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Catalan Trails

Overview

Catalonia is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Spain and offers a superb variety of riding terrain. Riding here, you will be immersed in an undiscovered corner of the country, with dramatic mountains, verdant valleys, fresh mountain streams and glorious sandy beaches. The region's v…

Highlights

  • Riding on beautiful Andalusian horses
  • Canters on spectacular beaches
  • Mountain trails with incredible views
  • Delicious Catalan food and wine
  • Riding through Medieval towns

Essential Facts

  • 2 itineraries available
  • Max 12 riders per group
  • Average of 5 - 7 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90kg / 14st 2lbs / 198lbs

Description

Catalonia is one of the most beautiful and unspoilt regions of Spain and offers a superb variety of riding terrain. Riding here, you will be immersed in an undiscovered corner of the country, with dramatic mountains, verdant valleys, fresh mountain streams and glorious sandy beaches. The region's variety and climate invite you to ride all year round.

This team has been organising trails for over 25 years - their knowledge of Catalonia and all its wonders is hard to beat. Their Andalusian horses live out together in a herd environment and have been hand-picked for their temperament, ensuring that they are suited to the role of a trail athlete. The trails we list here are active riding holidays and are suited to fit, competent riders who are ready for varied terrain, mixed paces and some adventure.

Horses & Riding

Tack

High quality trail saddles, specially made for long distance riding.

Horses

The horses live in a natural herd setting as this suits the character of the Andalusian horse. They are selected for their temperament and work ethic, so as to ensure guests a reliable and sure-footed companion. Each horse has a unique personality, but they have one thing in common: they are high performance athletes.

A choice of around 40 lovely and reliable Andalusian and Spanish horses is waiting for you, to make your riding holiday a unique experience.

Riding

There are 2 itineraries:

  • Mediterranean Trail is a trail ride
  • Fresh and Saltwater - Mountain to Sea Trail is a trail ride

Ages

Min: 12 years accompanied by an adult rider

Health

Riders must have a reasonable level of fitness to take part in these rides.

Weight

90kg / 14st 2lbs / 198lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

You will get to know the food culture of the region through the lovingly prepared dishes of fish, game, vegetables and fruit. This experience is enhanced by the fine wine from the vinyards of the Empordá. During lunch breaks, you will mostly have saddle-bag picnics.

Depending on the trail programme, some meals are taken in typical Catalan restaurants. You will have a free choice of various Spanish delicacies to choose from on the offered daily menu.

Vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free food can be catered for with advance notice.

Accommodation

All accommodation is in small, cosy guesthouses or 'agriturismos'. All have character - some guest houses have a swimming pool, some have pretty gardens with cosy terraces providing the perfect setting for a well-deserved drink to review the day in a convivial atmosphere. The rooms, mostly with private bathrooms, are charmingly furnished.

Itineraries

Mediterranean Trail Standard accommodation.

Fresh and Saltwater - Mountain to Sea Trail Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

Catalonia has much to offer. Discover the Costa Brava with picturesque fishing villages, bays and endless sandy beaches.

Catalonia is a country for active holiday makers. Hikers, canoeists, climbers, mountain bikers, cyclists, hang gliders, para gliders and skiers find ideal conditions in the Catalan Pyrenees. Divers, sailors, wind and sky surfers get their money's worth on the Costa Brava.

Travel

Guests need to fly into Barcelona (BCN) or Girona (GRO) and transfers will be at set times payable on site:

Barcelona Airport:
Collective group transfer at 5:30 p.m.
Meeting point at the airport is in Terminal T1 in front of the Café TRAMOYA at the Group Meeting Point North located opposite from the "Oficina de Turisme" (after the customs on the right)
Please Note! If you arrive at Terminal T2 a free shuttle bus brings you to Terminal T1
Please DO NOT book your return flight before 2:30 p.m.
Departure from the hotel approx. at 10 a.m. (depending on the trail endpoint), arrival at Barcelona approx. 12:30 a.m.

Girona Airport:
Collective group transfer at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting point at the airport is in front of the Café Lavazza after the arrivals on the right.
Please DO NOT book your return flight before 1 p.m.
Departure from the hotel approx. at 10 a.m. (depending on the trail endpoint), arrival at Girona approx. at 11 a.m.

Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrival in Spain (Barcelona or Girona) and transfer to your first accommodation, a typical Catalan rustic stone house dating back to the 16th century. From here you overlook green meadows and forests. The unique light transforms the surroundings into a picturesque painting. What a beautiful place to begin your holiday in Spain.

Day 2

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

After breakfast you will be introduced to your horse, then you'll groom and tack up for your first ride. This morning's ride will take you through thick oak and pine forests, leaving the village and heading towards the mountains. In a hidden valley, you will cross a small stream. Some sun rays pierce the verdant green of a tropical-looking foliage. Bamboo trees border the path, and high up you can see creepers and vines growing around the trees; you are in Spain, but the atmosphere is reminiscent of Costa Rica. The River Fluvia winds through a hilly terrain. You will ride through the lovely river valleys and discover a nice place for the first picnic lunch. In the afternoon, you will continue on trail, trotting and cantering, until you arrive at a beautiful old mill near to the river; your accommodation for the night. The South American-looking garden is a wonderful, relaxing paradise! In this romantic place, you and your well-trained four-legged friend find a unique place for the night.

Day 3

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

This morning you follow the River Fluvia as it winds its way through the country to the sea. On a small lake, a friendly Catalan named Dani welcomes the group with a glass of cava, the Catalan champagne, and a midday table prepared with love.
After lunch, you will continue following the river Fluvia. At its estuary, you will have a spectacular view of the Gulf of Roses, having arrived at the Mediterranean Sea in Spain. A palm grove leads to the cosy country house "Mas Joncar". The group will finish the day with a drink on the terrace. If you want to, you can have a refreshing bathe in the "natural stone pool" before dinner.

Day 4

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

An early start this morning. With the sunrise, you will see a kilometre-long sandy beach stretched out before you. The water splashes, the sand flies, as you and your trusty steed canter along the surf. The horses play with the waves and we try to stay dry. The canter along the beach is an unforgettable experience!

The path gently follows through the continental sand dunes and the Mediterranean pine forest up to the rugged mountain massif Montgri. On top of the cliff, you are rewarded with a fantastic view of the endless sea. Seabirds glide over the coast in the wind. With the scent of lavender, rosemary, and thyme on the air you will enjoy a delicious saddle bag picnic.

Later, after a siesta, you will descend onto the plain of the River Ter. With long canters through the river dykes you will reach again the Mediterranean Sea. You can enjoy the sunset at the beach or in the swimming pool of the hotel.

Day 5

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Straight after breakfast the group will head back to the beach! In front of you, you'll see the protected islands of "Medes". A canter through the soft sand of the bay brings you into the rice fields of the wide plain, and up to the pine trees near the coast. You will pass the pearls of the Catalan coast: Pals, Palau-Sator and Peretallada. Old city walls surround the nestled rustic stone houses. On the patterned paving stones of the narrow streets, you can still see the grooves and ruts of the horse-drawn carts of times gone by. In this medieval atmosphere, Dolores and Luis await the group at their comfortable accommodation. In the evening, the hosts offer a delicious barbecue with meat and vegetables from the garden.

Day 6

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

The terrain today is flat and the ground is soft and sandy, perfect for long canters. At a fast pace, your well-trained horse will trot and canter to the river "El Ter". Fruit plantations alternate with grain fields and deep green poplar forests which give the group the necessary shade. On a romantic hillside, next to a small church, you will see a red-and-white tablecloth beckoning. Here, you will enjoy another, delicious picnic from Dani. After a siesta, you will ride through a softly curved, hilly landscape back to the horse farm, for your farewell dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast you will transfer back to the airport.

Accommodation

Comfortable guesthouses and small farms.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

This ride is for intermediate to experienced riders capable and in control at all paces in varied terrain including open spaces and beaches. Riders must be fit enough to ride for 4-7 hours per day.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

Feb. 4, 2024 - Feb. 10, 2024

Feb. 11, 2024 - Feb. 17, 2024

Feb. 25, 2024 - March 2, 2024

March 3, 2024 - March 9, 2024

March 10, 2024 - March 16, 2024

March 17, 2024 - March 23, 2024

March 23, 2024 - March 29, 2024

April 1, 2024 - April 7, 2024

April 14, 2024 - April 20, 2024

April 21, 2024 - April 27, 2024

April 27, 2024 - May 3, 2024

May 12, 2024 - May 18, 2024

May 19, 2024 - May 25, 2024

Sept. 14, 2024 - Sept. 20, 2024

Sept. 29, 2024 - Oct. 5, 2024

Oct. 5, 2024 - Oct. 11, 2024

Oct. 13, 2024 - Oct. 19, 2024

Oct. 27, 2024 - Nov. 2, 2024

Nov. 2, 2024 - Nov. 8, 2024

Nov. 11, 2024 - Nov. 17, 2024

Nov. 17, 2024 - Nov. 23, 2024

Nov. 24, 2024 - Nov. 30, 2024

Nov. 30, 2024 - Dec. 6, 2024

Pricing

2024
Per person, sharing
£1530 $1940 €1790
Included 6 nights of accommodation in a double room with shower and toilet (1-2 nights' accommodation may be with a shared shower and toilet), arrival day dinner, departure day breakfast, 5 riding days with picnic lunches and wine, transportation of luggage.
Not included Flights, transfers, restaurant & catering services during the ride: €150 per person payable locally at the first dinner (this covers all your meals for the ride), entrance fees to museums and monuments, drinks/food in bars, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, coffee at dinner, tips, travel insurance.

Extras

2024 - Group Barcelona Airport Transfer - one way €60
Paid locally
2024 - Group Girona Airport transfer - one way €45
Paid locally
2024 - Restaurant & Catering supplement €150
Paid locally
2024 - Single Supplement £220 $280 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.

Day 1

Riding: No riding.

Arrival in Barcelona or Girona and transfer to our starting point, an old mill from the 16th century. Located directly on the Fluvià River, the natural stone house with its South American-style garden is a beautiful location to start your holiday.

Day 2

Riding: 4 hours

After breakfast it is time to meet your horse, groom and tack up for the adventure ahead. You will ride along quiet, secret paths through dense holm oak and pine forests. A soothing calm surrounds - let the holiday begin! Deep in the forest you will discover tropical vegetation resembling that of a jungle. The ambience puts you in mind of Costa Rica. Near the floodplains of the Fluvià under shady trees you will enjoy a saddle bag picnic and afterwards a relaxing siesta.

In the afternoon, you will trot and canter back to the guesthouse, to refresh in the beautiful garden with a cool drink and listen to the murmur of the river.

Day 3

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Today will be an early start. With the first sunlight, along the Catalan foothills of the Pyrenees, you will dive deep into a shade of the mixed forest. The group will enjoy some refreshment on horseback during a short break in a quaint village before continuing on until the mid-day picnic. In a forgotten valley, a small mountain stream splashes peacefully. Time for a swim! A jump into the shining pool refreshes tired limbs and afterwards the rocks heated by the Mediterranean sun will warm you up.

Back on board, you will marvel at how your Spanish horses climb steadily and with great confidence over a pass with a magnificent panoramic view of the high peaks of the Pyrenees. You will spend the night in an impressive former monastery where a guesthouse was built more than 300 years ago.

Day 4

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

Today is an exciting day. After breakfast, grooming and tacking up, you will head out to a beautiful lake for a swim. Wandering through the beautiful Mediterranean mountain landscape, you will see the cork oak forests spread a silvery, shimmering light. Soon you will reach the swimming place and a dream comes true. You will swim with the horses! After a picnic and a siesta, the group will ride to the monastery situated on a small hill. The view over the lake is magnificent.

Day 5

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

An early start again this morning, and a ride down to the "ice stream" La Muga. You will then have a break so that you can swim in the river. The extremely cold water is a welcome refreshment with the high temperatures. You will follow the cool stream at a lively pace and take a lunch break in a restaurant with views over the river, where you can enjoy some tasty Catalan delicacies.

After these culinary delights, you will continue along the course of the river. You will notice the scenery slowly start to change into an ancient cultural landscape consisting of olive trees and vineyards.

Tonight is spent in a former farmhouse within a village known for its vineyards. The tasteful furnishings and the lovely patio provide a beautiful ambience.

Day 6

Riding: 5 - 7 hours

You will appreciate your Andalusian steed's sure-footedness and mastery of the coastal mountains of Rodas as you finally watch the Pyrenees submerge into the sea. In a picturesque bay of the Wild Coast, you will reach the beach, swim in the sea and taste the salt on your skin! After a break by the sea, you will arrive at your hotel. The view of the turquoise-blue shimmering Mediterranean Sea is magnificent. You will enjoy a last evening together, with good wine, a delicious fish dish and good company!

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, transfer to the airports or continue to another trail.

Accommodation

Comfortable guest houses and farms, sometimes with shared facilities.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

This ride is suitable for strong intermediate and experienced riders happy and in control at all paces and fit enough to ride for 5-7 hours a day. On two of the days the horses have to be led on foot for a time (30 minute descents), so comfortable walking shoes are very helpful for this.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

June 2, 2024 - June 8, 2024

June 24, 2024 - June 30, 2024

July 15, 2024 - July 21, 2024

Aug. 11, 2024 - Aug. 17, 2024

Aug. 18, 2024 - Aug. 24, 2024

Pricing

2024
Per person, sharing
£1530 $1940 €1790
Included 6 nights of accommodation in a double room with shower and toilet (1-3 nights' accommodation may be with a shared shower and toilet), arrival day dinner, departure day breakfast, 5 riding days with picnic lunches and wine, transportation of luggage.
Not included Flights, transfers, restaurant & catering services during the ride: €150 per person payable locally at the first dinner (this covers all your meals for the ride), entrance fees to museums and monuments, drinks/food in bars, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks, coffee at dinner, tips, travel insurance.

Extras

2024 - Group Barcelona Airport Transfer - one way €75
Paid locally
At set times - please see 'Travel' section
2024 - Group Girona Airport Transfer - one way €60
Paid locally
At set times - please see 'Travel' section
2024 - Restaurant & Catering Supplement €150
Paid locally
To be paid to the host on the first evening.
2024 - Single Supplement £220 $280 €260
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.