Spain - Catalan Coastal Trails

  • Open Sep-Jun
  • Set arrivals
  • 6 to 7 nights / 5 to 6 days of riding | 3 to 7 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Barcelona
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 12

These rides explore the Costa Brava (which means Wild Coast), a diverse region of natural beauty and heritage. Medieval fishing villages dot the wild coastline where secluded, rocky coves sheltered by pine covered hills alternate with beaches.

Highlights of the trips include rides through villages, long canters along the coast and beach rides at the crack of dawn. All this is set against the backdrop of the Pyrenees.

You stay overnight in carefully chosen country guesthouses, pensions and small family-run hotels where your hosts provide you with Catalan and Spanish food.

Please note that these trails will have a lot of riding hours in the saddle each day, with long trots and canters, often not reaching your guest house until early evening.  For this reason, it’s best to be as riding fit as possible.

It’s easy to see why this area was a home to some of Spain’s 20th century artists including Gaudi, Dali and Picasso. There are a number of different riding routes, some of which include visits to Dali’s home and it’s worth extending your stay to take in Gaudi’s distinctive architecture and the Picasso museum in Barcelona.

Please note that the Pirate Trail is the most challenging of these itineraries and you are required to get off and lead your horse most days, sometimes for 30 minutes at a time. The ground can be rocky and uneven and the hiking will be both uphill and downhill. We therefore recommend that you ride in shoes that provide ankle support , non-slip soles that you can comfortably walk in.

Please note that the ride operator in Spain, who provides these holidays, are not happy with air jackets being worn on their riding holidays. They are concerned that the air jacket going off will spook others horses on the trail.

The horses are mainly Andalusian and Spanish horses ridden in English or Spanish tack. You should be confident at all paces riding a forward going and responsive horse outdoors. The pace is varied and there are opportunities for long trots, canters and occasional gallops. Some of the trail rides are up to 6 or 7 hours in the saddle on some days and so you should be riding fit. Weight limit is 90kgs.

Please note that between June and September (inclusive) we do not ride close to the ocean’s edge due to the number of people on the beach. Instead we may ride in the sand dunes and paths beside the beach in sight of the water.

These are participatory riding holidays and you are expected to groom and tack up your horse in the morning and at lunchtime as well as make sure they are settled into their corral at the end of the day.

On the rides in Catalonia you are welcome to bring your own body protector, but please note that the Ride Operator does not permit any rider to wear an air jacket.

The accommodation includes rural guesthouses, pensions and small hotels. On most rides the horses are corralled in nearby paddocks and you walk a short distance to your accommodation for the night.

Twin and double rooms are available and in most cases these have private bathrooms, although the bathroom is not always adjoining. Occasionally some bedrooms may share a bathroom. One of the places you might stay in is a renovated old Mill which has small apartments which have a double bed on a balcony and two beds downstairs with one bathroom. This may be booked as two single rooms.

If you are willing to share but end up in a single room when on your holiday, then a single supplement is payable. An exception is made if you book more than two months in advance of the date of your holiday and then, if you are willing to share, but end up in a single room on one or more nights, no single supplement is charged.

It is possible to request a single room but they are subject to availability and not guaranteed.

Accommodation Gallery

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Mediterranean Trail 14 Dec 2019 - 20 Dec 2019 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail - New Year 29 Dec 2019 - 4 Jan 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,584.65 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 19 Jan 2020 - 25 Jan 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 25 Jan 2020 - 31 Jan 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 2 Feb 2020 - 8 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 8 Feb 2020 - 14 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 16 Feb 2020 - 22 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 22 Feb 2020 - 28 Feb 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 1 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 1 Mar 2020 - 7 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 7 Mar 2020 - 13 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 7 Mar 2020 - 13 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 15 Mar 2020 - 21 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 15 Mar 2020 - 21 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 21 Mar 2020 - 27 Mar 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Dali Beach & Coast Trail 22 Mar 2020 - 29 Mar 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,613.57 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 29 Mar 2020 - 4 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 4 Apr 2020 - 10 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Full
Pirate Trail 4 Apr 2020 - 10 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 10 Apr 2020 - 16 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 13 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Dali Beach & Coast Trail 19 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,613.57 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 19 Apr 2020 - 25 Apr 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 25 Apr 2020 - 1 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 3 May 2020 - 9 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 9 May 2020 - 15 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 9 May 2020 - 15 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 16 May 2020 - 22 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 23 May 2020 - 29 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Dali Beach & Coast Trail 24 May 2020 - 31 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,613.57 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 31 May 2020 - 6 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 12 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 13 Sep 2020 - 19 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 19 Sep 2020 - 25 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Dali Beach & Coast Trail 20 Sep 2020 - 27 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,613.57 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 26 Sep 2020 - 2 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 4 Oct 2020 - 10 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 10 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 10 Oct 2020 - 16 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 19 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 19 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Dali Beach & Coast Trail 25 Oct 2020 - 1 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,613.57 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 25 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 1 Nov 2020 - 7 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 7 Nov 2020 - 13 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 15 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 15 Nov 2020 - 21 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Dali Beach & Coast Trail 22 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,613.57 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 22 Nov 2020 - 28 Nov 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 28 Nov 2020 - 4 Dec 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Pirate Trail 28 Nov 2020 - 4 Dec 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,492.12 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail 13 Dec 2020 - 19 Dec 2020 6 nights 6 ngts $1,376.45 View (.pdf) Book
Mediterranean Trail - New Year 28 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,584.65 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

The rides require a minimum of four people to confirm. It may be possible to guarantee a departure with fewer people on payment of a small group supplement which is payable locally. Please contact us for the price of a small group supplement for any particular week.

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board with table wine on most days (each itinerary will have at least one meal payable locally) and dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT If you are in a single room then a single supplement is payable of $34.70 per night. An exception is made if you book more than two months in advance of the date of your holiday and you are willing to share but end up in a single room on one or more nights then no single supplement is charged. Single rooms are subject to availability and not guaranteed.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments; drinks/food in bars; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; coffee at dinner; Mediterranean trail: One lunch or dinner €20 per person payable locally, Pirate trail and Dali trail: Three lunches or dinners €90 per person payable locally; tips (c. €35 - €50).

On the Dali Trail possible room upgrade on last night to include a sea view (supplement of €25 per person payable locally).

2020: Entrance fees to Museums and Monuments; drinks/food in bars; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; coffee at dinner; Lunches and dinners : €80 per person payable locally.

NEAREST AIRPORT Girona. Transfers also available from Barcelona.

TRANSFERS Shared transfers (set time only) are payable locally.  The Mediterranean trail transfers are at €45 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €30 per person each way for transfers from or to Girona.

The Pirates trail and Dali Beach & Coast Trail cost €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €45 per person each way for transfers from or to Girona.  If you cannot meet these shared transfer times taxis can be arranged at a cost of €80 - €120 per vehicle (one-way) from Girona or €240 - €280 from Barcelona.

NOT INCLUDED Flights to Girona or Barcelona.


Getting There

For Pirate Trail

There are organised transfers from both Barcelona and Girona Airports.

The standard collection time from Barcelona Airport is 17:30 (so flights should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30) and from Girona Airport is 18:30 (flights should be scheduled to arrive by 17:45). Return flights at the end of the ride should depart after 14:30 if flying from Barcelona or after 13:00 if flying from Girona.

The transfer costs €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €45 per person each way for transfers from or to Girona; these are payable locally.

If the standard transfer times do not fit with your arrival or departure flights a taxi can be organised (about €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start / end points).

For Mediterranean Trail

There are organised transfers from both Barcelona and Girona Airports.

The standard collection time from Barcelona Airport is 17:30 (so flights should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30) and from Girona Airport is 18:30 (flights should be scheduled to arrive by 17:45). Return flights at the end of the ride should depart after 14:30 if flying from Barcelona or after 13:00 if flying from Girona.

The transfers are at a cost of €45 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €30 per person each way for transfers from or to Girona; these are payable locally.

If the standard transfer times do not fit with your arrival or departure flights a taxi can be organised (about €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start / end points).

For Mediterranean Trail - New Year

There are organised transfers from both Barcelona and Girona Airports.

The standard collection time from Barcelona Airport is 17:30 (so flights should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30) and from Girona Airport is 18:30 (flights should be scheduled to arrive by 17:45). Return flights at the end of the ride should depart after 14:30 if flying from Barcelona or after 13:00 if flying from Girona.

The transfers are at a cost of €45 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €30 per person each way for transfers from or to Girona; these are payable locally.

If the standard transfer times do not fit with your arrival or departure flights a taxi can be organised (about €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona, depending on the trail start / end points).

For Dali Beach & Coast Trail

There are organised transfers from both Barcelona and Girona Airports.

The standard collection time from Barcelona Airport is 17:30 (so flights should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30) and from Girona Airport is 18:30 (flights should be scheduled to arrive by 17:45). Return flights at the end of the ride should depart after 14:30 if flying from Barcelona or after 13:00 if flying from Girona.

The transfers cost €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €45 per person each way for transfers from or to Girona; these are payable locally to the guide at the first dinner.

If the standard transfer times do not fit with your arrival or departure flights a taxi can be organised (about €80-€120 from Girona, €240-€280 from Barcelona.

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Location

These rides are in Catalonia which is the easternmost part of Spain bordering on France and Andorra.


Weather & Climate

The climate of Catalonia is typically Mediterranean, with many hours of sunshine, mild in winter and warm in summer.

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Guest Review

I first did this ride 8 years ago, and have done many others since, but because it had such an impact on me, I thought that I would come back to re-visit it.
It certainly didn't disappoint.
The variety of the terrain, the wonderful food, the beautiful accommodation and the experience of riding through villages that have been there since the Middle Ages is hard to beat.

David, Mona Vale

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Claire Douglas
Claire Douglas
The Pirate trail is one of the more challenging Catalan trails due to the amount of hours in the saddle (up to 7 hours in the saddle) and the amount of leading on foot which is required every day for up to 30 minutes. We recommend to wear riding boots that are suitable for walking over tough terrain, with ankle support and non-slip soles.

What the Press Say

Olwen Law says...

Catalan Coastal Trails Riding Specialist

Claire says

Fantastic scenery on forward going horses with great Spanish food along the way.

My Top Tip

Your luggage is moved on for you each day but you will have to take it to and from your bedroom, so do try and pack as lightly as possible. The airline may also have a low weight limit.

Email: claire@inthesaddle.com

Claire Douglas
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