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Horseback riding tour awarded top rated tour by Viator

Leave the city and enjoy nature and magnificient views. Get ready to enjoy the experience.

Leave the city and enjoy nature and magnificient views. Get ready to enjoy the experience.

The instructor will help you choose a horse according to your personality and skills.

The instructor will help you choose a horse according to your personality and skills.

The Horseback riding tour in natural park from Barcelona has become very popular among our travellers. The experience is very pleasant. The timing of the different scheduled activities is wonderfully arranged. Once travellers arrive to the Equestrian Club and get involved in the preparation of the horses they automatically forget about the city and its busy atmosphere. The birds and the wind in the trees are the background noise in this tour.

The stables and all the room in the Equestrian club  are neatly organized so the horses live there very comfortably. They are very happy and friendly, and welcome the riders with curious eyes. That is the perfect moment to greet them and choose our horse with the advice of the instructor. I had the chance to take the tour with a group of travellers and felt so happy about sharing the experience with them. I enjoyed it very much from the very beginning.

 

Before riding in the natural park we spent 30 minutes riding in the arena to get used to our horses and to learn the basic commands. Once all the members of the group felt confident, we left the Equestrian club and headed towards the natural park. The track was easy to follow. We advanced in a line and heard the explanations of the instructor. She was reminding us about details of the riding technique and also explaining to us the features we could observe around us. We were gaining height as we followed the path. Our bodies leaned forward to balance the gravity, the effort was mild but continuous, and the horses progressed uphill easily. After 40 minutes we arrived to the top of the mountain.

 

A  magnificent view of the city of Barcelona was readily seen from that chosen spot, and the cameras started capturing that special moment amid the sighs and “wows” of the riders. The whole group started to play the game of identifying the buildings in Barcelona’s skyline. The places previously visited and those pending to be visited were perfectly  visible from the spot on top of the hill. The Mediterranean sea laid behind the city, reflecting the midday sun high in the sky. Camp Nou, Montjuïc, The Gothic quarter, Torre Agbar, Sagrada Familia were the highlights in the game of identifying the city’s famous places.

Magnificient views from the top of the mountain

Magnificient views from the top of the mountain

The way back to the Equestrian club was of course downhill, and we leaned backwards to balance. The instructor was very aware of the path’s details and gave us useful clues as we advanced. She also helped us identifying every tree and warned us about the delight horses have for carobs, wich we could find on the ground by the carob trees. I felt kind of hungry also, and felt quite empathic with Bandido, the horse I was riding.  After riding longer than an hour we felt very confortable and confident, and when the track was again flat the instructor proposed to trott. We all felt like being the fastest nevertheless the whole group tidily prevented the horses from breaking the line.

 

Soon we arrived back at the club and after unmounting we took the horses to their sites. This was the occasion to feed them and shower them, and they enjoyed it all very much. We could enjoy the beautiful morning and rest after the journey. We had a light lunch that brought back energy to our bodies. The travellers were very excited about trying traditional food in a casual way. They had lots of fun trying to drink from a “Porró”, a sort of a jug from which you drink as you would from a wineskin. A “porró” can be seen in the right bottom picture.  We had a very good time trying the different snacks and recalling the adventure in the natural park. We were ready to go back to the busy city after spending the morning in the country.

Enjoying a meal after the ride.

Enjoying a meal after the ride.

I received gorgeous feed back from the travellers. The tour is so successful it has been awarded Top Rated Tour on Viator, our beloved colaborator.

 

 

 

 

Written by Joan Sahún

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