Spain - Pyrenean Adventures

Experience Level
  • 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.

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 of Euro 30 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.

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Upcoming Dates

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Outlaw Trail
29 Mar 2020 - 5 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Outlaw Trail
5 Apr 2020 - 12 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Outlaw Trail
19 Apr 2020 - 26 Apr 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)
25 Apr 2020 - 1 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,548.31
$1,470.89
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Outlaw Trail
1 May 2020 - 8 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Bandit Trail
3 May 2020 - 10 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)
10 May 2020 - 16 May 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,548.31
$1,470.89
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Bandit Trail
17 May 2020 - 24 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Outlaw Trail
24 May 2020 - 31 May 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Outlaw Trail
31 May 2020 - 7 Jun 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Fresh & Saltwater Trail
7 Jun 2020 - 13 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,479.49
$1,405.52
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Fresh & Saltwater Trail
13 Jun 2020 - 19 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,479.49
$1,405.52
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Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)
20 Jun 2020 - 26 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,548.31
$1,470.89
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Fresh & Saltwater Trail
21 Jun 2020 - 27 Jun 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,479.49
$1,405.52
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Fresh & Saltwater Trail
27 Jun 2020 - 3 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,479.49
$1,405.52
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Bandit Trail
28 Jun 2020 - 5 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)
11 Jul 2020 - 17 Jul 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,548.31
$1,470.89
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Bandit Trail
19 Jul 2020 - 26 Jul 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)
2 Aug 2020 - 8 Aug 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,548.31
$1,470.89
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Bandit Trail
9 Aug 2020 - 16 Aug 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)
5 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,548.31
$1,470.89
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Bandit Trail
13 Sep 2020 - 20 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Outlaw Trail
19 Sep 2020 - 26 Sep 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)
27 Sep 2020 - 3 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,548.31
$1,470.89
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Bandit Trail
4 Oct 2020 - 11 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Outlaw Trail
4 Oct 2020 - 11 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Herdsmen's Trail (Pyrenees High Mountain)
12 Oct 2020 - 18 Oct 2020 6 nights 6 ngts
$1,548.31
$1,470.89
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Bandit Trail
18 Oct 2020 - 25 Oct 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Outlaw Trail
25 Oct 2020 - 1 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Bandit Trail
1 Nov 2020 - 8 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Outlaw Trail
1 Nov 2020 - 8 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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Bandit Trail
8 Nov 2020 - 15 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,640.06
$1,558.05
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Outlaw Trail
15 Nov 2020 - 22 Nov 2020 7 nights 7 ngts
$1,599.92
$1,519.92
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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 If you are in a single room then a single supplement is payable of $34.41 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; Fresh & Saltwater trail and Outlaw trail: 2 lunches or dinners €60 per person, Herdsmen's trail and Bandit trail : 3 lunches or dinners €90 per person; 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 Fresh & Saltwater 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 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.

The Herdsmen's Trail transfers cost €60 per person each way from or to Barcelona and Girona; these are paybale 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

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 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.

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

Pyrenean Adventures Riding Specialist

Claire says

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

My 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.

Email: claire@inthesaddle.com

Claire Douglas
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