Ecotura provides intimate horse riding holidays, yoga retreats and hiking holidays in the most beautiful landscapes of Peneda Gerês National Park.

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    8 Day Yoga and Horse Riding Holiday in Peneda Geres National Park

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      Pedro Alarcao

      Mariana de Alarcão

      Anabela Moedas

      Reviews (18)

      Anonymous

      from Germany, July 2024

      "Recommend to all this yoga and nature retreat! 😊 "

      I loved this retreat, because it was so relaxing. Living in a restored typically stone building on a quiet spot in the National Park with a lovely view to the mountains, next to oak forest and close to a river, where you can bath in the

      refreshing cold water. Anabela served delicious self-made food (for me even vegan food). The yoga lessons twice a day and the hikes in the spectacular landscape of the National Park were great. We have not met any other hiker during the whole week. ;) When you love nature, than this retreat is definitively the right choice for you. It really made me feel calm and grateful.

      Friederike Bischoff

      from Norway, June 2024

      "An amazing holistic and unique experience"

      I had an amazing time at Ecotura.

      To be able to explore this scenery, with its majestic mountains, lush forests, valleys and the high plateau on horseback is absolutely breathtaking. The horses - mostly Lusitania - are well trained and I could always completely trust on my horse not putting a hoof wrong on the challenging rocky and steep surface.

      To come across herds of wild Garrano-horses is a once in a lifetime experience.

      The Yoga lessons were fantastic and made the experience complete.

      Anabela really knows what she is doing. The morning yoga will prepare you for the riding, focusing especially on hips, back and the agility of the whole body. The evening classes are soothing and relaxing and stretch out just where you need it the most.

      The food is beyond all expectations. Anabela is an exquisite cook, the best ingredients are used for healthy local meals. She will adapt to every kind of special diet (i had vegetarian).

      The accommodation is comfortable and beautifully furnitured, with attention to details.

      Dealing with some cold an rainy days Anabela always found alternative solutions. She did everything for me feeling comfortable and taken care of.

      After this week I felt relaxed, trained, healthy fed and nourished at the same time.

      I deeply recommend this retreat, combining the advantages of yoga with riding abilities.

      Anabela is such a warmhearted, welcoming host - it felt like getting friends immediately. She will do every effort to make you feel comfortable, safe an

      Jamie Wisnia

      from Portugal, April 2024

      "Wonderful Experience "

      I loved everything about it! Such a beautiful and genuine family business, with wonderful horse knowledge. Will definitely come back again! Thank you Marianna and Pedro!

      Aisling Hogan

      from Ireland, April 2024

      "Ecotura family"

      I felt right at home on this holiday with friendly, welcoming hosts. The horses are treated like family which is lovely to see. Jorji is a kind horse and took good care of me on the mountains. I also enjoyed hearing stories of the horses and local history while trying traditional Portuguese food. Overall, I would highly recommend.

      Penny Coombes

      from United Kingdom, March 2024

      "Wonderful rides in beautiful surroundings"

      Such wonderful hosts and beautiful horses. We were well taken care of and the food was excellent.

      Jo Murphy

      from United Kingdom, March 2024

      "Great time riding in wolf territory "

      Great guides, fantastic well loved horses, amazing scenery and nice food, had a lovely time..

      Claudia Biedermann

      from Switzerland, October 2023

      Lovely people, great to talk to, wonderful how they treat and keep their horses, great riding instructions

      Jean François Piet

      from France, September 2023

      "Loulou rider feedback"

      The excellent job to achieve such a level of quality in horse training

      The availability and the kindness of Mariana in any circonstances

      An unforgetable experience among wild horses

      The way To deal with bad weather conditions and to find appropriate solutions

      Nina Morena Motta

      from Portugal, August 2023

      "Peace, love and yoga. GO!"

      I had an amazing time doing yoga with attentive and calm Anabela and also the great hikes. The landscapes are unbelievable!!! Mariana and Pedro are also amazing people. What a kinda a hard working family!!! Even though I was doing yoga they let me go for a little “baby” horseback riding too. Food and lodging amazing too. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!! Really transforming experience.

      Alice Bull

      from Australia, June 2023

      "A fantastic way to see Portugal! "

      Ecotura was like stepping into a fairy tale! The guest house was beautiful and comfortable. We had everything we needed. Annabela and Mariana prepared delicious home cooked meals for lunch and dinner every day that exceeded my expectations. Pedro’s knowledge of the National park’s wildlife was outstanding. The highlight was obviously the horse riding. The horses are clearly well loved and looked after, they were all in amazing condition which was evident as they galloped through the mountains with ease. I felt like I could really trust my mare Zula to not put a foot wrong. Riding alongside wild horses in the National Park was really special and an unforgettable experience!

      Caitlin Smith

      from Spain, May 2023

      "Had the best time"

      I loved the entire retreat. The place is gorgeous, the food was simply yumminess and the family were wonderful! Pedro is an amazing teacher and I learned so much from him in 8 days! Had such a great time that I didn't want to leave

      Antonia Bill

      from Germany, May 2023

      "A small place, like a paradise "

      My experience with "Ecotura" has been unbelievably great. Anyone looking for a very unique experience with horses, nature and an incredibly fine hospitality is right here. I booked the Yoga for Riders programme and afterwards I had the feeling of being completely at one with myself again. Anabela, Pedro and Marianna are the best combination of hosts you can imagine. Not only are they a family business with shared values and philosophy, they are also each individually connected to this place that seems like paradise. I had wonderful conversations and was immediately made to feel at home. The food is indescribably delicious and prepared with so much love, I never expected that. The rides are breathtaking - the first time I saw the wild horses on top of the plateaus, I got goose bumps and it is now one of the most beautiful moments in my life. The animals are treated with so much love and affection and above all there is always a great calmness. The yoga classes were absolutely amazing - Anabela is very sensitive and adapts completely to you. What can I say, it was a wonderful holiday and I have found a place that is so worth coming back to - the nature, the accommodation, which is so lovingly and tastefully designed and built, but above all a place that is humanly exactly how I can feel comfortable. My absolute recommendation and MANY THANKS !!!!

      Jane Lipington

      from United Kingdom, September 2022

      "Jane's review"

      The week with the Alarcao family was an exciting, interesting and fullfilling experience. The National park is incredibly beautiful and absolutely facinating and every effort was made for us to see and learn as much as possible about it, it's history and current farming practices. The trail riding is superb with interesting vegetation & wonderful views over the high plateau, mountains & Valleys. The picnic lunches were super special. The hard working horses did not put a hoof wrong under Mariana & Pedro's care and love. We manged to squeeze in some yoga with Anabel (which was just the job after several days in the saddle), some gorgeous river swimming, walks, the odd run (not me)& lots & lots of laughter. Anabel's cooking is high quality, local and interesting. All in all we had a week to remember and I want to go back one day.... Thank you indeed.

      Sasha Pidpalaya

      from United States, September 2022

      "Fantastic experience, highly recommended"

      Highly recommended! Pedro, Anabela, and Mariana genially care about their customers and horses. The horses are practically a part of the family. Easy access to diverse trails with great scenery, horses are in top condition and matched well to riders, you will be challenged as much as you wish, based on your skills. A great way to learn about local breeds. A gourmet food/wine experience - Anabella uses local seasonal produce, never a repeat dish, everything is super tasty. The best everyday food I had in my several-month stay in Portugal. The accommodation is very comfortable and authentic with some artistic woodwork by Anabela, hot water, fast internet, attention to details, and just a very beautifully restored hamlet. A quite unique experience. The family has an expert knowledge of local flora and fauna with a background in journalism, photography, and conservation. While horseback riding was a highlight, I equally enjoyed my guided walks to the nearby areas to observe the local plants and animals (Geres is great for this!). Thank you Anabela, Perdo, and Mariana for everything I’ve learned and experienced during my stay!

      Maria Mikhrina

      from Netherlands, November 2020

      "Trail ride in magnificent mountains"

      Pedro is an excellent guide, very knowledgeable, it was a pleasure to ride through the magnificent scenery of the Penda-Geres National park, learning a lot about the nature and history. Landscapes are simply stunning. Horses are in very good condition, well schooled and it was a pleasure to ride (I had a chance to ride two different horses during the week). Owing to the difficult terrain it is not always possible to go fast paces, but it is ever so beautiful. Farm is quite high in the mountains, so one needs to be prepared to different weather - in my week we had all of it - rain, wind, sunshine.

      Accommodation is very comfortable and super cozy. Rooms have everything one needs, living room with a fireplace is a great place for quiet evenings. There is not much to do around, but it's perfect for a retreat in nature. A yoga and meditation session with Anabela is also a must do, very good for sore muscles and relaxing for your mind and soul.

      Anonymous

      from Hong Kong, September 2019

      "A unique experience"

      Though I had been riding before (a long time ago), it had not been with people who take such fantastic care of their horses. Where I had been before, they weren't abusing them or anything, but this experience was on another level. Pedro is passionate about taking the best possible care of his horses and I learned much about keeping horses happy and in good shape. Moreover, the horses are incredibly (for me) well-trained and responsive. They love their home and they do love running!

      During my time there, pretty much everything exceeded my expectations. The house is gorgeous, the scenery unlike anything I had seen (and yes, wild horses are there), the food was in great quantities and excellent (but I asked to skip meals in the end because of the quantity).

      I felt bad about not eating all the food at the house but Pedro told me the leftover go to the animals.

      There's a lot more to say. The owners are artists, work hard, and strive for perfection. Pedro is an expert about Iberian wolves and he likes to talk about them. There's a wild/domesticated cat attached to the house.

      You will also have opportunities to learn about the history of the area.

      Mary Hassell

      from United States, June 2019

      Scenery and horses

      Jeppe Bertelsen

      from Denmark, April 2019

      "Hospitality and friendship"

      Pedro and Anabela were the most excelent hosts working very hard to facilitate that we had a very good horseback riding holiday. Thank you