Spain, Costa Brava Trail Ride
Enjoy some excellent canters and gallops on two different beaches by the Mediterranean Sea! You will ride two loops from the ridingcentre that allow you to discover not only two beaches and two bays, Roses Bay and L’Estartit Bay, but also two different natural parks, incredibly well-preserved medieval villages, fantastic rivers…
You will go all across Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park, the second wetland area of Catalonia and a great shelter for aquatic birds. Very different is the Montgrí, Illes Medes and Baix Ter Natural Park, with the Montgrí Castle guarding all the area from the top of its mountain. You will also visit medieval villages like Castellò d’Empuries, Peratallada, Pals, etc., gorgeous villages made of ancient stone. And, of course, we cannot forget the two chances you will have to gallop on the beach, enjoying together with your horse the sand and the waves of these two long bays. A complete and unforgettable experience!
Trail with long gallops, canters and trots. 5-7 hours a day.
DAY 1. WELCOME !
You will be met at the airport and driven to the riding center (about 2 hours). During the welcome dinner you can go through the week's program and discuss the type of horse that everyone wants.
DAY 2. GALLOPING WITH EMOTIONS
You will leave the riding centre and head to the small hill called “Puig Segalar” from where you will enjoy amazing views over the first beach, Roses Bay. From this point, you will get a general view of the entire route and you will start enjoying the landscape. You will approach Aiguamolls de l’Empordà Natural Park. This first day will allow you to get used to the saddle and to get to know your trip mate.
Between cereal fields, you will have your lunch under the pine trees of Viladamat, before starting with the gallops of the afternoon. You will arrive at the fantastic village of San Marti d’Empuries. This is a gorgeous little village, perfect to wander around and to discover its history. The hotel is very close to the beach so you can also enjoy a swim at dusk.
DAY 3. THE FIRST BEACH!
This day you start a bit earlier to enjoy a gallop on the beach. 6 kilometres of beach ahead to let you enjoy long gallops and a bath with the horses! You will take a break at the village of Sant Pere Pescador and we will use the opportunity to clean the horses form any rest of sand, etc. and to take a well-deserved coffee! You still have around three hours riding left. This is a quite long and active morning that will allow us to see rice fields, apple tree orchards… You will arrive at Castello d’Empuries to finally rest. You will enjoy a free afternoon that you can use to stroll around Castellò, to visit the basilica, the squares, the wall… If you are interested, we can arrange a visit to the Dalí Theatre-Museum in Figueres.
DAY 4. THROUGH fruit orchards
On your way back to the riding centre you will pass pear and apple orchards. You will cross the villages of Vilamacolum and San Miquel de Fluvia, following the bed of the Fluvia and Muga Rivers. You will arrive at the riding centre where they will be waiting for you with a wonderful dinner!
DAY 5. TOWARD L’ESTARTIT BAY
Today you will leave the riding centre again, but direction L’Estartit Bay this time. Passing villages like Albons and Torroella de Montgrí, you will follow the bed of our third most important river, the Ter River. You will sight the Montgrí Castle, and notice how the landscape changes to dunes, in the Montgrí and Medes Islands Natural Park. You will arrive at L’Estartit where you can go shopping, stroll, go to the beach, etc. And, of course, you will enjoy a fantastic dinner!
DAY 6. THE SECOND BEACH
Back to the beach! Our horses gallop on the sand, playing with the waves! You will cross River Ter to get in the Baix Empordà, arriving at Pals for lunch. Wonderful views of the rice fields will accompany you. You will cross the medieval village of Peratallada with its stone houses and streets. At the hotel, a beautiful rural guesthouse, you will taste a homemade Catalan dinner.
DAY 7. BAIX EMPORDÀ
The trail leads back to the riding centre, passing through fruit orchards near the Ter River as you follow the riverbed. You will ride between meadows and rice fields accompanied by ducks and migratory birds coming from the Medes Islands. You will enjoy a quite active day and a last gallop along the riverbed. Back at the riding centre, it is time to enjoy our farewell dinner and to get ready for next day departure.
DAY 8. departure
Departure after breakfast.