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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)


















Some of the most stunning landscapes ever seen on a riding holiday - snow capped Pyrenees one side and sea the other. Great accommodation and food and wonderful horses. Paula the guide was exemplary - she made the ride fun, looked after everyone, was helpful and caring and very attentive with regards to safety. She went the extra mile even going in the evening by car to check a couple of stops to make sure there was adequate mounting places, etc.

Amanda S (2019)
 

Horses



Type of horses:

The horses are mostly pure Spanish and Hispano-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; full board meals; drinking water and table wine; riding as per itinerary. Set-time Girona airport transfers have been included already with the trails as well.

Not included: Flights, travel insurance, gratuities and extras not mentioned. Airport transfers from Barcelona, airport transfers for the Discovery and Learn to Ride options are also not included.

 

Travel Information

You should fly into either Girona or Barcelona airport. Girona is roughly 30 minutes drive away from the farmhouse, whereas Barcelona is roughly 2 hours drive away but offers more flight options for guests.

If doing one of the scheduled trail rides then Girona airport transfers are included in the prices. If doing the Discovery or Learn to Ride programmes 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 Girona airport transfers are €60 (EUR) per person
Return set-time Barcelona airport transfers are €150 (EUR) per person

Arrival Barcelona: Pick up at 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 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 Barcelona instead of Girona then there will be a supplement of 40€ (EUR) per person payable for the group set-time pickup. 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: Girona

Alternative Airport: Barcelona

 

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 through the typical landscapes of  Emporda from inland towards the sea. The Beach ride will begin with a fantastic opportunity to discover the medieval villages where time stands still and you will feel the nature and peace of the inland mountain of Les Gavarres, before finishing off riding on the beach of Pals. 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 1: 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: Medieval Villages (Thursday)

Today set off on your trail ride 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. The small Palau-Sator and incredible Peratallada are small walled villages of medieval origin that still display well-preserved moats, towers, castles and palaces for you to discover.

You will continue through the afternoon, past oak and pine forests, until you reach your accommodation for the night - a 13th-century farmhouse located in the foothills of the Gavarres national park. The house has a lovely atmosphere and has been loving restored and decorated by its present owners. You will have time in the afternoon to enjoy the pool or relax before a delicious homemade dinner is served in the large dining room.

Day 3:  The Gavarres Park (Friday)

After breakfast, you will begin your ride 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. The vegetation here is rich, shaded areas near mountain streams, forests are made up of alders, oak, hazel and chestnuts contrasting with the rest of the predominantly Mediterranean territory. 

After a full picnic lunch, you will continue your ride passing through the Medieval village of Pals and continuing on to your hotel for the evening, just 5 minutes walk from the beach. Here you will have time to rest and relax, perhaps enjoy the pool or take a walk to the beach before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Towards the Beach of Pals (Saturday)

Today you will rise early, have a light breakfast and head out with the horses 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, along the river Ter until you return to Masos d'en Coll. You will have some free time to enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.

Day 5: Adios Amigos

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



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

Mas Massaller
www.masmasaller.com

Golf Beach Aparthotel
www.aparthotelgolfbeach.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: 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 Girona airport.

Low Season (March/November): £615
High Season (April-October): £705
Single Supplement: £130 (no supplement for those willing to share)

Non-riders: £76 per night, with half board meals, when sharing a room. *Non-riding guests must have their own transport in order to reach the hotels on the trail.

*If you do not require airport transfers, or would prefer to be met at Barcelona airport, please do let us know as we can adjust the above prices for you.

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.



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 the farmhouse through fields and orchards.

 Day 1: Arrival

Arrival in Girona (or Barcelona) 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 Sort

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 Sort - 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 Vilanant. 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 Sort Farmhouse
Bascara - www.cansort.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:
7-14 September, 21-28 September, 29 September-6 October (confirmed), 5-12 October (confirmed), 19-26 October, 2-9 November
 
Pricing: 2019:

Prices include shared twin or double room accommodation, full board and set-time airport transfers from Girona.

Low Season: (March/November)£1100
High Season (April - October): £1271
Single Supplement: £225 (no supplement for those willing to share)

Non-riders: £76 per night, with half board meals, when sharing a room. *Non-riding guests must have their own transport in order to reach the hotels on the trail.

*If you do not require airport transfers, or would prefer to be met at Barcelona airport, please do let us know so that we can adjust the above prices for you.

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.



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  - you ride here passing next to l'Escala. This is a village of great interest and history. The hotel is very close to the beach so you can also be able to 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 kilometres 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 your accommodation for the evening at the rural guesthouse of Can Sort where you can rest in the afternoon.

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. 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 gallops along the riverbed. In the afternoon you will arrive at Els Masos d'en Coll and have time to relax before a delicious traditional dinner cooked with fresh local ingredients.

Day 5: Medieval Villages (Thursday)

Today your ride will see you 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. The small Palau-Sator and incredible Peratallada are small walled villages of medieval origin that still display well-preserved moats, towers, castles and palaces for you to discover.

You will continue through the afternoon, past oak and pine forests, until you reach your accommodation for the night - a 13th-century farmhouse located in the foothills of the Gavarres national park. The house has a lovely atmosphere and has been loving restored and decorated by its present owners. You will have time in the afternoon to enjoy the pool or relax before a delicious homemade dinner is served in the large dining room.

Day 6:  The Gavarres Park (Friday)

After breakfast, you will begin your ride 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. The vegetation here is rich, shaded areas near mountain streams, forests are made up of alders, oak, hazel and chestnuts contrasting with the rest of the predominantly Mediterranean territory. 

After a full picnic lunch, you will continue your ride passing through the Medieval village of Pals and continuing on to your hotel for the evening, just 5 minutes walk from the beach. Here you will have time to rest and relax, perhaps enjoy the pool or take a walk to the beach before enjoying dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 7: Towards the Beach of Pals (Saturday)

Today you will rise early, have a light breakfast and head out with the horses 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, along the river Ter until you return to Masos d'en Coll. You will have some free time to enjoy the rest of your afternoon at leisure.

Day 8: Adios Amigos

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

* Due to local circumstances, the programme may occasionally vary.



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

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

Can Sort (Tuesday)
Bascara - www.cansort.com

Mas Massaller (Thursday)
www.masmasaller.com

Golf Beach Aparthotel (Friday)
www.aparthotelgolfbeach.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:
13-20 October, 27 October-3 November, 10-17 November
 
Pricing: 2019:

Price per person in shared accommodation, including set-time transfers from Girona airport

Low Season (March/November): £1069
High Season (April - October): £1239
Single Supplement: £225 per person (no supplement for those willing to share)

Non-riders: £76 per night, with half board meals, when sharing a room. *Non-riding guests must have their own transport in order to reach the hotels on the trail.

*If you do not require airport transfers, or would prefer to be met at Barcelona airport, please do let us know as we can adjust the above prices for you.

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.



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 Els Masos d'en Coll

You will arrive at the rural village of Els Masos d'en Coll (Llabià) 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. Montgrí (Monday)

Today you will set out from the farmhouse and begin your trail riding day by heading to the village of Torroella de Montgrí and through the Castle of Montgrí, built in the 13th century. From the top of the Montgrí Massif, you will be able to enjoy magnificent views over the Costa Brava and the Mediterranean Sea. You will be able to spot the beaches and the trails that are ridden during the Mountain and Beach and Two Beaches trail options. On your way back down the massif, you will stop in a secluded forest glade to enjoy a picnic lunch and time to rest. The afternoon will see you continue your way back to Els Masos d'en Coll, with perhaps a little free time to spend by the pool in the late afternoon.

Day 3.  Ter River (Tuesday)

Today your riding route will take you past fruit orchards along the river banks of the Ter. A chance to spot an array of local wildlife in this verdant area, including many species of birds and waterfowl as well as beautiful plants and flowers. The flat landscape will offer up many opportunities to enjoy exciting canters and gallops, while also relishing nature’s silence. winding across the narrow streets of all the small towns and villages you pass through, the only sound will be the horse’s hooves on stone. You will stop for a good local Catalan lunch in a restaurant by the river which offers superb views. In the afternoon, you will return to the farmhouse through the meadows; a landscape with blue skies, ripening crops and the imposing outline of the massif of Montgrí and its Castle on the horizon.

Day 4. Medieval Villages (Wednesday)

Today's ride will offer an opportunity to discover some of the history of this region, as you ride through Fontanilles and Palau-Sator - two small villages of Roman and medieval origin, first established in the 9th century. Between villages, you'll be able to take advantage of the flat landscape once more, immersing into the green nature of the region and enviable good climate. Finally, you will arrive at the medieval village of Peratallada, one of the most important and best preserved historical centres in Catalonia, originally built between the 9th and 13th century. Time will seemingly have stopped in this small village, where you will enjoy a picnic lunch followed by some free time to take pictures and have a look around. You'll spot houses with Gothic and Renaissance influences, as well as intricately carved arched doorways mounted with shields. Upon return to the farmhouse, you will be able to enjoy a relaxing moment in the gardens of Els Masos d’en Coll or in the company of the horses as they wander in the farm’s fields.

Day 5. Let’s Gallop! (Thursday)

Today we will enjoy long canters and gallops past seemingly endless olive groves, as well as scenic paths between pastures and crops. The landscape in a patchwork of fields, dotted with small rural settlements until you eventually reach the village of Pals. For those who enjoyed the opportunity to wander around Peratallada and discover it's historical architecture great history, her sister Pals will offer a flavour of the 9th to the 15th century now, with cobblestone streets decorated with flowers. High in the more mountainous surroundings, you will be able to experience some incredible views of the territory you have been riding through. Lunch will be taken in a traditional restaurant in Pals. The afternoon will see you calmly savouring the landscape on your return to the farmhouse.

Day 6. Iberic Ruins (Friday)

Today you will have another very interesting day as you head out on a  ride of discovery to the ancient ruins of the fortified Iberian city of Ullastret. Passing through a range of beautiful landscapes and small villages, you will eventually arrive at the extensive ruins, some of the most important and largest ruins in all of Spain. Stopping for a picnic close-by there will be some time to rest and take a look around. In the afternoon you will head back via the village of Foixá until you reach the farmhouse again.

Day 7. Canter through cornfields (Saturday)

Today you will have the opportunity to enjoy a longer and more active ride that will take you to the town of Verges, along the natural park of the Ter river. Again you will experience the vibrant nature of the reserve as well as passing by fruit orchards and poplar plantations. You and your horse will enjoy ample good canters and gallops along this route. Lunch will be taken in a traditional restaurant with the possibility of being joined by the trail riding groups as they head back from their week's adventure. Through the afternoon you will continue to ride through the Natural Park of Montgri, with the Castle ever present atop the hill. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views as you climb back to the farmhouse.

Day  8. The Empordanet villages (Sunday)

Following breakfast this morning you will set out with the horses to discover the so-called "Empordanet" - a name that locals give to the collection of small medieval towns in the interior of the Costa Brava. You will enjoy ample trots and canters along the flat trails of the area which offers beautiful views, fresh air and tranquillity. Passing through the little villages which show the typical Catalan architecture of the region, you'll finally arrive at the small town of Monells. Here you will have time to eat, rest and take a walk around the quiet cobblestone streets.

In the afternoon, you will return to the farmhouse through Mediterranean pine forests, vineyards and fields.

Day  9. Goodbye friends

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.

** During the summer months of July and August the daily schedule will be altered due to the intense heat. You will usually ride out early, when the day is cooler, and finish before lunch with the afternoon free to enjoy the pool or explore the local beaches.



Minimum group size: 2
Maximum group size: 8
Ability description: Novice riders should have some experience of riding at all paces and be 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. Guests can join any day of the week if they would like a shorter trip (minimum three nights).
 
Pricing: 2019:

4 days/3 nights/2 days riding: £467 per person, single supplement: £89
5 days/4 nights/3 days riding: £629 per person, single supplement: £121
6 days/5 nights/4 days riding: £795 per person, single supplement: £148
7 days/6 nights/5 days riding: £965 per person, single supplement: £179
8 days/7 nights/6 days riding: £1042 per person, single supplement: £207
9 day/8 nights/7 days riding: £1118 per person, single supplement: £231

Prices include shared room accommodation (twin/double or triple), all meals, water and wine with meals and daily riding.

Non-riders: £76 per night, with half board meals, when sharing a room.

*Genuine single travellers who are willing to share a twin room will not be charged the single room supplement.

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.