Spain, Costa del Azahar - NEW

Finally! After many years of searching we are thrilled to be able to offer dressage on Friesian stallions. The fact that they are situated in a beautiful environment with great chances for sun, delicious local food and wine makes this trip even more amazing. This is a unique and exclusive opportunity where you both get to practice dressage and enjoy an unforgettable canter along the Spanish coastline at sunrise. Some of the programs also include yoga sessions tailored for horseback riders. 

At the edge of Amposta, surrounded by the sea, the mountains, olive trees and organge groves, Oriol who practically was born on horseback has together with his brother established a lovely stud farm of Friesian horses. They are now the leading importers of Friesian horses to Spain and are well-renowned in the Friesian world. 

On site Matilda from Sweden will be your guide. She is passionate about horses and about giving all guests a wow-experience, by also giving the guests a glimpse of the Spain that she loves. Matilda will be around for your whole stay and she will be translating the dressage lessons to English (or Swedish). 

Mi casa, es tu casa!
You will stay in lovely and genuine vacation Villas, situated 10-15 minutes from the equestrian centre. This provides you to experience more of the lovely Costa del Azahar and their pretty surroundings. All houses either have pedestrian access to the sea, swimming pool (depending on season) or a view over the beautiful mountains. The food is of course a crucial component of the experience, you will get to enjoy dishes with locally sourced rice and fish. It’s been said that this is the place of the best Paella in the world! 

Dressage on fairytale horses + beautiful location and personal guide + local delicious food = bucket list experience!

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Accommodation & Food

You will stay in high-standard, genuine vacation Villas, situated 10-15 minutes from the equestrian centre. This provides you to experience more of the lovely Costa del Azahar and their pretty surroundings. All houses either have pedestrian access to the sea, swimming pool (depending on season) or a view over the beautiful mountains. The choice of house is made depending on the size of the group. 2-3 bathrooms, to be shared between guests. 

Food
Organic and local – in line with the seasons! Every morning you will be able to enjoy a freshly delivered breakfast buffet with juice from the oranges from area, home-made yoghurt, cereal, bread and something sweet so that you boost yourself with energy for the coming riding lessons. For lunch we will most often have a salad packed with local produce, fresh bread and something nice to drink. The lunches will be served either at the Villa or as picnic at a scenic spot in the surrounding area. 

Most dinners will be served at the Villa and will let you indulge in classic Spanish dishes with a local touch. The food is of course a crucial component of the experience, you will get to enjoy dishes with locally sourced rice and fish. It’s been said that this is the place of the best Paella in the world! During your stay you will enjoy some of the carefully selected restaurants of the area. 

Program Dressage & Beach ride on Friesian horses

Program Dressage & Beach ride on Friesian horses

Preliminary - day-by-day program

Day 1- Welcome to the beautiful Costa del Azahar! You will meet with your guide who tells you what the day and weekend will look like. The first night is spent together with the other guests around the dinner table, you might even be able to pick up a few Spanish words!
 
Day 2- After a nourishing breakfast your being driven to the stables for lessons both before and after lunch. When you’re not riding yourself you can cuddle with the adorbable foals, take a walk in the beautiful surroundings or watch your fellow riders’ classes. You can’t get enough of these black Friesian beauties!

Day 3- The day will start with a dressage lesson and ends with the grande finale; a 1.5 hour beachride in the beautiful natural preserve of Delta del Ebro. You will have the Mediterranean ocean on either side and the horses enjoy the excursion just as much as the riders – pure magic! During peak season you are likely to hack out in the morning and ride lessons in the evening!

Day 4 – After breakfast it’s (too soon) time for departure. Hasta luego!
 
Extras: 
Option of one extra dressage lesson. 
Massages and treatments (manicure/pedicure) wlll be offered at the Villa
Additional local wine can be purchased at €10 per bottle. 

 

Program Friesian horses & Yoga

Preliminary day-by-day program

Day 1 – Let the fun begin! A short but sweet yoga session to get the travel out of your body is offered upon arrival. Thereafter we enjoy the welcome dinner with new friends and a crasch course in Spanish vocabulary. 
 
Day 2-3 – The days start with a 90 minute yoga class, at the Villa, on the beach or in the mountains. The classes are adapted to the participants and to the biomechanics of a horseback rider, focusing on core strength, body awareness and mindfulness. After breakfast we will explore the area and chillax. We enjoy a lovely lunch back at the Villa after which you will do what the Spanish do; enjoy a lovely siesta. Relaxed and refreshed we head to the stables in the afternoon to get acquainted with the Friesian horse and ride a lesson in dressage. Dinners will be served either at the Villa or at a nice local restaurant. 
 
Day 4 - The grande finale. You start the day early to catch the sunrise as you canter down the beach (1.5-2 hours) in the beautiful natural preserve of Delta del Ebro. You will have the mediterranean ocean on either side and the horses enjoy the excursion just as much as the riders – pure magic! After a well-deserved lunch and siesta we go for an excursion or have a yoga session and enjoy a farewell dinner.

Day 5 - After breakfast it’s (too soon) time for departure. Hasta luego!
 
Extras: 
Option of two extra dressage lessons. 
Massages and treatments (manicure/pedicure) wlll be offered  at the Villa
Additional local wine can be purchased at €10 per bottle. 

 

Horses

Horses

Welcome to ride on fairytale Friesian stallions! Quality is of the essence and all horses at the equestrian centre are approved purebred Friesian horses. There are only about 80 approved breeding stallions in the world, two of them are owned by Oriol who also owns the Equestrian centre we spend our time at. 

The Friesian horse, always completely black, is a graceful but muscular horse that moves with pride and with the characteristic knee lift. Despite the features of coldblooded horses such as fetlocks they have tall legs and are light and supple. The long and thick mane and tail make them even more stunning! The Friesian horse has very gentle character which makes it very enjoyable to handle and to ride. At the centre there are about 80 horses, including breeding mares, youngsters and foals. About 15 of the centre’s stallions are used for the riding lessons. 

Despite the high quality the horses are not used for dressage competitions but rather exposed at shows all over the world and Oriol has won many prizes for best in breed. The stud farm is immensely popular and they have clients all over the worls, even to the Friesian’s country of origin; the Netherlands. The last year people from for example USA, China and the Nordic countries have become lucky owners of horses from here. The horses are very ambitous and easy to train which makes them very well-schooled and pleasurable to ride. They combine a lot of energy with a stable and supple temper. It feels as If your flying on a cloud with mane when your riding these fairytale horses, an experience you will never forget. 

The horses are used to hack out on the beach and even though they are really enjoying the canter in the waterline it is easy to keep them in a controlled tempo as they are very well-behaved and pay full attention to their rider. The lessons and group sizes are adapted to the level of the riders, but the horsers are trained for renvers, travers, counter canter and flying changes as well as extenstions of all gaites. Some of the horses are schooled for the fancier stuff with more collection

Travel Information

Ability description: Level Dressage 2-4

Included in the price:
Dressag & beach ride on friesian horses: 3 nights, 3 dressage lessons, 1 beach ride, full board (incl. wine with dinner). It is possible to buy 1 extra lesson (70 EUR)
Frieser horses & Yoga: 4 nights, 2 dressage lessons, 1 beach ride, 4 yoga sessions, full board (incl. wine with dinner). It is possible to buy 1 or 2 extra lessons (á 70 EUR)

Not included: Flights, transfer to/from the airport.

Travel: Fly to Barcelona (ca 170 km) or Valencia (ca 150 km)

Flight and bus: 
From Barcelona airport (el Prat) you take the bus straight from the terminal to S.Carles Rapita or Les Cases de Alcanar (Cases d'Alcanar,Les) depending on accommodation. Tickets are easily purchased online at: hife.es/en-GB

    • Time: about 2,5 hours
    • Price: around 25 Euro

Flight and train:
From Barcelona airport (el Prat) you take the bus to Sants. From there, direct trains go to Vinaros, where you will be picked up and driven to your accommodation.
    • Time: about 2,5 hours
    • Prce: around 22 Euro

From Valencia Airport, take the metro or bus to the train station, Estacio Del Nord and take the train to Vinaros, where you will be picked up and driven to your accommodation.
    • Time: about 2,0 hours
    • Price: around 15-20 Euro

You find train times and tickets on Renfe.com>>

Taxi: You can also book a taxi transfer from the airports, price approx. 230 EUR / car /way.

Arrival:  
Dressage & beach ride on friesian horses: Day 1, Arrival around 7.00 pm in time for a welcome dinner or before 4.00pm if you have booked one extra dressage lesson. Dag 4, departure Sunday after lunch around 2.00pm.
Friesian horses & Yoga: Day 1, Arrival around 7.00pm in time for a welcome dinner. Day 5, departure after breakfast.

Season: All year. Specific dates.

Single room: A limited number can be booked for with a supplement. For price click "Book on request" under Date & prices. If you are prepared to share a room, you do not have to pay extra if you are placed in a single room

Currency: Euro

Credit card: Not accepted. Cash only.

Tips: Optional but appreciated.

Wi-fi: Yes

Electricity jack: EU standard

Age limit: 13 years for rider.

Closest village: From the riding centre: San Carlos de la Rapita (5-7km) but villages that you also may visit: Las cases de alcanar and San Carlos de la Rapita.

Beach: Kilometers of fine beaches within 0-7 km.

Pool: Yes during season (May - September)

Group size: Minimum 5 riders max 8

Special diet: Inform when booking.

Misc: Riding equipment to borrow: Riding helmet is available to borrow, but we recommend that you bring your own.

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