Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain
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 (125Euros 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.
13 Reviews of Catalan horse riding holiday in Spain
Reviewed on 25 Jun 2022 by Patrick EdmondThe accommodation is wonderful. Fiona and Gareth put their heart into the place and it shows. We really enjoyed our stay there and would love to go back. Read full review
Reviewed on 16 Jul 2021 by Victor ZambranoExcellent! Fun for all family: kids had horse riding lessons and enjoyed the pool. Adults mountain biked and ejoyed activities at lake Banyoles. Read full review
Reviewed on 22 Nov 2019 by Marlene JacksonThe most memorable part of the holiday was the food and local wines Read full review
Reviewed on 02 Sep 2019 by Tulin Ozen5***** Read full review
Reviewed on 24 Jun 2019 by Jane LudfordRiding in the mountains and through the river beds was memorable, the horses were lovely and the guides charming. Read full review
Reviewed on 12 Aug 2019 by Sue PattersonThe accommodation was perfect. Amazing location and great hosts. The horse-riding was fantastic and we really enjoyed exploring the area. Read full review
Reviewed on 29 Jul 2017 by Deborah WarehamTry the rowing on the lake...Great. Read full review
Reviewed on 13 Apr 2016 by Jane NairFantastic, didn't want to come home again. Read full review
Reviewed on 06 Sep 2016 by Joy ScurrGo for two weeks not one- you will not want to leave Read full review
Reviewed on 17 Apr 2016 by Angie JohnstonAbsolutely brilliant! We loved every part of it! Read full review
Reviewed on 28 Mar 2016 by Matthew GobeyVery interesting with plenty of activities and many lovely people Read full review
Reviewed on 19 May 2015 by Vanessa RichardsWe 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 Read full review
Reviewed on 03 Aug 2013 by Caroline OHats 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. Read full review
PlanetWe think about water and power usage and what waste we are producing. We plant local plants like olives and lavender that require little watering. We have left the wood at the back of the property that we look after and harvest, but still keep the healthy trees. The harvested 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 much AC, but we do have a large AC unit run by PV panels in the centre of the building to keep the bedrooms at a good temperature (25°C indoor temp even in the last heat waves). 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 also vent in the cool night air in the Summer. The new suites have the eco ventilation for the night and we run the AC in the afternoon via the PV panels. To keep what PV electric we make we first turn on the central AC unit in the main building, as that keeps its temperature well. Then in the afternoon we move the power to the AC units in the new suits to get them down to 24°C and then at night we turn on the eco ventilation. The window and the roof placement for the new suites allows for shade in the Summer and the suns warmth in the Winter, so we hardly ever need to heat the new garden suites in Winter.
We have a solar pool cover and a PV solar system run the AC and the hotel in daylight hours. This means our pool is swimmable from March through to November 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 and we do not have electric kettles. Instead we provide thermoses of hot water for tea and coffee in the dining room and kettles on the gas rings of the BBQs. 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. We also compost. 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 our small boutique 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 place is unheard of in Spain.
We plan to keep buying PV panels and adding more AC units as the number of heat waves escalate, so that we are not burning fossil fuels to keep cool. 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.
PeopleWe 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.
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