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Algarve Coast of Portugal from £525pp

For this superb riding holiday in Portugal you will be staying on full board basis at a lovely equestrian centre close to the beach which offers great accommodation plus access to a Country Club with swimming pool and gym. For the duration of your stay you will be taught and guided by a fully qualified English instructor who will ensure that you both improve your riding skills and that you enjoy some fabulous and relaxing riding out.

What's Included:

  • 7 nts accommodation
  • Full board including drinks
  • 10-15 hours riding
  • Lessons and or trail rides
  • No single room supplement
  • Traditional home cooked meals
  • Pool and full use of the leisure club

Price: from £525pp


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Itinerary and prices – scroll down for more details

 

Arrive at Faro airport just a short transfer from the Equestrian Centre, a taxi transfer can be arranged for 30€. You will initially be given a short tour around the on site facilities and shown to your bedroom and bathroom in the villa. The Equestrian Centre where you will be staying for this fantastic horse riding holiday Portugal package is located in the Algarve region, close to the beach and with excellent riding out through pinewoods and across the salt flats adjacent to the coast. This evening over dinner, Bev the chief instructress will talk to you in order to understand more about which horses you will be best suited to for the course of your stay.

This centre has a reputation for quality teaching and ´fast track´ methods.  Bev and her staff have found that a concentrated programme of riding over a short period of time helps to boost a rider´s ability and confidence.  Therefore we offer 3 tailormade riding programmes to suit your specific goals, from total beginners to the more advanced riders.

PROGRAMME 1 - riding out with Confidence

This is a mixed programme of arena training and learning to ride out with confidence.

Many riders only ride in an arena, perhaps because there are not good conditions to ride out in their area, or perhaps because they are nervous to ride out.  This package deals with how to obtain the best balance and flow with the horses movement, whether on flat or undulating terrain, up and down hill on various gradients. On this programme you will actually enjoy learning, a far cry from many of the riding centres you may have experienced in the past.

How to improve, control and deal with situations encountered when riding out, aiming to improve confidence. For the more experienced rider there will be the option of jumping small obstacles, riding with a half seat, etc. You will also find out more about the flora and fauna to be found locally (the centre is situated in the Ria Formosa Nature Reserve). The maximum number of riders on the course is 1– 4 . This programme is deal for single riders or a group of friends of similar riding ability.

PROGRAMME 2 - improve your seat and influence over the horse

This course is designed to enable the rider to feel more secure and safe, apply the aids lightly and more efficiently and therefore become more effective. Lusitano horses and good quality dressage saddles are used to achieve this goal.  Riding on the lunge and using the classical technique of riding without a saddle ...“on the blanket” ... is a unique experience and enables riders to concentrate on their position and aids. There is also the option to learn the basics of jumping and improve your jumping skills, and also to hack out.

PROGRAMME 3 - long rides out

This programme is designed for those who want to trail ride in the beautiful countryside. Enjoy riding through the pine woods and the orange groves of the Ludo Valley, or across the salt flats of the Ria Formosa with views across the sea. These are all on the riding centre's doorstep and provide challenging trails for the more advanced rider. Gentle nature rides are also available for the less experienced.

Starting with an assessment lesson in the school followed by long ride outs each day, interspersed with a little training in the arena teaching simple movements such as the half halt, half seats, etc. with a picnic hack on the last day. 

Included in your horse riding holiday is:

  • 7 nights accommodation in double, twin or single en suite bedroom
  • Full board - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • 10 or 15 hours riding - choose from 1 of the above programmes.
  • Full use of the swimming pool and facilities at the local Four Seasons Country Club

Choose to arrive any day of the week:

£1050pp (10 hours riding) £1295pp (15 hours riding)

High season 01 - 27 April, July & August, 15 - 31 October and Christmas (23 -31 December) plesae add 10% to the rate above.

NO SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

Transfers from Faro airport are available - 30 Euros per taxi each way

Equestrian Escapes are happy to reserve your transfers for you however, as payment for this service is made directly to the transfer provider this service does not form part of our contract with you. As such, we are unable to accept responsibility for any delays, missed transfers etc.

Short breaks:

  • 3 nights accommodation in shared double/twin room
  • Full board - breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Choose from 1 of the above programmes (5hrs of riding)
  • Full use of the swimming pool at the local Four Seasons Country Club

Low season £525pp; High season £595pp

High season 01 - 27 April, July & August, 15 - 31 October and Christmas (23 -31 December)

Description of the house:

Situated on the edge of a huge pine wood, the house was built in 1972 when Beverley´s parents moved to Portugal with their 5 children and a parrot – lock, stock and barrel!
Owner Beverley and yard manager Christian, live in the villa. Sometimes there are working students as well as the house guests – all 'en famille'. Plus, there are 3 friendly dogs to entertain you so make yourself at home!
Whereas you can find a nice quiet corner to sit and read a book, you will also have the opportunity to meet lots of interesting new people from a variety of countries - outside clients and friends - who come to Pinetrees.

The spacious villa is constructed on one level and cool in summer time. On the south side is a large terrace, partly covered to provide shade, overlooking the garden area with hibiscus, oleander and mimosa. Sometimes you will find a horse grazing on the lawn.
In good weather meals are taken outside on this terrace. In the evenings Geckos can be seen high up on the walls observing you.

On the north side it is just a short walk across to the stables, where a neigh might great you. First thing in the morning Charlie, a Welsh pony, is always the first to call “where is my breakfast”

In the winter evenings a welcome log fire burns in the large living room and the bedrooms are heated with radiators and electric blankets. However, by day you could be back out on the terrace in the sunshine in a polo shirt.

There is Wifi throughout the house.
Since Pinetrees is situated in the Ria Formosa, a world recognised nature reserve, the theme for the decor of the bedrooms is based on the type of flora and trees seen in the surroundings. Each bathroom has a painted tile picture representing the theme of the room designed by local artist Teresa.

Just 2kms south from the stables are the golden sands at Ancão beach, and the tidal lagoons seen here at low tide. On the right is Quinta do Lago’s watersports lake.

Weather:

Summers in the Algarve are hot but usually tempered by a cool breeze off the Atlantic. No rain from May to September. Riding is done early morning or late in the afternoon.

Winters are mild, and by lunch time you could be sitting on the terrace having lunch and a glass of wine  under a blue sky and wearing summer clothing. By late afternoon you need to put on some layers and in the evening we enjoy a log fire and home cooked meal.

Additinal information:

When your not riding you can enjoy swimming in the heated indoor pool at four seasons country club, and even book yourself in for a massage or beauty treatment. There are many long walking routes along the nearby beach and the ria formosa nature reserve. Bird watching in the area is also very popular, as well as shoppping and eating out at the nearby bars and restaurants.

During your hacks through the pinewoods beside the famous golf course and lakes you can expect to see an abundance of beautiful wild flowers which attract a wealth of bird life in the Spring. You will experience the overwhelming smell of Thyme, Rosemary and the "Curry" plant. Several of the hacking routes bring rides to the sand dunes and tidal lagoons, there is nothing nicer than a cool sea breeze in your face on a warm summers day.

The onsite riding facilities include a 60 x 40m arena for dressage and jumping. Our instructress will tailor make the instruction just for you, her skill and patience with both clients and horses is evident in every corner of this wonderful centre and she will make your experience here one that you will cherish for a long time to come.

Several of the hacking routes bring rides to the sand dunes and tidal lagoons, there is nothing nicer than a cool sea breeze in your face on a warm summers day.

Customer Feedback:

"Just to let you know I had a brilliant time on my riding holiday in Portugal.  Would highly recommend  the holiday."

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For our full range of riding holidays please refer to our home page.

If you dream of a horse riding holiday where you can relax by a beautiful swimming pool and have lessons with a first class instructor then take a look at one of our riding holidays in Portugal or alternatively we have a number of horse riding holidays in Spain, Italy or the UK.

We inspect all the horses in our horse riding holidays to ensure the best quality holiday for you.

If you are interested in reading more about canter movements then have a look at our articles page - http://www.equestrian-escapes.com/C-is-for-Canter/

How To Book

  • Flexible start/finish date
  • 3 - 14 night stay
  • 30% deposit to book
  • Final balance 8 weeks out
  • Fill in booking form below
  • Pay deposit via WorldPay

Optional Extras

  • Airport Transfers 30€
  • Additional Nights
  • Additional Riding
  • Massages & beauty treatments