Spain, Catalonia - Wild Coast Trail
Riding, relaxing and sunbathing on this breathtaking Mediterranean Coastal Trail which starts off in the Empordà wilderness with its rolling foothills heavily forested with oak, cork and beech and visits the most spectacular part of Catalonian coast.
We canter and gallop our way through forests of rosemary and thyme by the river Fluviá and out of the rolling hills onto the plains to visit Sant Marti Sasserres, an incredible XII century church and rectory. The Albera wine region offers olive groves and vineyards with intense natural beauty and obligatory sampling of the local wine at a charming bodega. We venture through the Aiguamolls natural park which is home to flamingos and exotic birds before reaching Spain’s eastern-most point, the huge peninsula of Cap de Creus, with its spectacular views of the rugged coastal rocks bays. Talavera Bay is an authentic smugglers cove with a fantastic beach and crystal-clear waters. Soak up the lunar landscape of Cap de Creus, inspirational to one of Spain’s most famous artists Salvador Dali and to all who visit. We spend a night in a unique Mediterranean town of white houses, the fabulous Cadaqués.
The Mediterranean Coastal trail, in Costa Brava, is an exhaled rating ride discovering one of Spain most wild and beautiful coastlines, an unforgettable experience.
7 NIGHTS - 180KM - 4/6 HOURS X 6 DAYS RIDING
Vilafreser - Vilanant - Garriguella - Port de la Selva - Cadaqués - Castelló d’Empuries - Vilafreser
"For Experienced riders who enjoy life"
DAY 1 WELCOME TO CATALONIA
You will arrive at your accommodation, an exclusive guesthouse and equestrian center located on the Pyrenees’ feet, facing the natural and wild reserve of the Medes islands. Its camp site will make you discover l'Empordà, his preserved nature, riding trails. The multiple pleasures of the mountain and the country-side holidays. Holiday’s nature close to beach and Figueres, and not far from Girona and Barcelona. The ideal place for a horse-riding holiday and an original way of discovering the region. Before dinner we will go over the week's program and you will be told about the special characteristics of our Spanish trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the week´s program with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation designed to find every rider their perfect horse. Then, you can enjoy a fantastic dinner with sample some of the full bodied local real wines.
DAY 2 THE TRAIL BEGINS
After breakfast and tacking up, we leave home following a ridge with spectacular views of forest, rosemary and thyme. Up to the river Fluviá, out of the rolling hills onto the plains, we canter and gallop through olive groves and fields of wheat, past country farmhouses and churches and into the foothills of the Empordà. We have our daily picnic at Masia La Palma. Our destination today is Vilanant, to Masia Mas Jonquer where you will enjoy a comforting diner and a deserved rest.
DAY 3 LA ALBERA NATURAL PARK. THE COASTAL VINEYARDS
Today we leave the forests and prairies to roam through Albera’s wine region. Its open landscapes with vine and olive grapes and the mountains in the horizon shape a beautiful natural area. We will have our daily picnic at Peralada, tasting the local wines, and we will visit the town at coffee time. The afternoon’s route to Garriguella is characteristic for its vineyards, even the French cross the border to buy wine here! Possibility of Spa and comforting massage.
DAY 4 SANT PERE DE RODES
Leaving Albera's natural park behind, our route through la Serra de Rodes will allow us to have a sight of the bay of Roses to the East. After having the picnic surrounded by these wonderful views, we will cross the gate of the Monastery and Castle of Sant Pere de Rodes. Then, we will descend through different tracks, some of which will be walking to Port de la Selva. This fishermen town is located in a nice little bay. Close to the port, we will find our hotel, which has an excellent spa. Feel free to enjoy swimming in the sea before having a delicious dinner outdoors.
DAY 5 RIDING ON THE MOON
Today we ride further along the Cap-de-Creus, a peninsula of sculptured rock full of flowering shrubs, a truly lunar landscape. This is Salvador Dali country, the area inspired many of his paintings. This morning we will have spectacular views of the Mediterranean coast.
We lead our horses down to Caballera Bay, a smugglers cove and fantastic beach, where we have a picnic, a swim (without the horses!) and do some sunbathing. Following a lovely afternoon on the beach we ride on to the ridge above the village of Cadaqués, where we finish our horse trail. This village has in its time attracted Picasso, Man Ray, Thomas Mann and Salvador Dali. Salvador Dali and his wife lived nearly at Port Lligat where his house has been opened to the public. The House-Museum Salvador Dali is open from March to December.
DAY 6 CAP DE CREUS
We leave the fantastic village of Cadaqués through tiny mountains to reach cap de Creus peninsula. This place offers impressive views, with kilometers of wild rocky coast, cliffs and small bays. Lunch will then take place near a lake, in the shade of a beautiful pine forest. To the south, we can appreciate the view of the magnificent Roses bay, leaving the mountains in the afternoon through terrace farming vineyards. Our next destination is Castelló d’Empuries, dominated by its impressive cathedral. As the former capital of the region, far from the coast, it offered good defense against corsairs. In the hotel we will find a swimming pool, surrounded by a beautiful patio. You can also enjoy the town’s possibilities, such as shopping, tapas and nightlife.
DAY 7 AIGUAMOLLS NATURAL PARK
After an excellent breakfast on the magnificent roof-top terrace of the hotel overlooking the cathedral with the Mediterranean on one side and the gentle curve of the Pyrenees on the other, we saddle up again to continue our journey through the Aiguamolls, a natural park, home to flamingos and other exotic birds. We will have picnic lunch at Siurana, in the middle of a beautiful vineyard where the owner will offer us a taste of his ecologic wines. In the afternoon, we will continue through l’Alt Emporda, with good galloping before reaching Saus. Today’s last part will take us through scent full forests of thyme and rosemary until we reach the farmhouse. Once we leave our horses at rest, we just have to enjoy the gardens and the pool. The owners will make sure we feel like at home and serve a wonderful dinner.
DAY 8 ADIÓS AMIGOS
Breakfast and departure and we hope to see you again next year!