Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain

“Enjoy eight days in and out of the saddle as you spend time learning how to horse ride and trekking in the stunning volcanic countryside close to Girona.”

Highlights

Girona | Esponella | Besalu | Serinya | Banyoles Lake | Combination of lessons, trekking and optional activities |

Description of Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain

If you're interested in horse riding holidays, Spain, Catalonia in particular, is a great place to get started. This eight day horse riding holiday in Spain is ideal for beginners as well as seasoned riders as we have an excellent choice of horses from youthful stallions to experienced mares and we'll do our very best to match riders with a horse that bests suits their abilities and physicality.

Catalan horse riding lessons take place in the ring whilst trekking, jumping, western, dressage and buggy rides can all be built in to your day-to-day activities. The surrounding Catalan countryside is perfect for horse riding holidays and includes a local river where you can swim with the horses as well as volcanic trails, Pyrenean foothills and the chance to take an evening ride in the buggy to a nearby restaurant.

Treks over a few days can be arranged for those who like to get out and explore whilst our base is a comfortable 3-star country hotel which features a swimming pool and sauna alongside a massage service, perfect for relaxing after a good day spent Catalan horse riding.

Families are always welcome and we have a suitable pony for kids under five. We can also organise numerous optional extra activities, including: Spanish lessons, mountain biking, quad-biking, ropes courses, kayaking, paint ball sessions and visits to Girona, Barcelona and Besalu.

Guests will benefit from the knowledge and expertise of a national equestrian coach, Rafa Rodriguez, who was part of the Spanish Equestrian Federation and UNED University.

Rafa has been a Spanish champion in jumping and western several times and loves to coach kids and adults in the skills of dressage, jumping and western, as well as teaching students how to become horse riding coaches themselves. As well as speaking good English, Rafa also speaks Castillian and Catalan, and has many fascinating and fun folklore stories to relay as he takes groups horse riding in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

A tailor made bed and breakfast rate (119Euros per night in a double or twin room) with a choice of horse riding activities (35Euros per two hours per person or 60Euros from 11am to 5pm per person) can also be arranged, as well as shorter stays.

How to get here:
The train from London takes 10hrs.
Flights from London to Girona or Barcelona take 2hrs.

Hello. If you'd like to chat about this holiday or need help finding one we're very happy to help. Rosy & team.

01273 823 700

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Environment

We think about water and power usage and what waste we are producing. We plant local plants like olives and lavender that require little watering. The wood at the back of the property is managed to keep the trees healthy. The harvested old wood is then used in the wood burning stoves. We have underfloor heating as in the winter the nights can be a little chilly. The historic house has been rebuilt in the old ways but with added insulation, so it stays warm in winter but cool in Summer. The walls are 60cm thick, so slowly heat up in the Summer and then keep their heat through the winter. This system works really well, so you do not need AC. People are always amazed how cool it is in the Summer inside. We also have shutters fitted to all the windows, so we can shut the shutters in the Summer to prevent the sun warming up the rooms. As the walls are really thick and as we have thought about window placement, this means in the Summer the sun misses the south facing windows due to the sun height, but in the winter can warm up the rooms as the sun is at a lower height and therefore shines in.

We have a solar pool cover and a solar system to heat the jacuzzi. This means our pool is swimmable from March through to November and the jacuzzi is warm enough May through to the end of September, all via the suns power. Our light bulbs are all eco and we think about each watt that is used. Our hair dryers are all 1kw rather than 2kw for example. We look at each product and try and reasearch and buy the ones that used the least amount of power but still function well.

All waste is divided and what can be recycled is recycled. All of our waste water goes through a septic tank which technically produces drinkable water. We water our garden from the old cisternas which are connected to our roof, so we collect rainwater to fill the cisternas, as they did in the old days. We run the whole of the hotel on 4kw usually, but can up the power automatically for example if everyone turns on their hairdryers at the same time. But usually we run at less than 4kw, which for such a large house is unheard of in Spain.

We plan to keep buying PV panels until we can produce almost all our power requirements, but this will happen over the next few years. We are off grid, but do not be scared, most people do not even notice.

The horse manure is given to the local farmers for natural fertilisation.

Community

We buy local in season produce, so for example our onions are Figueres onions, apples & pear from local orchards, local wines etc. We also have our own small vegetable garden. We buy locally and use local companies for almost everything. We also support the local restaurants, by booking tables for our clients. We send our clients to the best local shops if they require anything and let them know the local market days etc.

The company we use for the horse riding tours is a small company in Serinya owned and run by locals.

We both offer good wages to locals and train them. For example we have been employing a local guy and supporting him in his studies to become a more qualified sports coach.

We are both part of the local community and we support the Gegants (this is a local tradition where at festivals the local Gegants (people wearing huge heads, to make them look like giants) go and dance and perform. They take part in the local festivals, with demonstrations of western, jumping and group dressage (dancing on horses). We also help all visits with maps and information about everything in the local area, from festivals, to museums, to sites of interest and the times of the local markets etc.

We campaigned with the local community against high voltage power lines being put in the area. The campaign was not completely successful but we did manage to get them moved so as not to disturb as much of the local wildlife. We all offered to club together to pay for them to go underground, but the electrical company said this would set a precedent and would not allow it. Which we find ridiculous. In the end the power company said they would put the line where they wanted it or they would work with the local town councils to come up with the best solution, although they would not bury it. So we did have a small effect, but not the one we wanted. The MAT is a very controversial project here, but it has all been passed in Madrid and Catalunya is very angry.

Reviews of Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain

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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 13 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of the holiday was memorable, from the wonderful service provided by our hosts Gareth and Fiona, who went out of their way to make sure that everything went smoothly, to the superb horses that we were riding and the expert help of the stable owner, Rafa. The weather was great, the scenery spectacular and the food wonderful and very plentiful. Didn't want to come home again. Thank you to everyone.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It helped local people in that it provided them with a living and helps them to conserve their way of life.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic, didn't want to come home again.

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Walking in the lower slopes of the Pyrennes

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for two weeks not one- you will not want to leave

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes it was very much in tune with the local community, taking guests to local restaurants, recommending local attractions and enabling guests to meet together and enjoy local events

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Brilliant

Reviewed on 17 Apr 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The great people, the great food, the wonderful views and scenery and the good family friendly activities.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring money in cash as cards not accepted in more rural places.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It was an eco hotel so this benefitted the environment and local people benefitted through our custom and the way the hotel used
and promoted local produce.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely brilliant! We loved every part of it!

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Horse riding and kayaking
Great massages and advice
Meeting nice and interesting people
Getting some tips on how to better undertake sports

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take riding lessons rather than day trips

Go cycling and getting some on site training

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Helped local people in terms of activities and spending

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very interesting with plenty of activities and many lovely people

Reviewed on 19 May 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


We spent a lovely 6 days with Gareth and Fiona. The best bit was the communal meals and camaraderie between all the people staying there, whatever activity they were taking part in. Oh, and the adorable labrador pups. And the fantastic horses splashing through the river. And the friendly people. And the fantastic views of the Pyrenees. I just can't choose!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Book a car. The owners are really good about giving you lifts, but it can be
difficult to get back in the evenings. We ended up having to cadge a lift with the
son of a friend of the restaurant owner one evening, which was an experience.
If you are riding, plan what you want to do in advance and let Rafa know - he has to get another job when the riding stables are not busy, so he needs to know in advance if you are doing a full day tour, or just a couple of hours riding in the morning.
The itinerary on the website is (presumably) all possible, but they don't assume
that's what you want to do. We arrived expecting a structured "today we will do
this", but it's very much more "what would you like to do today?"

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We spent our days at the riding stables. We were out of season & I think the only business that he had Monday to Friday that week.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Would definitely go back. Next year we might try and overnight horse riding trip into the mountains

Reviewed on 03 Aug 2013 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Communal meals with so many colourful and friendly people! The wonderful family who ran the hotel who couldn't do enough for you, but didn't crowd you. The beautiful landscape in the middle of nowhere ,only 10mins from the nearest town. Every sporting facility provided, pool, gym, cycling and running and horse riding locally. Even in you're not up to treading the boards, the terrace and poolside are wonderful places to chill out.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Preferably have a car, though owners are helpful in proving lifts. Take day trips early morning or late afternoon as it can get quite hot. Be prepared ...plenty of flies and mosquitoes in summer months!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Closing shutters during day reduced solar gain during day and so helped keep hotel cooler in evening. Local horse riding stables were superb.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Hats off to Fiona and Gareth, they really got the formula of a home from home with the conveniences of a hotel spot on! Five star, definitely five star, every bit of it provided what my family, from 4 to 40 years old, needed for a perfect holiday. They gave us a list of great places to visit, they had horse riding just down the road where my daughter would spend the day there if she could! It is definitely a place we will go to again.

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