Catalan horse riding vacation 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.
Girona Esponella Besalu Serinya Banyoles Lake Combination of lessons, trekking and optional activities
734To1165 excluding flights
Description of Catalan horse riding vacation in Spain
This trip can be tailor made throughout the year to suit your requirements
Our partners behind this vacation promote inclusivity on all their trips and across their business and we are all committed to ensuring travelers face no discrimination on any part of the trip they control.
We can cater for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Accessible tourism overview:
We are all can do people, so we will customise what you require so that you can make the most of your vacation. We have had a range of guests with different disabilities stay at the hotel and we are only to happy to help. Activities and the hotel are both accessible. The sports club on the lake is also accessible and looks after professional para-olympic athletes for kayaking and rowing. The horse riding center 1km from the hotel is certified for disabled riders and they have a lot of experience with different disabilities and making sure you enjoy your time horse riding. We or the riding center can transfer you to and from for each ride, or you are welcome to enjoy the short walk along the country lane. The riding center can use a lead rein depending on your requirements. Everything is customisable to you. The horses are friendly and there are different horses for different levels of riders and you can choose between going out on treks, jumping, western or horse dancing.
We have two fully accessible bathrooms and also 6 new suites all with walk in showers. There is a short ramp or 4 stairs up to the pool area. The gym and tv games room and sauna are all on the ground floor. The dining area is on the first floor and there are stairs to reach it. But for those that prefer they can enjoy breakfast and evening dinner on the patio area enjoying the views or in the ground floor barrel vault. There is also a new shaded outdoor eating area in the garden of the new suites. There is a level footpath around the lake for you to enjoy a hike. Onsite we have a sports injury therapist and massage therapist should you want to enjoy some coaching. For those who can walk 400 meters plus we you can enjoy short walks from the hotel or we can suggest local medieval towns for you to enjoy a walk around.
Activities and the hotel are both wheelchair accessible. The hotel has two wheelchair accessible bedrooms, both with a roll in shower with seat and a double bar by the toilet and a lower easily accessible sink. The door ways for the rooms are 90cm wide. The pool area is accessible up a ramp and has a large patio area. There is no hoist but we are here to help and we have inflatables/buoyancy devices as required. There is also a small sit down whirlpool to cool off in and relax. The dining area is on the first floor and there are stairs to reach it. But for those that prefer they can enjoy breakfast and evening dinner on the patio area enjoying the views or in the ground floor barrel vault. We recently had a guest who came for a week of horse riding. They where a wheelchair user with no feeling or use below their pelvis. He had a great time horse riding, rowing on the lake and swimming in the hotel.
Blind of limited vision:
We are more than happy to cater for people who are blind or have limited vision. In addition the door code pads have braille numbers.
Deaf or limited hearing:
We are more than happy to cater for people who are deaf or have limited hearing.
Everyone is very understanding and helpful and this area is quiet and relaxed. Autistic children have found the quiet large rooms and the woods at the back of the property to allow them to relax. There is also a quiet place to find peace.
'Free from' food:
We take nutrition very seriously. Meals are all freshly cooked from fresh ingredients. Special dietary requirements are absolutely no problem. We are used to allergies, intolerances and special requirements. We customise everything as required, just let us know in advance, so for example if you have a nut allergy, we will remove nuts from the kitchen for your stay.
Everyone is welcome. We have guests from all over the world, from all ages, all genders, all backgrounds. We want everyone to be able to have a healthy active happy vacation.
13 Reviews of Catalan horse riding vacation in Spain
4.5 out of 5 stars
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 vacation 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 vacation. 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
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
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 center 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.
Popular similar vacations
From £1525 9 days excluding flights
Family horse riding safari vacation in South Africa