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 of country and horses 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. Our hotel for the night is right on the beach..
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´Empuries for an amazing picnic. During the afternoon, you can explore Castelló d´Empuries and do some shopping. You also have the possibility to go to Figueres to visit the famous Dali-museum. Castelló d´Empuries 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 BOADELLA LAKE
Today is a long day in the saddle, around 50km. After an excellent breakfast on the magnificent roof-top terrace of the hotel over-looking the cathedral with the Mediterranean on one side and the gentle curve of the Pyrenees on the other, we saddle up again to continue our journey back to the mountains. Today the riding is spectacular, once more a lively pace as we trot and canter out across the planes, through fields, meadows, and Mediterranean woodland rife with the scents of wild herbs and flowers. In the afternoon we ride through cork trees, olive groves and vineyards and past the lake of Boadella.
DAY 5 WILDNESS EMPORDA
Today is the last day of the year! After saddling the horses we are entering in the most isolated area to the whole trail. Flora, wildlife, nature, we are going to enter in the wildness area of Alt Garrotxa. During the morning we ride through rolling hills and pine and oak forests. When we get to the river la Muga and stop under a medieval bridge at the entrance of Sant Llorenç de la Muga charming village. We continue through scenery of where it is very likely to meet herds of sheep or wild boar. At dusk we arrive at our destination, Sant Marti Saserres, with his famous church, where we leave our horses to graze and rest. Today the assistance translates us by car to the Hotel Can Pam in Espinavessa. It is a house dedicated to rural tourism where rooms are rented without loosing the charm of the place. In the restaurant they will serve for us 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 6 BEGENNING THE NEW YEAR ON THE SADDLE!
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 through open fields and forest. We stop in Besalú where we have a delicious picnic lunch. Besalú, a medieval walled village, 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. Our destination for today is the Hotel Can Pam, where we’ve staying yesterday, but today we will arrive on the saddle!
DAY 7 HOMEWARD BOUND
In the morning we leave from Vilert into the forest and over the rolling hills around the village of Ollers, with its church dominating the area. Here you find some majestic farm houses built by the nobility in the XVIIth century. With amazing views on the Pyrenees behind us, we enter the historic village of Galliners with some fine examples of Catalan architecture. We travel through forests full of aromatic herbs and wild flowers and we stop for an excellent lunch surrounded by Rosemary bushes. After lunch we continue our journey into the Alt Empordá region and after some good canters we hit the town of Bàscara, alongside the river Fluvià. For the last part of today, a gentle ride following the river and into the village of Calabuig where we can see the XVth century castle/church, build on a hill overlooking the Alt Empordá 360º around us. Our destination for today is Can Sort.
DAY 8 ADIOS AMIGOS
Breakfast and departure.