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Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal

Enjoy the beauty of the North of Portugal on horseback! Horse riding holidays in northern Portugal, near Viana do Castelo, offer unforgettable experiences for horse lovers. You can start with a warm-up stroll on or along the nearby beach. Then, venture into the countryside to discover the charming backwaters of the Rio Lima. The route leads from the stables, through picturesque village roads where you can observe traditional Portuguese rural life, across fields and forests to the riverbanks. Another extraordinary experience awaits in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, where nature reveals itself in all its wildness and beauty.

Horse: Lusitano breed

Height: 160-175

Tack: English


  • 5 days of riding adventures on Lusitano horses
  • Discover the beauty of Portugal, its beaches, rivers, countryside and national parks
  • 7 nights accommodation in an elegant quinta
  • Delicious food
  • Opportunity to relax and immerse in nature
  • Go swimming at the nearby beach

Skill level

  • Beginner


5 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer available:
Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$ 164 per person)
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An elegant quinta, walking distance to the beach. Standard rooms and premium rooms are available.


Day 1

  • Arrival and settle into your accommodation
  • Welcome dinner

Day 2

  • Ride on or along the nearby beach as a warm-up session (2 hours), with a professional photographer to take photos our activities with the horses

Day 3

  • Backwaters of Rio Lima (2 hours)
  • The route goes from the stables, walking through the tiny village roads where you can have a look at traditional Portuguese rural life, through the fields and forests into the riverside.

Day 4

  • Ride in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, where nature reveals itself in all its wildness and beauty (7 hours with breaks and countryside lunch)

Day 5

  • Free day

Day 6

  • Enjoy the local countryside near Viana do Castelo on horseback (2 hours)

Day 7

  • Free time
  • Goodbye dinner

Day 8

  • Breakfast and departure

Note: This holiday is open to all levels. No riding is possible on heavy rainy days.


Viana do Castelo, nestled along the picturesque coastline of northern Portugal, is a charming destination steeped in history and natural beauty. This coastal gem is renowned for its rich maritime heritage, evident in its elegant architecture, vibrant port area, and bustling fish markets.

Visitors can explore the narrow cobblestone streets of the old town, adorned with colorful Manueline and Renaissance buildings, and discover hidden squares and charming cafes. Overlooking the town is the majestic Santa Luzia Sanctuary, offering panoramic views of the city and the scenic Lima River valley.

With its sandy beaches, lush green landscapes, and a thriving cultural scene, Viana do Castelo invites travelers to immerse themselves in its unique blend of tradition, nature, and modernity.


The package includes daily breakfast and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • 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

  • 7 nights of premium accommodation
  • Delicious breakfasts and dinners
  • 5 days of riding adventures: beach, national park, rivers and hills
  • Transfer to the stables from the hotel
  • A professional photographer to take photos our activities with the horses

What's not included

  • Lunches - they are not necessary as breakfasts are more or of a brunch and are very large, many restaurants are within walking distance
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfer
  • Professional photographer to take portait photos of you and the horses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer available: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (US$ 164 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
Early bird Discount
This listing has a early bird discount of 10% if you book 90 days before the selected arrival date.
8 days / 7 nights
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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

Thursday August 8, 2024
(8 days / 7 nights)

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