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Spain Horse Riding Holiday

More pleasure, because every day you start and finish at the same place, which means no hotel changes and more time to relax. Through a land full of historical buildings, exciting civilizations, landscapes of great nature, good gastronomy, and good wine. An unforgettable experience!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 198 pounds / 90 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English saddle
  • Horse Breed: Spaniards and Hispanic-Arabic

Meet the instructors

Judith
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Highlights

  • 1 day of horse riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 5 - 6 hours
  • Ride through landscapes of Baix Empordà and Costa Brava
  • Professional multilingual guide
  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Group transportation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


1 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Catalan, French, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Barcelona–El Prat Airport (US$257 per person)
Airport transfer included: Girona–Costa Brava Airport
Airport transfer available:
Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (US$225 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Els Masos d'en Coll is an agrotourism where you will live the authentic rural tourism EcoSlow. A haven of peace in the heart of the Empordá, on the Costa Brava, it is a place to disconnect from the routine and connect with nature. It is close to the fantastic beaches of the Mediterranean Sea, famous natural parks with a lot of biodiversities, beautiful medieval villages, museums, and nature routes for walking or cycling.

There is an outdoor swimming pool, large outdoor areas, farm with animals, ecological orchard, playground for children, multipurpose rooms, library, tourist information, and gym, all free. There is free Wi-Fi everywhere. Staying in Els Masos d'en Coll means living in the countryside. Your host lives on this farm cultivating the land for more than six generations.

Program

Daily itinerary

In the afternoon of the arrival day, you at your rural accommodation in Els Masos d'en Coll (Llabià). Here you will find all the comforts in a rural environment. Before enjoying dinner, you will review the program of the week. You will do an introduction of the whole program, having the opportunity to talk one by one to find the perfect horse for each rider. Then, relax and enjoy a fantastic welcome dinner. Please note this is a sample itinerary for a six-day program. Your specific route will be announced today.

Monday: The pirates and fortified farmhouses

It is time to meet your equine companion and to get acquainted with him or her. Today your route takes you to the sea. You will have an active morning and afternoon, with many trots and gallops. You will start crossing cultivated fields until you find the Ter river, the longest river in Catalonia that starts in the Pyrenees. You will ride in the last section until its mouth in the Mediterranean Sea, a very flat area, which will allow you to enjoy good gallops until you reach the fine sandy beach, where just two kilometers inland are the famous Medes Islands, seven islands, one of the best marine reserves in the Mediterranean.

From here, you will return, passing through the Empordà Wetlands, a coastal nature reserve of marshes and dunes. With areas for bird watching, it is an important refuge for migratory birds, especially in spring and autumn. You will continue your route through the agricultural flat where you will stop to eat and rest. Along the way, you will cross some of the imposing fortified Masías farmhouses, typical houses of this area that served to defend its inhabitants from pirate attacks in the late Middle Ages. Once back at the accommodation, you can relax on the terrace with a drink.

Tuesday: Touring the Montgrí

Today, you will leave for the town of Torroella de Montgrí, a town of medieval origin, which currently maintains a balance between modernity and traditional rural life. The pace of today's route will be calm, enjoying great landscapes. Throughout the day, you will be guarded by the Montgrí Castle (12th century) at the top of the mountain at 315 meters high, a unique castle, which is the identity symbol of this territory. You will continue your way entering the Montgrí Natural Park, Medes Islands, and Lower Ter River.

The bare limestone that characterizes the massif contrasts with the Continental Dune forest, a dune-shaped forest up to 30 meters deep. It is a large beach sand dune, which was entered the mountain because of winds since the end of the XIX century. Currently, it is a pine forest that helped to fix this great dune and slows its progress towards the nearby houses. You will ride under the shade of the Mediterranean pine forest. To get closer to the sea, you will take the central path of Montgrí, and with a good gallop, you will be located a few meters from the cliffs.

From this point, at the eastern end of the natural park, upi will have an exceptional view from above, of the sea, and the Medes Islands, an image to remember. You will take advantage of this idyllic point to replenish energy with a delicious meal. You will take a break and take the opportunity to walk down to the intimate Cala Pedrosa, where you can take a bath. You will continue along trails surrounded by scrub and limestone and pass by small dry stone buildings that used to serve as pastors and their flocks.

You will go down to the cultivation fields and the river. Along the way, you will identify some masías farmhouses with watchtowers, previously used as protection against pirates. You will arrive at your accommodation, Els Masos d'en Coll, where all the comforts await you. On this route, you will have been able to have a broader vision of the entire Lower Ter River territory that you travel with other routes.

Wednesday: Medieval villages

Your destination today is to discover places with history and a lot of charm, first passing through Fontanelles and Palau-Sator, two small towns of ancient Roman origin and medieval history from the ninth century. You will take advantage of the path to the village of Peratallada to enjoy trotting and galloping along the paths of fields and olive groves. You will arrive at Peratallada, one of the most important and best-preserved villages of medieval Catalan architecture, from the eighth to the 13th centuries.

A village with beautiful streets carved in the stone itself and totally walled, here, time seems to have stopped. You will have the possibility to have a drink and walk through its streets. Once on horseback, you will continue to Els Clots de Sant Juliá, a truly mysterious place. It is a very emblematic and mysterious ancient quarry that dates back to the pre-Romanesque period, a place little known to tourists, where you will have lunch immersed in the ancient silence.

On the way back home, you will make a stop in the village of Canapost, to see the very well preserved Necropolis. You will arrive at your accommodation, unsaddle the horses, shower them, and give them a ration of food before releasing them free in the field; to then enjoy the pool or a cocktail on the terrace until dinner time.

Thursday: Landscape, history, medieval culture

After a complete breakfast, it is time to prepare your horses and go out together to enjoy the so-called "Empordanet", the name that the locals give to the area of small villages in the interior of the Costa Brava, of medieval origin and still they retain the charm of their roots. The pace of this route will be with long trots and gallops, with an active morning and a more relaxed afternoon enjoying beautiful landscapes. You will ride through the flat agricultural area full of fields, forests, and a great feeling of spaciousness, being able to trot and gallop without difficulty.

It is time for a delicious meal in the countryside, which will fill you with energy to continue on your way. You will arrive at Monells, a small town very well preserved, with a lot of charm, where the walls of the old castle are preserved and a spectacular square with a nerve center of by gone days. You will have time to stroll through the quiet cobbled streets and return to the path passing by the Castell d’Empordà, a small nucleus where an impressive 13th century castle-palace is preserved, today converted into a luxurious hotel.

Near the end of the trail, you will find the pearl of the region. The Iberian ruins of Ullastret, the most important and biggest ruins in all of Catalonia. The Iberian civilization is now a mystery since no writings are preserved this settlement dates from the sixth century B.C. until the Roman invasion. And from the past to the present, you return to your accommodation, where you will let the horses rest and be able to enjoy the sunset from the terrace.

Please note the name of Iberians comes from the Greek word "iberoi". This is how in ancient Greece of the sixth century B.C. They called the inhabitants of the Levant and the south of the Iberian Peninsula. These towns dominated the eastern half of Spain until the arrival of the Romans.

Friday: Mouth of the river in the sea and the beach

Today the route takes you to the beach, a very complete day, so you will start early. You will have an active morning enjoying long gallops, and then have an afternoon with a calmer pace. You will ride along the entire bank of the River Ter until you reach its meeting with the sea, called "La Gola del Ter", a beautiful beach of fine sand with the delta of a large river, the River Ter, and in the sea, the famous Medes Islands. The combination of fresh and saltwater and the small marshes and wetlands that form, offer a very rich environment of fauna and flora, of peace and relaxation.

You will have time to enjoy and feel this privileged natural setting. In this environment, you can see a great diversity of birds. It is a famous destination for ornithologists. From there, your route continues along agricultural paths to Les Bases d'en Coll, a protected area formed by the mouth of another smaller river, the Daró River, with wetlands creating rice paddies that make up an area of ​great natural interest. You will make a stop to eat and rest, before continuing your way through pine forests.

You will go inland leaving the coast and changing the landscape, passing through the foot of the Quermany mountain until you reach the impressive village of Pals, one of the jewels in the area, located on top of a hill. It was built around a fortress and has managed to preserve its splendid medieval spirit. Already on the way back along the paths of cultivated fields full of fruit trees, there will be the possibility of making a stop in some apple fields where the Mooma cider house is located, where you can taste a cider or apple juice.

Shortly after, you will arrive at your accommodation, where you can rest until dinner time served by your hosts. Depending on the time and the group, this route can be reversed. You can always enjoy six beautiful landscapes, rivers, sea, crops and wetlands, mountains, and medieval villages. Only the Empordá - Costa Brava can offer you this. Depending on the time of year, horses will not be able to enter the beach, but you can always enjoy sea views on your horse, and on your feet, you can reach the beach.

Saturday - The river Ter, a vital artery

You will enjoy long paths and long walks, which will give you the possibility of having longer gallops. Today's ride will discover the places that surround the medieval villages on the left and right sides along the Ter River, having continuous contact with water, river, irrigation, recluses, and mills. All along agricultural roads, which will make you feel free with your horse, giving you the opportunity to vary the pace of riding, trotting, and galloping.

All this landscape dotted by small towns, such as Gualta and its medieval bridge from the XVI-XVII century, shortly after, you will arrive at the town of Torroella de Montgrí where you will cross the river by one of the few bridges that the region enjoys. Heading west, towards Canet de la Tallada, you will find a republican anti-aircraft bunker from the Spanish civil war, where there was also an airfield, now a farm field.

Very close to here, in the river, you will find Canet Island, a lock where the water accumulates and has become a protected reserve for wildlife, especially seabirds. You will continue until you reach the village of Verges, famous for the Catalan singer-songwriter Lluis Llach and for the procession of "The Dance of Death" for Easter week. From here, you will ride a wide path to Colomers, a small town surrounded by forest. At this point, you will have lunch to regain strength.

And under the shade of the poplars and with the song of the water, you will relax to embark soon on the way back. The bridge will allow you to cross the river again; also with one of the best perspectives of the Ter. You will continue to the other side of the river, where you will continue discovering small charming villages such as Sant Romá de Sidilla, an abandoned medieval village where there are remains of the church and some houses.

You will also come across Sant Iscle d'Empordá, an exponent of how the inhabitants of past times, built the settlements in high areas to avoid flooding caused by the Ter river. With a light pace and the satisfaction of a great day on horseback, you will return riding until you reach your accommodation. After this complete route, you will give the last care to your horse, which you have enjoyed so much these days. A farewell and a magnificent dinner with local products await you.

Departure

With the joy of having shared some magnificent days together, knowing this land full of sensations, its history of multiple cultures from the Iberians and Greeks, pirates and even great artists who have come to be inspired by the light of the sky "Empordanés", gastronomy of quality and klm0, its friendly people and with a special character touched by the "Tramuntana" (north wind that is said to have inspired geniuses like Dalí), and definitely an experience that EcoSlow Experience believes you will not forget for a long, long time.

About the rides

The horse ride program has lovely and exciting rides around the Baix Empordà territory, an impressive area with a temperate climate. To make this experience more authentic, you will be accompanied by your pure breed horses. EcoSlow Experience invites you to stay at their accommodation, Els Masos d’en Coll, a rural farm with a lot of history of their family with more than six generations cultivating the land. Authentic rural tourism with all the services of today. Their philosophy: Live the tranquillity, disconnect from the routine, and connect with nature.

There are five to six hours on horseback per day. Depending on the day, it is a variety of relaxation and activity trails. Your guides communicate with you in Catalan, Spanish, English, French, and German. Please note sometimes changes can be made to the program due to weather conditions and special situations that are beyond their control; always under the responsibility and trust of your guides. A person who does not ride and share the room with a rider will need to pay 95 EUR per night, with half board (breakfast and dinner).

Instructors

Judith

Location

The ride will take place in Llabià, Girona, Spain. Els Masos d'en Coll is located in the heart of Baix Empordà, in the middle of nature and far from the noise. Make yourself at home. Els Masos d’en Coll is located in a privileged place, in the countryside, surrounded by fields.

Wake up with the song of the birds, stroll along the roads and forests, see how the fields are full of life, how the farmers work the land, listen, and feel the silence of the Empordà. Situated in an unbeatable place, it is set at the foot of the Natural Park of Montgrí, Bajo Ter, and the Medes Islands, in the Golden triangle of L’Empordà, with its medieval villages and the incredible coves and beaches, between the sea and mountains.

Features

Activities

  • Gym
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis

General

  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace

Services

  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library

Food

All breakfasts, lunches during the trail, and dinners in the accommodation are included in the price. You will be served with complete and delicious menus with recipes of traditional dishes with drinks including water, a glass of wine or beer, and coffee. Vegetarian and vegan meals are available on request. The rest of the drinks will be paid for directly. If you need a special diet, request it in advance. There are three types of lunches that are combined to the needs of the trails:

  • Cowboy type picnic (in the saddlebags)
  • Sitting picnic: The team will wait for you with everything prepared at a special point on the trail
  • Local restaurants

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Lacto-ovo Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Pescatarian
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 1 riding day through the variety of landscapes of Baix Empordà and Costa Brava
  • 2 nights accommodation with private bathroom
  • Full board meals with drinks
  • Group transfers to and from Girona train or bus station
  • Professional multilingual guide
  • Tourist tax

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Single room supplement fee (35 EUR per night)
  • Private transfer from or to Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) (240 EUR per car)
  • Private transfer from or to Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN) (240 EUR per car)
  • Private transfer from or to Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (PGF) (210 EUR per car)
  • Private transfer from or to Girona Airport (GRO) or city (80 EUR per car)
  • Extra nights
  • Extra day riding (60 EUR for half-day; 100 EUR full day)
  • Extra lunch or dinner (18 EUR per meal)
  • Private group supplement fee (30% for 1 person, 15% for 2 people, 10% for 3 or 4 people)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Girona–Costa Brava Airport (GRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. EcoSlow Experience will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up time is 7:30 p.m. Please book your flights to Girona with a landing time no later than 5:30 p.m. You will leave the accommodation at 9:30 a.m. Please book your flights from Girona no earlier than 12:00 p.m. The journey between Girona and the accommodation is one hour.

Arrival by bus

Transfer from and to the Girona bus station is included. The pick-up time is 7:30 p.m. Please book your flights to Girona with a landing time no later than 5:30 p.m. You will leave the accommodation at 9:30 a.m. Please book your flights from Girona no earlier than 12:00 p.m. The journey between Girona and the accommodation is one hour.

Arrival by shuttle

One-way transfer from or to Barcelona–El Prat Airport (BCN), Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (PGF), or Girona–Costa Brava Airport (GRO) or city will cost 240 EUR, 210 EUR, or 80 EUR per car separately.

Arrival by train

Transfer from and to the Girona train station is included. The pick-up time is 7:30 p.m. Please book your flights to Girona with a landing time no later than 5:30 p.m. You will leave the accommodation at 9:30 a.m. Please book your flights from Girona no earlier than 12:00 p.m. The journey between Girona and the accommodation is one hour.

Airport: Barcelona–El Prat Airport Airport transfer available: Barcelona–El Prat Airport (US$257 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Girona–Costa Brava Airport Airport transfer included: Girona–Costa Brava Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport Airport transfer available: Perpignan–Rivesaltes Airport (US$225 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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