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Dressage Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal

Lusitanos Riding Centre invites you to a cozy and quaint place for a dream horse riding holiday! At Lusitanos Riding Centre, you will have the opportunity to work with the very well-trained horses in the dressage and working equitation disciplines. Settled on a beautiful location, Lusitanos Riding Centre will help you learn all the Gran Prix exercises and practices, making this holiday worth remembering.

Key information

  • Horse breed: Purebred Lusitanos horses

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  • 6 days of riding
  • Dressage Lessons: 1 Hour
  • Arrival day: Afternoon Lesson (Last hour: 5.00pm)
  • All days: 1 Morning Lesson, 1 Afternoon Lesson
  • Departure day: Morning Lesson (9.00am)
  • Traditional Portuguese meals - Breakfast and Dinner included
  • 5 nights accommodation 5* Hotel
  • Use of outdoor and indoor swimming pool and SPA

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Portuguese
Group size: 1-4 participants
Airport transfer available:
Lisbon Portela Airport (US$93 per person)
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  • Gym
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi

The hotel is at 500 meters from the stables. The guests can walk through the gardens (10 minutes), by car (one minute), or, if they want, Lusitanos Riding Centre can take them with their car.

Pure Atlantic lights, alluring views, a peaceful heaven... You'll savor every moment you spend at the five-star hotel, located in the heart of the Protected Landscape of Socorro and Archeira Mountains in Torres Vedras, with Green Destination Award, only a half-hour from Lisbon.

Step onto your terrace and you'll almost touch wine country, rugged mountains, and the majestic beaches of Santa Cruz nearby. Under the hotel's roof, you'll discover the elegance and comfort of modern furnishings and amenities and five-star services. The hotel is a destination for golf, too.


  • Accommodation in a double or single room
  • Access to the outdoor and indoor pool
  • Access to the water circuit at Mandalay Spa: Sauna, Jacuzzi, and Turkish bath
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Free parking
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • 24-hour gym

Room facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Laundry service
  • LCD TV
  • Nespresso coffee machine
  • One free bottle of water per stay
  • Parking on-site
  • Private balcony or terrace
  • Writing desk
  • 24-hour room service


  • 15 Lusitano horses
  • 15 x 40 meters indoor arena
  • Bathrooms
  • Huge outdoor arena
  • Paddocks
  • Tack room
  • Tribune

2019 hotel awards

  • "Best Luxury Spa Resort"
  • "Portugal´s Best Golf Hotel"
  • TripAdvisor "Hall of Fame"
  • 2019 World Golf Awards
  • 2019 World Luxury SPA Awards


The lessons given on the schoolmaster horses are one hour long, with a maximum of 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 year round) or working equitation lessons (spring / summer).


The dressage program consists of lessons during which various types of exercises are performed, from the simplest to the most complex, focusing on the evolution of the riders and building their abilities. All 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 the lessons, the riders should already be comfortable in a walk, trot, and canter. However, if you struggle with 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 the instructor to fully focus on each detail and provide 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 program at Lusitanos Riding Centre, where you can enjoy the experience of riding a Lusitano horse and go through all the 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 a Portuguese saddle and learn more about how to prepare the horses for competition.

The working equitation program starts 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 the instructor to fully focus on each detail and provide 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.

Health requirement: General good health recommended

Maximum weight: 100 kg

Clothes: Riding clothes, helmet, boots or chaps


João Batalha


Lusitanos Riding Centre is a school built around the Lusitano horse and settled on a beautiful farm. Just a 30 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, gorgeous landscapes, and Montejunto mountain views.


  • Mafra, 33 kilometers
  • Ericeira, 45 kilometers
  • Lisbon, 45 kilometers
  • Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, 45 kilometers
  • Óbidos, 50 kilometers



  • Horse riding
  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wine tasting


  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach
  • Terrace


  • Free bottled water
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance


During your stay, you will be provided with breakfast and dinner. An aperitif, typical Portuguese meat dish or fish, coffee or tea, water, and juice are included in dinner, with one bottle of wine (wine of the area) for two persons per meal. Additional alcoholic and soft beverages are paid separately. Breakfast will be served at the hotel, while dinners will be at local restaurants.

Lunch: you can provide in the Hotel, have a Bar with small meals (you pay directly).

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

Things to do (optional)

  • Lunch
  • Portuguese wine tasting
  • Trip to wineries
  • Visit to some tourist areas

Spa treatments

SPA treatments have free access.

Massage and Golf courses, need book and have a extra cost.

What's included

  • 10 Dressage / Working Equitation lessons
  • Highly experienced instructor
  • Access to outdoor and indoor swimming pool and SPA
  • Traditional Portuguese breakfasts and dinners
  • Wine (one bottle per two persons at dinners)
  • 5 nights accommodation at 5* Hotel

What's not included

  • Lunch
  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Touristic tours
  • Travel insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.

Lusitanos Riding Centre has a driver who provides transfers from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) at 80 EUR per vehicle each way (maximum of six people) and payable locally. There is also the possibility to rent a car at the airport. The reservation is the responsibility of the guest.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer available: Lisbon Portela Airport (US$93 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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