Portugal

Photo from the Vale de Ferreiros (Portugal) ride.

Portugal is the ideal setting for horse riding with its varied terrain and wonderful climate enabling you to enjoy year round holidays. It is a beautiful country full of forests, rivers and lush valleys in the centre and the north, whilst in the south you will find a splendid coastline of beaches, cliffs and coves. In the Alentejo region you will find vast groves of olive, oranges, cork and vines. Spring is a particularly scenic time of year to visit when flowers come into bloom and cover the hillsides. You will find no shortage of traditional villages throughout the country as well as vibrant cities, historical treasures and World Heritage sites.

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Portugal has a special link with horses as it is home to the wonderful Lusitano - a horse bred for its gentle nature, incredible intelligence and natural strength which predisposes it to the study of classical dressage. The Lusitano breed has been developed and bred in the Iberian peninsular for thousands of years and is believed to have originated from wild horses who became isolated in the region during the Ice age which enveloped most of northern Europe. Its versatility, grace and agile movements make it perfect for international competition in almost all equestrian events.

All Portuguese towns have their own fiestas throughout the year celebrating ancient traditions, some of which have been in existence for many centuries. Some of the wonders you may come across include lavish costumes, parades, fun fairs, street theaters, music and dancing, delicious cuisine and drinks, flower festivals, street parades and even motor racing. There is something for everyone!

We have several options available to suit every rider from trekking in wolf and wild horse territory in the North of the country, expert tuition on highly schooled Lusitanos, trails crossing the Spanish border, to trails and tuition in the warm Algarve in the very South of the country.

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  • Photo from the Alentejo Coastal Trails ride

    Alentejo Coastal Trails
    Portugal

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    Ride into the hills above Grandola, passing cork trees, eucalyptus and pine forests, before discovering the beaches, dunes and lagoons of the coast.
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  • Photo from the Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails ride

    Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails
    Portugal

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    Horseback riding through the territory of the Iberian Wolf and the wild Garrano horse.
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  • Photo from the Lusitano Dressage ride

    Lusitano Dressage
    Portugal

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    Have lessons in classical dressage or working equitation on highly-schooled Lusitanos at this welcoming stables situated on 30-40 mins from Lisbon.
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  • Photo from the Lusitano Trails ride

    Lusitano Trails
    Portugal

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    Beautiful trail rides through the Ribatejo region of Portugal, riding on the native and noble Lusitano horse.
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  • Photo from the Monte Velho Equo Resort ride

    Monte Velho Equo Resort
    Portugal

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    A Lusitano stud farm offering luxurious accommodation and wonderful riding opportunities in the Alentejo region of Portugal.
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  • Photo from the Portugal Equestrian ride

    Portugal Equestrian
    Portugal

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    Portugal Equestrian is a professional equestrian set-up offering top quality training in show jumping, dressage and working equitation.
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  • Photo from the Vale de Ferreiros ride

    Vale de Ferreiros
    Portugal

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    This is a small family owned equestrian centre with horses and instructors of the highest class.
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