A taste of the Costa Brava

On this short riding holiday, witness the wide variety of sceneries that the Costa Brava has to offer. Enjoy a point-to-point ride in Spain, riding through dense forests, exploring medieval sights, or cantering along a golden sand beach! After a long day in the saddle, you ride to comfortable hotels and renovated farmhouses where you can relax and enjoy the renowned Spanish hospitality. This is the ideal horseback holiday for competent riders who may be a little short of time!
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Trail Riding
5 days / 3 days riding
From £750
Open to non-riders

Itinerary

Highlights

- Visit lovely quaint medieval villages, such as Peratallada
- Enjoy long canters along the beach of Pals on the Mediterranean sea.
- Get a taste of the local Spanish cuisine and hospitality!
  • Day 1 1: ARRIVAL IN GIRONA

    Fly to Barcelona or Girona (flight not included). Transfers can be organised from Girona’s train station at set times - please see "dates and prices" for details. If landing in Barcelona, please keep in mind you will need a private transfer at an extra charge.

    Once you arrive at Els Masos d’en Coll, you will have a chance to go over the week’s programme. In the evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with your hosts and other riding guests.
  • Day 2 2: MEDIEVAL SIGHTS - Approx. 5-6 hours riding

    After a hearty breakfast, get ready for your first trail ride through some of the best preserved medieval towns in Spain. Take a closer look at Peratallada, a completely walled village that has multiple points of interest. On your way back to tonight's accommodation, you will ride across fields dotted with oak and pine trees. Relax for the rest of the afternoon beside the pool, or just enjoy the atmosphere while reading a book. Before heading to bed, enjoy a delicious home-made dinner prepared with local produce.

    Overnight at Mas Massaller, a charming XIII century country house on the foothills of the Gavarres.
  • Day 3 3: GAVARRES NATURAL PARK - Approx. 5-6 hours riding

    Today, you will cross the mountains of the Gavarres, riding towards the beach of Pals. You will enjoy a day filled with a variety of sights in the Gavarres Park. Here, the vegetation is rich, shaded by mountain streams, and the forests are made up of oak, hazel and chestnut trees, in contrast to the rest of the predominantly Mediterranean territory. You will stop for lunch break, and recover your strength before getting back on the trail riding towards Pals, a stone village with small cobblestone streets, located on a small hill from where you enjoy a spectacular view of the sea.
    Get back to the hotel, where you can go for a long walk on the beach.
    Overnight at Aparthotel Golf Beach.
  • Day 4 4: BEACH OF PALS - Approx. 5-6 hours riding

    An exciting day on the cards today: it’s a beach day! You get to ride along the beach, wetlands, and some rice plantations.
    Enjoy the beautiful scenery and get ready for some long canters.
    Continue all the way back to Els Masos d’en Coll, with the river Ter by your side. Before heading back, you will ride up the hill to enjoy the view one last time.
    At the hotel, you will still have time to sunbathe, and relax before dinner is served.
  • Day 5 5: DEPARTURE FROM GIRONA

    After a lovely breakfast, you will be transferred to the train station, or a private transfer will take you to the airport in Barcelona if required.

Dates & prices

Price details

- Flights or transportation to your destination are not included, but can be booked on request - please contact us for rates.

- Rates are per person, based on two riders sharing a twin or double room during the ride.

- Groups are composed of a minimum of 2 riders and a maximum of 8 international riders, plus guides.

- If you sign up to the ride as a solo rider and there are no other riders likely to share your room, you will be charged a single room supplement of $150/€140/£115. You will then be reimbursed if a sharer is found for you at a later date.

- The transfer included in the price is from/to Girona train station. If you wish to have a private transfer please note the different prices: $260/€240/£200 one way from/to Barcelona Airport; $85/€80/£65 one way from/to Girona Airport. These transfers can accommodate up to 4 people and can be scheduled at any time.

- Accompanied minors are welcome from 12 years old, provided they match the riding requirements.

- Upgrade to other hotels throughout your stay is possible, please contact us to know more.

- Discounts:
- Non-riders will benefit from a discount of $415/€385/£315 (this price is on a half board basis, including breakfast and dinner)
- Guests that stay in triple rooms will benefit from a 25% discount (only applicable for the third person in the room, although this discount can be split across all three bookings).

- IMPORTANT : Riders weighing more than 90 kg please indicate this at time of booking so we can ensure suitable horses are available.
Please Note
The itinerary may be modified at anytime for security reasons, meteorological or events beyond our control such as blocked roads, rivers in flood, drought, strikes and local holidays. Equus Journeys, our local partners and their local guides will always strive to find the best solution and will alter the itinerary as needed.
The names of the hotels and accommodation are given for information only and depending on availability, they may be modified without notice and replaced by another of a similar standard.

Price includes

Support Team

1 English-speaking horse guide

Accommodation

Double room in the different accommodations

Meals

Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 5

Price doesn't include

Meals

Additional beverages and personal extras

Transport

International flights
Private transfers (from Barcelona for instance)

Extras

Tips to the local team

Insurance

Visas and personal purchase
Cancellation and travel insurance are not included in the above listed price. Please note that insurance is mandatory. We recommend taking out an insurance policy as soon as your trip is booked to cover you in case of cancellation

Optional

Accommodation

Single room supplement

Transport

Airport transfers at set times from Girona train station

Extras

Trip extensions or additional activities
  • Departure Return Price without flights Price including flights Status
    14/09/2022 18/09/2022 £750 €883 $915 Full
    28/09/2022 02/10/2022 £750 €883 $915 Open Book now
    12/10/2022 16/10/2022 £750 €883 $915 Open Book now

Equestrian info

Horses

At El Masos d'En Coll you will find Spanish horses (pure and cross-bred) and Arabian horses. They are all reliable and suitable for trail riding.

Minimum riding ability

Minimum riding ability

The riding level for this ride is intermediate and upwards. You should be comfortable at all three paces and able to keep your balance over varied and uneven ground.

Rider weight limit: 90 Kg. (Please indicate this at the time of booking so we can ensure a suitable horse is available)

Pace

This is a multi-base riding holiday during which you will be spending 5 to 7 hours on average in the saddle each day. The main pace is the walk, with regular trots and canters, including fun beach canters.

Tacking ability and participation

All riders are responsible for grooming and tacking their own horse. You are also expected to help the team to feed and water the horses when required.

Trip conditions and Requested experience

You must be riding fit. Please note that on some occasions, you may have to dismount and lead your horse on foot.

Equestrian equipment

English tack.
Small saddlebags are provided.

Helmets are mandatory. We recommend our riders to wear a helmet to the correct standard and you should bring your own to ensure a proper fit.

Travel info

Comfort

- Two nights at El Masos d'Encoll. This is a former farm beautifully renovated to provide all the modern comforts. You will sleep in either a twin or double room. All rooms have a private bathroom.
- One night at Mas Masaller, a 13th century farmhouse located at the foot of the Gavarres with spacious rooms all with private bathrooms.
- One night at Aparthotel Golf Beach, located in the heart of Costa Brava. This accommodation provides comfortable rooms, and great surroundings to explore.

All the accommodations have wifi, and a pool to be enjoyed in the warmer months.

Meals

Meals are varied and consist of local produce. You will be surrounded by Mediterranean flavours.
One drink per person included, additional drinks are payable locally.

Special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.

Climate

During springtime temperatures generally reach 15-20°C, where as in summer the temperature rises at around 25°C (June).
In Autumn temperatures are approx. 20 – 25°C. December temperatures can get to 15°C with cool evenings.

Guide and local team

The guides speak Catalan, Spanish, English, and possibly German as well.

Tips

Tips are welcome but not expected. You should tip what you feel the service is worth and what you feel comfortable with.

Packing list

Head
- Riding helmets are mandatory and we recommend that you take your own to ensure a correct fit.
- Sunhat for when not riding
- Sunglasses - with a cord attached so they don't fly off when riding
- Buff or bandana for protecting your neck and face from the sun and dust

Upper body
- Thermal long-sleeved tops are a lightweight way of providing extra warmth if you need it
- Long sleeved shirts to provide protection from the sun
- T-shirts
- Lightweight fleece or jumper
- Warm polar fleece or equivalent
- Waterproof jacket - rain can be difficult to predict and it's better to be prepared.

Legs
- Lightweight, comfortable riding trousers or jodhpurs - we recommend riding in them at home before taking them on holiday to ensure they don't rub
- Waterproof over trousers
- Casual clothes for the evenings (jeans or walking trousers)

Hands and Feet
- Comfortable riding boots. We recommend short boots with half chaps.
- Lightweight shoes for the evenings
- Several pairs of socks
- Gloves - your hands are particularly exposed to the sun, wind or rain whilst riding

Nightwear
- Pyjamas etc

Other useful items
- Swimsuit - there is a pool available in all accommodations.
- Small backpack for accessing items required during the day.
- Camera and high capacity memory card. Spare battery
- Bumbag for carrying your camera and small items whilst riding
- Water bottle (2 litres or 2 x 1 litre)
- Ear plugs (for light sleepers)

In your luggage
- Any liquids, such as shampoo, moisturiser, deodorant unless they are less than 100ml and all bottles can fit in a small, clear, plastic ziplock bag.
- Swiss army knife or equivalent

In your hand luggage
- Any valuables, such as your camera, ipod, ipad etc.
- Your riding hat

Medical kit
- Sunscreen and lip balm - should be high factor
- Insect repellent
- Any medication you regularly take
- Blister plasters in case of any rubs
- Antiseptic cream, plasters, aspirin, anti-histamine, insect-bite salve etc...
- Spare prescription glasses/contact lenses
- Eye drops
- Imodium or similar anti-diarrhoea medication
- Re-hydration sachets
- Antiseptic wipes
- Handwash gel

General information
- We recommend taking any valuables, such as your camera, iPod, iPad, medicines and glasses etc. in your hand luggage. Travelling in your riding boots and carrying your hat and some riding clothes is highly recommended - then if your luggage goes astray you are still able to ride!
- We recommend taking a copy of your passport and insurance documents with you in case you lose your originals.

Visa & Health

Formalities

British citizens: other nationalities, please contact us.

Visas - The rules for travelling or working in European countries changed on 1 January 2021:
- you can travel to countries in the Schengen area for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without a visa. This applies if you travel as a tourist, to visit family or friends, to attend business meetings, cultural or sports events, or for short-term studies or training
- if you are travelling to Spain and other Schengen countries without a visa, make sure your whole visit is within the 90-day limit. Visits to Schengen countries within the previous 180 days before you travel count towards your 90 days

At Spanish border control, it is likely you will need to use separate lanes from EU, EEA and Swiss citizens when queueing. Your passport may be stamped on entry and exit unless you can demonstrate that you are resident of Spain and are returning to your place of residence.

Passport validity
From 1 January 2021, you must have at least 6 months left on an adult or child passport to travel to most countries in Europe (not including Ireland).
If you renewed your current passport before the previous one expired, extra months may have been added to its expiry date. Any extra months on your passport over 10 years may not count towards the 6 months needed.
Check your passport is valid for travel before you book your trip. You will need to renew your passport before travelling if you do not have enough time left on your passport.

Please visit for the FCO website for up-to-date information - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain/entry-requirements

Addresses of consulates

  • Paris | Ambassade d’Espagne
    22, avenue Marceau
    75381 Paris Cédex 08
    Tél. : 01.44.43.18.00
    Fax :
    emb.paris@maec.es
  • Ambassade de France en Espagne
    Calle Salustiano Olozaga 9
    28001 Madrid
    Tél. : +34 91 423 89 00

    Fax :
    presse.madrid-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr

Health

UK Citizens: A UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) gives you the right to access state-provided healthcare during a temporary stay in the European Union (EU).

https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/

It’s important to take out appropriate travel insurance for your needs. A GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance and you should have both before you travel. It does not cover all health-related costs, for example, medical repatriation, ongoing medical treatment and non-urgent treatment.

There are no vaccinations legally required to travel to Spain.

The health system in Spain is good. It's not exceptional, but certainly not bad. People who work in Spain are insured through a social security plan, which covers most of their needs. The only thing that is not included are dental treatments. There is also the possibility for a private insurance.
Pharmacies can be found in every town, and in bigger cities almost every street has one. Even at night it should not take you a long time to find a pharmacy that is open. Remember that more drugs are prescribed in Spain than any other country.

Insurance

It is a condition of your booking with Equus Journeys that you have travel insurance which covers you for the riding activities to be undertaken. Your travel insurance should cover you for medical expenses and repatriation. Your guides will require your travel insurance details before they allow you to ride and may refuse to let you ride if you cannot provide them. You should take your insurance documents with you.

Voltage

230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.

Budget and money

Spain has adopted the Euro (EUR, symbol: €) as its official currency. One Euro is divided into 100 (euro)cents, which are sometimes referred to as eurocents, especially when distinguishing them from the US cents.
Euro banknotes come in denominations of €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200 and €500. The highest three denominations are rarely used in everyday transactions. All Euro banknotes have a common design for each denomination on both sides throughout the Eurozone. The Euro coins are 1 cent, 2 cents, 5 cents, 10 cents, 20 cents, 50 cents, €1 and €2. Some countries in the Eurozone have laws which require cash transactions to be rounded to the nearest 5 cents. All Euro coins have a common design on the denomination (value) side, while the opposite side may have a different image from one country to another. Although the image side may be different, all Euro coins remain legal tender throughout the Eurozone.

Telephone and jetlag

The international access code for Spain is +34. The emergency number for police, ambulance and the fire brigade is 112.

Time zone GMT +1