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Reviews



We were very happy with this ride. I would describe it as "eat, sleep, ride", since there really wasn't time to do anything else. We were in the saddle many hours a day, which we expected and enjoyed. There were many opportunities to ride fast each day, with long canters and an occasional gallop, which is what we were looking for in this ride. We enjoyed the variety of scenery, going through mountains, ancient villages and along the sea. We were fortunate in that we had a really nice, sociable group of people to ride with, including our guide, and that made the meals we had together a lot of fun. The meals were excellent; the best we've had on a trail ride. The accommodation ranged from decent to excellent since we changed each night. There were three hotels in the middle of the ride that were high-end hotels. The horses, equipment and tack were good. They gave us a couple of the easiest-going horses. Scott's horse liked to canter and gallop fast when it was time to do that, which he liked. Lia's horse was a bit lazy, but she liked him. Our guide Paula was good. She spent all day with us, from breakfast until the end of dinner and seemed happy to be in our company - not just like she was going a job. She seemed very interested in ensuring we were safe and had a good ride.

Scott & Lia (Mountain and Beach Trail)
We had a good holiday and a lot of fun. The itinerary was a bit different, partly due to bad weather forecast for the last day... we decided to cut short the second loop. We had a brilliant ride up the second beach and then a lovely ride home. Beautiful weather all week. The last day was as foul as promised and Joan (host) gave us 40 euros each to spend in Figueres. They arranged a taxi to the station and we caught the train easily and spent the day in Salvador Dali theatre museum and eating tapas. Excellent! My favourite memory of the holiday was the ride up the second beach from St. Martin D'epuries early on a most beautiful calm morning. Stunning and very lucky to do it. My first horse - and Robert's second - was called Tro and was absolutely brilliant. Would have liked to bring him home. 100% safe and comfortable. The airport transfers were great as we only arranged it when we were at the airport waiting for our plane. I sent Patricia a text explaining aeroplane would be late and she arranged for the taxi to pick us up at the airport as well as the German girl. On the way back the taxi driver agreed to take us to our niece's house on the outskirts of Barcelona... this wasn't easy for him and was greatly appreciated by us.

Barbara & Robert F. (Two Beaches Trail)


















 

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:

14.2hh - 16hh

Weight limit:

90kg / 200lbs

Tack type:

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

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

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 the farmhouse at Masos D'en Coll. Joan is your host and he is a knowledgeable and passionate man with many years experience in the hospitality industry. He will be aided in the day-to-day running by Day and Patricia, as well as by Sabine and Paula who are your experienced guides.

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.

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 not available during the peak summer months of June and September. 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!

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.

The equestrian activities are centred around a traditional farmhouse, a base for all the trails in this lovely region of Empordà. Els Masos d’en Coll is a corner of peace in the heart of the Empordà, on the Costa Brava. From here you can discover medieval villages, fabulous landscapes between fields of sunflowers and the beautiful beaches and coves of crystalline waters only 9 kilometres from the farmhouse.

“Els Masos” comprises two farmhouses owned by the same family who have cultivated the land for six generations. There are six fantastic rooms at the Masia Can Barnosell or if you are looking for space, you can choose one of the three apartments for four people.Or if you have more people, they have two houses, Mas Llop I and Mas Llop II for five or six people, perfect for family holidays, with children, or with friends .It is possible to enjoy your time on the terrace, or in one of the two swimming pools, at the gym or just wandering around the farm. You will always enjoy free Wi-Fi, tourist information about the area from friendly knowledgeable hosts and most importantly, a friendly and personal service.

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.

Breakfast at the farmhouse is made using high quality products from their own orchard and farm or from local producers

 

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 all together.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Spanish, French and German.

Health requirements: General good health recommended.

Age limit: 16+ for Mountain & Beach Trail; 14+ for all other rides. 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. Airport transfer costs have been included already with the trails as well.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, gratuities and extras not mentioned. Airport transfers for the Discovery ride options are also not included.

 

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.

Farmhouse Discovery based stay:
Return set-time Barcelona airport transfers are €95 per person
Return set-time Girona airport transfers are €60 per person
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 would prefer not to take the organised group transfers then please do let us know as we can discount these costs for the overall price of your trip.

If you require a private taxi transfer outside of the above mentioned times then this can be arranged for you at an added cost.

Airport: Barcelona

Alternative Airport: Girona

 

Programmes


Four Night Beach Trail (Wednesday-Sunday)



This is a wonderful short trail where you can gallop along a golden sandy beach and enjoy the typical landscape of Emporda on magnificent Spanish horses.  The kilometres of golden sandy beach and the Mediterranean Sea are a delight for any rider. You will be riding though the typical landscapes of  Emporda from inland towards the sea. The Beach ride will begin with a fantastic ride on the beach and after that you will discover the medieval villages where time stands still and you will feel the nature and peace of the inland mountain of Les Gavarres. Finally, you return to Masos d'en Coll 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

*Please note that the ride runs Wednesday-Sunday.

Day One: Welcome to Masos d'en Coll (Wednesday)

You will arrive at Masos d'en Coll which is a typical Catalan farmhouse situated in a wonderful location close to the beach. Before dinner, you will go over the  programme and sample some of the full bodied local wines. You will be told about the special characteristics of their Andalusian trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the 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: Towards the Beach (Thursday)

Today you will ride away from Masos d'en Coll towards the beach of Pals. The beach is over 3.5 kilometres long and surrounded by dunes and pine trees, it follows the whole rice growing plains area. The sandy beach has some magnificent views of the Illes Medes. After enjoying a wonderful gallop along this lovely beach, you will stop for a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, you will ride to the south through crops and forest. You will leave your horses in the stables here and you will be driven to Calella de Palafrugell where you will spend the night. Originally the town of Callella was made up of fishermen's cottages, but its a really peaceful place where you can enjoy a lovely afternoon relaxing.

Day 3: The Gavarres Park (Friday)

After breakfast you will ride inland to the Park of Gavarres. The park has a large network of paths which will allow you to discover the most important Catalonian cork oaks and maritime pine forest. Vegetation here is that of wet, shady areas near mountain stores, forests are made up of alders, hazel and chestnuts contrasting with the rest of the predominantly Mediterranean territory. At the hotel, a beautiful rural guesthouse, you will be able to relax for the rest of the afternoon and enjoy a typical home made Catalan dinner.

Day 4: Medieval Villages (Saturday)

Today, the trail leads you back to Masos d'en Coll passing through the best preserved medieval villages of Spain where time has stood still. Peratallada and Ullastret are worth a visit. In the afternoon you will arrive at Can Masos d'en Coll and have time to relax before joining the group for  a delicious traditional dinner cooked with fresh local ingredients.

Day 5: Adios (Sunday)

You will depart after breakfast. Hopefully you will return for another adventure.



Accommodation: Masos d'En Coll
Llabia - www.elsmasosdencoll.com

Hotel Mediterrani (Calella de Palafrugell) - not sea view
www.hotelmediterrani.com

Mas Massaller (Cruilles)
www.masmasaller.com
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Confident in all paces
Type of ride: Trail
Total riding time: 5-7 hours a day
Departure dates: 2019: 6-10 March, 20-24 March, 3-7 April, 24-28 April, 8-12 May, 16-20 October, 30 October-3 November, 20-24 November
 
Pricing: 2019:

Prices include shared twin or double room accommodation, full board and return transfers from Barcelona airport.

Low Season (March/November): £631
High Season (April-October): £718
Single Supplement: £126 (no supplement for those willing to share)

*If you do not require airport transfers, please do let us know as we can discount these from the above prices for you.



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 there farmhouse through fields and orchards.

 Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Barcelona or Girona with transfer to the farmhouse, a typical Catalan farm called Masos d'en Coll located in the middle of Baix Empordà, just a few kilometres from the beach.  You will start your holiday with a delicious dinner, where you will meet your group and your guides and you can talk about your expectations and the horse you are hoping to ride.

 Day 2: Trail to Can Muni

The first day of riding gives you the opportunity to make any adjustments to the tack and you can get to know the horse and your guide as well. You will pass orchards in the Ter area following the river. The landscape is inviting and there is the opportunity to enjoy some fast paced canters through this unspoilt peaceful countryside. Tonight you will stay at Can Muni - a lovely traditional Catalan farmhouse nestled in a small hamlet.

Day 3: To the mountains

You will start today's journey from here and ride through the countryside where you will pass many small traditional villages as well as pine woods and oak forests. Today you will alternate the pace between trot and canter. You will arrive at Pontos at the "Tower of the Angel" for a sit down picnic lunch. After lunch and a rest you will continue your journey to Vilanat. You will spend the night in a history building that once belonged to the Count Rocaberti.

Day 4:  Crossing the Pyrenees

Today your route follows across the Mediterranean Pyrenees to where the mountains meet the sea. Firstly there are opportunities for some fast canters and gallops. The route takes you through a region of ancient wine growing orchards, olive groves and rustic buildings. You will continue the journey by following the trail of the Muga river discovering forests by the banks as well as flood plains. Next to the river, you will enjoy a picnic and, if the weather is kind, it might be possible to take a refreshing dip and perhaps an afternoon siesta. Later on you will proceed to the mountains crossing many regions of fabulous landscape marked by small villages. Finally you will arrive at Cantallops which is located in the Mediterranean Pyrenees. Here you will be staying at one of the finest hotels in the area.

 Day 5:  Alt Empordà

Today the route follows the Pyrenees where the mountains meet the sea, there is a spectacular landscape which will show you step by step, the beauty of the Empordà. Today the pace will be much slower dictated by the terrain. You will slowly make your way through the mountains until you get to see the sea. The cork oaks will surround you, You will pass by the castle of Recasens,, an impressive fortress dating from the 11th century and has been renovated over the years, At the peak of the mountain you will enjoy another picnic and afterwards you will descend to the most oriental part of the Pyrenees. From here you will have one of the most beautiful views across the the coast of Cap de Greus. You will spend the night in a small traditional hotel where you will have a delicious dinner.

Day 6: The Beach

Today you will leave the mountains and move to the beautiful plain of Empordà because today's programme will lead you to the beach. You will gallop across vineyards and olive groves and pass small towns like Garriguella, Perelada and Valanova de la Muga. You will enjoy a lunch break in the Castello de Empuries, a small city that used the be the old capital of Empordà . The city has a rich medieval past that you will will be able to explore and appreciate in every single small corner and  in the square of this town. Later on you will ride at a  fast pace to Mas de Mer, a historic house at the beach of Sant Pere Pescador.  

Day 7: Baix Emporda

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 Montgri Massif, a mountainous zone which separates Alt Emporda from Baix Emporda, two areas that remain very well protected. Here you will have picnic stop at the entrance of the protected area of the dunes and the Medes Islands.  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. In the afternoon, you will descend again in order to get to Masos d'en Coll where you began your wonderful week.

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: Masos d'en Coll
Llabia -www.elsmasosdencoll.com

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

Hotels may occasionally change
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
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: 2019:
10-17 March, 24-31 March (confirmed), 7-14 April, 28 April-5 May, 12-19 May, 26 May-2 June, 9-16 June, 8-15 September, 22-29 September, 29 September-6 October (confirmed), 6-13 October, 20-27 October, 3-10 November
 
Pricing: 2019:

Prices include shared twin or double room accommodation, full board and airport transfers from Barcelona.

Low Season: (March/November)£1097
High Season (April - October): £1263
Single Supplement: £209 (no supplement for those willing to share)

*If you do not require airport transfers, please do let us know as we can discount these from the above prices for you.



Two Beaches



This exciting trail sees you enjoying some excellent canters and gallops on two different Mediterranean beaches. You will ride two loops from Masos d'en Coll that will allow you not only to discover the Sant Pere Pescador beach and the Pals beach, but natural parks, well preserved medieval villages, fantastic rivers and some incredible spots like the fisherman's village of Calella de Palafrugell. Your ride will take you from North to South of the Costa Brava so enjoying the best of the area. Of course, we cannot fail to mention the two opportunities you will have to gallop along two long beaches, enjoying the sands and the waves.  A fulfilling, exciting and unforgettable experience.

Day 1: Arrival and Welcome (Sunday)

You will arrive at Masos d'en Coll which is a typical Catalan farmhouse situated in a wonderful location close to the beach.Before dinner, you will go over the week's programme and sample some of the full bodied local wines. You will be told about the special characteristics of their Andalusian trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the week's 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 (Monday)

You will leave Masos d'en Coll and head to the Montgri Mountain. This first day will allow you to get to know your horse and your guide. Your next destination is the fantastic village of San Martin d'Empuries  - your ride here passing next to the l'Escala. This is a village of great interest and history. The hotel is very close to the beach so you can also enjoy a swim at dusk.

Day 3: The First Beach(Tuesday)

Today you 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 Can Muni where you can relax.

Day 4: Baix Emporda (Wednesday)

Today, the trail leads you back to Masos d'en Coll passing through orchards filled will fruit trees near the Ter River as you  will follow the riverbed You will ride  between meadows and rice fields accompanied by ducks and migratory birds coming from the Medes Islands. You will enjoy an active day and last gallop along the riverbed. In the afternoon you will arrive at Can Masos d'en Coll and have time to relax before joining the group for  a delicious traditional dinner cooked with fresh local ingredients.

Day 5: Towards the Beach of Pals (Thursday)

Today you will ride away from Masos d'en Coll towards the beach of Pals. The beach is over 3.5 kilometres long and surrounded by dunes and pine trees, it follows the whole rice growing plains area. The sandy beach has some magnificent views of the Illes Medes. After enjoying a wonderful gallop along this lovely beach, you will stop for a delicious lunch. In the afternoons, you will ride to the south through crops and forest You will leave your horses in the stables here and you will be driven to Calella de Palafrugell where you will spend the night. Originally the town of Callella was made up of fishermen's cottages, but its a really peaceful place where you can enjoy a lovely afternoon relaxing.

Day 6:  The Gavarres Park (Friday)

After breakfast you will ride inland to the Park of Gavarres. The park has a large network of paths which will allow you to discover the most important Catalonian cork oaks and maritime pine forest. Vegetation here is that of wet, shady areas near mountain stores, forests are made up of alders, hazel and chestnuts contrasting with the rest of the predominantly Mediterranean territory. At the hotel, a beautiful rural guesthouse, you will be able to relax for the rest of the afternoon and enjoy a typical home made Catalan dinner.

Day 7: Medieval Villages (Saturday)

The trail leads us back to Masos d'en Coll, passing through  the most beautifully preserved medieval villages in Spain, You will cross many medieval villages and towns that are mere dots on the map but that become quaint terracotta coloured settlements, the closer you get. Peratallada and Ullastret are worth exploring. You will be back at Masos d'en Coll in the afternoon and will have some free time to enjoy the rest of you afternoon.

Day 8: Adios Amigos

You will depart after breakfast. Hopefully you will return for another adventure.

 



Accommodation: Masos d'enColl (Sunday, Wednesday & Saturday)
Llabia - www.elsmasosdencoll.com

Hotel Riomar (Monday)
Sant Marti d'Empuries -www.hotelriomar.com

Can Muni
Vilopriu - www.canmuni-trail.com

Hotel Mediterrani (Callella de Palafruigell) not sea view
www.hotel mediterrani.com

Mas Massaller (Cruilles)
www.masmasaller.com
Minimum group size: 4
Maximum group size: 8
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 (4-6 hours day)
Departure dates: 2019:
3-10 March, 17-24 March, 31 March-7 April, 21-28 April, 5-12 May, 13-20 October, 27 October-3 November, 10-17 November
 
Pricing: 2019:

Price per person in shared accommodation, including transfers from Barcelona airport

Low Season (March/November): £1071
High Season (April - October): £1237
Single Supplement: £218 per person (no supplement for those willing to share)

*If you do not require airport transfers, please do let us know as we can discount these from the above prices for you.



Catalan Farmhouse Discovery Ride (stationary)



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, enjoying a delicious picnic in a specially selected destination. 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... Hopefully, you will want to come back again soon! (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: 8
Ability description: Novice riders should have some experience of riding at all paces and comfortable in an English saddle for long periods of time.
Type of ride: Based with trails
Total riding time: Full days riding - 4-6 hours per day
Departure dates: 2019:
Dates to suit from the beginning of March until the end of November. There is no riding scheduled on Sundays but otherwise, guests can join any day of the week if they would like a shorter trip (minimum three nights).
 
Pricing: 2019:

Please contact us for pricing.