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Spain - Relaxing Catalonia Trails
Ride from the Pyrenees Mountains down to the coastline and beaches of Catalonia, Spain

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Horse Riding Holidays Spain – Relaxing Catalonia Trails

PRICES & DATES top

Relaxing Catalonia Trails: Prices 2023

GBP, £ EUR, € USD, $
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  • “The Dali Trail” – Coasts & Beaches – 7 Nights
    $2,754
    • GBP: 2,240
    • EUR: 2,583
    per person sharing
    $301
    • GBP: 245
    • EUR: 282
    single supplement
  • Catalan Coast & Spanish Horses – 7 Nights
    $2,754
    • GBP: 2,240
    • EUR: 2,583
    per person sharing
    $301
    • GBP: 245
    • EUR: 282
    single supplement

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All riding, full board accommodation, wine with dinner.

Excluded – Flights, transfers, soft drinks & alcohol, coffee at dinner & tips. NOTE There may be some meals that are not included, which we will specify at time of booking, but no more than 3 meals on any one ride and no more than €30 per meal to be paid directly.

Relaxing Catalonia Trails: Dates 2023

“The Dali Trail” – Coasts & Beaches: Dates 2023
19 – 26 March
16 – 23 April
7 -14 May
24 September – 1 October
12 – 19 November

Catalan Coast & Spanish Horses: Dates 2023
19 – 26 March
16 – 23 April
7 – 14 May
24 September – 1 October

Getting There
International flight to Girona or Barcelona.

Transfer

Arrival Barcelona Airport
Group transfer at 5:30 pm. It’s in front of the Café TRAMOYA at the Group Meeting Point North located opposite the “Oficina de Turisme” (after the customs on the right) at Terminal 1. If clients arrive at Terminal T2, there is a shuttle bus every five minutes to Terminal T1.

Departure Barcelona Airport
Book flights to depart from 2:30 pm onwards.

Arrival Girona Airport
Group transfer at 6:30 pm. The meeting point at the airport is in front of Café CAFFRICCIO in the arrivals hall.

Departure Girona Airport
Book flights to depart from 1:00 pm onwards.

Transfer costs are €60 each way per person from Girona airport and €75 each way per person from Barcelona airport.

If the arranged transfer times do not fit, we can easily arrange a private transfer for you. The costs are approximately €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start/end points.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

Relaxing Catalonia Trails: Prices 2024

GBP, £ EUR, € USD, $
Choose your currency

  • “The Dali Trail” – Coasts & Beaches – 7 Nights
    $2,846
    • GBP: 2,315
    • EUR: 2,669
    per person sharing
    $301
    • GBP: 245
    • EUR: 282
    single supplement
  • Catalan Coast & Spanish Horses – 7 Nights
    $2,846
    • GBP: 2,315
    • EUR: 2,669
    per person sharing
    $301
    • GBP: 245
    • EUR: 282
    single supplement

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All riding, full board accommodation, wine with dinner.

Excluded – Flights, transfers, soft drinks & alcohol, coffee at dinner & tips. NOTE There may be some meals that are not included, which we will specify at time of booking, but no more than 3 meals on any one ride and no more than €30 per meal to be paid directly.

Relaxing Catalonia Trails: Dates 2024

“The Dali Trail” – Coasts & Beaches
5 – 12 May
26 May – 2 June
22 – 29 September
6 – 13 October
20 – 27 October

Catalan Coast & Spanish Horses
18 – 25 February
10 – 17 March
7 – 14 April
5 – 12 May
26 May – 2 June
22 – 29 September
6 – 13 October
20 – 27 October

Getting There
International flight to Girona or Barcelona.

Transfer
Arrival Barcelona Airport

Group transfer at 5:30 pm. It’s in front of the Café TRAMOYA at the Group Meeting Point North located opposite the “Oficina de Turisme” (after the customs on the right) at Terminal 1. If clients arrive at Terminal T2, there is a shuttle bus every five minutes to Terminal T1.

Departure Barcelona Airport
Book flights to depart from 2:30 pm onwards.

Arrival Girona Airport
Group transfer at 6:30 pm. The meeting point at the airport is in front of Café CAFFRICCIO in the arrivals hall.

Departure Girona Airport
Book flights to depart from 1:00 pm onwards.

Transfer costs are €60 each way per person from Girona airport and €75 each way per person from Barcelona airport.

If the arranged transfer times do not fit, we can easily arrange a private transfer for you. The costs are approximately €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start/end points.

All our horse riding holidays hold a price guarantee. We believe in your piece of mind on price when you book one of our horse riding holidays and will refund the difference should you find the same horse riding holiday elsewhere at a lower price.

SUMMARY OF THE TRIP top

This is an amazing collection of 2 different trail rides in the North of Spain for riders, who wish to ride and experience some culture through a love of the Spanish horse, art and food. You will be riding, fit, Andalucian type horses, which have been selected carefully and well handled by owner Rude Sotlz. Along the way, you can expect to stay in guesthouses, hotels, and farmhouses, all chosen for their warm welcome and charm.

In 1993 Rudi Stolz had the idea to create trail rides in Catalonia and over the years the rides have developed from one-week round trips to a variety of different and challenging trail-rides, covering the Catalan countryside from the mountains to the sea.

Rudi‘s trails are captivating as he manages to show the rider the stunning beauty of the country, on trails that are varied in speed and terrain (from small hidden paths and tracks to wide open beaches). With his many years of experience, he is able to take you on a riding journey to explore the culture, scenery and cuisine of the local area and people. Rudi’s rides are safe and balanced, which is attributable to his intensive training and the natural handling of the horses.

THE RIDING top

Catalonia Trails Ride: Horses – Andalusians & Andalusian Crosses, Arabs & Arabs Crosses. Good endurance type of horses, which are forward going, responsive rides. You are expected to tack and untack your horse each day.

Level of Riding & Pace – Intermediate to Advanced.
There are long days in the saddle, and we would advise a certain level of fitness to enjoy this holiday fully.

Tack – English Style riding, with their own specifically designed trekking saddles, saddle cloths and saddlebags for maximum comfort for you and your horses.

Weight Restriction – 14 Stone / 90 kg / 200 lbs. Heavier riders can be accommodated, please tell us at time of booking and we can check and make sure the bigger horses are made available.

Group Size – Minimum 4 – Maximum 12.

ACCOMMODATION top

All the accommodation is carefully selected, they are charming, clean, comfortable and well run. Please read all the individual itineraries below for each ride to get an idea of the type of overnight stays on the different trails.

You can expect a very high quality of Spanish cuisine, the area is known for fresh vegetables, fruit, game and fish. Breakfasts are continental style, lunches mostly packed in the saddle bags and include local cheeses, hams, salads, bread and wine. Dinners are 3 courses and reflect the local ingredients and style of cooking.

SAMPLE ITINERARY top

“The Dali Trail” – Coasts & Beaches

Exciting horse riding by the sea, from the Gulf of Roses to the Cap de Creus. Following the tracks of the artist Salvador Dalí along the Mediterranean coast.
The Dalí Beach and Coast Trail is based on the so-called Dalí triangle that consists of the villages Pubol, Figueres and Cadaques. The Dalí Beach and Coast Trail connects the charm of the Empordanet region with the long sandy beaches of the Bay of Roses and the wild coast of the Cap de Creus. The life of the famous artist Salvador Dalí will be brought closer to you by this wonderful ride through diverse countryside.

Day 1
Arrival at Barcelona or Girona and transfer to a beautifully situated country hotel, a typical Catalonian house built of natural stone. It dates back to the 17th century, and it is surrounded by woods as well as walnut tree and olive groves. The location in this idyllic area where silence and tranquility prevail makes this guest house the ideal place to enjoy nature and to relax. The lovingly designed garden, the pool, the meadows, and forests provide a wonderful atmosphere. What a place to start your horse-riding holiday!

Day 2
Past peaceful rural villages, our path winds through the hilly landscape of Empordà.
The sandy bottom and the shading crowns of the Mediterranean pine forest invite to long gallops.
On the edge of the River Ter, we strengthen ourselves with a picnic. A soothing calm surrounds us. Later in the afternoon you will be in a fast pace to a pretty village at the foot of the Gavarra Mountains. We stay in a lovely, restored guest house.

Day 3
We ride through the magical old villages of the Empordanet. With echoes of the horses’ hooves on the old paving stones, you will be taken back in time in this hidden area of Catalonia.
When we reach the village of Pubol you can visit the 14th Century castle of Gala, which Dalí gave to his wife, Gala, as a gift. We have lunch at a restaurant in the village before continuing our horse-riding experience to the beautiful village of Peratallada.

Day 4
This morning we will canter across the plain of Ullastret, which was a big lake in the Iberian times. A smooth trail leads us through mellow sand dunes and Mediterranean pine forests, up to the rough looking coastal mountain of Montgri. On top of the cliffs there is a magnificent view overlooking the endless sea. Sea birds glide with thermal winds over the coast and the lovely fragrances of rosemary, thyme and lavender surround us as we sit down to have Tapas and Vino tinto in the open air ‘restaurante Buffalo’.
Later on, we follow the paths that lead us through sand dunes to the sea. We stay overnight in a hotel directly at the “Playa Grande”.

Day 5
As the day breaks you can smell the sea and taste the salty air. You are right by the sea with your horse and in front of you are miles of sandy beaches.
With the sunrise, we will canter through the break point and your horse will play with the waves – they love the refreshing water.
Through the rice fields of the natural park near the coast we arrive at our domicile for this night: the oldest Andalusian P.R.E. Stud of Catalonia (P.R.E. = Pura Raza Española).
But here, not only wonderful horses and their history do await us, but also charmingly furnished rooms. We can look around in peace and simply relax. And who knows: Perhaps you find here your dream horse!
We will have lunch in Figueres and have the opportunity to visit the “Teatre Museo Dalí” and to stroll through the streets of the city in the afternoon.
In the evening, we will surprise you with a delightful paella of seafood and fresh vegetables.

Day 6
We ride through sunflower and corn fields over the plains of the Alt Empordan. In long canters, we cross the marshlands of Aiguamolls.
This protected land is surrounded by the coastal mountain range of Rodas. At the foot of the mountain Joan serves a delicious picnic in the open air ‘restaurante Buffalo’.
We continue our journey, and in the evening, we reach our accommodation, a restored mansion dating back to 1582. Surrounded by picturesque nature and a wide view of Alt Empordà and the Bay of Roses. Until the dinner we refresh ourselves in the pool or let us spoil with a massage.

Day 7
An old trade route winds through rocky terrain into the natural park of Cap de Creus.
Home of Salvador Dali and third chain member of our Dali Trail. Here the last foothills of the Pyrenees sink into the electric blue sea.
Our four-legged friends climb over a pass to Cadaques, the pearl of the Empordà. The whitewashed fishing village with its old winding streets is rightly considered the most beautiful village on the Costa Brava.
The clear colors of the sky and sea, the excavated rock formations, the luminous bays and deep ravines inspired Dali for his works of art. The typical dinner in the restaurant of the fishing village rounds off the trail.

Day 8
After breakfast, transfer to the airports or continue to the Catalan Coastal Trail.

Catalan Coast & Spanish Horses

This trail leads you to the sandy beaches, bays and mountains of the Catalonian coast. The highlight is staying overnight in one of the oldest P.R.E. horse studs in Catalonia. A gallop on the beach, vast and diverse landscapes, visiting wine cellars (including a wine and a cava tasting), comfortable and luxurious accommodation and the delicious Catalan cuisine ensure an unforgettable horse-riding holiday.

Day 1
Arrival at Barcelona or Girona and transfer to a beautifully situated country hotel, a typical Catalonian house built of natural stone. It dates back to the 17th century, and it is surrounded by woods as well as walnut tree and olive groves. The location in this idyllic area where silence and tranquillity prevail makes this guest house the ideal place to enjoy nature and to relax. The lovingly designed garden, the pool, the meadows and forests provide a wonderful atmosphere. What a place to start your horse-riding holiday!

Day 2
A delicious breakfast is followed by a short transfer to our horse farm Mas Alba where we meet our proud Spanish four-legged partners. We saddle the horses and start our first riding day that leads us through thick stone oak and pine forests towards the river Fluvia. Sunrays break through the deep green of the seemingly tropical jungle. Bamboo trees border the path, and high up creepers and vines grow around the trees. We are in Spain, but the atmosphere reminds us of Costa Rica.

At the river, a lunch table prepared with love is waiting for us. We enjoy various Catalan delights. Fresh salad, Manchego cheese, home-made goat cheese, fruits such as figs, peaches and cherries complete the fantastic lunch.

In the afternoon, we ride to our friend Bogi. The South American style garden is a wonderfully relaxing paradise. This unique and romantic place is the first accommodation for our well-trained horses and for us.

Day 3
Lonely paths are winding through the full-green flood plains along the river. A pleasant tranquillity surrounds us. We ride through the Catalonian stone villages and the hooves of our horses echo through the narrow streets and alleys.

At a lake, we regain our strength with a tasty picnic. Later in the afternoon, we canter towards the coast.

Depending on the season, we spend the night in a beautiful beach hotel by the sea, or in a mill from the 16th century close to the beach.

Day 4
In front of us we find a long sandy beach. The water splashes, the sand flies, and we canter into the sunrise. The horses play with the waves while we try to stay dry. An unforgettable experience!

In the middle of the bay the river Fluvia flows into the sea. Behind the river lies the wetland of Aiguamolls. Amid the rice fields we discover our impressive accommodation for the night: Catalonia’s oldest P.R.E. (Pura Raza Española) Andalusian horse stud.

The stud owns more than 30 brood mares and excellent stallions, some with a significant impact on the breeding of the Pura Raza Española. The horses, that are bred here, are not only characterised by their beauty, but also by their outstanding attitude and rideability.

Besides wonderful horses and their history, charmingly furnished rooms await us. We have time to have a look around and to relax. And who knows – maybe you will find the horses of your dreams here!

In this wonderful atmosphere we are spoilt with delicious paella with seafood and fresh vegetables in the evening.

Day 5
Trotting and cantering we reach the medieval Castelló with its impressive cathedral.

Crossing grazing land, we ride speedily and pass fields of vines and sunflowers on our way to Perelada.

Here we arrive at the friendly guesthouse of Fina and Pere. The beautiful garden and the swimming pool are perfect for relaxing! We enjoy our picnic and look forward to the afternoon when we will visit the glorious castle of the town and the local Bodega (winery), where we will not only learn interesting facts about Cava, but we will have a Cava tasting as well. Salud!

Day 6
We follow the path of the River Llobregat and then ride through the wild landscape at the foot of the Albera Mountains. Cork and stone oak forests are now dominating the landscape occasionally interrupted by magical vineyards.

We visit a family-run winery to try one of the best wines of this area and to indulge in Catalan delicacies.

Full of new energy, we ride along laboriously built-up stone terraces, and ancient olive trees line the path. Numerous colourful flowers grow in the flood plains of Orlina. Mystically raised round rock formations and Celtic tombs from pre-Christian times remind us of a great past.

The lowlands of the Ampurdán resemble an amphitheatre surrounded by mountains, whose exit is at the Gulf of Roses.

We stay the night at Emilia’s country house in the village of Garriguella, which lies in the wine growing district. The tasteful furnishing, the whirlpool and a nice ambience are perfect for relaxing. Emilia is well-known for her delicious Mediterranean cuisine which we can enjoy extensively.

Day 7
Diligently our horses climb over the coastal mountains, the last foothills of the Pyrenees.

Having reached the crest, a breath-taking panoramic view on the entire Gulf of Lion up to the mysterious mountain Canigó is awaiting us.

After a delicious picnic at the beach, we travel back to Emilia’s country house. It’s nearly time to say farewell. We enjoy our last dinner together and let a wonderful week come to an end.

Day 
Transfer to Barcelona or Girona. Departure or continue to another trail.

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