Pyrennean Sea Trail

Catalonia Spain: (PR-CJSP02)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/Spain_Pyrennean_Sea_Trail.aspx

Introduction
Catalonia Spain
From the highland of the Pyrenees to the wild beaches of Costa Brava.

We start our trail at Girona Pyrenees, where we enjoy the beautiful mountain landscapes and then enter into the leafy forests of Garrotxa. Our ride then continues through the Empordà, formerly known as the ground of wine and olive grove. Finally, we arrive to the beach where we can admire the beauty of the coast and spend some time relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea.

Along the way, food-enthusiasts will be able to feast on Pyrenean veal, fish and seafood from the Costa Brava all marinated as usual, accompanied by delicious local wines.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so you will be staying in different locations each night.

Description
The accommodations while out on the trail are in charming local inns and small hotels, specially selected for their character and comfort as well as for their cuisine.
Each room comes with a private bathroom and free Wi-Fi access.

Accommodation Itinerary - Accommodations are subject to changes based on availability

Night 1: Guesthouse in L’Abella
The proper is a former manor house dating from 1730 with classic rural architecture. It was fully restored in 2002 and converted into a charming and quiet residence. Today it has 4 independent apartments. Each are fully equipped with one double bedroom, one triple bedroom, one bathroom, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, TV, and fireplace.

Night 2: Forn de Beget in Beget
Located in the wonderfully preserved village of Beget, this hotel offers breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. With no Internet, you will really be able to unwind and let time flow smoothly.

Night 3: Bungalows in Camping Bassegoda Park
Next to the river Muga, the campsite is ideal to enjoy nature and its surroundings. The bungalows contain a bedroom with two single beds and a bathroom, TV, and covered porch.

Night 4: Cal Rajoler in Perelada
This house full of history features a unique architecture and charming surroundings. Each room is simply decorated and equipped with free Wi-Fi, a patio with garden views and a private bathroom with shower.

Night 5 & 6: Hotel Beri in Llançà
Hotel Beri is perfectly situated between the Mediterranean Sea, the Albera Natural Site, and the Cap de Creus National Park. Spacious rooms with two single beds or with a double bed equipped with private bathroom, fan, WIFI, and TV. There is a pool onsite.


Room Occupancy
Single supplement is not charged for those willing to share.


Meals
All meals are included from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 7.

The meals on this trip represent the great delights of the Catalan cuisine and include some spectacular local wines! Catalonia produces an extraordinary variety of foodstuffs: wild mushrooms and game from the Pyrenees, the trinity of olives, grapes and wheat from the hilly heartland, all manner of fruits, vegetables and nuts from the irrigated lowlands, rice and fish from the river deltas and a great variety of fish and shellfish from Catalonia's 500 km of coastline.

Lunches will vary, sometimes you start early and return in time for lunch or you will picnic along the way. 

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Tack
The tack is English and trekking style and most horses are ridden in snaffles. Saddle bags are provided to carry items required during the day and for picnic lunches.

Horses
The horses used are well schooled Spanish, Hispano-Arabians, Arabians, Anglo-Arabian, and Quarter horses. They have all been carefully chosen and most are between 14.2hh (150cm) and 16hh (165cm) and are of a medium build. They are sure-footed, fit, forward going, responsive to ride and well adapted to the requirements of the sometimes rough terrain.
The horses are all trained using natural horsemanship techniques, which helps to create an enthusiastic, good natured horse that is keen to collaborate with its rider, and really enjoys its work.
A great deal of time has been spent selecting and training the horses for these trekking routes. Not too boisterous to be difficult for lower level riders, yet with enough spark to make an enjoyable ride to experienced riders. The horses live outside all the year round in a herd to helps to create a psychologically balanced animal well adapted to the necessities of trail riding and group riding. The herd of horses naturally adapts well to the rhythm of a trail ride, traveling up to 30km a day from place to place as a wild herd would do when looking for food and water.

Pace
There are many opportunities for long gallops, canters and trots. On average, we spend 6-8 hours in the saddle per day, covering 20-40 km daily. We will be riding for 5 days.

Guides
The main guide will be Xavi, an experienced and talented rider, always accompanied by an English speaking back up guide.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes

Day 1: Arrival. Welcome to L’Abella
You will arrive to L’Abella on the Pyrenees, a typical and small Catalan village in the middle of the mountains with stone houses. Before dinner, we will go over the week's program. You will be told about the special characteristics of our Andalusian trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the week´s program with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation designed to find every rider their perfect horse. Then, you can enjoy a fantastic dinner!

Day 2: From the Pyrenees
The trail will start from l’Abella going into the Pyrenean direction to Salarsa valley characterized with large-scale landscapes and plenty centenarian oaks. We will descend to Sant Valenti de Salarsa church with captivating Romanesque work and continue downhill in a valley to the road between Beget and Oix where we will find Pont de Bolassell, a Romanesque cottage. In this picturesque and quiet place, we will have our picnic. We will continue on horseback on and uphill narrow but comfortable path in a dense forest until Coll de Salomó where we will reach the highest peak of the day (850 m). We will continue on a hill for 6 or 7 kilometres to Sant Andreu de Bestacrá, and then on a descent where we will be able to see a hundred-years-old holm oak stuck between rocks. We will continue downhill to Oix, full of natural areas of incredible beauty. Accommodation in a rural house.
Riding: 6-8 hours

Day 3: Up to the highest Peaks
Today we saddle up and ride out through the mountains. During the morning we pass through the scented oak forests above beautiful ravines that so characterize this mountainous region known as the Alta Garrotxa. We will ride towards Vall d’Hortmoier, passing some gorges that will allow the riders to have a bath. We will cross the Llerca Riover and continue up to the Talaxà peak, a picturesque place with an old quarter from where we will be able to see the route of the day before and to enjoy a snack. From this point, we will start the descent to Vall de Sadernes, where we will have to walk for 1 kilometer. We will arrive to the Sant Aniol River where we will be able to enjoy a bath (without the horses). We will go back up to Coll de Bassegoda. After half an hour, we will enjoy our picnic in a 1.200 m height plain. We will continue on the top of a mountain range and will descend to Albanyà through dense holm-oak woods, steep mountains, and amazing views of la Garrotxa. Tracks and paths will lead us to the Muga River, which we will cross to arrive at Albanyà, a land of orchards, forests and hunting.
Riding: 6-8 hours

Day 4: Swimming with the horses
Route with walks, trots, canter and enough gallops. A day of lively riding and excitement, because we are going to swim with the horses in a lake. An unforgettable experience! Meeting for breakfast and preparing the route will be as usual. We will leave Albañá and go down along the Muga River. We will stop at Boadella Lake surrounded by a breathtaking mountainous scenery for a refreshing swim with the horses. Always a pleasure for both people and horses! Afterwards we get back to our route, this time we cross the GR2 with its typical landscape of Alt Empordà full of vineyards and olive groves as well as the vegetation of Albera Natural Park. This natural area is perfect to observe the pass from the mountain range and the most typical landscape to the Mediterranean metamorphous rocks made of schist and clay shale, both of these essences grow in a special terrain. We will arrive at Perelada, a gorgeous medieval village, famous because of its “cava” (sparkling wine). We will be able to stroll around Perelada and even to try our luck at the village’s Casino.
Riding: 6-7 hours

Day 5: L’Albera and coastal vineyards
Today we leave the mountains and ride through the Albera and the coastal area of Costa Brava towards the sea. From Peralada we will head to Llançà, a nice little historical village built close to the sea but quite hidden inland so it was easier for the inhabitants to protect themselves back in the 9th century! The medieval ages church and tower are the two characteristic monuments to be seen anywhere from the village. Our hotel is in the old city center and a nice 20-minute stroll to the beach. Llançà has the great amount of 23 beaches so you will sure find one you will love.
Dinner and accommodation.
Riding: 6-8 hours

Day 6: To the sea!
Today, we will ride out of Llança in order to take our horses to a cute little bay to enjoy a nice swim with them in an amazing landscape. We will ride to the Natural Park of Albera and then back to Llançà. Free time, farewell dinner and accommodation.
Riding: 6-7 hours

Day 7: Departure
Breakfast and optional transfer to Barcelona.


Rates and Dates for Pyrennean Sea Trail

Rates include:

Accommodations, meals, 5 riding days

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20197 day trip, AP (High)€1385$1665
  • B
    20197 day trip, AP (Low)€1200$1440
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.2

Rates Note:

No single supplement if willing to share.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

No single supplement if willing to share.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2019 Transfer from Barcelona Airport, return, pp 170 $205
2019 Single supplement (if requested) 215 $260

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2019 10/07 - 10/13 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /10 Expired
B 2019 10/21 - 10/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /10 Expired
B 2019 11/04 - 11/10 7d / 6n 7 day trip, AP (Low) 4 /10 Expired

Dates Note:

Rates do not include:

Transfers from Barcelona airport. Extra drinks. Gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Abella
Airport: Barcelona
Transfer: Barcelona airport

Climate:
                                                Girona area


Month

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Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

57

59

63

67

73

81

87

87

80

72

63

58

Average Low Temperature (°F)

35

36

40

44

51

59

63

64

58

51

42

37

Average High Temperature (°C)

14

15

17

19

23

27

30

30

27

22

17

14

Average Low Temperature (°C)

2

2

5

7

11

15

17

18

15

11

6

3

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

4

4

5

6

7

5

3

4

5

5

4

3

Source: NOAA


Seasons

The overall climate of Catalonia is similar to Southern California. It enjoys a balmy, year-round climate; not too steamy in summer and with a few cold days in winter. July and August are the warmest months and December, January and February are the coldest months.

What To Bring:
We recommend wearing jodhpurs, as these protect your legs from soreness of jean seams, and you will find a light-weight, cotton pair the most comfortable during the summer months.  You may want to bring two pairs. Your riding boots should have a sole with a safe tread and be comfortable for walking, as you are certain to lead your horse on some occasions.  Paddock boots and half-chaps are the most flexible combination for comfort and leg protection than tall riding boots. A long-sleeved shirt is recommended for protection against the sun and against scratches when riding through undergrowth. A light cotton scarf can help to avoid breathing in too much dust in dry areas. Bring sunglasses, also to protect your eyes from dust. We strongly recommend bringing a water-bottle which can be refilled en-route; these can be carried in the saddle-bags provided. Rain gear suitable for riding should be carried along, particularly during the months from November through April. It is essential that you bring good wet weather gear.  Although it rains very little, when it does it is normally a heavy downpour, consequently a jacket or cape and waterproof trousers are a good idea. Good sun protection - gloves, sunscreen, and hat with a chin strap, sunglasses with straps! A swimsuit, towel, shorts, and a windbreaker should also be taken.  A belt pack in which to carry your camera and other small valuables during the ride is handy. Attire on the ride daytime and evening, is strictly informal throughout, though if you are planning to visit other cities on your own later you may wish to bring dressier evening clothing. Regular film can be obtained locally, but special sizes may not be available - bring plenty.  And make sure you have plentiful batteries. It is a good idea to bring your own soap, since not all the hotels supply it. There will be NO opportunity to have laundry done while on the ride.

HELMETS ARE AVAILABLE TO BORROW BUT WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND BRINGING YOUR OWN IF POSSIBLE; THERE IS NO GUARANTEE OTHERWISE FOR YOUR FIT AND COMFORT!

Don’t forget your Passport!