Norway - December 2015


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.
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.


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.

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