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Portugal Horse Riding Holiday

Join Portugal Horses Adventure for a long weekend horse riding adventure in Portugal! Ride through the untouched scenery of Serra de Grândola while looking over the Atlantic Ocean. You do not need to be the world’s greatest rider to come on this holiday and if you are, you will have plenty of opportunities for fast looping rides! All the trails have been carefully planned and include a variety of terrain. Each day you will visit a different area. The routes can be adapted to your riding skills.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 188 pounds / 85 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Portuguese military saddles
  • Horse Breed: Portuguese Lusitanos

Meet the instructors

Luis
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Highlights

  • 2.5 days with horse riding
  • Enjoy riding through various terrain
  • You will be riding good-natured horses
  • RIde with an English and French-speaking guide
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided
  • Water and juices are included at dinner
  • Water and wine are included at lunch
  • 3 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:30
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Meeting room
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Portugal Horses Adventure has selected comfortable and luxury accommodation where you can relax after a day in the saddle, along with great dining options. You will be staying at Nomade or Serenada Hotel in double or single rooms.

Program

Day 1: Thursday

  • Arrival and transfer to the hotel
  • Accomodation at Nomade or Serenada located in Grândola
  • Dinner at a typical Alentejo restaurant, Tia Rosa

Arrive in Lisbon and transfer at 5:30 p.m. from the meeting point at arrivals in Lisbon International Airport (LIS). You will travel south for approximately 120 kilometers to your accommodation in a rural comfortable house, called Uva do Monte/Serenada, located in Grândola, 1.5 kilometers from the sea.

Uva do Monte/Serenada is a very pleasant and charming rural house with pleasant staff and equipped with the comfort of a modern hotel. Here, you will find a relaxed atmosphere where you can swim in the pool or rest in comfortable rooms before your first day on horseback. Dinner at the hotel, so you can relax and rest. After dinner, you will enjoy your first night in Portugal.

Day 2: Friday

  • Ride through the hills of Grândola
  • Picnic lunch
  • Accommodation at Nomade/Serenada hotel
  • Dinner at Fadista restaurant, located in Melides

Today, start with a short drive to the stables at Passeios a Cavalo Melides where the horses are. Start the ride from there through the hills of Grândola; you will enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the sea. After the first few canters, you will notice that the horses are sure-footed and have a wonderful character.

Lunch will be a delicious picnic prepared with grilled meats and salad accompanied by fresh bread and, of course, great Portuguese wine! After a rest, ride back through the forest to Coudelaria Quinta do Almargem where you will stable the horses.

A short transfer of 10 minutes will have you back at your hotel, Uva do Monte/Serenada, where you can refresh, have a swim in the pool, and prepare for dinner; this evening, you will be going to Fadista Restaurant in Melides.

Day 3: Saturday

  • Ride through Eucalyptus forests
  • Lunch at the Lagoon of Santo André
  • Dinner and overnight at Nomade/Serenada hotel

Today, you will ride through Eucalyptus forests, enjoying their distinctive perfume and hear the bark crunching underneath the horses’ hooves. Lunch will be at the Lagoon of Santo André where you can eat the grilled specialities of the house (fresh fish or meat). Afterward, you have the opportunity for some fast canters on the sandy trails that cross this part of the Portuguese countryside. Dinner and overnight at your hotel, Uva do Monte/Serenada.

Day 4: Sunday

  • Ride to the village of Melides
  • Opportunity for a faster ridding on red earth paths
  • Lunch at a local restaurant in Melides
  • Transfer to Lisbon International Airport and departure

Today, ride from Uva do Monte/Serenada to the village of Melides. Today, there will be more opportunities for faster riding through the pine forests on red earth paths alternating with those of sand; you may meet herds of cattle or sheep. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Melides. End your wonderful tour on this typical Alentejo town, Melides, where you will have lunch. After lunch, transfer to Lisbon International Airport (LIS) and departure.

Horses

You will be riding good-natured, sure-footed Portuguese Lusitanos trained for trails, using very comfortable sheepskin Portuguese military saddles.

Level and experience

This holiday is for intermediate riders. When booking, please provide information about your riding skills and experience to help establish your ability for the holiday.

Pace

Moderate with trotting and medium to long canters; some gallops.

Please note that non-riders are welcome but bringing your own horse is not allowed.

Safety when riding

It's recommended for your own safety that you wear a hard hat that meets current safety standards. It is important that your hat fits properly and that you feel comfortable and secure with it. Whilst riding or in the vicinity of horses, you must comply with the instructions of your guide.

It is a condition of your booking that you accept the guide's authority to require you to dismount or to refuse you to ride if for any reason he considers that you may endanger your safety, the safety or welfare of the horses, or any other person.

There is an inherent risk involved in horse riding and even the best trained horse can put a foot in a hole or be startled by an animal out of the bushes. You may fall and get injured. Therefore, you are requested to sign an acknowledgement of the risks associated with riding and acceptance of personal liability.

If you are not allowed to ride because you refuse to sign this disclaimer or if you refuse to use a hard hat, you will have no claim against Melides Almargem.

Instructors

Luis Lamas

Location

Ride through the untouched scenery of Serra the Grândola looking over the Atlantic Ocean. The horses are steady on their feet, calm, and easy to ride. The stables are located only 15 kilometers from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. The rides will take you into the hills where you will appreciate the beautiful forest of the “Serra de Grândola”, with the famous cork trees that have grown for centuries in one of the unique untouched environments of Portugal.

You will have the possibility to ride on the beach or Melides lagoon and feel the strength and unique beauty of the Atlantic Ocean at your feet. Join for either a long weekend or a full week.

Cameras, film, and batteries

Outside big towns, film and batteries can sometimes be difficult to find. You are advised to bring all you need or buy in the airport before the transfer.

Service hours

  • 08:30 - 15:00 Banks
  • 09:00 - 19:00 General stores (Sometimes they close later)

Food

Daily breakfast, lunch with water and wine, and dinner with water and juices will be provided. Special requests need to be advised in advance (e.g. vegetarian, etc.).

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

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

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

What's included

  • 2.5 days with horse riding
  • Service of an English and French-speaking guide
  • Daily breakfast, lunch with water and wine, and dinner with water and juices
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Roundtrip airport transfers

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flight to arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Clients need to arrive at this airport in order to complete the transfer of the group to the first hotel of their ride. The meeting point in Lisbon’s airport is located to the right after leaving the luggage collection area. You will be welcomed there by a representative who will drive you to your hotel. Any requirements for transportation outside this transfer time can be arranged at an additional cost.

Arrival by car

If you choose to travel by car, you can join at Lisbon’s Portela Airport (LIS) or they can pick you up at the main door of the Church of Melides.

Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% 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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Availability

This vacation is available from March to May, October, and November with arrivals every Thursday.

Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Sunday March 6, 2022
(4 days / 3 nights)

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