Arrive into Faro or Lisbon airport and head in to the heart of the Alentejo region. If you fly into Faro an airport transfer can be arranged for you (1hr duration) transfers are £25pp each way and are to be paid for directly upon arrival. If you fly into Lisbon you will need to get the train from Lisboa Oriente to Funcheira Station. From Funcheira we can offer a free collection. It is very straightforward and in-expensive to get the train.
The area surrounding the centre is rich in ancient legends and traditions that are reflected in the architecture of the town’s buildings and in their famous embroidered rugs which demonstrate a clear Arabic influence. There are many small shops in the town selling artisan art and craft work all made locally. If time allows, riding will begin today. The stables are a short distance from your villa, the owner will drive you each day. You will have the opportunity to start to work towards improving your equestrian skills riding a beautiful Lusitano horse under the careful guidance of our excellent English instructor. Each day you will enjoy 3-4hrs of riding which can be a mixture of lessons and hacks out to suit your riding ability. This is holiday is tailor made so the itinerary will be designed to suit you, whether it be to enjoy the extensive off-road trails, improve your equestrian skills & confidence, try out some new dressage moves, refine your jumping or learn new techniques to help schooling your horse at home.
Today, depending on your riding ability and preference, you will have a lesson and a ride out in the countryside or a day trek when you can expect to enjoy fabulous views. There is no better way to appreciate and savour the landscape, the colours and the scents of this enchanted region than from the back of a fine horse. This evening you can enjoy a splendid dinner in this beautiful and tranquil setting. This is the ideal place for family and friends to enjoy a holiday together. Non-riders will find the area friendly, peaceful and relaxing. Full board is included each day; lunch will be a light snack between rides and the evening meal will either be in the house or at one of the many local restaurants.
The local village is a farming community and within walking distance there are a few bars and cafes, a mini market, pharmacy, plus a beautiful French Victorian Railway station linking to Faro and Lisbon. Historic Ourique is a 10 minute drive away and has many cafes and restaurants, shops, and a brand new supermarket. Go to the top of the main street and visit the site of the old castle and drink in the stunning views. Beja is a 35 minute drive with Moorish Castle and Evora boasts Roman ruins. Both are World Heritage sites, places of Historic importance.
Evora has a magical quality and appears in front of your eyes as though it were floating on the horizon of the plains of the Alentejo. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the finest examples of a city of the Golden Age of Portugal. Inside the city walls there is a world of contrasts waiting to be discovered, the streets are laid out like a labyrinth, there are squares inundated by light, fountains from the age of the Renaissance, patios with typical Moorish design and Gothic gateways. Everywhere you look there are echoes of the past dating back 2000 years. The tour we will arrange includes a trip in a horse drawn carriage; we can also extend the trip to include a visit to Elvas.
This morning after breakfast, you will continue with your riding plan and have another lesson and after that another ride out or a day trek giving the more experienced riders a chance to enjoy a canter or gallop. If you prefer to just ride out that is fine too; all breaks will be tailor made for the individual so no matter your ability level from beginners to experienced riders you can rest assured you will have a programme to suit you. Riding tends to be private and mixed abilities will not be put together, hacking may be in small ability groups but of rarely more than a handful of riders. Beach riding is possible too in this area, this always proves to be an unforgettable ride.
Sadly today it is time to head home, but if you have an afternoon flight there may still be time to fit in one last ride!
The price for a 4 day 3 night riding break staying in a double/twin bedroom on a full board basis is £350pp Jan - Dec
The price for a 5 day 4 night riding break staying in a double/twin bedroom on a full board basis is £465pp Jan - Dec
The price for a 6 day 5 night riding break staying in a double/twin bedroom on a full board basis is £580pp Jan - Dec
The price for 7 nights full board accommodation staying in a double/twin en-suite bedroom plus 6 days riding (lessons and trail rides) is £785pp all year.
The price for a 4 day 3 night riding break staying in a double/twin bedroom on a full board basis is £395pp Jan - Dec
The price for a 5 day 4 night riding break staying in a double/twin bedroom on a full board basis is £525pp Jan - Dec
The price for a 6 day 5 night riding break staying in a double/twin bedroom on a full board basis is £655pp Jan - Dec
The price for 7 nights full board accommodation staying in a double/twin en-suite bedroom plus 6 days riding (lessons and trail rides) is £915pp all year.
Book by the end of January 2016 for 2015 rates!
Repeat bookings will receive 10% off
You can start this break on any day of the week and we are also flexible in terms of numbers of nights you want to stay. Simply find dates and flights that suit you then prior to booking your flights please call us on 01829 781123 for availability of the holiday. Please note this holiday does not operate in July and August.
The house is fully equipped including washing machine, hairdryer and full kitchen. There is a TV with Freeview UK channels and a DVD player. Also a selection of books and board games.
Katharine provides towels and shower gel. There is a swimming pool and areas for sunbathing.
Please be aware that you may be sharing the house with other riding holiday guests, each bedroom has an ensuite bathroom.
All meals and drinks are provided.
Guests are transported to and from the stables which are 10km from the house. Riding hats are available.
Airport transfers will be met by Katharine, Martin or one of their representatives who will hold a sign EQUESTRIAN ESCAPES. Please make sure you walk all the way through to the arrivals gate which is beyond the car hire companies. The transfer time from the airport is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes.
Guests arriving at the train station will be met on arrival at Funcheira Station which is 5 minutes from the house. Garvao village is a 5 minute walk from the house. Free Wifi is available in the village and at Martin and Katharine`s house.
Please mention any special requirements you may have to the team at Equestrian Escapes so that we can be prepared to accommodate your needs.
If you are interested in tailor made riding holidays combining four star accommodation with top quality horses you may also like to read our programme for The Medieval Castle Tour of Tuscany.
We inspect all the horses in our horse riding holidays to ensure the best quality holiday for you.