Portugal’s unspoilt beaches have been luring travellers from around the globe for many years; they form the perfect backdrop to the contrasting inland countryside, peppered with cork, oak and olive trees that have bravely withstood the ravages of time. Now these enchanting landscapes are available to our customers. On our horse riding holidays in Portugal you can relax and enjoy the scenery from the back of a beautiful Lusitano Horse whilst taking in the sights, sounds and sweet smells of the countryside marked by the herbs and spices used to season the local dishes. Or you can enjoy classical dressage lessons on well trained horses. Please note the maximum weight limit in the Algarve is 14 stone.
Here the time passes slowly, because the Algarve follows the rhythm of the land itself. Sturdy fortress walls rise up from hills, as at Marvão or Monsaraz, or you’ll see just a simple dolmen reminding you of the magic of the place. Atop small hills stand white one-storey farmsteads, while the castles are reminders of the battles and conquests that once took place here. The patios and gardens bear witness to the influence of the Arabs, who helped to shape the people and the nature. If you would like to read some of the testimonials from previous customers, please click on the green arrow at the top of the page.
Testimonials from past customers:
"The stables were lovely and in a very nice setting. All the people at the stables were exceptionally friendly and very kind and helpful and I believe went just that bit extra to ensure we had a good experience.
The owner is a superb teacher and horsewoman. After an assessment she matches you to the right horse / pony for your hacks out and lessons (usually on different animals), all designed to improve your seat and rider effectiveness whilst ensuring you enjoy your stay. For the amount of riding we would be doing during the week she took great care to ensure that we didn't get saddle sore by providing gel saddle savers for us - these certainly helped. We spent a bit of time working on pads rather than saddles to develop flexibility which helped with the more advanced movements we did later in the week. Bev also spent time with us doing exercises on the ground to further develop feel and how the horses work which was great fun and very enlightening. We watched informative videos too! I feel I learnt so much in one week!
Christian, the stable manager goes out of his way to make you feel welcomed and comfortable around the horses and makes sure you enjoy the experience too.
The weather was exceptionally hot so we rode out early and then later in the day again when cooler, these times changed per day depending on the heat and our plans for lessons and hacks.
The hacking was very varied with many different rides - we certainly never did the same one twice. Our rides were of different lengths from 1 hour to 2 1/2 hours. We rode through the pine woods which were lovely and cool with wonderful scents of pine, thyme and curry (from the curry plants). We popped over small jumps and had plenty of trots and canters through the trees. We rode through the orange groves, past fig trees and avocado trees which was very interesting. We rode along the beach and along the tracks across the lagoons again very interesting from the bird watching point of view. The road work was limited but Christian took us to see the multi million euro houses of the rich which was like being in Beverly Hills on one ride - then to the beach for a lovely canter on the sands.
The horses and ponies are superb - exceptionally well mannered, polite and obedient. I would go so far as to say most are totally unflappable. They suit all abilities from the complete beginner to the more advanced and capable.
The accommodation is very comfortable and clean. You don't spend a lot of time in your room except to sleep! The food is wonderful and you can have the full Portugese experience if you want too. They serve the most delicious Portugese dishes. We went out for a Portugese fish banquet one evening and then we had sunday brunch at a local coffee bar - the cakes are definately recommended! Christian was more than happy to drop us off at the Spa for a swim or down by the lagoons for walks and would then collect us later on - nothing seemed to be too much trouble for him.
Breakfast was taken on the patio after morning rides around 10.30 -11.00 am so was a brunch really and Adrianne organised fresh orange juice (from her own orange trees), local produce like cheese, hams, pates and wonderful bread. Do not expect to loose weight whilst out there! We were able to use the washing machine too which was a real help as you go through clothes very quickly due to the heat.
Everyone went out of their way to ensure we had a really good holiday. We cannot praise them enough!
We would both recommend them to anyone and most certainly plan to return ourselves.
You don't need a car - taxi too and from the airport is fine and very convienient - around 25 Euros each way for the taxi! So I thiought this was very cheap.
Sarah, thank you for organising such a fantastic holiday for us both.
For more relaxed holidays with tuition have a look at our riding holidays Italy. Here you stay in a castle and can enjoy tuition and hacking in the beautiful region of Tuscany. Alternatively we have an extensive range of horse riding holidays in Andalucia offering expert tuition, beach riding and trail riding in The Sierra Nevada Mountain Range.
We inspect all the horses in our horse riding holidays to ensure the best quality holiday for you.