The Mediterranean Trail offers a day of horseback riding on the beach in Spain and has opportunities for fast riding on beautiful Andalusian horses with much time spent in the saddle.
You will enjoy comfortable accommodations en-route in natural stone houses and family-run farms and hotels and while riding will enjoy trots, canters and gallops through farmland and beautiful and ancient villages. Enjoy this ride in the land where the mountains meet the sea and where you can fulfill your dream of galloping on beaches.
Lodging is planned in small and very comfortable village and rural hotels, providing twin-bedded rooms and en-suite baths. When available, places with character and history have been chosen. Rooms on most nights have en-suite facilities, though they may be small in size, for two nights showers and bathrooms could be across the hall. Single accommodations can be arranged at an additional charge but may not be available every night.
A support vehicle will follow riders during the entire trip, meeting for meals and at night. Breakfast, aperitifs, lunch and dinner are included while on the trek. The local cuisine is excellent and much consideration is taken when planning the meals to provide visitors with a sampling of the many different dishes produced in the area. A few of the meals are not included in the price of the ride and a flat fee of 80 Euro is payable for this at the welcome dinner in cash (Euros).
The horses are Andalusian and Spanish horses, typically mountain bred, and range in height from 15 - 16 hh. They are selected for their good nature and endurance, and are well-suited to the terrain and safe in difficult areas, quick and powerful in canter and gallop, intelligent and reliable, and are fun to ride.
Occasionally you will be riding on rural paved roads and on cobblestone streets through villages.
English trekking saddles and Spanish saddles are used. Saddle bags are provided.
Barcelona or Girona.
You will be met at the Barcelona International Airport at 5:30pm or the Girona airport at 6:30pm on the first day of your ride.
You will be returned to Barcelona airport at about 1:00pm, or Girona airport at about 11:00am, on the last day of the ride.
Arrive in Barcelona or Girona and transfer to Mas Alba, about 90 minutes from Barcelona, which is a typical Catalan natural stone house dating back to the 16th century. It has been in the same family since that time. From here you can overlook green meadows, forests and horse pastures. The unique light transforms the surroundings into a picturesque painting. What a beautiful place to start your holiday! The welcome dinner is served at 9PM.
Ride through thick stone oak and pine forests and leave the village towards the mountains. In a hidden valley, cross a small stream. Sun rays may pierce the deep green of a tropical-looking jungle. Bamboo trees border the path, and high up creepers and vines grow around the trees. This feels more like Costa Rica even though you are in Spain. The river Fluvia winds through a hilly terrain. Ride through the lovely river valleys and discover a nice place for the first picnic lunch. In the afternoon, continue trotting and cantering until you arrive at a beautiful old mill near the river, relaxing in paradise. Here horses and riders will spend the night.
The river Fluvia winds its way through the countryside to the sea. By a small lake, a friendly Catalan named Dani welcomes us with a glass of cava, the Catalan champagne, and a mid-day picnic is prepared. After lunch, continue to follow the river, crossing it while riding through the wild landscape. At its estuary enjoy a spectacular view of the Gulf of Roses. A palm grove leads you to the cosy country house “Mas Joncar”. End this lovely day with a drink on the terrace. If you like you can have a refreshing bath in the “natural stone pool” before dinner.
With sunrise you see the kilometre-long sandy beach. A dream comes true: riding by the sea. The water splashes, the sand flies as you canter along the surf. The horses play with the waves so try to stay dry! What an unforgettable experience.
The path gently follows through the sand dunes and the Mediterranean pine forest up to the rugged mountain massif Montgri. On top of the cliff you are rewarded with a view of the endless sea. Seabirds glide over the coast in the wind. Take in the scent of lavender, rosemary and thyme as you enjoy a delicious saddle bag picnic. Later descend into the plain of the river Ter.
With long canters along the river dikes you again reach the sea. Enjoy the sunset at the beach or dip for a refreshing swim into the pool of the hotel.
Right after breakfast you are back on the beach. In front of you you see the protected islands of Medes. A canter through the soft sandof the bay brings you into the rice fields of the wide plain, up to the pine trees near the coast. Pass the pearls of the Catalan coast: Pals, Palau-Sator and Peretallada. Old city walls surround the nested natural stone houses. On the patterned paving stones of the narrow streets you can still the grooves and bursts of the horse-drawn carts of the past days. In this medieval atmosphere, Dolores and Luis await you at their comfortable accommodations. In the evening enjoy a delicious barbecue with meat and vegetables from the garden.
The terrain is flat, the ground is soft and sandy which allows for trots and canters to the river “El Ter”. Fruit plantations alternate with grain fields and deep green poplar forests which offer the necessary shade. On a hillside, next to a small church a picnic table with a red and white table cloth comes into view. Lunch time! After a siesta ride along a softly curved hillside back to Mas Alba where you started from. After another long riding day and the adventurous trail enjoy the swimming pool at the farm followed by the farewell dinner.
After a 9AM breakfast transfer to Barcelona or Girona. You will be returned to Barcelona airport at about 1:00PM, or Girona airport at about 11:00 AM, on the last day of the ride. Please make flight arrangements no earlier than mid-afternoon on that day.
This itinerary is flexible. Changes may occur due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, as determined by the guide.
Trip Dates & Pricing
The New Year's ride has a surcharge of 180 Euros and the special dinner on New Years Eve is 45 Euro extra, both charges are payable locally in cash.
30 Euro per night when available, payable locally in cash
45 Euro each way from and to Barcelona airport and 30 Euro each way from and to Girona, payable locally in cash
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Prices are based on the dollar/euro exchange and are subject to change.
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