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Overview

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 …

Highlights

  • Offering trails, centre based rides and short breaks
  • Families and group bookings welcome
  • Fast riding on the trails and day rides
  • Riding in an area of cultural and historic interest
  • Great local food and drink!

Essential Facts

  • 5 itineraries available
  • Max 8 riders per group
  • Average of 5 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 90kg / 198 lbs/ 14 stone 2 lbs

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 Patricia, as well as by Paloma and Karyn who are your experienced guides.

Paloma Latierro has been riding since she was 4 years old and has worked with horses since she was 16. She has worked as a guide all over the world including Colombia, Dubai, USA, Canada as well as Spain so is a very experienced tourism guide and horsewoman. She speaks excellent English as well as Basque and Spanish.

Karyn Laurence was born in Romania but studied in France and has qualifications in equestrian tourism and veterinarian assistance. She studied dressage with Lucy Rees and is qualified in equine podiatry. She has worked as a guide in France, Andalucia as well as Catalonia. She speaks Romanian, French, Spanish and English.

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 would like some help choosing between 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. 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!

This destination has been visited by Natalie from Far and Ride, so please get in touch if you'd like to chat to us to get more of a feel for the type of riding available.

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!

Horses & Riding

Tack

The saddles are English or sometimes trekking style, mostly made from synthetic materials as they are light and easy to care for. The majority of the horses are ridden in simple snaffle bridles and again, these are mostly made from a synthetic material with detachable bits. Saddlebags will be provided for each guest to carry items required during the day, such as the picnic lunches.

Horses

The horses here are well-mannered and responsive Spanish and Hispano-Arabians. They have all been carefully chosen for their suitability for the trail and most are between 14.2hh (150cm) and 16hh (165cm). They are generally of a medium build and all are surefooted, fit, forward-going and well adapted to the requirements of the sometimes difficult terrain.

Riding

There are 5 itineraries:

  • Pyrenees to Sea Trail is a trail ride
  • Mountain and Sea Trail is a trail ride
  • Tasting the Costa Brava Trail (Wednesday-Sunday) is a trail ride
  • Catalan Farmhouse Discovery Ride (stationary) is a based ride
  • Beginners/Novice Discovery Programme is a based ride

Ages

Children aged 12 years and older can be accepted on all programmes, but those under the age of 17 must be accompanied by an adult. All children and minors must be competent, experienced riders, happy to ride a horse (there are no ponies for the trails).

Health

General good health recommended.

Weight

90kg / 198 lbs/ 14 stone 2 lbs

Food & Accommodation

Food

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

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.

Itineraries

Pyrenees to Sea Trail Standard accommodation.

Mountain and Sea Trail Standard accommodation.

Tasting the Costa Brava Trail (Wednesday-Sunday) Standard accommodation.

Catalan Farmhouse Discovery Ride (stationary) Standard accommodation.

Beginners/Novice Discovery Programme Standard accommodation.

Other Activities

Besides riding, there are several great activities to keep you busy in Catalonia. The region is well known for its diversity of outdoor pursuits, including cycling, hiking, mountaineering, watersports and many more. During the riding programmes, interested guests will have the chance to visit several pretty and unique historic sites, including medieval villages, churches, Iberic ruins, necropolis - the region has historically been incredibly industrious and the remains are evident wherever you go.

Non-riding partners and family are also welcome on these programmes. We would recommend taking a hire car if you are coming as a non-rider as lunches will not be provided for you at the farmhouse and this itself is in a very remote location. With access to a car, you will be able to reach many beautiful and interesting places in this region within a few minutes, including the beaches of the Costa Brava, the Pyrenees foothills, several historic villages such as Peratallada and Pals, as well as the museum of Dali, vineyards, olive oil producers and even cider makers.

Travel

You should fly into Girona which is roughly a 1-hour drive from the farmhouse. Transfers from and back to Girona airport transfers at set times are included in the cost of the set-date trails, but not the centre-based rides with more flexible departures. If you are doing one of the stationary programmes, you may wish to hire a car to allow you to explore the area when not riding.

The scheduled group transfer from and to Girona airport is at the following time;

Arrival Girona: Pick up at Information Office at 19:30 (please do not book a flight landing after 18:30 as you will not have time to get to the meeting point)
Departure: Pick up at the hotel at 09:30 and drop off at Girona airport at 10:30.

A private taxi transfer can be booked for you if you would prefer to arrive or leave outside of the above mentioned times. This is an additional cost (see individual itineraries).

Arrival to Barcelona airport is another option for guests as it does offer more flight options for guests. However, the airport is roughly 2.5-hour drive away from the farmhouse. If you would prefer to fly into Barcelona instead of Girona then we will need to organise a private transfer for you at a supplementary cost (see individual itineraries). If you are travelling alone, then you may prefer to take a train or local bus from Barcelona to Girona in time for the inclusive transfer at 19:30 pm. This is a far more economical option and we would be more than happy to help you with train and bus times, so please do just ask!

Testimonials

Amanda S, May 22, 2019

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.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

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

Riding: 5 hours

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

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

You will start today's journey from Can Sort 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 walk, 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 historic building that once belonged to the Count Rocaberti.

Day 4 - Crossing the Pyrenees

Riding: 6 hours

Today your route follows across the Mediterranean Pyrenees to where the mountains meet the sea. There will be opportunities for some fast canters and gallops where the terrain allows. The route takes you through an incredibly fertile region which has been used for wine grape and olive growing since ancient times. You will continue the journey by following the trail which runs along the course of the Muga river. Discover little forests along the banks as well aslearning about the ancient flood plains which have led to the area becoming so good for agriculture. Next to the river, you will enjoy a picnic and - if the weather is good - a possible refreshing dip and afternoon siesta too. Through the afternoon, you will proceed over the mountains, crossing many fabulous landscape dotted by small villages. Finally you will arrive at the settlement of Cantallops in the Mediterranean Pyrenees, where you will spend the night. The hotel you will be staying at is one of the finest in the area and offers spa treatments for those who wish to try some.

Day 5 - Alt Empordà

Riding: 6 - 7 hours

Today is a pure mountain route - riding through spectacular terrain which will highlight, step by step, the beauty of the Empordà. The pace of the ride today will be much slower, as dictated by the terrain. You will slowly make your way through the mountains until you get your first glimpse of the sea. The cork oaks will surround you and you will pass by the castle of Recasens, an impressive fortress originally dating from the 11th century. At the peak of the mountain you will enjoy another picnic before beginning your descent 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 modern hotel owned by a Michel starred chef - dinner is sure to be delicious!

Day 6 - The Beach

Riding: 6 hours

Today you will leave the mountains behind and begin riding across the beautiful plain of Empordà. You will gallop through vineyards and olive groves, passing 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 be able to explore after lunch. In the afternoon, on you will enjoy some more fast paced trails leading to Mas de Mer, a historic house at the beach of Sant Pere Pescador and your accommodation for tonight.

Day 7 - Baix Emporda

Riding: 6 hours

An early start will see you and your horses enjoying a thrilling gallop along the beach. Hear the roaring of the waves in your ears and the smell of the salt in the air. The morning's ride will see you head to La Escala before continuing 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 stop for a picnic at the entrance of the protected area of the dunes with a clear view of the Medes Islands. The vast horizon will spread out in front of you, over the Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to the park's protected status, you can find some very rare types of plants growing in this landscape. Through the afternoon, you will descend again in order to reach Masos d'en Coll where you began your wonderful week.

Day 8 - Good bye / Hasta pronto

Riding: No riding.

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

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

Experience Experienced

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.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

May 22, 2021 - May 29, 2021

June 5, 2021 - June 12, 2021

Sept. 11, 2021 - Sept. 18, 2021

Oct. 16, 2021 - Oct. 23, 2021

Pricing

2021
Non-rider (All seasons); Sharing; Half-board
£565 $785 €665
*Non-riding guests must have access to their own transport as transfers between overnight stops will not be provided.
2021
High Season (April - October); Sharing
£1275 $1775 €1500
2021
Low Season (January - March & November - December); Sharing
£1150 $1600 €1350
Included 7 nights shared room accommodation, full board meals, all soft drinks, one alcoholic drink with each meal, 6 days of riding and set-time transfers from Girona airport or bus station.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, other drinks, tips and personal expenses. Barcelona airport transfers are not included, or transfers outside of set times.

Extras

2021 - Barcelona Airport Transfer €225
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers.
2021 - Girona Airport Transfer €80
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers. Only payable if you cannot find flights to fit the set-time group transfers which are included.
2021 - Single Supplement €210
Paid locally
* Payable by anyone staying in a single room.
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 - Arrival

Riding: No riding.

Arrival in 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 - The Pirate Coast

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Following a delicious breakfast at the farmhouse, you will head out to meet your horses and enjoy your first day of riding. The morning will be a relaxed one allowing you the chance to become accustomed to your mount (and he to you!). You will follow quiet trails along the edge of the Ter river which winds its way through the Baix Emporda region. as you make your way towards the mountain of Montgri, you will pass old fortified farmhouse - fortifications that once defended these coastal inhabitants from marauding pirate attacks! Through the afternoon you will continue the ride passing cider apple orchards, ponds and wetlands until you return to Els Masos for dinner and overnight.

Day 3 - Medieval Villages

Riding: 5 hours

Today set off on your trail ride passing through the most beautifully preserved medieval villages in Spain. You will cross this fertile region, dotted with vineyards and apple orchards, contemplating the fact that this was all once under a vast ocean. Your route will take you through the fortified villages of Peratallada, Canapost, Castell d'Emporda, Monells and Cruilles. In each you will take time to visit the 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 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 restored and decorated by its present owners, Joan and Marta. 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 4 - The Romantic Costa Brava

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

On today's route you will move on from the Medieval times and discover some of the region's Roman influences instead. Passing through ancient forests of cork oaks and chestnut trees, you will head to the roman outpost of St Cebria de Llado. From the view point at Els Metges, you will have unbeatable views expanding right the way from the Pyrenees to the Costa Brava coastline. Next on your journey will be a brief stop at the first Romanesque megalith dolmen located at the top of Puig D'Arques mountain. Again, you will witness some phenomenal views from this point before rejoining your horses and descending through the Gavarres mountain range to your accommodation for the night. An early stop today will see you enjoying plenty of rest before the long day of riding tomorrow.

Day 5 - From the Mountains to the Sea

Riding: 6 hours

Today is a long day. Along your route you will see old ice wells which are abundant here and also the Dolmen Tres Peus which is one of the best preserved megalithic monuments in the area. There are wide views over the plains to the blue Mediterranean as you drop downhill through forests and along Roman trails, stopping at some monuments such as the Church of Sta. Coloma de Fitor. Eventually you reach your accommodation which is only a few metres from the beach. After settling the horses you can take a short walk on the find sand of Pals Beach.

Day 6 - Costa Brava's heart

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

Today you ride a circular route passing old mines and following paths through holm oaks, cork oaks and pines to reach a high point from where you can contemplate this beautiful landscape. This viewpoint - Queremany - has splendid views of the Pals beach, where some historians claim you could see the departure of Christopher Columbus' ships on his first trip to America. Continue back to your hotel beside the beach to rest for your early start tomorrow.

Day 7 - Between the River, Sea and Rice Fields

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

An early start today as there is the possibility of riding on the beach (this depends on dates as there can be restrictions within the natural park). Follow the entire beach to the mouth of the Ter river where you turn inland and leave the sea behind you to ride past apple orchards and cultivated fields - at certain times of year there are magnificent rice fields. Upon arrival back at Masos d'En Coll you'll enjoy a rice casserole to celebrate your adventure.

Day 8 - Adios Amigos

Riding: No riding.

You will depart after breakfast.

Accommodation

Nights 1, 2 & 7 spent at Masos d'En Coll in Llabia
3rd & 4th nights at Mas Masaller in Cruilles
5th & 6th nights at Aparthotel Golf Beach in Pals

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

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.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Feb. 14, 2021 - Feb. 21, 2021

March 21, 2021 - March 28, 2021

April 25, 2021 - May 2, 2021

Sept. 26, 2021 - Oct. 3, 2021

Oct. 31, 2021 - Nov. 7, 2021

Dec. 26, 2021 - Jan. 2, 2022

Pricing

2021
Low Season (February-March & November-December); sharing
£1150 $1600 €1350
2021
High Season (April-October); sharing
£1275 $1775 €1500
2021
Non-riders (all seasons); sharing; half board
£565 $785 €665
* Non-riding guests should have access to their own transport during the week as transfers between overnight accommodations will not be provided.
2021
New Year Special (26 December - 2 January 2022); sharing
£1235 $1720 €1450
* Price includes a special celebratory meal on New Year's Eve.
Included 7 nights shared twin or double room accommodation, full board meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, all soft drinks, one alcoholic drink per meal and return transfers from Girona airport at set times.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, tips, other drinks and extras not mentioned. Airport transfers from Barcelona or outside of set times.

Extras

2021 - Barcelona Airport Transfer €225
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers.
2021 - Girona Airport Transfer €80
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers. Only payable if you cannot join the set-time group transfers which are included.
2021 - Single Supplement €210
Paid locally
* Payable by anyone staying in a single room.
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 - Welcome to Masos d'en Coll (Wednesday)

Riding: No riding.

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)

Riding: 5 hours

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)

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

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)

Riding: 6 - 7 hours

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 afternoon, you 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

Riding: No riding.

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

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

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.

Minimum group size 4
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Feb. 10, 2021 - Feb. 14, 2021

March 3, 2021 - March 7, 2021

April 14, 2021 - April 18, 2021

May 5, 2021 - May 9, 2021

June 13, 2021 - June 17, 2021  (* Sunday to Thursday departure.)

Sept. 22, 2021 - Sept. 26, 2021

Oct. 27, 2021 - Oct. 31, 2021

Nov. 17, 2021 - Nov. 21, 2021

Pricing

2021
Non-rider (All seasons); Sharing; Half board
£320 $450 €380
* Non-riding guests need to have access to their own transport as transfers between different overnight stops is not provided.
2021
High Season (April-October); Sharing
£735 $1025 €865
2021
Low Season (February - March & November - December); Sharing
£650 $905 €765
Included 4 nights accommodation in shared rooms, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day, all soft drinks, one alcoholic drink with each meal, 3 days riding and return set time transfers from Girona airport or bus station.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, other drinks, tips and extras not mentioned. Barcelona airport transfers are not included.

Extras

2021 - Barcelona Airport Transfer €225
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers.
2021 - Girona Airport Transfer €80
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers. Only payable if you cannot find flights to fit the set-time group transfers which are included.
2021 - Single Supplement £102 $142 €120
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by any single traveller if a room sharer cannot be found.
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 - Welcome to Els Masos d'en Coll

Riding: No riding.

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 - Medieval Villages

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

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.

You will take lunch in a secluded spot at Els Clots de Sant Julie - a peaceful place steeped in history. On the way back, a brief stop at Canapost to view the well preserved necropolis located here. Once safely returned to the farmhouse you will be able to enjoy some time to relax in the gardens at Els Masos d’en Coll or perhaps by the pool with a cool glass of Catalonian wine!

Day 3 - Montgri

Riding: 4 - 5 hours

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.

You will take lunch in a secluded spot at Els Clots de Sant Julie - a peaceful place steeped in history. On the way back, a brief stop at Canapost to view the well preserved necropolis located here. Once safely returned to the farmhouse you will be able to enjoy some time to relax in the gardens at Els Masos d’en Coll or perhaps by the pool with a cool glass of Catalonian wine!

Day 4 - Ter River

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today your ride 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 along the banks of the river, 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. You will wind your way through the narrow streets of some small villages, including Verges - the home of well-known Catalan singer-songwriter, Lluis Llach - and finally arrive in the village of Colomers where you will stop for lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, you will visit the town of Sant Romà de Sidilla - now abandoned, this village is a very good example of how the original medieval settlers of this area built their homes on high ground to avoid the Ter river in flood. 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 5 - Empodanet Landscape

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Following breakfast this morning you will set out with the horses to discover the so-called "Empordanet". This is the 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 via a pearl of the region, the ancient ruins of the fortified Iberian city of Ullastret. These are some of the most important and largest ruins in all of Spain. The Iberian people remain somewhat of a mystery as they did not leave much to document their day to day life. The settlement at Ullastret dates from the 6th century BC and remained until the Romans invaded the area several centuries later during the Second Punic War (between the years 218-201 BC). Return the farmhouse in the afternoon, through Mediterranean pine forests, vineyards and fields.

Day 6 - Historic Wetlands

Riding: 5 - 6 hours

Today we will follow the course of the Daró river, past seemingly endless olive groves, as well as scenic paths between low lying pastures and paddy fields with their crops of rice. The landscape in a patchwork of fields, dotted with small rural settlements where you will have opportunities to enjoy trots and canters along the open paths. Eventually, you will reach the historic village of Pals, where you will dismount your horses and enjoy the opportunity to wander through the village's historic centre.  Pals will offer a flavour of the 9th to the 15th century, with cobblestone streets decorated with flowers. From its high vantage point, you will be able to appreciate some incredible views of the territory you have been riding through this morning. Lunch will be taken in a traditional restaurant in Pals. 

The afternoon will see you riding through several lesser historic villages, including Sant Feliu, Sant Julia de Boada, Fontclara with its Benedictine monastery. The monastery's church still contains frescos and paintings dating from the 11th century. Once safely returned to the farmhouse, you will be able to take a drive to the Mirador de la Font Pascuala to watch the sun set. This is a seemingly innocuous raised ridge which overlooks and offers speculator views of Montgri, Pals, the Medes islands and the Mediterranean sea beyond.

Day 7 - Goodbye friends

Riding: No riding.

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.

Accommodation

Each night is spent in twin/double bedrooms with private bathrooms at the main farmhouse Els Masos d'en Coll.

Experience Intermediate / Experienced

Novice to experience riders welcome. Guests wishing to take part in this ride should be comfortable at walk, trot and canter in an English saddle for long periods of time.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

Jan. 24, 2021 - Jan. 31, 2021

Feb. 21, 2021 - Feb. 28, 2021

March 29, 2021 - April 5, 2021  (*Includes Easter weekend)

April 18, 2021 - April 25, 2021

May 16, 2021 - May 23, 2021

At any time during: June 20, 2021 - Sept. 4, 2021  (Programme can be booked for any dates within this period, minimum 3 nights stay.)

Oct. 9, 2021 - Oct. 16, 2021

Nov. 28, 2021 - Dec. 5, 2021

Dec. 5, 2021 - Dec. 12, 2021

Pricing

2021
4 nights/3 days riding; sharing
£575 $800 €675
2021
5 nights/4 days riding; sharing
£715 $995 €840
2021
6 nights/5 days riding; sharing
£850 $1185 €1000
2021
7 nights/6 days riding; sharing
£995 $1385 €1170
2021
Non-Rider, sharing (4 nights)
£320 $450 €380
* Non-riding guests are advised to have access to their own transport as off-site trips are not provided
2021
Non-Rider sharing (5 nights)
£405 $560 €475
* Non-riding guests are advised to have access to their own transport as off-site trips are not provided
2021
Non-rider sharing (6 nights)
£485 $675 €570
* Non-riding guests are advised to have access to their own transport as off-site trips are not provided
2021
Non-rider sharing (7 nights)
£565 $785 €665
* Non-riding guests are advised to have access to their own transport as off-site trips are not provided
Included Prices include accommodation in twin/double rooms, full board meals, all soft drinks, one alcoholic drink with each meal, full days of riding as per the itinerary and set-time transfers from/to Girona airport or bus station.
Not included Flights, personal travel insurance, other transfers, gratuities, drinks and extras not mentioned.

Extras

2021 - Barcelona Airport Transfer €225
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers.
2021 - Girona Airport Transfer €80
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers.
2021 - High Season supplement - July/August £26 $36 €30 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Supplement payable for any bookings taken in July & August.
2021 - Single Supplement £26 $36 €30 per night
Paid to Far and Ride
Must also be paid by single travellers if a room sharer is not found.
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.

You will arrive at the rural farmhouse of Els Masos d'en Coll (Llabià) in the afternoon. The farm is located in the heart of the Baix Empordà and you will be welcomed as a friend to this traditional stone built farmhouse. On arrival, you will be able to meet your host family and your guide for the next week. You will have some time to settle in to your room and then decide what you would like to do for dinner this evening. The farmhouse is always happy to provide meals by prior arrangement or for those who have a car, you may wish to head to one of the small villages nearby to try out a local restaurant.

Day 2

Riding: 3 hours

Following breakfast today you will meet your horses at the yard and begin your first lesson, to learn the basics of riding including; general care, handling, preparation for riding and saddling. Once you have gotten your horse and yourself ready, you will head to the riding arena to begin your tuition on the rider's position, the basic aids to move forward and stop, maintaining balance in the saddle and turning whilst walking. This will be followed by a short ride in the countryside (walk only).

Day 3

Riding: 3 hours

After breakfast today, you will have a re-cap of your session on handling, grooming and saddling your horse in preparation for riding. Your lesson in the arena will include the starting point for learning how to ride to the trot. This will again be followed by a short ride out (usually walk only).

Day 4

Riding: 3 hours

Today's arena lesson will include a session on improving your techniques whilst trotting, practicing turning at the increased pace and performing changes of direction across the arena space. Once this skill ahs been achieved, you may also have the opportunity to test your balance in the saddle by practicing standing in your stirrup whilst trotting. This is an essential skill for riding out on the trail as it helps your horse to be able to negotiate difficult terrain more easily. This will be followed by a short ride out (walk only).

Day 5

Riding: 3 hours

You'll want a good and hearty breakfast this morning! Your arena lesson today will including more opportunities to practice your turning and control of balance whilst trotting, as well as the introduction of canter. This speedy yet comfortable pace can often feel daunting for new riders, but the past few days will have given you a great foundation on which to build up to this moment. A gentle ride in the countryside will see your riding session come to an end for the day (walk only)

Day 6

Riding: 1 hours

Today will be your last day of the programme and to celebrate you will head out for a longer trail to explore some of the pretty medieval villages of the area. You will follow ancient routes that were once travelled by Iberian or Roman armies and their horses several thousand years ago. The trail will lead you eventually to the beautiful walled town of Peratallada, riding through fields, past dry stone walls and with spectacular views of the sea, the Medes islands, the natural park of Montgri, Pals and Ullastret. You will be able to enjoy quality time spent with your horse who will have shown you the wonders of the equine/human partnership over these past few days.

Day 7

Riding: No riding.

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Girona airport for your flight home.

Accommodation

Each night is spent in twin/double bedrooms with private bathrooms at the main farmhouse Els Masos d'en Coll.

Experience Beginner

This programme has been designed to cater to beginner riders and those who have never ridden previously.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 8
Departure windows

At any time during: June 20, 2021 - Sept. 4, 2021  (Dates available to suit, depending on availability.)

At any time during: Nov. 28, 2021 - Dec. 12, 2021  (Dates available to suit, depending on availability.)

Pricing

2021
Rider; Standard Season; Sharing
£765 $1065 €900
2021
Non-rider, sharing (all season)
£485 $675 €570
* Non-riding guests are advised to have access to their own transport as off-site trips are not provided
2021
Rider; High Season (July & August); Sharing
£920 $1280 €1080
Included 6 nights accommodation in twin/double rooms, breakfast each morning, 5 half days of riding as per the itinerary and set-time transfers from/to Girona airport or bus station.
Not included Flights, travel insurance, other transfers, lunches and dinners, drinks, tips and other personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Barcelona Airport Transfers €225
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers.
2021 - Girona Airport Transfers €80
Paid locally
Each way, for a car of up to 4 passengers.
2021 - Single Supplement £153 $210 €180
Paid to Far and Ride
* Payable by anyone in a single room.
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.