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Ride and Swim in Catalonia
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A Special trail from the Pyrenees to the Mediterranean Sea with daily opportunities to swim in fresh water lakes, rivers and finally in the salt water sea. On one day we can even swim with our horses. We pass through deep stone oak and pine forests on secluded paths, where we find our first pool deep within the Mediterranean forest, where a waterfall splashes from high above. The atmosphere reminds us of Costa Rica. On long canters we pass through the valley of the river Fluvia up to the foot hills of the Pyrenees. Here we enter deep into a mixed forest providing shade. At the mountain stream Manol we again discover a huge pool - perfect for swimming! Deeper and deeper we ride into the nature reserve of Garrotxa and then descend to the most beautiful natural pool in the Pre-Pyrenees, with turquoise and crystal clear river water, where we swim and have a picnic! Following high paths with beautiful views of the Mediterranean, we come to a new vegetation zone - chestnut and cork oak forests cover the mountains here. In the middle of the Pyrenees we stay overnight in the pretty wooden houses of Can Roquet. We take a dip in the pool and while we are having our evening meal on the terrace, we have a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. The next day our swim will be in a mountain lake and it's a dream comes true - we can go for a swim with the horses! The next day we quickly trot through a soft hilly landscape with its broad forests and meadows. The sweet smelling pine forest and the soil with a tinge of red remind us of Arizona. In front of us, the plateau of the Alt Emporda opens. We ride quickly to the nature reserve of the Albera mountains and discover the "Gorga Negra", a dark pool with lovely cool water, where we have a swim and a cowboy picnic. Through countryside with large round stones, which resembles Africa, we arrive to the village of Espolla, where we stay overnight in the old castle of the village. Finally the next day we reach the Mediterranean. Our strong Andalusian horses manage the mountains easily and in the afternoon we descend to the picturesque fisherman's bay. We have reached salt water and can have a swim in the sea! On the terrace of the hotel we conclude the wonderful trail with good wine and a delicious meal.

Highlights of the trip
  • Ride through peaceful forests of stone oak and cork trees
  • Wonderful long gallops through the wide lowlands of the river Fluvia
  • A unique experience: swimming with the horses
  • Breathtaking panoramic view on the peaks of the Pyrenees
  • Refreshing bath at the "Gorga Negra"

Progressive Ride (no camping)

Meeting: La Palma
Airport: Barcelona, Girona
Transfer: Barcelona or Girona
Riders: Min 5 riders
Max 12 riders

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    Ride and Swim in Catalonia
    Tour Code: IT-SPCA04
    8 days / 7 nights ~$1,810.00
    Dates : May to Nov

    Trip Rating :
    Difficulty : Riding Level
    Riding Level Explained
    Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
    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.
    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.
    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 08/21 - 08/28 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 09/04 - 09/11 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
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    Tack: English Trekking
    Horses: Andalusian, Andalusian Cross and Spani...
    Pace: Moderate with extended trots and nice ...

    Airport: Barcelona, Girona
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