Spain - Costa Brava Rides

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

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.

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 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.

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 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.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Coast Trail 16 Feb 2020 - 23 Feb 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 23 Feb 2020 - 1 Mar 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 8 Mar 2020 - 15 Mar 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 29 Mar 2020 - 5 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 12 Apr 2020 - 19 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 26 Apr 2020 - 3 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Gourmet Coast Trail 26 Apr 2020 - 3 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.44 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 10 May 2020 - 17 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 27 Sep 2020 - 4 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Gourmet Coast Trail 27 Sep 2020 - 4 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.44 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 11 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 8 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 View (.pdf) Book
Coast Trail 22 Nov 2020 - 29 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts $1,724.98 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 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 $34.62 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 2019: 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).

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). 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.


Getting There

For Gourmet 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.

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 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.

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 Wild Coast Summer 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.

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).

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Location

These rides are in Catalonia the eastern most 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 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.

Anita ,Leicestershire

4 star rating Overall rating: 4/5

Costa Brava Rides Riding Specialist

Claire says

These are exciting rides in Catalonia. Fantastic scenery on forward going horses with great Spanish food along the way.

My Top Tip

With more than 300 sunny days in Catalonia each year, don't forget your sunglasses or sunscreen.

Email: claire@inthesaddle.com

Claire Douglas
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