New Year Trail

Nov 30, 2019 125

“One of the more unforgettable way to close the year”

8 days / 7 nights - 4/6 horas x 6 days riding

From 28th December to 4th January, enjoy six days on the saddle with a delicious dinner and friendly party on night 31th December in the Empordà health

Vilafreser - Sant Martí d’Empúries - Vilafreser - Besalú - Vilafreser
Year 2019 : 28 December to 4 January


DAY 1 Welcome to Masia Can Grau
 
You will arrive to Can Grau, 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. On arrival day, you can enjoy a fantastic home cooked dinner and you will be told about the special characteristics of our Andalousian, Thoroughbred and Arabian crossed trail horses. You will be given an introduction to the week´s program with an opportunity for a one-to-one conversation with Ramon, designed to find every rider their perfect horse

DAY 2 The journey begins
Today, after breakfast, short briefing with your guide and saddling the horses, we are ready to leave. The horses are fresh, and we enjoy long canters 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 large gulf of Roses. The assitance team is waiting for us and has prepare everything for the rest of our horses  

 

DAY 3 Vamos a la Playa !!!
After an earliest 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! We continue our journey back to the equestrian farmhouse of Can Sort after our daily picnic in an evergreen oak forest.

DAY 4 - 31st December: Through the Emporda region
After an excellent breakfast, we saddle up again and we will start going in West direction, back to Vilafreser. Despite being a prosperous area, the Empordá region 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. After the ride, we will meet all the groups at Can Grau to enjoy a very special dinner to celebrate the last day of the year. We will continue with a lively party, music in live and free bar during this emotional night!

DAY 5 - 1st January Starting the Year in the Saddle !
Maybe one of the best ways to start a new year! After breakfast, a little bit later today, we will join our horses and tack up again for the ride. We leave Vilafreser crossing oak forest, accompanied by scents of thyme and rosemary. Our destination for today is Besalú, a medieval walled village. This ancient capital is a jewel of Romanesque architecture set between two rivers. We cover many miles in the wildness Garrotxa through fields, open meadows and forest. Our hotel is in front of the spectacular medieval bridge and you have some time to wander around and absorb the unique atmosphere of this special village.

DAY 6 From Besalu to Emporda Health
In the morning we leave from Besalú into the forest and over the rolling hills around. 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. Up to the Fluviá, out of the rolling hills onto the plains, we canter and gallop through olive groves and along 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 7 Homeward bound
After breakfast, we tack up and leave the hotel South direction through Mediterranean Catalan scenery, crossing the small villages of Galliner and Vilamarí. We enjoy spectacular views over the coast plains and the foothills of the Empordà region. Crossing pine and oak forest, we stop for a rest and to have our daily picnic. For the last part of today, a gentle ride to finally join again Can Grau, where we can shower our horses and enjoy a delicious dinner.

DAY 8 Adios amigos
Breakfast and departure…. Friends forever!! See you next year!

 

Accommodation
Masia Can Grau www.masiacangrau.com
Can Sort www.cansort.com 
Hotel Rio Mar www.riomarhotel.com
Hotel La Martana  www.lamartana.com
Hotel Masia La Palma www.masialapalma.com