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An adventure of a week on horseback, through the incredible beaches of the Costa Brava, get excited, have fun, and relax like never before. This route runs through two large natural areas, through the Baix Empordà and the Costa Brava, the Protected Natural Area of the Gavarres and the Natural Park of Montgrí, Islas Medes, and Baix Ter. The mountains and sea will accompany you from the Megalithic era to your times going through the Roman, Medieval pirate lands.
A farmhouse with the history of their family. All meals are made with high-quality products from their garden and farm, or from local producers. They have rooms with private bathrooms and three apartments for up to four people each. Free Wi-Fi, all services, most importantly, friendly, and close service.
Els Masos d'en Coll is an agrotourism where you will live the authentic rural tourism of 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 6 generations.
All of the accommodations have all the services. Single, double, and triple rooms are always equipped with private bathrooms. EcoSlow Experience's work is always to offer in their routes, accommodation, and quality services, with a rural style that characterizes them.
It’s a circular trail that takes you through the landscapes of the Alt Empordà and Baix Empordà, a flat area, full of fields that will allow you to jog and gallop at your own pace, surrounded by many rural paths, a very little urbanized area. You will be able to discover small quiet villages, where you still live from agriculture. A landscape that changes according to the season, you will pass through wheat fields, poppies, and sunflowers.
You will reach the Bay of Roses, where a long beach of fine sand awaits, the good temperatures and the sunny days throughout the year will allow you to enjoy the atmosphere of the sea. Continue along the coast, enjoying the sea, and the breeze, from the cliffs of the Montgrí Natural Park, Medes Islands, and Down Ter River, you will have incredible views of the sea and the Medes Islands,
Then continue to make you feel the nature and the peace of the mountains of the interior of Les Gavarres, and finally, with a fantastic ride on the beach. This is your trail!
Arrival and transfer to Els Masos d'en Coll, a typical Catalan agricultural property. Feel at home! Here, you will find all the comforts of great accommodation as well as a rural and traditional setting. The accommodation is located in the heart of the Baix Empordà, the "Costa Brava", a few kilometers from the beach. The good atmosphere, the pool, the meadow, and the landscape offer you a lovely atmosphere.
Before enjoying dinner, you will review the program of the week. You will be able to talk quietly with your guides about your expectations, experience on horseback, etc., having the opportunity to talk one by one to find the perfect horse for each rider. Afterward, relax and enjoy a fantastic welcome dinner!
After having slept and after a good breakfast, you will contact the horses, you will be ready, and you will go. Leave Els Masos towards the interior, crossing the alluvial zone of the river Ter, the main artery of this territory and which facilitates the irrigation of fruit trees, corn, cereals, and orchards.
Pass through Sant Iscle d'Empordà, a typical sample of settlement construction in somewhat elevated spaces to avoid floods, it preserves part of its 11th-century wall and rectory. Enjoy long dirt roads, which will allow long trots and gallops, according to the rhythm of your group.
Continue passing through small villages with stone houses and ruins of medieval origin. At noon, reach the river where you will cross the dam, a bridge of about 103 meters with about six meters high above the river level. On the other bank of the river, you will find a wooded area where the horses will rest while you eat at a local restaurant.
After a good rest, maybe even a nap next to the noise of the river water, continue riding on the way to your next accommodation. It is an ideal day to make contact with your four-legged travel companion, a flat and relaxed day. This less-known area of the Costa Brava allows enjoying quiet horseback riding throughout the year, allowing you to enjoy the landscape and the sound of the birds near the river. Arrive at the accommodation, and after leaving your equine friends, rest well in the garden before dinner.
After a full breakfast, prepare the horses and head to the coast. Ahead, a day on horseback awaits through the Empordà landscapes, endless paths between lush crops, small villages, and many opportunities to ride at a faster pace. Follow the route that the river makes towards the sea, meeting it several times during the day allowing you to come into contact with the water and the horses.
Stop to rest and have a good lunch, a delicious local menu always accompanied with D.O. Empordà, representing this fertile wine-growing land. Continue to your beach destination, passing through a beautiful Mediterranean forest, with soft dirt paths winding through the trees, a perfect place to enjoy long trots and gallops, according to the rhythm of our group. Once settled in the accommodation, take a walk to the beach to feel the sea breeze while you wait for dinner. The accommodation today has an unbeatable location, just 500 meters from the fine sand beach of San Pere Pescador.
It is the last day, and with enthusiasm, get up at dawn so that just when the sun rises, you will be on the beach. With the sun's rays peeking over the horizon, ride next to the sea with an indescribable feeling of freedom, accompanied by your equine friends, a fantastic feeling. Enjoy jogging and galloping, playing with the foam of the waves, until you reach Sant Martí d'Empúries, here, stop to shower the horses and have a good breakfast.
Continue towards the Montgrí mountain, a majestic massif that will have watched over you throughout the route and that separates Alto del Baix Empordà, it is an emblem of the Montgrí, Medas Islands, and Down Ter River Natural Park. Formed of limestone, with sea cliffs over a hundred meters high; and the famous 13th-century castle at the top of the mountain offers a unique, special landscape.
Ride through this magnificent place crossing the mountains at the lowest point, the continental dune of beach sand brought by the strong winds from the north, locally called "Tramuntana", currently it is a sand dune fixed by the roots of Mediterranean pines and turned into forest.
On the hill just when you reach its south face, find beautiful views over the Medas Islands, the Ter river, and in the background, the Gavarres mountains. Continue to the rural accommodation Els Masos d'en Coll, where you will arrive for lunch. Before finishing, give the last portion of food, hug, and farewell to your mare or horse, which will have made you enjoy a few days of spectacular outing.
The ride takes you through the best-preserved medieval towns in Spain. You will cross beautiful medieval villages and the cities that are mere points on the map will become quaint terracotta-colored settlements the closer you get. The small Palau-Sator; and incredible Peratallada, a village of medieval origin completely walled, that preserves the defensive pit, tower, castle, and palace, these villages deserve to be a little away from the beach.
Continue through fields of oaks and pines until you reach the accommodation, it is a country house of the 13th century located at the foot of the hills of Gavarres, where you can enjoy the pool and the pleasant atmosphere of a good homemade dinner with local products, ecological and home-made.
Today, cross the mountains of the Gavarres towards the beach of Pals. Enjoy a very complete day, heading towards the interior of the Gavarres park. The vegetation here is rich, shaded by mountain streams, the forests are made up of oak, hazel, and chestnut trees, in contrast to the rest of the predominantly Mediterranean territory.
You will have time for a complete meal and be able to recover strength; continue the trail passing through the beautiful medieval village of Pals, with history from the 9th-15th century, one of the stars of the area, a charming stone village with small cobblestone streets and decorated with flowers, it is on the top of a small hill where you can see the sea in the distance, spectacular views from a village with medieval spirit.
Continue a little more until you reach the hotel, just five minutes walk from the beach, where you can relax, rest or walk along the beach.
Today, you will start early. Shortly after sunrise and with a small breakfast at the hotel, prepare the horses and go to the beach along a flat territory, wetlands, and rice plantations. Arrive at the long beach of Pals, with more than 3.5 kilometers long and surrounded by dunes and pines, this beach has magnificent views over the Medes Islands, one of the most photographed panoramas of the Costa Brava.
Prepare for the gallop, and together with your four-legged friends, play with the waves and the foam. Continue all the way back to Els Masos d'en Coll with the river Ter as a companion and through paths of crops, especially apple trees. To finish and before arriving at your accommodation, climb the hill to say goodbye to the best possible landscape, the sea in the distance with the three Medes Islands. You will have time to relax, talk, sunbathe, or swim in the pool.
After spending a wonderful vacation together with your horses, it is time to say goodbye and, EcoSlow Experience hopes to welcome you back very soon!
Judith will be your instructor for this trip.
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.
Breakfast, lunch during the trial, and dinner 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.
There are three types of lunches that are combined to the needs of the trails:
“To speak of Catalan gastronomy is to speak of the Mediterranean, its coast is bathed by the waters of the Mediterranean and its rugged mountains give it this characteristic touch of its gastronomy”
Barcelona–El Prat Airport
Transfer available for additional US$271 per person
Girona–Costa Brava Airport
Transfer available for additional US$237 per person
A free transfer will be arranged from and to Girona Airport (GRO) or Girona train station, in a single transfer for all customers:
There is a connection to Girona by bus or train from Barcelona. The train company is Renfe and the bus company is Segales.
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