DAY 1 WELCOME TO CAN SORT
You will arrive to Can Sort, a guesthouse located on the Pyrenees’ feet, facing the natural and wild reserve of the Medes Islands, and with thirty years’ experience riding holidays: the ideal place for a horse riding start and an original way of discovering the region. Before dinner you will be told about the special characteristics of our Spanish and crossed 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 THE JOURNEY BEGINS
Today, after saddling the horses we are ready to leave, 200 km ahead. The horses are fresh and ready for the adventure. With lots of long canters and gallops through the Alt Empordà pine forests. Every hour we pass another beautiful village, castle, churches, arches, tunnel, old wooden doors with wrought iron knockers, the beauty of the stonework of the past. As the afternoon draws on you can sense the proximity to the coast and at last we arrive at the Mediterranean, the beautiful gulf of Rosas stretches before us. .
DAY 3 VAMOS A LA PLAYA !!!
After an early start, we trot our horses 1 km down to the beach. The long curve of the bay of Rosas stretches before us, kilometers of golden sand. Here we enjoy some excellent canters and gallops on the beach. After the beach ride, we head inland again following the river Fluviá, past a bird sanctuary where we can see flocks of migrating birds. The terrain is flat with lots of rice fields and peach, pears, and apple orchards. The pace today is lively. By lunchtime we arrive at our destination Castelló d´Empúries for an amazing picnic. During the afternoon, you can explore Castelló d´Empúries and do some shopping. You also have the possibility to go to Figueres to visit the famous Dali-museum. Castelló d´Empúries is a lively cathedral town where we can enjoy some excellent tapas and cold drinks on one of the nice terraces and the local nightlife.
DAY 4 THROUGH THE EMPORDÁ REGION
Today is the last day of the year! After an excellent breakfast, we saddle up again to continue our journey back to Can Sort. We will start going down to Baix Empordà. Despite being a prosperous area, it still conserves the traditional rural and village way of life. The paths and tracks have not been asphalted nor has the countryside been fenced off so there is an unlimited combination of paths and bridleways to explore. At lunch time, the assistance team is waiting for us for our daily picnic in an evergreen oak forest. Tonight, we will enjoy a very special dinner to celebrate the last day of the year that will continue with a lively party and free bar during this emotional night!
DAY 5 STARTING THE YEAR IN THE SADDLE!
Maybe one of the best ways to start a new year! After breakfast and tacking up, a little later today, we leave Can Sort following a ridge with spectacular views, crossing forest and accompanied by scents of thyme and rosemary. Up to the Fluviá, out of the rolling hills onto the plains, we canter and gallop through olive groves and along recently cut wheat fields. Our destination is a charming small hotel, a past Catalan country farmhouse restored where you will enjoy a delicious home cooked dinner.
DAY 6 TO BESALÚ MEDIEVAL VILLAGE
Today we ride through typical Mediterranean brush wood forest, thick with bushes and calcareous soil. This is a rocky area with old buildings of traditional rural architecture like shelters for herders and small stone walls. From the village of Terrades, the route will take to reach our diary stop in Sant Marti Sasseres for picnic at lunch time. We follow the north bank of the river Fluviá where we can enjoy the spectacular fluvial scenery with lots of different bird species. We cover many miles in a short time in the wildness Garrotxa through sunflower fields, open meadows and forest. Our destination for today is Besalú, a medieval walled village. This ancient capital is a jewel of Romanesque architecture set between two rivers. The squares, stone cut pillars and cool shady arched passageways are a wonder to behold. Not to mention the stained glass of its churches. You have some time to wander around and absorb the unique atmosphere of this ancient medieval village with its spectacular bridge and Romanesque architecture.!
DAY 7 HOMEWARD BOUND
In the morning we leave from Besalú into the forest and over the rolling hills around. We will cross Crespià, a village surrounded by large prairies and our picnic will take place at Espinavessa. On our way, we will find country cottages and churches, all surrounded by olive groves and cereal fields. After lunch, we continue our journey into the Alt Empordà region alongside the Fluviá river and after some good canters we hit the village of Bàscara with its famous hippodrome, where we will test our gallop. For the last part of today, a gentle ride following the river and into the village of Calabuig where we can appreciate the XVth century castle/church, build on a hill overlooking the Alt Empordà 360º around us. Our destination for today is Can Sort.
DAY 8 ADIOS AMIGOS
Breakfast and departure.