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Portugal Dressage Holiday

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With this cultural program, guests have an opportunity to improve their riding skills and visit the most beautiful and important places in the region. This is a five-day program and starts with a morning lesson on all days, for a total of three lessons, lunch, and after, you will start the tours at the selected places; all the visits and transfers are included!

Key Information

  • Rider weight limit: 90KG. / 220.5 LB
  • Horse Breed: Lusitano Horse
  • Dressage saddles

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  • 5 days with 3 dressage lessons and 3 tours
  • Improve your riding skills while having fun
  • Visit Mafra Palace, Obidos, a traditional tack shop, and a winery with wine tasting
  • All transfers (tours) and visits to cultural places are included
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided
  • 4 nights accommodation at the farm

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

You will sleep in a double or single room with full board meals, free parking and Wi-Fi connection.

Room facilities:

  • Air-conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • LCD TV


This is a five-day program, on the arrival and departure days, there will be no lessons.

The program consists of one-hour lessons where various types of exercises are performed from the simplest to the most complex, focusing on the evolution of the rider and building his ability up. All of the horses are purebred Lusitanos and are trained to execute the most difficult exercises of the Grand Prix.

In order to make the most of your lessons, riders should already be comfortable in walk, trot, and canter.

The riding instructor is highly experienced; he taught for many years at a well-known horse riding center which is referred to in the Equestrian Tourism of Portugal; he is now collaborating exclusively with the Lusitano Riding Centre.

Sample schedule:

  • Day 1: Arrival day
  • Day 2: 1 morning lesson, Óbidos tour in the afternoon
  • Day 3: 1 morning lesson, winery tour in the afternoon
  • Day 4: 1 morning lesson, Mafra or Ericeira tour and visit a tack shop in the afternoon
  • Day 5: Departure day


  • Health requirement: General good health recommended
  • Clothes: Riding clothes, helmet, boots or chaps
  • You can choose the Dressage and/or Working Equitation lessons for your program (you need a high riding level to choose the Working Equitation Lessons).

Included excursions


Óbidos has had strategic importance in the territory. it had already been settled prior to the Romans' arrival in the Iberian Peninsula and the town prospered after being chosen by the royal family. King Dinis offered it to his wife, Queen Isabel, in the 13th century and it became part of Casa das Rainhas (Queens' Estate), who improved and enriched it throughout the various dynasties. This is one of the main reasons for the high concentration of churches in this small place.

You will find a well-preserved castle within the walls and a maze of streets and white houses that are a delight to stroll amongst. Along with the Manueline porticoes, the colorful window boxes, and the small squares, many fine examples of religious and civil architecture from the town's golden days provide a host of reasons for making a visit.

Winery with wine tasting

Casa Santos Lima was created to ensure the continuous development of Santos Lima’s wine-producing activity first established several generations ago. This activity was first started by Joaquim Santos Lima, who, by the turn of the 19th century, was already a great producer and exporter of Portuguese wines. José Luís Santos Lima Oliveira da Silva, the great-grandson of the founder, relaunched Casa Santos Lima in 1990, replanting most of the vines, improving agricultural techniques, and modernizing all its productive structure.

Within its activity of producing and bottling quality wines, the company soon developed a Multi-Brand Strategy, focusing on products with an excellent price-to-quality ratio.

Since 1996, Casa Santos Lima started bottling its own brands – Quinta da Espiga, Quinta das Setencostas, Palha–Canas and some varietal wines – which immediately achieved great success both in national and international markets. Nowadays, around 90% of its production is exported to almost 50 countries in the 5 continents. This great export vocation relies mainly in the excellent price – quality ratio which is part of the company's corporate vision and attitude. This has been consistently confirmed by numerous awards granted and frequent press references by the specialized press with several “Best Buy”.

In recent years, the company has developed an expansion plan to other regions such as the Douro, Vinhos Verdes, Alentejo, and the Algarve with acquisitions of new properties and societies or partnerships with local producers. Casa Santos Lima now has an even wider, richer, and diversified wine portfolio ready to meet the market’s demand.

Mafra Palace and traditional tack shop

Built in the 18th century by order of King João V (1689-1750) in fulfillment of a vow he made to be blessed with an heir from his marriage to Maria Ana of Austria or be cured of a serious illness, the Royal Convent and Palace of Mafra is the most important baroque monument in Portugal.

All in limestone and marble from this region (Pêro Pinheiro and Sintra), the building covers an area of almost four hectares (37.790 meters squared), including 1,200 rooms, more than 4,700 doors and windows, 156 stairways, and 29 inner yards and courtyards. Such magnificence was only possible due to the Brazilian gold that poured into the country, allowing the king to carry out his patronage of the arts and the strengthening of royal authority.

At the end of the day, after the visit to Mafra, you will visit a traditional Tack Shop to see and buy some traditional bridles or to see the culture of the horses in Portugal.


João Batalha


The holiday will take place in Alenquer, Centro Region, Portugal. Lusitanos Riding Center is a school built around the Lusitano horse and settled on a beautiful farm. Just 45 minutes' drive from Lisbon, you have a chance to get lost in time and feel the rhythm of a typical old Portuguese village surrounded by vineyards and gorgeous landscapes.


  • Lisbon - 45 minutes drive



  • Golf course
  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting


  • Balcony
  • Bar
  • Terrace


Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be served in the dining room. You will enjoy typical traditional Portuguese food.

If you have special dietary restrictions, please let Lusitanos Riding Centre know.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • 3 dressage lessons + 3 tours
  • Transfers and tickets for the tours
  • 4 nights accommodation at the farm
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included
  • Wine, coffee, tea, water, and juice

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfers from this airport are not included in the package but are available at an additional cost of 60 EUR per way; to pay directly to the driver in cash (EUR).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.

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