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Bandalero Trail - Volcanoes, Mountains & Canyons


Bandalero Trail - Volcanoes, Mountains & Canyons
Catalonia Spain
The horse riding adventure "Bandalero Trail" is based on the biography of the famous "Bandalero" Joan Sala Serrallonga, the Catalonian Robin Hood. In north-east Spain, the bandit Serrallonga wandered around the mountains of Guilleries and Garrotxa during the 17th century. The vast pathless area of woodland offered good hiding places to outlaws. Canyons, table mountains and volcanoes rise up in this wild landscape. Rivers, lakes and waterfalls provide pleasant refreshment. In the picturesque villages there are still stories told about the gangs of thieves and the Catalan rebels. Today we find an incredible riding paradise where outlaws once hid. This is an extremely diversified horse riding trek through massive canyons, table mountains and volcanoes. The trails weave through a marvelous mountain landscapes which appears rugged or soft depending on the season. The air is usually pleasantly aromatic and there is peacefulness with only the sounds of nature. On our ride we explore the high plateau of Collsacabra, where the merging of the north and south, Mediterranean Sea and high mountains is a very special sight. Lush meadows and dense beech forests cover the land. Ferns spread over, the jungle sprawls and seems to be impermeable. The temperatures are pleasantly cool, with springs and calm brooks refreshing us on the way. In Spring and Summer the deep green beech forests blink through grey rock mountains, and on the 'Indian Summer' days of Autumn the forests shimmer like gold, the ambiance reminds us of landscapes in Canada. High on top of the edge of the table mountains we ride to the mountains of Guilleries, home of the bandit Serrallonga, the Catalonian Robin Hood. The view from the 'roof top of Catalonia' over the green mountains is unique. The evergreen and moist landscape is in contrast to the red, brown and silver grey rocks of the table mountains. We then leave the Guilleries and emerge into the land of volcanoes. The extinct volcanoes lie there resting until the end of time. Finally trots and canters take us along the brook "Ser" into the river "Fluvia" which points us towards the Costa Brava.


Highlights of the trip
  • Spring: the soft green of the deciduous forests
  • Summer: comfortable climate on the high plateau
  • Fall:  "Indian Summer"
  • Long canters on ancient bandit-trails
  • Picnic at the foot of the Table Mountain
  • Accomodation in the village Tavertet at the edge of the Table Mountain
  • Ride through a diverse, fascinating landscape
  • Sunrise at the monastery "El Far", at the highest point of the Table Mountain
  • Picnic with view on extinct volcanoes


Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: St. Joan de Abadeses
Airport: Barcelona
Transfer: Barcelona airport or city
Riders: Min 5 riders
Max 12 riders

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    Bandalero Trail - Volcanoes, Mountains & Canyons
    Tour Code: IT-SPCA03
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,810.00
    Dates : May to Nov

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    ABeginner
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    BNovice
    Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
    CIntermediate
    Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
    D Strong Intermediate
    Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
    EAdvanced
    All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
    Lodging: Standard
    Lodging Level Explained
       
    = Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
       
    Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
    Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
     Accommodations with superior comforts.
       
     = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
       
    Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
    Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
    Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
       
     = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
       
    Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
    Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
    Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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    Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
    A 2016 07/31 - 08/07 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 5 /12 Expired
    A 2016 08/14 - 08/21 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 5 /12 Expired
    A 2016 08/28 - 09/04 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 5 /12 Expired
    A 2016 09/11 - 09/18 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 5 /12 Expired
    A 2016 10/09 - 10/16 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 5 /12 Reserve
    A 2016 10/23 - 10/30 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (High) 5 /12 Reserve
    B 2016 10/30 - 11/06 8d / 7n 8 day trip, AP (Mid) 5 /12 Reserve
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    Tack: English Trekking
    Horses: Andalusian, Andalusian Cross and Spani...
    Pace: Moderate with extended trots and nice ...

    Airport: Barcelona
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