Spain - Pyrenean Adventures

  • Open Mar-Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 6 to 7 nights / 5 to 6 days of riding | 4 to 8 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Barcelona
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 12

Setting off from the horse base in the foothills of the Pyrenees the Herdsman’s Trail follows old herding trails to the high summer pastures. Along the way the scenery changes from soft rolling hills, through beech forests, canyons and past extinct volcanoes to flat topped mountains. Once you reach the “top of the world” enjoy a canter over mountain meadows framed by snow capped peaks.

The Bandit Trail is another mountainous trail, based on the stories of the famous “bandolero” Joan Sala Serrallonga, the Catalonian Robin Hood. The landscape here is even more dramatic; eagles soar on thermals as they search for prey and waterfalls cascade off the edge of sheer canyon walls.

The Fresh & Saltwater Trail is a fun, outdoor and sporty six night trail alongside the crystal clear streams of the Pyrenees and lakes to the Mediterranean Sea. A highlight of the trail is that there is usually an opportunity to swim every day and on one day with your horse (weather permitting).

The Outlaw Trail is probably the most challenging of all these itineraries and follows a circular route into France and back through the Pyrenees mountains. The shortest riding day is c. 5 hours in the saddle and the longest c. 8 hours, so you do need to be riding fit to fully enjoy this adventurous journey.

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.

You are required to get off and lead your horse on all of the trails in the mountains. Sometimes the ground can be rocky and uneven and most of the time it will be downhill (however the Outlaw Trail will certainly require you to hike both up and downhill at times). The most walking is on the Outlaw Trail and following that the Herdsman Trail will require you to lead for up to 50 minutes on each of five days. On the Bandit Trail there is up to 40 minutes on three days and on the Fresh & Saltwater Trail up to 45 minutes on three days.

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. These mountain trails are for fit and experienced riders only. 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, canters and gallops. Please note that it is necessary to lead your horse on foot on some sections of the trails. 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 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 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.

If you request a single room or end up in a single room by default, then a single supplement applies and is payable locally.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain) 24 Oct 2021 - 30 Oct 2021 6 nights 6 ngts $1,752.13 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 31 Oct 2021 - 7 Nov 2021 7 nights 7 ngts $1,800.47 View (.pdf) Full

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 prices.

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board with wine on most days (each itinerary will have a few meals payable locally); dinner on arrival and breakfast on departure.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Single rooms are subject to availability and not guaranteed. If you request a single or end up in a single by default, the supplement of €30 per night applies and is payably locally.

PAYABLE LOCALLY 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; tips (c. €35- €50).

NEAREST AIRPORT Girona. Transfers also included from Barcelona

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

Fresh & Saltwater trail transfers cost €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €45 per person each way for transfers from or to Girona.  Herdsmen's trail and Bandit trail transfers cost €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and €60 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 International flights to Girona or Barcelona.


Getting There

For Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)

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.

Please note: If you need to take a Covid-19 test before travelling home, you should fly to Barcelona as there is a testing facility at the airport. At the end of the ride, return flights should depart 17:00 or later to allow time for your test results to be issued. Tests can be pre-booked here: https://trustoneapp.com/registration/eurofinsmegalab/

The Herdsmen's Trail transfers cost €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and 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 Outlaw Trail (6 nights)

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.

Please note: If you need to take a Covid-19 test before travelling home, you should fly to Barcelona as there is a testing facility at the airport. At the end of the ride, return flights should depart 17:00 or later to allow time for your test results to be issued. Tests can be pre-booked here: https://trustoneapp.com/registration/eurofinsmegalab/

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 Bandit 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.

Please note: If you need to take a Covid-19 test before travelling home, you should fly to Barcelona as there is a testing facility at the airport. At the end of the ride, return flights should depart 17:00 or later to allow time for your test results to be issued. Tests can be pre-booked here: https://trustoneapp.com/registration/eurofinsmegalab/

The cost of the transfers is €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and Girona; this is 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 easternmost part of Spain bordering on France and Andorra.


Weather & Climate

These are mountain rides and so the weather is changeable; it will be warmer near the coast.

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Guest Review

Lovely riding through the forests and being abe to stop for lunch and swim. Wonderful. Great holiday.

James ,Northants

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

In The Saddle says

These rides offer long hours, fantastic scenery on forward going horses with great Spanish food along the way.

Our Top Tip

Bring clothes you can layer on so that you can enjoy the sunshine and the cooler mountain air. Really comfortable footwear is essential too.

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