Horse riding in and around Barcelona is ideal if you’re craving pure escapism from the hustle and bustle of the Catalan capital and looking to explore the picturesque rural landscape that surrounds the beautiful city. Venture outside the pulsating Barcelona to admire the stunning Catalan countryside and experience its serenity and diversity as you witness the suburbs fade away and the green vegetation take over.
It’s the perfect activity to enjoy with family and friends as a well-deserved break from traipsing up and down La Rambla, whether you happen to be a beginner or advanced rider. With several places in Barcelona offering horse riding excursions, you can easily find somewhere that satisfies your desires whether that’s basking in the cool ocean breeze or cantering along muddy tracks.
So if you’re looking to seek refuge from the thronging city for a day or two, head to one of our top picks for horse riding companies in Barcelona to enjoy its wonderful sights whilst riding one the worlds most majestic creates.
A favourite amongst many international riders thanks its extensive range of trails, professionalism and legendary service. Their exciting program for 2016 features a total of eleven trails allowing you to explore the most scenic and charming regions around the Girona area, namely l’Alt Empordà, la Garrotxa and Ripollès. Each route has been carefully designed to make your safety a priority and to ensure a relaxing horse-riding journey whether you prefer to gallop along the sandy shores or tackle the grassy tracks in the mountains.
Catalonia Trails is one Barcelona horse riding company which focuses on experienced riders and stipulates that you must be reasonably competent, well balanced and secure in the saddle in order to participate in their trails. You must have prior experience with riding on different terrains and be of a certain fitness level in order to sustain the necessary pace.
Their schedule for the upcoming months can be found on their website, in addition to their prices for each individual trail.
Having opened in 1988, their initial aim was encourage young children to take up horse riding and most of all, to create a special bond with these loving animals. They wanted to mirror the success of horse riding in other European countries and having achieved this; they welcomed a family of horses to their stables and introduced adult classes thanks to the growing demand.
Their Barcelona riding school is ideal for families as they have the ‘Petita Escola de Ponis’ which is specialised in teaching children aged between three to six years old, and then additionally offers small group or private lessons to older children and adults. It is highly recommended to participate in their walk in Collserola which is suitable for those aged 12 and over, and includes a three hour trek in the magnificent Natural Park of Collserola where you can enjoy privileged and unbeatable views of Barcelona, thanks to its proximity to the city.
Optimise your horse riding experience in Barcelona by partaking in Trek and Ride’s four day trail – a route that allows you to discover another panorama of the city, with its spectacular mountain ranges and natural parks of outstanding beauty. In addition to this being a fantastic opportunity for horse-riding, you can experience the best of the local gastronomy by sampling fabulous Catalan cuisine at the allocated hotels.
The trail consists of approximately four to six hours of riding per day, with a varying pace of gallops, canters, trots and walks. There are another four expeditions in line for 2016 and these dates can be found on their website.