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Spain - Costa Brava Rides
These holidays are for those who want the time to rest and relax on their holiday as well as enjoy some quality riding.
As you ride you explore the real Costa Brava (known locally as the Wild Coast), a diverse region of extraordinary natural beauty and heritage. Medieval fishing villages dot the wild coastline where secluded, rocky coves sheltered by pine covered hills alternate with long sandy beaches.
Highlights of the trips include rides through charming unspoiled villages, long canters through coastal wilderness and beach rides at the crack of dawn. All this is set against the beautiful backdrop of the Pyrenees.
You stay overnight in carefully chosen country guesthouses, pensions and small family-run hotels where your hosts spoil you with delicious Catalan and Spanish food.
There are different itineraries to choose between, all with slightly different routes and focus. The Coast trail includes wine tasting along the way, alongside visiting places of interest when not riding. The Gourmet trail is as it’s name suggests, focuses on enjoying refuelling yourself after riding by eating delicious meals each night, cooked by your own private chef.
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 trots and canters. Weight limit is 90kgs.
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.
The accommodation is clean and comfortable and ranges from hostels to guesthouses. These include 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 two 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.
It is possible to request a single room or to book on a willing to share basis. If you are in a single room 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 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.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||22 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,358.64||Full|
|Gourmet Coast Trail||
||22 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,613.10||Book|
||20 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,358.64||Book|
||3 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,358.64||Book|
||17 Nov 2019 - 24 Nov 2019||7 nights 7 ngts||£1,358.64||Book|
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 to enquire about small group supplement amounts.
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board with wine and dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure. N.B. both the Coast Trail and the Wild Coast Summer Trail also have some meals payable locally too.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT If you are in a single room then a single supplement is payable of £27.26 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 Vineyards and Wine/Cava cellars; massages and wellness treatments; drinks/food in bars; alcoholic beverages and soft drinks; coffee at dinner; Coast Trail - 3 lunches or dinners (€90); Wild Coast trail 3 lunches or dinners (€90); tips (c. €35 - €50).
NEAREST AIRPORT Girona. Transfers also available from Barcelona.
TRANSFERS: Shared transfers (set time only). The Coast trail, Wild Coast Summer Trail and Gourmet trail cost €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €45 per person each way 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. Meals on Coast trail & Wild Coast Summer trail: €90 per person payable locally.
These rides are in Catalonia the eastern most part of Spain bordering on France and Andorra.
The climate of Catalonia is typically Mediterranean, with many hours of sunshine, mild in winter and warm in summer.
I was very impressed at how well the horses were looked after. The guide was very good at judging each riders capability and was quick to change horses and challenge better riders.
These are exciting rides in Catalonia. Fantastic scenery on forward going horses with great Spanish food along the way.
With more than 300 sunny days in Catalonia each year, don't forget your sunglasses or sunscreen.