Alentejo Coastal Trails, Portugal
Ride into the hills above Grandola, passing cork trees which have grown for centuries as well as eucalyptus and pine forests. In the opposite direction lie the beaches, sand dunes and lagoons of the coast. This riding holiday combines both landscapes, as you spend the first half of the week riding in the hills, and the second half riding along the coast. There are plenty of opportunities for long loping canters or occasional gallops as well as relaxing and watching the landscape unfold around you.
Algarve Coast and Tuition, Portugal
This equestrian centre, one of the Algarve’s most well-known and prestigious, is situated in an upmarket holiday area. It is an ideal location for enjoyable riding, with an abundance of sandy tracks, open land full of wild flowers and herbs as well close to golden beaches and a nature reserve. The prefect destination for both single travellers, as there is no additional supplement for single room use, as well as families, as it offers the unique chance to meet and interact with other children.
It is in a region where riding is possible throughout the year as, even in winter, the sun is virtually always shining. Warm evenings provide the opportunity for enjoying wonderful sunsets from horseback and the unique experience of riding under a full moon.
Algarve Trails, Portugal
This fantastic, English-owned riding centre is set in the warmth and beauty of the rolling Algarve hills of southern Portugal and is approved by the ABRS as well as the Portuguese Equestrian Federation. All levels of rider are catered for (including disabled riders) from beginners wishing to learn basic riding and horse care to the more experienced riders who want to appreciate and explore the area outside of the centre or take their riding to a new level. There are a range of trails available allowing you to witness unspoilt landscapes and breathtaking mountain views, whilst those wanting an intensive tuition programme will come away feeling they have made great progress. Whatever your preferences we can work with the centre staff to create a programme to suit your needs, combining lessons and rides out for you. There is also the fabulous 'Four Day West Coast Ride' which is a four day trail including riding on 2km of beautiful beach!
Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails, Portugal
Horseback riding through the territory of the Iberian Wolf and the wild Garrano horse. Your hosts guide you on rides into the Peneda-Geres National Park where you can explore the mountainous region and search for tracks of the wolves and wild horses that still live there. These holidays are a chance to combine being in a peaceful, natural environment with good horse riding and a fascinating insight into the lives of the wolves and Garranos.
Lisbon Classical Equitation, Portugal
This riding centre near Lisbon offers dressage lessons on their Lusitano schoolmasters, under the tutelage of one of the Masters of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art - Antonio Borba Monteiro. Although Antonio is not available for all the teaching he has two very able students to assist him: Francisco Correa Henriques has been a disciple of Antonio's since 1998 and has been competing since 2002 whilst Martim Ferreira da Cunha has been at the centre since 2014 - he was previously at a different centre in Alter do Chao (central Portugal) and at the Cadre Noir in France.
Current special offers:
€150 EUR per person discount on 'programme A' week stays in June & July.
€75 EUR per person discount on weekend stays in June & July.
Lower Alentejo Tuition and Hacking, Portugal
A modern, family run riding centre in the rural, southern Alentejo part of Portugal where you can enjoy a peaceful riding holiday. Instruction is primarily offered by the experienced horsewoman Pru Clayton-Mead, an Enlightened Equitation level 3 teacher and a BHSII, BETCM instructor. Along with her husband Julian, and instructor Luis, Pru offers lessons in classical dressage (to Grand Prix level) and show jumping on extremely well schooled horses. Alternatively you can enjoy the wonderful countryside, embarking on trail rides which run for miles through the surrounding area.