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Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal

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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 holidays and if you are, you will have plenty of opportunities for fast looping rides!

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 188 pounds / 85 kilograms
  • Horse Breed: Portuguese Lusitanos

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  • 3 days of horse riding
  • Use of good-natured horses
  • Service of English and French-speaking guide
  • Water, wine, and soft drinks
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Lunches and dinners

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Portuguese, Spanish
Group size: 4-10 participants
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
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  • 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 accommodations where you can relax after a day in the saddle, along with great dining options. You can choose Uva do Monte - Blueberry Farm or A Serenada Enoturismo. They are very pleasant and charming rural accommodations with pleasant staff and equipped with the comfort of a modern hotel.



The rides will take you into the hills where you will appreciate the beautiful forest of 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.


Day 1: Thursday

Arrival in Lisbon and transfer from the meeting point at arrivals in Lisbon International Airport. You will travel South, for approximately 120km, to your accommodation in a rural comfortable house, called “Nômade” located in Melides, 5km from the sea. “Nômade” our Serenada, that are a very pleasant and charming rural hotels, 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 the comfortable rooms before your first day on horseback. Dinner at “Fadista” that is a typical Alentejo restaurant, 5 minutes by car from your hotel, where the speciality of the house is duck rice. After you will enjoy your first day riding in the hills of Grandola in Portugal.

Day 2: Friday

Today you will start with a short drive by car to Passeios a Cavalo Melides, where the horses are stabled. You will start from here to go through the hills of Grandola where you will enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the sea. After the first few canters, you will notice that the horses have wonderful character and their sure footedness. You reach Coudelaria Quinta do Almargem where you will stable the horses. A short transfer of 10 min by car takes you back to your hotel, “Nômade”, where you can refresh and prepare for dinner at Tia Rosa Restaurant in Melides.

Day 3: Saturday

Today you will traverse forests of eucalyptus, enjoying their distinctive perfume and ear the sound of the bark crunching underneath the horses’ hooves. You will stop for lunch at the Santo André Lagoon where after eating the grilled specialties of the house (fresh fish or meat) you can have a relaxing siesta. Afterwards you will have the opportunity for some fast canters on the sandy trails that cross this part of the Portuguese countryside. Dinner in the village and overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Sunday

Today you will ride from “Beach Stables” to the beach. It’s a beautiful ride at first light as the sun rises over the dunes. There is the possibility of a beach canter before reaching a lovely picnic spot in the pine forest where your horses rest while you may swim in the sea. After lunch you will ride through the dunes. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Melides. Finally, you will end your wonderful tour in this typical Alentejo town, Melides, where you will have lunch. After lunch, you will be transferred to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) and depart.


The horses that Portugal Horse Adventures use in trails are Lusitano horses. The head is medium, slim size, guiding the eye to the medium and fine ears. The eyes are slightly oblique with a lively and determined expression. The chest is deep and well-developed side. The shoulder blades are long and the croup is strong. Any horse is well muscled, with rounded lines and comes adorned with a thick mane, long and silky. Dapple or brown, are the most colors seen in the Lusitano. Also accepted are the bay, the Laza and black. The Lusitano temperament is often described as noble, the Lusitano is sometimes fiery, others docile, but always struggling and even suffering. It does not lack courage and agility, being a good representative in all forms of equestrian sport. %Portugal Horse Adventures horses are Lusitanos and half Lusitano & half Arabian horses, because they breed Arabian horses in their stud. They are really essay horses to ride. Females horses are: Uiva, Zagira, Basofia, Quitana, Quevista, Cenoura, Fibra, Bisquit, Amarela. Male horses are: Polo, Gaio, Risonho, Ulisses, Nero. They are almost all family because most of them are born in Portugal Horse Adventures stud.

Level and experience

The level of this holiday is intermediate. When booking, please provide Portugal Horses Adventure with information about your riding skills and experience to help them to establish your ability for the holiday.


The pace is moderate with trotting and medium to long canters and some gallops.

Safety when riding

Portugal Horses Adventure recommends 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 acknowledgment 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 Portugal Horses Adventure.


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This holiday will take place in Portugal. General stores in Portugal normally opens from 09:00 until 19:00. Sometimes they close later.


Portugal Horses Adventures can cater for special menu requests. They will need to be advised in advance, for example, vegetarians.

The following meals are included:

  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • 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

  • 3 days of horse riding
  • Service of English and French-speaking guide
  • Water, wine, and soft drinks at lunch
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • Lunches and dinners

What's not included

  • Drinks during dinner
  • 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 the airport is included. Portugal Horse Adventures will pick you up from the airport.

Portugal’s main International airport is Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Passeios a Cavalo Melides 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 of this airport is located to the right after leaving the luggage collection area. You will be welcomed there by a representative of Passeios a Cavalo Melides, who will drive you to your hotel. The arrival at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) will be on Saturday at 17:30, while the departure to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) will be on Saturday at 10:30.

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 16.94% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 8 days before arrival.
4 days / 3 nights
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This vacation is available from February to June and September to November, with arrival on Thursday.


Pricing information
  • 1,530 EUR per person in double room (luxury)
  • 1,330 EUR per person for non-rider / accompanying participant (luxury)
  • 650 EUR per person for non-rider / accompanying participant (standard)​
Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 4 participants

Sunday October 24, 2021
(4 days / 3 nights)

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