Day 1: Catalonia
Arrival at Barcelona or Girona and transfer to a beautifully situated country hotel, a typical Catalonian house built of natural stone. It dates back to the 17th century, and it is surrounded by woods as well as walnut tree and olive groves. The location in this idyllic area where silence and tranquility prevail makes this guest house the ideal place to enjoy nature and to relax. The lovingly designed garden, the pool, the meadows, and forests provide a wonderful atmosphere. What a place to start your horse riding holiday!
Day 2: Pure nature
Past peaceful rural villages, our path winds through the hilly landscape of Empordà.
The sandy bottom and the shading crowns of the Mediterranean pine forest invite long gallops.
On the edge of the River Ter we strengthen ourselves with a picnic. A soothing calm surrounds us. Later in the afternoon you will be in a fast pace to a pretty village at the foot of the Gavarra Mountains. We stay in a lovely restored guest house.
Day 3: Culture - Castle Pubol
We ride through the magical old villages of the Empordanet. With echoes of the horses' hooves on the old paving stones, you will be taken back in time in this hidden area of Catalonia.
When we reach the village of Pubol you can visit the 14th Century castle of Gala, which Dalí gave to his wife, Gala, as a gift.
We have lunch at a restaurant in the village before continuing our horse riding experience to the beautiful village of Peratallada.
Day 4: Dalí's Coast
This morning we will canter across the plain of Ullastret, which was a big lake in the Iberian times. A smooth trail leads us through mellow sand dunes and Mediterranean pine forests, up to the rough looking coastal mountain of Montgri.
On top of the cliffs there is a magnificent view overlooking the endless sea. Sea birds glide with thermal winds over the coast and the lovely fragrances of rosemary, thyme and lavender surround us as we sit down to have Tapas and Vino tinto in the open air 'restaurante Buffalo'.
Later on, we follow the paths that lead us through sand dunes to the sea. We stay overnight in a hotel directly at the "Playa Grande".
Day 5: Vamos a la playa (*)
As the day breaks you can smell the sea and taste the salty air. You are right by the sea with your horse and in front of you are miles of sandy beaches.
With the sunrise, we will canter through the breakwater and your horse will play with the waves - they love the refreshing water.
Through the rice fields of the natural park near the coast we arrive at our accommodation for this night: the oldest Andalusian P.R.E. Stud of Catalonia (P.R.E. = Pura Raza Española).
But here, not only wonderful horses and their history await us, but also charmingly furnished rooms. We can look around in peace and simply relax. And who knows: Perhaps you find here your dream horse here!
We will have lunch in Figueres and have the opportunity to visit the "Teatre Museo Dalí" and to stroll through the streets of the city in the afternoon.
In the evening, we will surprise you with a delightful paella of seafood and fresh vegetables.
Day 6: Coastal Mountains
We ride through sunflower and corn fields over the plains of the Alt Empordan. In long canters, we cross the marshlands of Aiguamolls.
This protected land is surrounded by the coastal mountain range of Rodas. At the foot of the mountain Joan serves a delicious picnic in the open air 'restaurante Buffalo'.
We continue our journey, and in the evening, we reach our accommodation, a restored mansion dating back to 1582. Surrounded by picturesque nature and a wide view of Alt Empordà and the Bay of Roses. Until dinner we refresh ourselves in the pool or let us spoil with a massage.
Day 7: Wild Coast
An old trade route winds through rocky terrain into the natural park of Cap de Creus.
Home of Salvador Dali, the third and final highlight of our Dali Trail. Here the last foothills of the Pyrenees sink into the electric blue sea.
Our four-legged friends climb over a pass to Cadaques, the pearl of the Empordà. The whitewashed fishing village with its old winding streets is rightly considered the most beautiful village on the Costa Brava.
The clear colours of the sky and sea, the excavated rock formations, the luminous bays and deep ravines inspired Dali for his works of art.
The typical dinner in the restaurant of the fishing village rounds off the trail.
8th Day: Adios Amigos
After breakfast, transfer to the airports or continue to the Catalan Coastal Trail.