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Reviews



The week's riding was great, horses lovely. Accommodation clean and very comfortable. Food superb and fabulous guide Paloma who was the best! Week was well thought out - horses were great.

Sharon D.
I crammed a lot in to my short stay and I left Catalonia very impressed with Can Muni, the competent and caring staff, the horses, the hotels, the food and the amazing countryside. This is a destination for real horse lovers who are interested in all the different aspects of a riding holiday, from the riding country and experiences to the accommodation, cuisine, history and culture.

Sue Woodbine, Far and Ride, Read review
It was a once in a lifetime experience. I've never been on a horse holiday like this before and now I definitely want to do it again! Favourite memory: the whole process from collecting the horses, feeding them, caring for them and riding them. The scenery was lovely as we were riding along. The horses were amazing. They are all well looked after and very well behaved. I felt totally safe at all times.

Leona G.
This is a fantastic trail ride for those who enjoy varied landscapes and who would like a chance to experience real Catalonia. The overwhelming feeling in the region is that Catalonia is not Spain but really its own country with a different language and culture. From the magnificent scenery and towns to the sure-footed horses and delicious fare, I found this to be a wonderful horseback adventure with plenty of hours both in the saddle and the sunshine.

Holly Anthony, Far and Ride , Read review
Loved it! It was brilliant, from first enquiry to airport pick-up, horses, fellow riders, accommodation... everything was great. (favourite memory) Long canters along the beach, a fantastic horse and really lovely accommodation. (This) exceeded expectations. All the hotels, food and staff were great.

Ellie M. (Mountain & Beach Trail)
Amazing! Fantastic accommodation, amazing guides and horses - very sympathetic and caring guides. The horses are very good and very well trained.

Caroline R.
Great! Accommodation, riding, food, weather and company. (Favourite memory?) Riding on the beach. (Our guide) She was very professional, caring, supportive and fun!

Dave & Zoe (Four Night Beach Trail)
Superb and great fun - one of the best experiences of my life. The guides were superb, very knowledgeable and friendly with a good sense of humour.

Julian A.
A great mix of countryside and beach riding.The horses were perfect! Forward going but well behaved! The guides Lisa and Paloma were lovely. The food was tasty and plentiful, and all of the accommodation was of a good standard.

Chris W.
Fantastic! I loved every minute of it. The guides we had were brilliant, very friendly and the whole team looked after us well. (Favourite memory?) Racing around the race course - absolutely amazing experience. The accommodation was clean and well looked after. The food was amazing and it was nice to have a taste of traditional Spanish food.

Vicky M. (Discovery Ride)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

80% of the horses are pure Spanish - some from the famous stables of Boada. There are also some Hispano x Arabs which suit smaller riders, Arabs and Anglo Arabs

Nature of horses:

Sure-footed, fit and forward-going with good stamina.

Height of horses:

14.2 - 16hh

Weight limit:

90kg / 200lbs

Tack type:

English and Trekking Saddles. Most horses are ridden in snaffles and saddle bags are provided.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This riding holiday destination offers a wide choice of programmes including several different trail routes, based stays and weekend or short breaks. These trips are suited to intermediate and above riders and are primarily based out of Can Muni.

This beautiful area is full of spectacular towns and villages, surprisingly untouched by the hands of time, and the architecture still reflects the glory of days gone by. Catalonia is full of wild and unspoilt wilderness just waiting to be discovered on horseback. From pretty beaches to meadows and mountain paths, there is a variety of terrain to be explored with the help of the knowledgeable guides and a sure-footed horse.

Following the Pyrenees down to the coast brings you to the Emporda region, one of the wonders of Catalonia with undulating fields of olive groves, vineyards, sunflowers and fragrant Mediterranean pine forests. Here you will also find the Alvera wine growing region that produces rich, full-bodied wines that are an absolute delight. The gastronomy of Catalonia is an experience all of its own: the meats, game, fish, fresh fruit and vegetables... all combined to create the most delicious Mediterranean style cuisine. During these trips you will enjoy authentic local meals accompanied by locally-produced red wine.

The Can Muni team have plenty of experience. Joan decided in the early 1990's to work towards developing rural and equestrian tourism. He has sympathetically restored and added to the original farm buildings so can now offer clients and horses a lovely place to stay. Joan graduated as a guide in France and he taught at the Catalan School of Agriculture. He speaks fluent French and will guide groups of French riders and be back up guide on other trails. Anna take care of the practical logistics.

This year they have a wonderful team of experienced, enthusiastic guides who are fluent in many languages as well as being excellent with horses and knowledgeable guides.

Paloma Latierro was born in the Basque country but has worked all over the world. She has been riding since she was 6 years old, and competed in high-level endurance races. She speaks perfect English, Spanish and some French. She has worked with horses in Mallorca, Germany and Dubai. She is the trail manager and she also trains the horses they have at Can Muni.

Gustavo Montes was born in Mexico and has been riding since since he was 6 years old, Gustavo is a passionate about horses and previous worked with horses for 6 years in the United States. He is also qualified to shoe horses. He has been working as a guide and assistant in Spain since 2010 and is one of our guides for Discovery and Beach Ride and also back up guide on the trails.

Carlos Martin is another guide and is fluent in English, French, Italian, German and Dutch. He has been riding since he was 16 years old. He worked for two and a half years in Venezuela discovering new trails and giving western riding lessons. He has also ridden in the UK, France and the US. He is a mountain lover and a passionate about the mountain trails and he has great knowledge of this area of Catalonia. Carlos has very good people skills and is a lot of fun!

Montaine Elisabeth is known as Eli. She has been riding for many years as she started riding ponies when she was 4 years old and eventually bought her horse Hidalgo when she was 14. Since then she knew her destiny was with horses. Eli likes dressage, especially western dressage. However, she mostly enjoys the trails and she loves sharing the experience with other like minded people.

There is such a choice of riding programmes that it can become hard to choose! Please get in touch if you are in any doubt or are at all confused about the different options below. We have up to date availability for these rides and should be able to tell you what programmes and dates are available for you to join very quickly. This destination has been visited by both Sue and Holly from Far and Ride (both have ridden there), so please get in touch if you'd like to chat to use and get more of a feel for the type of riding available. Catalonia is an area rich in history and culture and has a very distinctive feel to it. It remains a relatively unknown corner of Spain and has a strong cultural identity of its own. It's a fascinating place to explore!

NB. Costa Brava beach riding is generally not available during the peak summer months of July and August. At other times of the year the beach rides may need to be early in the morning to ensure that you can make the most of empty stretches of sand! Between June and September it is usually not possible to ride on a beach.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

Accommodation varies between the centre base, a traditional stone farmhouse and cottages in the Costa Brava, to small hotels and local inns along the trails. These have been carefully selected for their character and comfort, as well as for their cuisine.

Can Muni is the main base of the equestrian activities for all the trails in this lovely region of Empordà. It is is a small rural hamlet with six buildings. Four of them are converted into guest accommodation and the other two buildings are occupied by the owners, Joan and Isabel with their two children. The other house is occupied by two guides Cami and Paloma.

Three buildings are cottages which have rooms with en-suite bathrooms, kitchen and dining room. The other building is an eco sustainable hotel with seven rooms all with en-suite facilities.

The guests have breakfast and dinner in the big dining area all together. There is a self service bar system and a coffee machine and a fridge with fresh drinks. The prices are listed. Riders help themselves and write down the drinks they have taken which they can pay for at the end of the holiday.

The horses live here also, and you can sometimes see them from the window of your room. They relax in large and green meadows around the farmhouse and barns. The hamlet of Pins, is a 5 minute walk from Camallera village, and is surrounded by fields and forests. It is very quiet around the farmhouse in Pins, but there is a nice swimming pool and large gardens to relax and enjoy the company of the horses.

The region of Catalonia produces a high standard of ingredients which is reflected in the quality of Catalan cuisine. Highlights of the region include wild mushrooms and game from the Pyrenees; olives, grapes and wheat from the heartland; fruit, vegetables and nuts from the lowlands; rice and fish from the river deltas and fish and shellfish from the 500km of coastline.

 

Activities

We have several special programmes designed for non-riders who would love to enjoy a week with plenty of activities. The programmes have been designed to work alongside the riding trails as the non-riders sleep at the same hotels as riders and, for guided tours, there are some days where riders and non riders can eat a picnic altogether.

We can offer you cycling, cultural and multi-activity programmes with different levels of difficulty to suit all family members.

Please let us know if you would like details of any of the above non rider programmes. This is the perfect way for all family members to take a holiday together but enjoying their own activity during the day.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Spanish, French and German.

Health requirements: General good health recommended.

Age limit: 14+. Children must be competent, experienced riders, happy to ride a horse (there are no ponies for the trails).

Tuition: No.

Included: Accommodation, meals and riding as per itinerary.

Not included: Flights, airport transfers, travel insurance, gratuities and extras not mentioned.

 

Travel Information

You should fly into either Barcelona or Girona airport. If doing one of the scheduled trail rides then Barcelona airport transfers are included in the prices. If doing the Discovery programme then airport transfers are NOT included as you may wish to hire a car to allow you to explore the area when not riding - transfers can be booked if you prefer.

Discovery based stay (full and half day rides):
Return set-time Barcelona airport transfers are €150 per person for groups of 1-4 guests. Groups of 4 or more guests will receive a discounted rate - please contact us to find out more about this.
Return set-time Girona airport transfers are €60 per person regardless of group size.
Arrival Barcelona: Pick up at Cafe Jamaica Terminal 1 at 18:00
Arrival Girona: Pick up at Information Office at 19:30

On the trail programmes:
There is a scheduled group transfer from and to these airports each Sunday, to coincide with the ride departure dates.
Arrival Barcelona: Pick up at Cafe Jamaica Terminal 1 at 18:00
Arrival Girona: Pick up at Information Office at 19:30

Departure: Pick up at the hotel at 09:30 and drop off at Girona airport at 10:30 and Barcelona Terminal 1 at 12:00.

If you choose to fly into Girona instead of Barcelona then there will be a discount of #35EUR# per person from the trail ride price.

If you require a special taxi transfer outside of these times then this can be arranged at an added cost.

Airport: Barcelona

Alternative Airport: Girona

 

Programmes


Catalan Farmhouse Discovery Ride (Half day rides)



The Discovery ride is a lively and exciting ride with a lot of canters and gallops and swimming with horses in a lake. An unforgettable experience!

To make this experience more authentic, you will ride our Spanish horses. They will guide you through this region with an amazing variety of landscapes, meadows and forests of pine and green valleys. You will gallop through plains and meadows, through valleys and winding forest trails and our horses will allow you to take you to remote places only accessible by horseback.

You will stay at a rural farm with its modernised room but with over 500 years of history that has remained traditional and unspoilt. You can decide how long you would like to ride ... from 2 to 6 days!

Day 1. Welcome to Can Muni (Sunday)

You arrive at the rural village of Can Muni (Pins) in the afternoon. It is located in the heart of the Baix Empordà, in the middle of nature and hidden from passers-by. The farmhouse with stonewalls welcome you. Here you will meet the family and your guide. At dinner, you will go over the week’s programme, you will be told about the special characteristics of their horses. After dinner, you will be given an opportunity for a one to one conversation designed to find you your perfect horse.

Day 2. Medieval villages (Monday)

Today's destination is the Baix Empordà region, passing through medieval villages such as Camallera, Sant Jordi Desvalls and Gauses. You will cross gorgeous beech and holm oak forests, and you will be able to see the vineyards near Sant Jordi. You will go through Gauses, with its beautiful medieval church from the 15th Century. This morning you will enjoy nice gallops, some trots and walks.

Day 3. Let’s gallop! (Tuesday)

Today you will set towards the village of Verges, going pass the villages of Las Olivas, Garrigolas and, finally, Verges. Along the way, you will be able to enjoy long gallops.You will see the plain part of this area, following in the distance the path of the Fluvia River.

Day 4. Following the riverbend (Wednesday)

Today is going to be a both longer and faster day. You will go down to the village of Colomrs, where you will visit a typically medieval village, with its walls, its church and its paved streets. You will cross the Fluvia River and, galloping along the river, you will head to Sant Jordi Desvalls, where we will also see its narrow streets. Crossing fairy tales forests, you will arrive at Llampaies and you will enjoy an exciting gallop on the way back home.

Day 5. Cultural tourism (Thursday)

Today you will have a chance to visit some of the northern villages, like Saus o Vilaür. You will see the church of Saus, the olive groves that surround the village and you will enjoy the views of the Pyrenees in the distance.

Day 6. To Viladamat (Friday)

Today you will start your riding day going down to Garrigoles up until Viladamat. From there you can enjoy beautiful views over the beach of Sant Marti d'Empuries in Sant Perl Pescador. You will come back through the village of Palauborrell. 

Day 7. The best views (Saturday)

Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy the outstanding views from the Puig Segalar, amazing views over the Roses Bay, the Pyrenees and the Fluvia River bend. A quite active farewell day!

Day 8. Goodbye friends (Sunday)

Breakfast and departure.... We hope to see you soon again! (Or why not continue with another week’s trail in the mountains?)



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Riders should be comfortable in the saddle but the riding will be adapted to the experience of the riders
Type of ride: Based trail
Total riding time: 4 hours a day
Departure dates: Sunday to Sunday but it is possible to join the programme for a shorter break (minimum three nights). On Sundays there is no riding.
 
Pricing: 2017:

3 night/2 days riding
£299 Half board
£78 Single supplement

4 nights/3 days riding
£394 Half board
£104 Single supplement

5 nights/4 days riding
£490 Half board
£131 Single supplement

6 nights/5 days riding
£586 Half board
£157 Single supplement

7 nights/6 days riding
£629 Half board
£183 Single supplement

Price includes accommodation, half board meals and riding (up to 4 hours per day).

5% discount for children aged from 12 to 17 years.

Airport Transfers are additional cost (at set times):
Barcelona: £126 per person return
Girona: £51 per person return






Four Night Beach Trail



This is a wonderful short trail where you can gallop along miles of golden sandy beach and enjoy the typical landscape of Emporda. With plenty of long canters and gallops riding through the pine forest, you will reach the long curve of the Bay of Roses.  Your trail continues through the nature reserve, and the Parc Natural dels Aiguamolls de l'Emporda built on marshy land and which shelters predominantly aquatic birds. Finally, you return to Can Muni through crop fields and old stone villages.

You can combine this trail with a stay at the farmhouse or maybe a few days in Barcelona so you can enjoy a week in this beautiful area of Catalonia

Day 1: Welcome to Can Muni.

You will arrive at Can Muni. Located on the Pyrenees’ feet, facing the natural and wild reserve of the Illes Medes, the farmhouse is a comfortable base for you to begin your trail ride. Before dinner, your first taste of delicious Catalan cuisine,  you will go over the week's programme and meet your guide. You will be told about the horse you are going to ride this week.

Day 2: From the land to the sea

Today is a wonderful first day in the saddle, with plenty of long canters and gallops through the high Emporda pine forests and rolling hills. You will leave Can Muni and head to the small hill called "Puig Segalar" from where you will enjoy amazing views of the your first beach, Roses Bay. From this point you will get a general view of the entire trail and you will start to appreciate this amazing landscape. You will ride toward Aiguamolls de L'Emporda Natural Park.  This first day will allow you to get used to the saddle and your horse. You will enjoy a picnic under the pine trees of Viladamat, before starting your first gallop of the afternoon. You will eventually arrive at the fantastic village of San Marti de Empuries. This is an interesting village to wander around. The hotel is very close to the beach so you will enjoy a swim at dusk.

Day 3: The beach and a long gallop

Today you make an early start. The long curve of the bay of Rosas stretches before you. You will enjoy miles of sand and surf, not a soul, the splash of the waves, the Mediterranean sunrise, the dull thud of the hoofs on the sand - the horses love to cool their legs in the sea. Here you enjoy some excellent canters and gallops. What an experience! After the beach ride you head inland again through the natural Parc Aiguamols, a bird sanctuary where you can see flocks of migrating birds. You will stop in the lively fishing village Sant Pere de Pescador for a coffee and some sightseeing. Heading for Castellon d'Empurias, the terrain is flat with lots of pear and apple orchards and also vast rice fields. The pace today is fast.  By lunchtime you arrive at your destination Castellon d'Empurias. In ancient times this was the capital of the region, a lively town dominated by its spectacular cathedral.

In the historic centre you can do some shopping, enjoy some excellent tapas with cold drinks on one of the nice terraces, or explore the local nightlife. You could even take the short trip to Figueres to visit the famous Dali-museum and amaze yourself with his art.

Day 4: Return to farmhouse

You will begin the return trail back to Can Muni. In this rural area they live in the traditional village way as years gone by. The paths and tracks have not been asphalted nor has the countryside been fenced off so there is an unlimited combination of paths and bridleways to explore. Every hour you pass another many a beautiful village, castle, church, arches, tunnels, old wooden doors with wrought iron knockers and see the beautiful ancient stonework.

In the afternoon, you will arrive back at the farmhouse, from where you started three days ago.

Day 5: Departure

Breakfast and end of trail.  Perhaps you might like to continue with a few days based at the farmhouse. There are many trails to discover on horseback so you can enjoy a few hours in the saddle followed by some relaxation by the pool. Maybe you would like to spend a few exciting days in Barcelona to complete a wonderful week in this lovely area of Barcelona.



Accommodation: Can Muni www.canmuni-horse-trail.com
Hotel Riomar www.hotelriomar.com
Hostal Casa Clara www.hostalcasaclara.com
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Confident in all paces
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 5-7 hours a day
Departure dates: 2017: 26-30 March, 9-13 April, 23-27 April, 7-11 May, 21-25 May, 4-8 June, 10-14 September, 24-28 September, 8-12 October, 22-26 October, 5-9 November.
 
Pricing: 2017:
Prices include shared twin or double room accommodation, full board and return transfers from Barcelona airport.
Low Season: £577
High Season (26 March-30 June, 1 September-15 October): £657
Single Supplement: £29 per person per night






Mountain & Beach Trail



This is a circular trail which takes you up the Catalan Pyrenees and down to the Mediterranean sea, where you can enjoy an incredible gallop on the Roses beach. With their magnificent horses, you can ride through the fantastic scenery of the Alt Empordà, their Mediterranean forests, stunning coastline and long sandy beaches. You will discover the little medieval villages, like Báscara  or Crespià.  Pass by wheat fields, poppies and sunflowers. Discover pine forests and cork trees, filled with aromatic herbs to arrive at the end of the Pyrenees, where the mountains meet the sea. You leave the foothills of the Pyrenees and ride through the Alvera wine growing region, olive groves and vineyards, intense natural beauty. You will leave the mountains behind you because the rolling plains of the Empordà region wait for you and at the end, in the long curve of the Bay of Roses, miles of beach to gallop on! You will continue along the coastline, enjoying the sea, the cliffs and the breeze, to return to Can Muní through fields and orchards.

 Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Barcelona or Gerona with optional transfer to Can Muni, a typical Catalan  farm building.  It´s located in a small 15th century village with its stone houses, which currently accommodate a little rural hotel. The environment, the pool, the meadow and also the forest creating a lovely ambience. You will start your holiday with a delicious dinner, where you will meet our group and your guides.

 Day 2: Trail to Vilanant

You will start your journey from Can Muní and ride through the countryside where you will pass many small traditional villages as well as pine woods and oak forests. The first day gives you the opportunity to adapt your tack for the horses and to get to know your guide as well. During the trail you will trot and canter, in order to arrive in Bascara where you can experience a gallop or two on the racecourse.  After this you will enjoy some lunch  at the "Tower of the Angel" and continue your journey to arrive in Vilanant. Here, you will spend the night in a historical property on the Rocaberti land belonging to the Count.

Day 3: To the mountains

This is where you start your mountain adventure, because today you will commence the climb up the Pyrenees. But first you will have a long day where you can enjoy some long gallops. The route flows across a region with lots of ancient wine-growing areas, olive groves and quaint rustic buildings. You will continue your journey by following the old trail of the Muga river, discovering forests along the banks and flood plains. Near to the river you will stop to eat something and if the weather is nice, you may like to take a refreshing bathe in the river and enjoy the possibility to relax for a while. In the afternoon you will proceed to the mountains, crossing regions filled with beautiful small villages, in order to arrive at Cantallops. One of the best hotels in the Mediterranean Pyrenees is going to welcome you tonight.

Day 4:  Crossing the Pyrenees

Today your route follows across the Mediterranean Pyrenees to where the mountains meet the sea. There is a spectacular landscape which shows you step by step the beauty of Empoda. This day consists of difficult trails which will need to be crossed with caution at a slower pace. You will cross the mountains of the Pyrenees until you can see the sea ahead of you. In the meantime the cork oaks will seem never ending. You will pass the castle of Recasens; an impressive fortress which originally dates back to the 11th Century.  At the peak of the mountain you will have a small picnic after which you will descend to the most fabulous part of the Pyrenees. Here you will have one of the most beautiful views above the coast of Cap de Creus. You will spend the night in a small hotel with traditional architecture, where you will have a satisfying dinner.

 Day 5:  Alt Empordà

Today you leave the mountains and move to the beautiful plain of Emporda, as you head toward the coast. You will be able to gallop across vineyards and olive groves and pass through small towns such as Garriguella, Perelada and Vilanova de la Muga. You will have a lunch break in Castello de Empuries, a small city which used to be the old capital of Emporda.  The city has a rich medieval past, which you are welcomed to discover. In the afternoon you will ride in a fast gallop to Mas de Mar, an ancient house at the beach of Sant Pere Pescador.

Day 6 : The beach

Today you will arrive at the beach! As your horses gallop along the beach, you will hear the roaring of the waves in your ears. Later you will arrive at La Escala and continue your journey to Macizo of Montgri, a mountainous zone which separates Alt Emporda from Baix Emporda, two areas that remain very well protected.  Here you will discover a rocky reef that sinks into the Mediterranean, creating a spectacular landscape. The vast horizon will spread out in front of you, over the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to its protected location, some very rare types of plants are able to grow in this landscape. You will enjoy a small gourmet picnic at the top of the rocky reef where you have a wonderful view above the Bay of Roses. In the afternoon, you will descend again in order to get to the town of l’Estartit where you will spend the night.

Day 7: Baix Emporda

Today’s route will lead you back to Can Muní, where you will pass the wonderful orchards of Ter, following the river valley. A low landscape that will give you the opportunity to enjoy some exciting gallops. This is a tranquil area where nothing much disturbs nature’s silence. While you trot across the narrow streets of small villages, chiselled from stone, the only thing you will hear is the sound of the horse’s hooves. At lunch time you will arrive back at the stables, where a traditional meal is waiting for you. You will meet the other riders again and share all your adventures. With a celebratory farewell dinner your holiday comes to an end.

Day 8:  Good bye / Hasta pronto

After you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday together with your horses the time has come to say goodbye.

Due to local circumstances, the programme may occasionally vary.



Accommodation: Can Muni Farmhouse
Vilopriu - www.canmuni-horse-trail.com

Mas Jonquer
Vilanant - www.masjonquer.com

Can Xiquet Hotel
Cantallops - www.canxiquet.com

Mas Vivent
Vilamaniscle - www.masvivent.com

Mas del Mar
Sant Pere Pescador - www.masdelmar.com

Hotel Santa Anna
L'Estartit - www.hotelsantaanna.com

Hotels may occasionally change
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above - must be capable of riding at all paces for long hours and over difficult terrain. Your hosts recommend that you be well balanced, comfortable and secure in an English saddle and able to control a well-schooled horse outside at all paces. Riders are expected to prepare their own horses and to be used to riding regularly and for long hours.
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 6 days (approx 5-7 hours per riding day)
Departure dates: 2017: Sunday to Sunday
5-12 March, 19-26 March, 2-9 April, 16-23 April, 30 April-7 May, 14-21 May, 28 May-4 June, 11-18 June, 3-10 September (fully booked), 17-24 September, 1-8 October, 15-22 October, 29 October-5 November, 12-19 November.
 
Pricing: 2017:
Prices include shared twin or double room accommodation, full board and airport transfers from Barcelona.
Low Season: (1-25 March, 16 October-20 November)£1003
High Season (26 March-30 June, 1 September-15 October): £1154
Single Supplement if not willing to share:£29 per night
3.5€ tourist tax to be paid locally




Two Beaches



Day 1: Arrival and Welcome

You will arrive at Can Muní. Located on the PyreneesÂ’ feet, facing the natural and wild reserve of the Illes Meds, the farmhouse is a base to discover l'Empordà, its preserved nature and the fabulous riding trails. The combined pleasures of the mountain and the country with the holiday close to beach and Figueres, and not far from Girona and Barcelona makes this destination the ideal place for a horse riding holiday and an original way of discovering l'Empordà. 

Before dinner, you will go over the weeks programme and sample some of the full bodied local wines. You will be told about the special characteristics of their Andalucian trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the weeks programme with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation to ensure that the right horse has been assigned to you. Then, you can enjoy a fantastic dinner!

Day 2: Galloping

You will leave Can Muní and head to the small hill called “Puig Segalar” from where you will enjoy amazing views over our first beach, Roses Bay. From this point, you will get a general view of the entire route and you will start enjoying the landscape. You will approach Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park. This first day will allow you to get used to your saddle and your lovely horse.

Between cereal fields, you will have your lunch under the pine trees of Viladamat, before starting with the gallops of the afternoon. You will arrive at the fantastic village of San Marti dÂ’Empuries. This s a gorgeous little village, perfect to wander around and to discover its history. Our hotel is very close to the beach so you can also enjoy a swim at dusk.

Day 3: The First Beach

Todayyou will start a little earlier to enjoy a peaceful gallop along the beach.  Six kilometers of beach is ahead to enjoy a gallop and a swim with your horse. You will then take a break at the village of Sant Per Pescador and you will be able to clean up your  horse and have a well deserved coffee. You still have three hours riding left. This is a quite long active morning that enables you to see rice fields and apple tree orchards.  You will arrive at Castello d"Empuries to finally rest. You can enjoy a free afternoon so you might like to stroll around the the town, visit the basilica, the square, the wall. If you are interested it is possible to arrange a visit tot he Dali Theatre Museum in Figieres.

Day 4: Through Orchards

Today, you will start on the ride back to Can Muni and you will ride through orchards of pears and apples. You will pass through the villages of Vilamacolum and San Miguel de Fluvia, following the bed of the Fluvia and Muga Rivers. You will arrive at Can Muni where a delicious dinner awaits.

Day 5: Towards L'Estartit Bay

Today you will ride away from Can Muni once again but in the direction of L'Estartit Bay this time. You will ride pass villages such as Albons and Torroella de Montgi and follow the bed their third most important river, the Ter.  You will see the Mongri Castle and notice how the landscape changes to dunes in the Montgri and Medes islands Natural Park, You will arrive at L'Estartit where you can go shopping, stroll, go to the beach etc and, of course, enjoy another fantastic dinner.

Day 6: The Second Beach

After breakfast you will head back to the beach. The horses will love galloping on the sand, playing with the waves. You will cross the River Ter to get in the Baix Emporda, arriving at Pals for lunch. There will be wonderful views of the rice fields along the way. You will cross the medieval village of Peratallada with its stone houses and streets. At the hotel, a beautiful rural guesthouse you will enjoy a homemade Catalan dinner.

Day 7: Baix Emporda

The trail leads us back to Can Muni passing through fruit orchards near the Ter River as  you follow the riverbed back home. You will ride through meadows and rice fields accompanied by ducks and migratory birds coming from the Medes Islands. You will enjoy quite an active day and one last gallop along the riverbed. Back at Can Muni, it is time to enjoy a farewell dinner and to get ready for the next day departure

Day 8: Adios Amigos

You will depart after breakfast.

 



Accommodation: Can Muni
Vilopriu
www.canmuni-horse-trail.com

Hotel Riomar
Sant Marti d'Empuries
www.hotelriomar.com

Hostal Casa Clara
Castello d'Empuries
www.hostalcasaclara.com

Hotel Santa Anna
L"Estartit
www.hotelsantaanna.com

Can Casadella
Serra de Daro
www.cancasadella.net
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Intermediate riders and above - must be capable of riding at all paces for long hours and over difficult terrain. Your hosts recommend that you be well balanced, comfortable and secure in an English saddle and able to control a well-schooled horse outside at all paces. Riders are expected to prepare their own horses and to be used to riding regularly and for long hours.
Type of ride: Trail with long gallops, canters and trot.
Total riding time: Sunday to Sunday (5-7 hours day)
Departure dates: 2017: 26 March-2 April, 9-16 April, 23-30 April, 7-14 May, 21-28 May, 4-11 June, 10-17 September, 24 September-1 October, 8-15 October, 22-29 October, 5-12 November.
 
Pricing: 2017:
Price per person in shared accommodation, including transfers from Barcelona airport

Low Season: £982
High Season: £1133 (26 March-30 June, 1 September-15 October)
Single Supplement: £29 per night per person (no supplement for those willing to share)




Discovery Costa Brava by Bike



The Costa Brava is a beautiful stretch of coast and this area has a rich medieval history, beautiful scenery and a great artistic heritage. It has been voted one of the "Best of the World Destinations 2012" by National Geographic Traveller Magazine and deservedly so. Beaches, natural areas, precious towns, castles and churches. Discover small medieval villages such Peretallada, Torroella de Montgrí and bike through one of the most beautiful landscapes of Catalonia. Empordà is full of culture, history and natural diversity.With this tour you can choose how many days you want to stay from 2-5 days cycling around this unique setting.

Day 1: Arrival at Can Muní

There will be a welcome meeting with your guides and a session to explain all details of the route and the week plans ahead. There will be an orientation session, where your bike will be specially fitted for you and you’ll be presented with all the documentation and things you need for your trip.

Day 2: To Figueres - Distance 46 km

This day leads you to Figueres, through cropped fields and forest. On your triop you will find small towns with typical Catalan Romanesque and Medieval architecture until you reach Dalis's village of Figueres. You can spend some time visiting his museum or just walking around this historic city before returning to Can Muni.

Day 3: Land of the Marshes - Distance 56 km

You will ride a path through the quiet and natural beauty which is the final stretch of the River Ter. At Fonollera Beach, the river forms a lagoon and then enters into the sea in front of the Medes Islands. Riding your bike though the natural spaces of La Gola del Ter, La Platera or El Ter Vell will give you a view of the coastal plant life and the fauna of maritime land areas.

Day 4: A Mosaic Countryside - Distance 28 km

The entire route today takes you through countryside that combines cropped fields which cut into the clearings of the Mediterranean woods, with small settlements, that are settled in this country. In short it is a diverse, mosaic countryside which you will be cycling through.

Day 5: Between the Land and the Sea - Distance 40 km

For many centuries, the Empordà coast was subject to attacks by pirates and the population was centred more inland, in walled villages or in fortified farmhouses with defence towers. From the 18th century, the danger started to become less and seaside neighbourhoods started to appear. These seaside hamlets have been transformed by tourism and have become important tourist centres. The route will therefore take you from the coast inland, so that you will see the contrasts in the countryside between the land and the sea.

Day 6: Medieval Villages - Distance 48 km

El Baix Empordà  region is a territory that in the 8th century was part of the "march" of the Carolingian empire against the Muslims, the so-called Catalunya Vella (Old Catalonia).  Therefore, it is logical that medieval architecture should be very important in the villages of the region, particularly inland. This route follows part of the medieval villages that are representative of El Baix Empordà, Ullastret and Peretallada

Day 7: Sad farewell to your trusty bike.

Bike Information: You are very welcome to bring your own bike but, of course, this may not be practical so fully equipped bikes are available for rent.

The price includes:

•    Welcome meeting by a local guide speaking English or French

•    Accommodation in Can Muni with swimming pool.

•    All meals with wine in the nightly meals (picnic for lunch) for those paying full board supplement.

•    GPS with everyday tracks and a map or a local guide speaking English 

•    All the tourist information about the route

•    A telephone number in case of any problems



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Fit
Type of ride: Bicycle
Total riding time: As programme
Departure dates: All year around. You can start any day as many days as you want. The Discovery Bike programme is great for those wishing to stay at the same accommodation as horse riders.
 
Pricing: Price
Self-guided £413 double room B & B
Half Board Supplement £81
Full Board Supplement £131 (Picnic lunch)
5% discount for children from 2-12 years

Price includes 6 nights accommodation at Can Muni with swimming pool.
GPS with every day tracks and a map
Dinner with wine (half board supplement)
Picnic for lunch (full board supplement)

Guided
Price for 2-3 riders: £969
Price from 4-5 riders: £800
Price from 6-7 riders: £695
Price for 8+ riders : £632
5% discount for children from 2-12 years

Supplements for Self-guided and Guided
Single supplement: £84
Supplement high season:£63
Supplement med season: £42

Rental bike adults: £80
Price includes 6 nights accommodation Can Muni
English or French Speaking guide
6 dinner, 5 lunches, snacks, water and energy bars during the trail




Catalan Farmhouse Discovery Ride (full day rides)



A lovely based programme which caters for all your families wants and needs! Choose to explore the beautiful scenery of the Catalonian mountains from the back of a well mannered and sure footed horse.

Each day you will ride out from the farm, returning for lunch (for half-day rides) or enjoying a delicious picnic in a specially selected destination (for full day rides). All the horse riding trails will be lead by an enthusiastic and helpful guide.

Each evening, tired riders will return to the farmhouse to enjoy a delicious evening meal. Or you may wish to enjoy some down time, maybe relaxing by the swimming pool, or taking a visit to some of the nearby beaches. This is the perfect time to create some wonderful holiday memories with your family or friends; memories you will never want to forget.

Day 1. Welcome to Can Muni

(Sunday)

You will arrive at the rural village of Can Muni (Pins) in the afternoon. It is located in the heart of the Baix Empordà  and here you will find the welcoming traditional stone built farmhouse. Here you will meet the family and your guides. At dinner, you will talk through the week’s programme, you will be told about the special characteristics of their horses. After dinner, you will have an opportunity for a one to one conversation to make sure you will be riding the perfect horse to suit you.

Day 2. Medieval villages (Monday)

Today's destination is the Baix Empordà region, passing through Gauses, a small medieval village with its church built in the XV century.  Then, you continue to Llampies galloping through the beech forests, to arrive at San Jordi crossing a vineyard.  It takes about three hours to reach Sant Jordi Desvalls on horseback, where you will stop for a delicious picnic. On the way back to Can Muni you pass the villages of Vilopriu and Colomers and see houses with Gothic and Renaissance windows and arched doorways with carved shields. Upon your arrival, you will enjoy some relaxing time in the gardens of Can Muni, or in the company of the horses as they wander in the farm’s fields.

Day 3.  The Mediterranean Sea (Tuesday)

Today you will get ready to go to Sant Martí d’Empuries, a village by the coast where you will enjoy fantastic views over the Mediterranean. In order to get there by noon, you begin your journey on gently descending roads surrounded by woods and crop fields, through small medieval villages such as Les Olives. Here you will see the open plain of the Alt Empordà with the large Bay of Roses enclosed by the Pyrenees to the north and Montgrí to the south. You arrive at Sant Marti de Empuries,a small medieval village overlooking the Greco-Roman ruins of Empuries. You will take a meal on a terrace in the middle of the village with views of the Mediterranean Sea. In the afternoon you return to Pins, alternating trotting and galloping and following the path of one of the eldest medieval roads, which follows the GR2 crossing Vilademat and Palauborrell villages.

Day 4. Dali’s landscapes (Wednesday)

Today is a long day in the saddle, with lots of long canters and gallops through Baix Empordà pine forest. You leave Pins to Flaçà through the forests and plains that surround this town, to enter the old Royal Path from Girona to La Bisbal, very well used in past times. You arrive at La Pera, from where you can see the castle of Pubol. Dalí bought this castle for the enjoyment of his wife (Gala). From here, you ride to Foixa, one of the main sites on the ancient medieval map, which preserves a spectacular castle in the middle of the plain Baix Empordà dominating the lands belonging to the Earl of Empuries. Here, you take a break for lunch in the shade of centuries-old olive trees. After lunch, you lead your horses along a winding forest track. 

Day 5.   Let’s gallop! (Thursday)

Today you start your ride towards Saus and Vilaur, two medieval villages that retain the old structure, with their fortified churches and winding streets. You ride through the forests of the area to get to Calabuig. This small town has an imposing appearance due to the site of the ancient castle and the fortified church. You arrive at Báscara, another medieval village, where you are going to have lunch. After lunch, you are going to visit the racecourse, where your riding skills will be tested, galloping as much as you can!!! To return to Can Muni, you ride through paths between rolling hills, wooded landscapes and open fields.

Day 6. Swimming with horses! (Friday)

Today, you leave Pins to reach Fluvià River, which you will follow to arrive at Valveralla Lake. This small lake is formed by a bend in the river that creates a very serene place hidden from prying eyes. It is time to swim with the horses!!! An unforgettable experience! After the swim, you have lunch near the lake. In the afternoon, you return through one of the most charming villages of the region, Sant Mori, which retains an inhabited castle since the twelfth century and that was renovated in the fifteenth century to become a lovely Renaissance castle. You continue riding through the forests to return to the farm from an easterly direction. 

Day 7. Gallop through cornfields (Saturday)

You leave from Can Muni towards Vilopriu and Colomers. You will cross cornfields and fruit tree fields. You will get to Jafre and Verges where you will stop for the picnic. You will have some really nice and fast canters in the afternoon, along the pine tree woods. You will get to Les Olives, a nice little typical Catalan village and you will head back home. 

Day  8. Goodbye friends (Sunday)

Breakfast and departure.... We hope to see you soon again! (Or why not continue with another ride - perhaps a  week trail in the mountains?)

Please note that is is possible to enjoy the Discovery Programme for a minimum of three nights and riders will join the programme of riding at that time.

 

 



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 10
Ability description: Novice riders should have some experience of riding at all paces and comfortable in an English saddle for long periods of time.

Bike riders should be used to riding a bike for long hours and over difficult terrain. Your hosts recommend that you be well balanced, comfortable and secure on your bike
Type of ride: Based with trails
Total riding time: Full day riding - 4-6 hours per day
Departure dates: Dates to suit. Sunday to Sunday but guests can join any day of the week if they would like a shorter trip (minimum three nights). Please note there is no riding on Sundays.
 
Pricing: 2017:

3 night/2 days riding
£408 Full board with picnic lunch
£78 Single supplement

4 nights/3 days riding
£556 Full board with picnic lunch
£104 Single supplement

5 nights/4 days riding
£703 Full board with picnic lunch
£131 Single supplement

6 nights/5 days riding
£855 Full board with picnic lunch
£157 Single supplement

7 nights/6 days riding
£927 Full board with picnic lunch
£183 Single supplement

Discount of 5% for children aged 12-17 years.
Non-riding prices also available - please enquire for details.

Airport transfers at set times are as follows:
Barcelona: £126 per person return
Girona: £51 per person return