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If you are looking for a different ride in one of the most beautiful natural landscapes, the Geres, and the territory of a large predator, the mythical wolf, then this horse riding holiday is perfect for you! You will make trips on horseback, one or more days in which you will cover the territory of the wolf and observe the signs of their passage. Let's cross dense oak woods, go through groves of birch, the natural shelter for roe deer and wild boar, through patches of chestnut and holly trees inhabited by squirrels, jays, and orioles, and rest along the cliffs on which you can see eagles and some rare species of crows. Visit Fojos (ancient stone traps to catch the wolf, man-made in unusual places) and talk about the history and legends surrounding this species. And who knows, you may be treated to the sound of the most spectacular nature, the howl of the wolf.
The Ecotura Country House is a traditional mountain house built in the early twentieth century and recently restored. Although in essence maintaining the original features, the Ecotura Country House is equipped with all modern comforts that enable visitors pleasant moments of leisure. Located in the historic village of Castro Laboreiro in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, this house is surrounded by the purest nature that you can find in Portugal. Ideal for a retreat and rest from the stress of the city, the house allows you to enjoy a fully deserved holiday with family. It is still the premier venue for your adventures on the mountain.
Once lodged in Ecotura Country House, you can take advantage of special prices in all outdoor activities of Ecotura. The house is equipped with central heating, fireplace, free Wi-Fi, TV with cable channels, and a fully equipped kitchen. The Ecotura Country House accepts bookings just for one night.
Transfers from the airport to the village of Castro Laboreiro. Dinner will be at Ecotura Country House.
Meet and pick the horse for each rider and first ride in the beautiful paths of Peneda Mountain. You will have a typical lunch in a local restaurant and visit to the reception center of the national park for better knowledge about the region and the biodiversity of this natural area. You will enjoy a sunset ride for tracking and following a wild Garrano horses herd.
Ride until the border east of Portugal. The herds of wild horses from Garrano breed and the megalithic monuments which constitute the largest megalithic necropolis of the Iberian Peninsula will be your aim. You will have lunch in the mountain. This has the possibility of riding long canters. On Tuesday you will have meditation class.
Morning ride for canters in the mountain. You will have lunch in a local restaurant and visit to old part of the historical Melgaço village with the castle and the old churches. Stop in Alvarinho presentation center to try out this wonderful fresh local white wine. Alvarinho wine is a richness of extreme rarity. A typical Portuguese wine, the Alvarinho cast is both one of the most important varieties of the Tart Wine Region and one of the internationally prized. It is a true top quality wine. Dinner will be in the house
Transfer to the airport.
Note: The itinerary for Gerês wolf and wild horses tour can be adapted to the weather or other local conditions but during your stay, there will be a combination of half day and full day rides. It is possible to have additional riding, riding lessons, or woof trimming lessons (extra cost, payable locally) in place of the non-riding excursions. Please note that the following are example itineraries and are not exhaustive.
The Peneda-Gerês National Park is about 70,000 hectares protected area positioned at the border of Portugal and Spain adjoining the park of Xurês of neighboring Spain. Located in a mountainous region with the altitude differing between 700 meters and 1,500 meters. It has varied habitats which includes dense oak forest and high granite mountain landscape. This national park is home to two most endangered species of mammals that’s the Iberian wolf and the wild horses namely from the race called Garrana.
Close to the northern border between Portugal and Spain lies the Peneda-Geres National Park, a region of varied habitats which range from the high granite mountain landscapes to dense oak forests. Not only is this a beautiful natural landscape, but it is also the territory of a large predator, the magical Iberian wolf, a species which the hosts here have studied closely for several years.
In addition to the wolf, the wild Garrano horse also roams this area freely. The rides often pass herds of these horses which is a wonderful sight to behold. They are in the origin of Mustang horse. Some of the riding horses used are also from the Garrano breed (the others used being Lusitanos, another Portuguese breed). The riding takes you through the oak woods and groves of birch, a natural shelter for roe deer and wild boar, as well as patches of chestnut and holly trees which are inhabited by squirrels. Jays and orioles rest along the cliffs where you might also catch a glimpse of an eagle and some rare species of crow.
Four breakfasts, three lunches (according day by day itinerary), and four dinners will be served for you. The goat milk and lavender handmade soap are produced from natural products. The honey produced by Ecotura in organically way, homemade jams, and marmalades are what you will find in the breakfast and are some of the treats that Ecotura has reserved for you. In the garden, surrounded by one amazing oak forest, you will find the ideal place for your breakfast or for the book delayed for so long time. As company, you will have the chirping of numerous birds that make their home in the Oak forest or the bucolic sound of bells from the cattle that are grazing nearby.
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