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8 Day Portuguese Way Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal and Spain

Barcelos - Facha - Calheiros, Portugal; Tui - Ponte Caldelas - Pontecesures - Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal and Spain

Reaching Santiago by horse is the “promised trip”. This holiday offers you riding in the first and most important European cultural route where the reasons for coming are still alive after more than a thousand years. You will ride about 35 kilometers per day enjoying the green countryside of the Portuguese coast full of history, art, and beauty (medieval monuments, bridges, and a fascinating Roman Baroque architecture). As pilgrims on horseback, you will be the protagonists for a few days of the living history of an ancient route. Live the new sensations of exploring the historical route in Portugal and Spain on horseback!

Key information

  • Horse breed: Spanish

Meet the instructors

Rafael
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Highlights

  • 6 days of riding
  • Witnessing the monumental and historical places
  • Riding along the most important European cultural route
  • Services of the caring guide and luggage transfer
  • Well-suited horses for your riding
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Full board meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 6 participants
Airport transfer included: Vigo–Peinador Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will stay overnight in hostels, old houses, cottages, and mansions belonging to traditional Portuguese families.

Program

Itinerary

Day 1

The meeting point is in the arrivals section of the Vigo airport at 15h. To then move by car to Porto where you will visit a winery near the Douro River and some of the point of interest of the beautiful city. From there you will travel to Barcelos and visit the beautiful Benedictine convent converted into a home or Habitação Quinta Tourism, there you will have dinner and sleep in it.

Day 2

Pereira (Barcelos) – Albergaría (Facha) Albergaria is a village which is located 12 km before Ponte de Lima, this day you will ride about 30 km and sleep in a rural house called Quinta da Albergaria, located in the village of Facha.

Day3

This is a transitional stage of 16-20 km, where you will cross the oldest medieval town of Portugal, called Ponte de Lima, to reach Calheiros where you will have dinner, spend the night and enjoy of the Palace of a Count.

Day 4

After breakfast you will cross the Sierra de Labruja, you will go towards to the fortified population of Valencia, finalizing a few meters from the border with Spain, conquering in a legal and spoiled way this historic fortification. You will visit Tui which is in the Galician region, you will see buildings built with historic stone, religious and civil, located around the Cathedral. Dinner and overnight at Granja O Castelo.

Day 5

The fifth day you will leave for Ponte Caldelas. Prior border the beautiful Vigo estuary with the unforgettable panorama of mussel rafts, St. Simon Island, the modern bridge of Rande … then Arcade will be crossed. This village is known for its exquisite oysters. After it will reach to Pontevedra, the old “Ad Pontes Duos”, after Compostela, this is the best monumental preserved city of Galicia. Farm Accommodation in Rural Tourism house “O Castelo”.

Day 6

From Ponte Caldelas, saving the river Ulla you will arrive to Pontecesures, where you will sleep. In its surroundings, is Iria, a Roman settlement and bishopric before Santiago.

Day 7

After breakfast, you will go to Padrón, continuing our route along the green Galician countryside, and approaching the awaited final.

Arrive on horseback to Brion – Los Angeles, very close to Santiago, where you will have lunch in the cozy and rustic Pousada Rosalia. About 16:00 pm. You will move by car to Obradoiro Square in the Cathedral of Santiago. From there, free time for riders to manage pilgrims as they wish.

Included excursions

Before the riding day, you will visit a winery near the Douro River and some of the point of interests of the beautiful city of Porto.

Instructors

Rafael Martinez

Location

This holiday will take place in Barcelos, Facha, Ponte de Lima in Portugal, as well as Tui, Ponte Caldelas, Pontecesures, and Santiago in Spain.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • 6 days of riding
  • Well-suited horses for the riding
  • Services of the caring guide
  • Luggage vehicle support
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Full board meals

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Vigo–Peinador Airport Airport transfer included: Vigo–Peinador Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 17% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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