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Horse Riding Holidays, Portugal

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.

Portugal has a special link with horses as it is considered by many to be the home of the wonderful Lusitano - a horse bred for its gentle nature and for being trained in classical dressage. The Lusitano has been bred and developed for hundreds of years and is a mixture of Arab and the English Thoroughbred. Its graceful agile movements make it perfect for international competition in 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.

See our horse riding holidays in Portugal below.


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Alentejo Coastal Trails, Portugal

The Alentejo Coastal Trails horse riding holiday, in 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.


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Algarve Coast and Tuition, Portugal

The Algarve Coast and Tuition horse riding holiday, in 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 landscape full of wildflowers and herbs as well as being close to golden beaches and a nature reserve. The prefect destination for 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.

The climate means 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.


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Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails, Portugal

The Geres Wolf and Wild Horse Trails horse riding holiday, in 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.


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Lusitano Dressage, Portugal

The Lusitano Dressage horse riding holiday, in Portugal
This small-scale riding stables is just 30-40 mins drive from Lisbon, situated in an area where you can "get lost in time" and feel the rhythm of a typical old Portuguese village surrounded by vineyards, gorgeous landscapes and mountain views. Joao and Susana welcome guests for tuition on their spectacular Lusitano horses. There is a 15x40m indoor arena and a huge outdoor arena alongside paddocks and stables for their 15 horses. The stables are within easy walking distance of the Campo Real Hotel where you will stay - you have the possibility to use their modern facilities including swimming pools and spa when not in the saddle.


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Lusitano Trails, Portugal

The Lusitano Trails horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Beautiful trail rides exploring the Ribatejo region of Portugal. The horses are native Lusitanos, famed for being noble, willing and handsome, and these rides are only suitable for small groups to ensure that everyone has a top class experience on a quality horse. The countryside and culture of this area is wonderful with everything from open meadows, forests and rivers to a day trip at the beach!


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Monte Velho Equo Resort, Portugal

The Monte Velho Equo Resort horse riding holiday, in Portugal
A Lusitano stud farm offering luxurious accommodation and wonderful riding opportunities in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Guests can enjoy top class dressage tuition or rides out into the countryside, enjoying the charming grounds of the farm, before relaxing by the pool or just enjoying the sunshine. Bikes and canoes are also available for those who like to explore!


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Portugal Equestrian, Portugal

The Portugal Equestrian horse riding holiday, in Portugal
Portugal Equestrian is a professional equestrian set-up offering top quality training in show jumping, dressage and working equitation. Started by two brothers, Bruno and Joao, Portugal Equestrian has grown to comprise two riding centres, housing over 90 horses, and an international team of instructors, but has maintained its friendly, personal and welcoming feel. The stables are located outside the picturesque town of Esposende in the north-west of Portugal, meaning that guests have access to both the incredible riding facilities but also the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coastline.


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Vale de Ferreiros, Portugal

The Vale de Ferreiros horse riding holiday, in Portugal
This is a small family owned equestrian centre with horses and instructors of the highest class. Having been a venue for national and international competition for the last few years, It has now opened its doors to riders from all over the world. Offering lessons in both dressage and showjumping (or a combination of both), with well-schooled horses and knowledgeable instructors, as we all as more relaxed trail rides for those who wish to enjoy the countryside and ride in the sun. The picturesque town of Golega is located just 45 minutes drive from the centre and is the site for the annual Lusitano horse fair - a true celebration of the breed Portugal has become so famous for.


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