Constancia Retreat riding holiday in Portugal - Far and Ride
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Constancia Retreat, Portugal


• Ride in the Sun



If you are looking to ride a fine Lusitano through this beautiful countryside, enjoy some first class tuition with a top class instructor, then this is the place to visit. Antonio is the perfect host, I was taken out to restaurants to enjoy the local cuisine along with some fine wines. The accommodation is very comfortable and is just two minutes from the stables, and Ingrid is most welcoming and could not do enough for me. I warmly recommend this lovely destination.

Sue W


Type of horses:

Mostly Lusitano. Some Portuguese Cross

Nature of horses:

Very well schooled

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Travel Advice

Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.

Ride Description

Ride in the sun in Portugal on well schooled Lusitanos. Constância is a small town rich in history, it stands on the shores of he Tajo and Zezere rivers. The beautiful town is located in the district of Santarém, which is characterised by its paved streets, whitewashed houses and narrow steps. Constância is known for having been a place of residence of Luís de Camões, an important figure in Portuguese history, who wrote some of his most famous poems here. Constância is easily accessible with just over an hour's drive from Lisbon.

Santa Bárbara equestrian centre was founded in 1996 by Antonio Camacho Soares and Joaquim Batuca. They are both experienced trainers in dressage, jumping, TREC and eventing. They are able to take care of riders with all kind of riding abilities from beginners to competition level. The atmosphere here is relaxed and you will soon feel comfortable and confident. There is an outdoor jumping arena, dressage arena and a small indoor arena and a cross-country course.

This could be the fabulous holiday that you may have dreamed about - riding beautiful Lusitanos horses in several disciplines. Here you can improve your riding skills in a short period of time and also enjoy riding out in the surrounding terrain on these wonderful horses. Their normal riding day consists of a two hour hack in the morning and a lesson of at least one hour in the afternoon.

You can choose to come here for a weekend, short week or week. We can organise your stay to work around your flights.

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Food & Accommodation

You will stay in a small rural hotel just a hundred yards from the stables. This hotel is run by Ingrid and Heinz who are very hospitable hosts. The rooms are spacious and mostly have a small kitchenette with a kettle, fridge and hotplate. The hotel is set in beautiful grounds which are beautifully maintained by Heinz with amazingl plants and citrus trees. The hosts have a lively labrador and several friendly cats. There is a lovely swimming pool in the grounds, ideal for relaxing after riding and there are terraces to sit on and to enjoy the sunshine.

Breakfast at the hotel is plentiful with tea, coffee, juice, cereals, cold meats and cheese and a selection of freshly baked bread with honey and jams. A great start to the day.

This is a half board package, but Antonio will take you to several local cafes to take in some of the local specialities. The cost is around 15 euros per lunch paid locally.

In the evenings, you will all eat together, Antonio will take you to different restaurants so you can sample the delicious dishes local to the area. There are many restaurants in Constanzia and the surrounding villages and they have been chosen by Antonio as they reflect the wonderful cuisine and wine local to this area of Portugal. What a perfect end to the day!



You may wish to just relax when not riding and the walks around the equestrian centre take you into some picturesque forest tracks. Constância is worth investigating on foot as some of the walks by the river are enjoyable as well as walking around the town itself.

Almourol Castle is worth a visit, situated on an island in the middle of the River Tagus, Almourol is one of the most famous castles in Portugal, because of its historical significance and surrounding landscape. The Castle, has ten towers and stands over a little island located in the middle of the Tajo River, five kilometres far from the village of Constância and from Vila Nova da Barquinha, in the Santarém district. This castle, considered one of the most emblematic military monuments of the Reconquest, was erected in 1171 by the order of Gualdim Pais, the great master of the Order of the Knights Templar, over the old site of a Roman fort. It is well worth a visit.


Further Details

Languages: English, Portuguese

Health requirements: Fit and healthy

Age limit: 12 and over

Tuition: Yes

Included: Half board accommodation, guided horse riding and instruction with Antonio

Not included: Flights, Insurance, lunches and transfers


Travel Information

Flights are to Lisbon. We can arrange your transfer for a cost of 120 euros per car return. It is possible to take a train to reach this destination. There is a subway train that runs from the Airport to Lisbon Oriente train station from where a train goes to Entroncamento. The journey takes about 1 h 20 min. Tickets can be purchased from an automatic kiosk at the station. You can see a train timetable at You will then be collected, free of charge, from the train station. Hiring a car may be a good option if you book a week long stay.

Airport: Lisbon

Alternative Airport: Porto



Ride in the Sun

The riding here is tailored to suit your needs and you will ride about 2-3 hours a day.  Mostly you will ride out in the mornings for about two hours. The riding here takes you through some wonderful countryside. You will ride through forests of pine, eucalyptus and cork. There are orchards of olive and fruit trees and fragrant herbs. The views of the River Tajo are magnificent. It is possible not to see another person on these rides. The pace will vary according to the terrain. There are some stony sandy undulating tracks but also places where you can enjoy a canter.  In the afternoon you can enjoy a lesson in jumping or dressage.

One of the longer trails takes you alongside the Tajo river for a long canter along the long sandy stretches besides the river. You will arrive in Constancia and enjoy a drink before your return to the centre.

Antonio is a top class instructor and can offer tuition to a very high standard in all disciplines.  He is a very kind sympathetic instructor and he is keen to instil confidence in each and every rider who comes here. Riders will come away feeling proud of their achievements. Riders of all levels will benefit from his guidance and many return.

The maximum number of riders on each lessons is five. Often depending on ability, the group will be split so tuition can be catered to their level.

Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 6
Ability description: Beginners to advanced
Type of ride: Trails & Tuition
Total riding time: Three hours a day (approx)
Departure dates: Dates to suit.
Pricing: Prices are per person and include half board double/twin accommodation and all riding,

7 nights £857
6 nights £756
5 nights £637
4 nights £510
3 nights £382
2 nights £259

Single supplement £18 per night