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Horse Riding Tour Portugal

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Join Melides Almargem, LDA for this wonderful tour in Portugal. 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. You do not need to be the world’s greatest rider to come on this program and if you are, you will have plenty of opportunities for fast looping rides!

Key Information

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

Meet the instructors

Luis
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Highlights

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • Ride through the hills of Grandola and the dunes
  • Stable the horses in Coudelaria Quinta do Almargem
  • English and French-speaking guide
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners on select days
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 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

Melides Almargem, LDA has selected comfortable and luxury accommodations where you can relax after a day on the saddle, along with great dining options. Double and single rooms are available. Lodging will be in good hotels, pousadas, country houses, and private estates.

  • Nights 1 - 4 : Nomade
  • Nights 5 - 7: Serenada Enoturismo

Program

Daily itinerary

Day 1: Saturday - Arrival and transfer to the hotel

Arrival in Lisbon and transfer at 5:30 p.m. from the meeting point at arrivals at Lisbon Portela 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, one and a half 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 the 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: Sunday - Ride through the hills of Grândola

Today, Melides Almargem, LDA takes you 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 the beautiful cork trees landscape. After the first few canters, you will notice that the horses have wonderful character and sure-footedness. For lunch, a delicious picnic is prepared with typical Portuguese food, accompanied by fresh bread and good wine.

You will rest for a wild after lunch and ride back through the forests of centenary cork trees. You reach Coudelaria Quinta do Almargem where you will stable the horses. A short transfer of 10 minutes by car takes you back to your hotel, Uva do Monte/Serenada, where you can refresh and prepare for dinner at Fadista Restaurant in Melides.

Day 3: Monday - Ride through Eucalyptus forests

Today, you will traverse forests of eucalyptus, cork, and wild trees enjoying their distinctive perfume and ear the sound of the bark crunching underneath the horses’ hooves. You will stop for lunch at one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the area where is an old-ruin church. After the picnic, you can have a relaxing siesta. Afterward, you have the opportunity for some fast canters on the sandy trails that cross this part of the Portuguese countryside. Dinner at Quinta do Lourenço and overnight at the hotel, Uva do Monte/Serenada.

Day 4: Tuesday - Early ride to the beach to watch the sunrise over the dunes - Ride through the dunes

Today, you will ride from Uva do Monte/Serenada to the beach. It is 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 swim in the sea. After lunch at Melides, Santo André Lagoon, you will ride through the dunes and reach the beach stables where the horses will rest. After riding, there is a short transfer to the hotel, Uva do Monte/Serenada.

Day 5: Wednesday - Rest day at Serenada Enoturismo

You can walk through the pine forest, ride a bike, or just relax. Optional: you can visit the historical village of Alcácer do Sal. After breakfast, you will pack your bags and around 12 p.m., they will do a small transfer to the new hotel where you will rest and sleep. Nômade/Pinhal da Coutada is a small countryside resort where you can walk along the pine trees, ride a bike, or just relax in the biological pool. Dinner and rest in the hotel. Tourist visits can be organized at your request to the old village of Alcácer do Sal, visiting one of the oldest handmade saddleries in Portugal. Dinner and rest in the hotel.

Day 6: Thursday - Ride to the beach of Comporta through the rice fields

You will ride from Nômade/Pinhal da Coutada to the beach of Comporta area through the pine forest and vineyards fields. It is 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 forest area where your horses rest while you swim in the two natural lagoons. After lunch, you ride through the forest to the vineyards of Brejinho da Costa winery. Nômade/Pinhal da Coutada is where you stay overnight. Dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Day 7: Friday - Ride to the Sado River - Opportunity for a faster riding on red earth paths

You ride from Brejinho da Costa winery to the Sado River. Many opportunities for faster riding occur today. Your horses will carry you safely through rice fields. Sandy paths will be found where you can ride with the sound of the sea closer to you. On your return, you can enjoy a nice refreshing swim before arriving in Nômade/Pinhal da Coutada. Farewell dinner and overnight in Nômade/Pinhal da Coutada.

Day 8: Saturday - Transfer to Lisbon

After breakfast, transfer back to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) and depart.

About the tour

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. The rides will take you into the hills where you can appreciate the beautiful forest of Serra de Grândola; with famous cork trees that have grown for centuries in one of the unique untouched environments of Portugal.

You will have the chance to ride through the beach or Melides lagoon and feel the strength and unique beauty of the Atlantic Ocean on your feet. In this horse riding tour, non-riders are also welcome and the pace will be moderate with trotting and medium to long canters and some gallops.

Horses

Good-natured, sure-footed Portuguese Lusitanos trained for trails, using very comfortable sheepskin Portuguese military saddles.

Levels and experience

Intermediate. When booking, please provide them with information about your riding skills and experience to help them establish your ability for the holiday.

Pace

Moderate with trotting and medium to long canters. Some gallops.

Safety when riding

They recommend 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 and 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 them.

Instructors

Luis Lamas

Location

The tour will take place in Portugal. Melides Almargem, LDA has two different stables, one on the hills and one on the beach. The stables of the hills are located only 15 kilometers from the sandy beaches of the Atlantic Ocean and the beach stables are located only 500 meters from the beach.

Food

Selected breakfasts, lunches, and dinners are included in the price. Please advise Melides Almargem, LDA in advance of your special dietary requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Soda

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

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

Things to do (optional)

  • Dolphins trip on the rest day (it can be organized upon request)
  • Massage (can be organized at your request)
  • Swimming in two natural lagoons
  • Visit to one of the oldest handmade saddleries in the old village of Alcácer do Sal (can be organized upon request)

What's included

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • English and French-speaking guide
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on selected days
  • Water, wine, and soft drinks
  • Transfers from and to Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Other drinks and meals not mentioned

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. Melides Almargem, LDA will pick you up from the airport. You need to arrive at this airport in order to complete the transfer of the group to the first hotel of your ride. The meeting point at the 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.

Arrival by car

If you choose to travel by car you can joint them at Lisbon’s Portela Airport (LIS); 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 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.
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