Spain - Pyrenean Adventures

  • Open Mar, May-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

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 around five hours in the saddle and the longest is around eight 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 hours in the saddle each day, with long trots and canters. You will often reach your guest house in early evening. For this reason, you need to be as riding fit as possible.

You are required to get off and lead your horse on all of these trail. Sometimes the ground can be rocky and uneven and most of the time it will be downhill (however the Outlaw Trail will  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 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, and have non-slip soles that you can comfortably walk in.

Please note that this Ride Operator does not allow 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 horses ridden in English tack.

These mountain trails are for fit and experienced riders only. You should be confident at all paces riding a forward going 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 90kg.

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 making sure they are settled into their corral at the end of the day.

Please note that the Ride Operator does not permit any rider to wear an air jacket. Normal body protectors are welcome.

The accommodation includes rural guesthouses 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. These 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.

The Fresh & Saltwater Trail has three nights of camping.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Bandit Trail 14 May 2023 - 21 May 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 21 May 2023 - 28 May 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain) 28 May 2023 - 3 Jun 2023 6 nights 6 ngts $2,055.21 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 4 Jun 2023 - 11 Jun 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Fresh & Saltwater Trail 25 Jun 2023 - 1 Jul 2023 6 nights 6 ngts $1,837.73 View (.pdf) Book
Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain) 2 Jul 2023 - 8 Jul 2023 6 nights 6 ngts $2,055.21 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 9 Jul 2023 - 16 Jul 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Fresh & Saltwater Trail 16 Jul 2023 - 22 Jul 2023 6 nights 6 ngts $1,837.73 View (.pdf) Book
Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain) 13 Aug 2023 - 19 Aug 2023 6 nights 6 ngts $2,055.21 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 20 Aug 2023 - 27 Aug 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Outlaw Trail (7 nights) 15 Oct 2023 - 22 Oct 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 22 Oct 2023 - 29 Oct 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 29 Oct 2023 - 5 Nov 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 5 Nov 2023 - 12 Nov 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Bandit Trail 12 Nov 2023 - 19 Nov 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book
Outlaw Trail (7 nights) 12 Nov 2023 - 19 Nov 2023 7 nights 7 ngts $2,163.95 View (.pdf) Book

Prices

The rides require a minimum of four people booked to confirm to run. It may  be possible to guarantee a departure with fewer people on payment of a small group supplement (payable locally). Please contact us to enquire about small group supplement prices.

INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; all meals are provided with 1 glass of wine. There is a cash contribution for catering which must be paid locally to the guide.

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 payable locally (2022). The single supplement for 2023 is €40 per night payable locally.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Entrance fees to museums and monuments; drinks/food in bars; drinks (alcoholic and soft); coffee at dinner; single supplements; airport transfers; contribution towards meals (€90); tips (c. €35- €50). For 2023, the contribution towards meals is €150 - €180.

NEAREST AIRPORT Girona. Transfers can also be arranged from Barcelona.

TRANSFERS Shared transfers are at set times only. They are payable locally in cash.

Outlaw Trail: For 2022, €45 per person each way for Barcelona and €30 per person each way for Girona. For 2023, transfers are €60 per person each way for Barcelona and €45 per person each way for Girona.

Fresh & Saltwater Trail: For 2022, €60 per person each way for Barcelona and €45 per person each way for Girona. For 2023, transfers are €75 per person each way for Barcelona and €60 per person each way for Girona.

Herdsmen's Trail and Bandit Trail: For 2022, €60 per person each way for Barcelona and €60 per person each way for Girona. For 2023, transfers are €75 per person each way for Barcelona and €75 per person each way for Girona.

If you cannot meet the shared transfer times, taxis can be arranged at a cost of €80 - €120 per vehicle (one-way) for Girona or €240 - €280 (one-way) for Barcelona.

NOT INCLUDED International flights to Girona or Barcelona.


Getting There

For Bandit Trail

There are organised transfers from both Barcelona and Girona Airports.

Flights to Barcelona should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30 and arrive by 17:45 to Girona. Return flights at the end of the ride should depart after 14:30 from both Barcelona and Girona.

For Outlaw Trail (7 nights)

There are organised transfers from both Barcelona and Girona Airports.

Flights to Barcelona should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30 and arrive by 17:45 to Girona. Return flights at the end of the ride should depart after 14:30 from both Barcelona and Girona.

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/

For Fresh & Saltwater Trail

There are organised transfers from both Barcelona and Girona Airports.

Flights to Barcelona should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30 and arrive by 17:45 to Girona. Return flights at the end of the ride should depart after 14:30 from both Barcelona and Girona.

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/

For Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)

There are organised transfers from both Barcelona and Girona Airports.

Flights to Barcelona should be scheduled to arrive before 16:30 and arrive by 17:45 to Girona. Return flights at the end of the ride should depart after 14:30 from both Barcelona and 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/

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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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