Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery - Week or Weekend

If you would prefer to stay at the riding center all week, this ride will suit you. During the week, you will get to experience much of the Costa Brava culture and landscape. The farm includes a number of charming, fully equipped guesthouses and a larger main building. You will stay in nicely renovated and tastefully decorated double or single rooms with ensuite shower/toilets. There is also a restaurant and a common room with an open fireplace. On warmer days it is nice to take a dip in the pool.

You will ride in a different direction each day with a stop to visit the charming villages. During the week, you will get to experience much of the Costa Brava culture and landscape. Back home after the day’s ride, a delicious dinner awaits with a good wine.

The riding is at a good pace with chances to both trot and gallop.
You will ride about 4-6 hours / day for 6 days, up to 30 kilometers (19 miles) per day.

On Catalonia Discovery is it possible to arrive / depart other days than the dates listed under Dates & prices. Contact us if you are interested in going on any other day. On Sundays, there is no riding.

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Week Program

Day 1 - Arrival
You will be met at the airport and driven to the riding center (about 2 hours). Riding Centre is eighteenth-century farm of about 200 acres and located in the countryside about 2 km from the picturesque village of Vilopriu. During the welcome dinner you can go through the week's program and discuss the type of horse that everyone wants.

Day 2 - Up to the hill (Monday) Today we will leave the ridingcentre and go to the village of Garrigoles and through the Castell of Sant Feliu de la Garriga built in the 17th century (it’s a private property so we cannot get it) and up to Puig Segalar. From up the hill we will be able to enjoy magnificent views over the Mediterranean sea. On our way down we will stop in a nice spot in the forest to enjoy a picnic lunch. We will continue our way back to the riding centre through Palau Borrell and close to Vilopriu. 

Day 3 -  Dali’s landscape (Tuesday) Today we will get ready to go to Púbol and Foixà. Púbol is widely known because the great surrealist artist Dalí promised his muse, Gala, a castle. After several failed attempts, he finally bought this one, which is now part of the Dali’s triangle including also the Dali’s Museum in Figueres and the Museum in Portlligat. We will have a cowboy picnic. Today we will enjoy long canters, olive trees fields and crossing over the river through a funny bridge. Many chances to enjoy the traditional architecture as we cross some of the oldest villages of the area.  

Day 4. To the lake! (Wednesday) Today, we will reach Fluvià River, which we will follow to arrive at Valveralla Lake. This small lake is formed by a bend in the river that creates a very quiet place hidden from prying eyes. It is time to swim with our horses!!! An unforgettable experience! After the bath, we have lunch (cowboy picnic) near the lake. In the afternoon, we 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. We continue riding through the forests to get into the farm by the eastern side. It is going to be a longer day than the two previous ;)  
 
** Important: getting into the lake with the horses is not compulsory and will depend on the level of water in the lake and the ability of the rider. The guide will not get the horse inside the water for the client for safety reasons. It is also important to be aware that the level of the water significantly varies through the year so in summer there might be not enough water to swim. **

Day 5 -  canters through crops and fruit trees! (Thursday). Today we will have the opportunity to enjoy a longer and more active ride that will take us to Verges, along the natural park of the Ter river. We will see apple fields and the poplers plantation. We will have a picnic in Canet de Tallada.  After lunch we have one of the longest canters of the Trail! Around 10 minutes! 

Day 6 - Let’s gallop! (Friday)  We leave to Saus and Vilaür, two medieval villages that retain the old structure, with their fortified churches and winding streets. We 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. We arrive at Bàscara, another medieval village, where we will have the chance to get into the racecourse, where your rider skills will be tested, galloping as much as you can!!! After the fun race, we will have our cowboy lunch and come back to the riding centre, riding through paths between rolling hills, wooded landscapes and open fields. Nice canters on our way back.  
 
** Important: it is NOT compulsory to get into the racecourse. If the rider gets in must know that the horse will want to actually gallop. If the rider is not confident enough or just wants to see around we strongly recommend not to do so while mounting the horse but get down and walk inside **  

Day 7 - Our medieval villages (Saturday) Today's destination is the Baix Empordà region, passing through Gauses, a small medieval village with its church from the XV century.  Then, we continue to Llampies galloping through the beech forests, to arrive at San Jordi Desvalls crossing a vineyard.  It takes about three hours to reach Jafre on horseback, where we stop for a well-deserved lunch in a local restaurant. On our way back we pass the villages of Vilopriu and see houses with Gothic and Renaissance windows and arched doorways with carved shields. Upon our arrival, we will enjoy a relaxing moment in the gardens or in the company of the horses as they wander in the farm’s fields. 
 
Day 8 – Good Bye
After breakfast you will leave the riding center with many wonderful memories and hopefully a relaxed body and mind. Arrival at the airport around 11.00am.

(Subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control.)

Weekend Program

This ride is perfect if you cannot be away a whole week.
You can choose this long weekend that runs from Thursday to Sunday with riding at a lively pace with lots of trotting and galloping. You will enjoy good Spanish cuisine and wines as well as a two-day trail ride with lovely picnics during the day. You will stay on the farm in nicely renovated and tastefully furnished single or double room with ensuite shower/toilet.
There is also a restaurant and a common room with an open fireplace. On warmer days, it is nice to take a dip in the pool.
You will ride about 4-5 hours / day for 2 days.

Day 1 - Arrival
You will be met at the airport and driven to the riding center (about 2 hours). This traditional farm with its stone house is typical of the area and has been tastefully renovated and includes all modern amenities. It is here that you will meet your guides and of course the horses. There are 7 double rooms with shower / toilet, amongst 3 traditional stone houses. There is a communal room in the main building where everyone eats together. There is also a swimming pool. During the welcome dinner you can go through the week's program and discuss the type of horse that everyone wants.

Day 2-3
Once you have settled in and met the horses, you prepare for two days of varied and interesting riding. The view is stunning with beautiful mountains, winding trails and panoramic views. Riverbeds ideal for long gallps. Meadows full of fragrant herbs and wild flowers. Idyllic spots for a picnic siesta. The villages are unspoilt and the narrow alleys and the architecture is a feast for the eye.

Day 4 – Good Bye
After breakfast, you will leave the riding center with many wonderful memories and hopefully a relaxed body and mind. Arrival at the airport at 11.00am.

(Subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control.)

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Dates and prices

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23/09/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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27/09/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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30/09/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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04/10/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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07/10/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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11/10/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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14/10/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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18/10/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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21/10/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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25/10/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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28/10/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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01/11/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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04/11/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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08/11/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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11/11/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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15/11/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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18/11/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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22/11/20183Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekendEUR 500Book on request
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25/11/20187Spain, Costa Brava - Catalonia Discovery, WeekEUR 1,130Book on request
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