Riding is a great escape for us city slickers, ‘removed from the earth’ as we are—not only do you get into the trees, you also go on a huge hike through local scenery without taking an actual step yourself. You inhale the fresh air, dung and pine tree smells, while a huge animal plods between your legs—you can’t get much closer to nature than that. The question then is how much, which riding school, when to go, how to get there and where to ride.
The going rate is €20 per hour and, for someone who has never ridden or hasn’t ridden in a while, an hour is plenty. There are certainly worse ways to spend €20 in this city.
Barcelona is surrounded by natural parks, with Collserola behind the hills to the east, Montserrat behind Collserola, Montseny to the north and Garraf to the south. In each of these parks, good riding schools can be found nestled amongst the trees, some just 20 minutes from the city centre. The ones listed below all have someone on hand to speak English if needed. October is a lovely time to ride as it’s not too hot and the color of the green is changing to red and yellow.