Relaxed riding across a paradisiacal coastline

Coast & Spanish Horses Summer Trail

Relaxed riding across a paradisiacal coastline

1.290 € pp
7 Days / 5 Riding Days

Overview

Short Trail Description

The Catalonian Coast & Spanish Horses – Summer Trail is a pleasing trail ride for trail lovers who want to enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Costa Brava, but with relaxed riding days.

On well-selected paths we ride to the Cap de Creus, the easternmost point of Spain. Like a karstic dorsal fin the Pyrenees sink into the sea. Fantastic views over the sea, hidden bays for swimming, a visit and overnight stay at the oldest Andalusian stud (P.R.E. – Pura Raza Española) in Catalonia, a wine tasting at an organic vinery, and probably the most beautiful fishing villages on the Costa Brava, such as Cadaques and Port de la Selva, transform this summer trail into a pleasure trail for ambitious riders.

Duration

  • 7 Days / 6 Nights / 5 Riding Days

Participants

  • 1 - 10 Riders

Scenery

  • Coast
  • Mediterranean Coastal Area

Highlights & Facts

  • Spectacular and scenic coastlines
  • On horseback through medieval stone villages
  • Overnight at the oldest P.R.E. Stud Farm in Catalonia
  • Wine tasting at a winery
  • White fishing villages on the Cap
  • Fine sandy beaches and secluded coves for swimming

Riding Level

  • 2 horseshoes or more (Basic)

Recommendation

Maybe you will find the horse of your dreams during this trip! We will gladly help you to purchae a P.R.E. Andalusian horse.

Trail Route

Day 1: Catalonian Coast – Summer Trail: Ride and experience Spain!

Arrival in Barcelona or Girona and transfer to our Riding Centre Mas Alba, a typical Catalan stone house dating from the 16th century. From the beautifully decorated rooms we overlook the surrounding paddocks and woodland. At dinner we meet our "new rider friends" and our tour guide.

Day 2: The lovely hinterland of the Wild Coast

We depart from Mas Alba on our four-legged companions. Over fields and through dense forests our horses carry us reliably into the lonely outback of the Wild Coast. In this beautiful setting a soothing calm and peacefulness surrounds us and we discover hidden natural stone villages. In this beautiful ambience we soon enjoy a picnic with typical Catalan cuisine.

Well rested, we ride downriver in the afternoon to a beautiful old mill situated at the edge of the River Fluvia. This cosy guest house offers us excellent accommodation. Before dinner we have time to explore the South American-style garden.

Day 3: P.R.E. Andalusian Stud Farm

This morning the River Fluvia accompanies us towards the sea. At some points we cross the river safely and pass through beautiful Catalan villages on horseback with resounding hoof clatter. Under old cork trees our trail assistant has already laid the table for lunch! What a magnificent place to enjoy the delights!

Strengthened we get back on the road. In the afternoon, surrounded by rice fields, we arrive at our impressive home for the night.

The oldest P.R.E. Stud of Catalonia (P.R.E. = Pure Spanish Breed).

At the stud the friendly owner proudly presents his horses and we learn many interesting facts about the history of the P.R.E. horse. And who knows, maybe you will find your dream horse here! In the evening in this wonderful atmosphere we will be spoiled with Catalan delicacies by our "gourmet chef" David.

Day 4: The Plains of the Emporda

We leave the Stud Farm through the rice fields and ride across the plain of Emporda to Castello de Empuries with its mighty cathedral.

We cross the northern marsh area of the Aiguamolls and get to the sandy beaches of Roses. Before we eat on the beach for lunch, we can visit the "Ciutadella" castle and of course we can have a swim in the sea.

Near to Roses a luxurious house with swimming pool and Spa will be our attractive accommodation for the night.

Day 5: Cap de Creus

Like mountain goats our "Andalusians" climb into the mountainous Cap de Creus. High up on the pass we will be rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views. To the south we look over the Gulf of Roses and to the north the Gulf de Lion.

Herbs and flowers slumber by the wayside and isolated little cork oak forests give off Mediterranean flair. Our friend Diego brings organic wine down the valley. Diego prepares lunch for us and we have a delicious wine tasting. Particularly impressive is the 25-year-old "Garnacha" from the oak barrels. This "pleasure drop" has been repeatedly honoured as the best Catalan dessert wine!

At the picturesque village of Selva de Mar we find our familiar homely accommodation for the night. We have the afternoon to ourselves and those who are interested can spend this time on the beach in Selva de Mar or explore one of the secluded bays.

Day 6: The magical land of the Wild Coast

An old trade route winds through rocky terrain in the Natural Park of Cap de Creus.

This is where the last foothills of the Pyrenees sink into the electric-blue sea.

The vivid colours of the sky and sea, the eroded rock formations and the bright bays with their deep canyons immerse us in a bizarre coastal landscape.

In a beautiful bay we have a picnic and go for a swim - what paradise!

We spend our last night at Cadaques, a jewel of the Costa Brava. The whitewashed fishing village, with its old, winding streets is justly considered the most beautiful village on the Wild Coast.

The best "Paella" in the village completes our last evening of the eventful journey.

Day 7: Hasta la vista!

Transfer to Barcelona or Girona or extension to another trail.

> Important notice to all customers!

Information & Services

Character

The Catalonian Coast & Spanish Horses – Summer Trail is the ideal program for trail connoisseurs who do not want to miss the spectacular scenery of the Costa Brava, but with relaxed riding days. The balanced and quite pleasant riding days also offer ideal conditions for beginners and less experienced riders. The trail connects varied the lovely countryside of the Catalonian countryside with the Wild Coast. The modest pace and the slightly shorter riding days do not require an above average riding ability. Daily riding time between 3-5 hours a day, one day 2 hours.

Included services

  • 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
  • 2 Riding days full board including wine (lunch picnic)
  • 2 Riding day half board (dinner at restaurant not included)
  • 1 Riding day only breakfast
  • Tax on stays in tourist establishments
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Local transfers during the trail

Not included services

  • Flight or public transport (on arrival and on departure), taxi
  • Collective airport transfer from/to Girona 30,- Euro/one way; from/to Barcelona 45,- Euro/one way
  • Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments
  • Drinks/food in bars
  • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks
  • Coffee at dinner
  • 1 lunch and 3 dinners (at restaurant approx. 15,- Euro/ 20,- Euro)
  • Tips for the team and other services

Notice

  • 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 Catalonian Coast & Spanish Horses – Summer Trail can be ridden in both directions.
  • The tour operator reserves the right to substitute the described accommodations by equivalent if necessary.

Accommodation

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

Transfer

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. onwards!!


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. onwards!!

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!

Guaranteed departure

With a small group surcharge in case the minimum number of participants is not reached. (only on demand)

Important notice

Important notice to all customers!

All trail itineraries are general guidelines and in order to offer our customers the best riding holiday experience we make occasional changes.

Depending on the number of concurrent trails, 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 accommodation. 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.

Presentation, organization, photos and information by Rudi Stolz

Booking

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Event-Dates

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Sat, 26.05.2018 Fri, 01.06.2018 1.290 €
Sat, 02.06.2018 Fri, 08.06.2018 1.290 €
Mon, 11.06.2018 Sun, 17.06.2018 1.290 €
Mon, 10.09.2018 Sun, 16.09.2018 1.290 €

Guest opinions

Coast & Spanish Horses Summer Trail

September 2017

We were warmly welcomed at Mas Alba, and we started our trail adventure with a delicious dinner. The next morning was exciting – we met our horse. My horse Taro was calm, surefooted and simply amazing!

I really liked the Andalusian stud. I would have loved to take one of the P.R.E.s with me! And the food there is simply unbeatable! However, this was followed by another highlight – the view from horseback at Cap de Creus! This is, at least, as beautiful as it seems to be on the pictures!

Many thanks to the whole Panorama-Trails team for this wonderful trail ride!

Katy