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7 Days Intensive Dressage Programme (10 Lessons) Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal

Lusitanos Riding Centre, Quinta de Palhacana, Rua Augusto Luís do Carmo, Sobral de Monte Agraço, Lisbon District, Oeste, Centro, Portugal

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Lusitanos Riding Centre invites you to a cozy and quaint place for a dream week of horse riding holiday! At Lusitanos Riding Centre, you will have an opportunity to work with the very well-trained horses in the dressage and working equitation disciplines. Settled in a beautiful farm, Lusitanos Riding Centre will let you learn all the Gran Prix exercises and practices in this dressage or working equitation holiday, making this holiday one of the moments to remember.

Key information

  • Horse Breed: Purebred Lusitanos

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  • 2 daily dressage lessons
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 hours
  • Water, cookies, and seasonal fruits
  • 1 bottle of local wine for 2 persons
  • Traditional Portuguese meals
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Use of swimming pool

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Portuguese, English
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$79 per person)
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  • Horse riding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Patio

Lusitanos Riding Centre's cozy hotel offers you a comfortable stay, free Wi-Fi, and TV in each room. The outdoor facilities include swimming pool, patio, bar, restaurant with a view, leisure of a countryside, and sounds and harmony of nature. Lusitanos Riding Centre has four beautifully and tastefully decorated rooms. All are double rooms with private bathroom, TV, air conditioning, and Wi-Fi. The bathroom decoration matches with the one of the bedroom, a touch of style for all the guests.

Riding arena

The riding arena is situated between the boxes and the paddocks and is made of wood. The ground is covered in fine silica sand and background music is piped in throughout the time of use.


There are six outward-facing boxes and 10 stable boxes with a minimum size of 3x3 meters. All boxes have automatic drinking fountains.

Tack room

The tack room is next to the boxes where all the saddles, reins, tack boxes, and other equestrian materials are kept.


There are four big paddocks on the farm at the moment. However, more can be added as there is ample lands available. All paddocks have automatic drinking fountains and electrical fencing. There is a wooden shelter in one of the paddocks.

The swimming pool

The swimming pool overlooks the traditional vineyards of the area and is in a quiet part of the farm, permitting you to enjoy the peace and tranquility of the western Lisbon Region. There is a relaxing restroom beside the pool where you may enjoy some time either reading or just relaxing and appreciating the bar.

Outdoor areas

Between the bedrooms and the dining room, there is a lovely terrace with sofas and tables where you can enjoy some beautiful afternoons while appreciating some good Portuguese wine. On the other hand, if you prefer walking, there is much of the farm to explore and the surrounding area and paths leading to the village.

Dining room

The dining room has a panoramic view allowing you to appreciate the landscape while you are enjoying your meals. In addition to the dining area, there is also a small bar and a sitting room.


The lessons given in the schoolmaster horses are one hour long and maximum two riders per lesson. Lusitanos Riding Centre offers riding lessons, giving you the opportunity to ride a fully trained Lusitano. No previous experience in dressage is necessary. The riding center offers lessons on very well-schooled horses suitable for novice up to experienced riders.

The intensive program has two lessons per day. You can choose the disciplines for your program, including dressage lessons (all the year) or working equitation lessons (spring / summer).


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

In order to make the most of the lessons, the riders should already be comfortable in a walk, trot, and canter. However, if you feel you have a lack of experience and practice, visit Lusitanos Riding Centre and learn with the magnificent horses.

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.

Lessons take place in the indoor arena with natural lighting and background music. There is a maximum of two riders per lesson, thus enabling you to fully focus on each detail and provides a high-quality teaching. Lusitanos Riding Centre dedicates much of their efforts to ensure your satisfaction as their foremost aim.

Working equitation

The working equitation program at Lusitanos Riding Centre was developed initially by João Batalha at Escola de Equitação de Alcainça. Currently, João Batalha coordinates this programme at Lusitanos Riding Centre, where you can enjoy the experience of riding a Lusitano horse and can do all obstacles of a working equitation track.

João Batalha has an experience in working equitation and Portuguese equitation. He competes at national level. During the program, you have the opportunity to ride with the Portuguese saddle and learn more about how to prepare the horses for competition.

The working equitation program starts on first days with dressage lessons after Lusitanos Riding Centre introduces the obstacles track depending on the evolution and level of the rider during the week. There is a maximum of two riders per lesson, thus enabling you to fully focus on each detail and provides a high-quality teaching.

The horses

At Lusitanos Riding Centre, as you ride Lusitano horses for dressage and working equitation, the horses are very well-trained in these two disciplines. You will have the opportunity to learn all the Grand Prix exercises on the Lusitano horses.


João Batalha


Lusitanos Riding Centre is a school built around the Lusitano horse and settled in a beautiful farm Sobral de Monte Agraço, Portugal. Just in 30 - 40 minutes' drive from Lisbon, you have a chance to "get lost in time", feel the rhythm of a typical old Portuguese village surrounded by vineyards, gorgeous landscapes, and Montejunto mountain views.

Nearby places

  • Ericeira, 45 kilometers
  • Lisbon - 30 to 40 minutes' drive
  • Lisbon, 45 kilometers
  • Mafra, 33 kilometers
  • Óbidos, 50 kilometers
  • Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, 45 kilometers
  • Santa Cruz beach, 30 kilometers



  • Horse riding
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Dining area
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Patio


  • Free Wi-Fi


Aperitif, meat dish or fish of typical Portuguese, coffee or tea, water, and juice are included in lunch and dinner, with one bottle of wine (wine of the area) for two persons per meal. Additional alcoholic and soft beverages are paid separately. Water, cookies, and seasonal fruits are always available in the dining room.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

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

Things to do (optional)

  • A visit to the beautiful Santa Cruz beach
  • Portuguese wine tasting
  • Visits to some tourist areas

What's included

  • 10 dressage / working equitation lessons
  • Highly experienced instructor
  • Traditional Portuguese breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • Wine (1 bottle per 2 persons, per meal)
  • Water, cookies, and seasonal fruits
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Access to swimming pool

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Touristic tours
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS).

Lusitanos Riding Centre has a driver who makes transfers from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) at 55 EUR per vehicle each way (maximum of four people) and payable locally. There is also the possibility to rent a car in the airport. The reserve is the responsibility of the guest.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$79 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

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 14 days before arrival.

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