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Unforgettable Horse Riding and Yoga Holiday Portugal

Faial Island is a paradise for trail riders and yogis. Discover the best spots for riding on the island and enjoy daily yoga sessions at PÁTIO Ecolodge.

Key information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Tack Type: Italian Prestige tack
  • Horse Breed: Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese

Highlights

  • 4 days of horseback riding
  • 5 guided Yoga and meditation classes
  • High-qualified English-speaking Yoga instructors and horse guides
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 3 Daily meals, vegetarian and vegan option
  • Whale-watching expedition or Island tour
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German, Italian, Polish, Portuguese
Group size: Maximum of 9 participants
Airport transfer included: Horta Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
15:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Sauna
  • Swimming pool (indoor)
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During the program, you will stay at beautiful Pátio Ecolodge, a sustainable resort in harmony with Nature. Several different accommodations are available. Double or twin rooms, apartments, and tiny houses are only available for guests traveling and booking together. Patio Horse & Lodge does not offer half occupancy for single travelers looking for a roommate. Tiny houses are only suitable for solo travelers or couples due to their alcove beds. The trip is also suitable for accompanying non-riders. Please send an inquiry for more information.

Apartments

There are seven detached lodge apartments with sea and island views, equipped with double bed or two twin beds, shower room, minibar, kitchenette, living room, private garden or terrace, and free Wi-Fi.

Rooms

There are four lodge rooms, sea and island view, equipped with double bed or two twin beds, shower room, minibar, and free Wi-Fi.

Tiny house

The lodge has three tiny houses with a sea view, offering one double alcove bed, shower room, minibar, kitchenette, and free Wi-Fi.

Program

Ride our Lusitano horses along spectacular cliffs, with amazing views on the Atlantic Ocean.

Staying in a Nature Ecolodge on the small Island of Faial will give you energy and inner peace.

Enjoy Yoga and meditation sessions at the dedicated studio, meet yourself on the mat, connect to your breathe and enjoy the moment.

Spot dolphins and whales on an ocean expedition or discover the century-old harbor town, Horta.

Qualifications of the rider

Able to ride the three gaits in the open field. Light trot, easy seat in canter, sporty. The maximum weight of a rider is 95 kilograms. Pátio Ecolodge expects support from the trail guests with the care of the horses, saddling, and grooming as well as tidying up and cleaning their trail equipment.

Do not forget to bring: waterproof trekking shoes, raincoat or jacket and pants, sun glasses, sun creme.

Qualifications of the Yogini

Passionate about Yoga since more then 10 years, Caterina likes to explore all the aspects of this fascinating discipline, either Philosophy, Pranayama, Ayurveda and Mantra chanting.

Practicing Hatha Yoga with a holistic approach and special attention to Chakra balancing, she strongly believes that Yoga is for everybody and is not about being able to perform acrobatic poses.

Yoga is about living the present, here and now, connecting with our deepest self, unifying body and soul through the power of conscious breathing.

On 2023, Caterina graduated as professional Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga teacher, but she is mostly a student learning day by day from her pupils and investing in continuous professional training .

Yoga is a journey and you are the destination!

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival and welcome to Pátio Ecolodge

Arrival on Faial Island and transfer to Pátio Ecolodge. First contact with the horses and briefing. Get to know the group, the trail guide, and the Yoga teacher. Welcome dinner.

Days 2 and 3 - Full-day trail and Yoga

  • Daily distances: 20 kilometers
  • Daily riding time: 4 - 5 hours

Today, you take part to the Faial trail on horseback. Depending on the running course of the trail, you might ride on the northern coast, crossing the island from east to west, visiting the Caldeira of Faial, or riding in the landscape close to the Volcano of Capelinhos. A delicious saddlebag picnic or a served picnic is waiting for you.

When the ride is over, you drive back to the Ecolodge where your Yoga teacher is waiting for you at the studio. After a long riding day, a relaxing yoga session helps you soothe your body and mind. Enjoy a drink at the bar. In the evening, a nice dinner is served.

Day 4 - Whale Watching or Faial Island tour and Horta town

Today, join a team of marine biologists on a Whale-Watching expedition on the Ocean. Enjoy this once in a life experience and spot whales and dolphins in their natural habitat. In case of bed weather conditions, the alternative program is Faial Island tour with a professional guide. Lunch is served in a local typical restaurant or at Pátio restaurant. During the afternoon, you can visit the century-old harbor town of Horta and stroll around. Back to the Ecolodge, the Chef welcomes you with a delicious dinner.

Day 5 - Full-day trail and Yoga

  • Distances: 20 kilometers
  • Daily riding time: 4 - 5 hours

Today, you take part to the Faial trail on horseback. Depending on the running course of the trail, you might ride on the northern coast, crossing the island from east to west, visiting the Caldeira of Faial, or riding in the landscape close to the Volcano of Capelinhos. A delicious saddlebag picnic or a served picnic is waiting for you.

When the ride is over, you drive back to the Ecolodge where your Yoga teacher is waiting for you at the studio. After a long riding day, a relaxing yoga session helps you soothe your body and mind. Enjoy a drink at the bar. In the evening, a nice dinner is served.

Day 6 - Yoga and relax

Today, time to relax and enjoy the fantastic atmosphere around the Ecolodge. After breakfast, you have the chance to hike in the surroundings, visit the village and take a walk along the coastline. At 11:00 a.m., enjoy an energizing Yoga practice followed by a tasty lunch at Pátio restaurant. Spend the afternoon by the saltwater pool or enjoy a nice spot in the garden to relax and your Yoga teacher welcomes you to the studio to guide you through a relaxing meditation. At the restaurant a delicious dinner is served for you.

Day 7 - Full-day trail

  • Distances: 20 kilometers
  • Daily riding time: 4 - 5 hours

Today, you take part to the Faial trail on horseback. Depending on the running course of the trail, you might ride on the northern coast, crossing the island from east to west, visiting the Caldeira of Faial, or riding in the landscape close to the Volcano of Capelinhos. A delicious saddlebag picnic or a served picnic is waiting for you.

After a long riding day, you drive back to the Ecolodge and have time to relax before dinner is served.

Day 8 - Departure or extension of your stay

After this amazing week together, it is time to say goodbye. A transfer to the airport is set for you.

Patio Horse & Lodge reserves the right to make occasional changes to ensure the flow of a high-quality program. Depending on the season, weather conditions, national holidays and possibly simultaneous trails, there may be short-term deviations in the schedule.

Included excursions

Whale watching expedition (April to October) or Faial Island and city of Horta tour (November to March) is included in the price.

Location

The holiday will take place in Cedros, Azores, Portugal.

Volcanic forces created inspiring islands in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and designed magnificent landscapes

The unique nature of Faial Island enchants its visitors Riding through the marvelous landscape, between hydrangea hedges, or through bizarre volcanic landscapes. Discover dreamlike forests and reach picturesque villages located close to the Atlantic Ocean. Natural pools of lava rock invite you for a swim.

The Azores Archipelago

The nine islands in the Azores Archipelago are the tips of gigantic submarines and mountains. Among the islands, the distance between the westernmost Flores and Santa Maria island (the eastern) is 600 kilometers. Pico is the highest point of the Portuguese territory (2,351 meters). The Azores archipelago is divided into three island groups. In the Central Group, there is the island of Faial with 14,800 inhabitants. Its highest point is the 'Cabeço Gordo' (1,000 meters), 80 kilometers of coastline, and more than 250 kilometers of horse trails.

Faial Island

Faial Island is part of the Azores Archipelago. With an area of ​​approximately 172 square kilometers, Horta City is the only county seat on the island. The island is designated as Blue Island because of the abundance of hydrangeas bordering roads and dividing fields and pastures. Its location close to other islands produces a comfortable feeling of togetherness and a strong aesthetic impression. Pico, in particular, is a presence that greatly enhances ​​the landscape.

Food

You will be served 3 meals per day. Lunch includes drinks, dinner includes water.

You can choose between meat, fish and vegetarian option. Our Chef transforms fresh ingredients from the island's local producers into delicious and healthy meals. Please advise Pátio Ecolodge in advance in case of special nutrition requirements.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • 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

  • 4 yoga sessions with a qualified teacher - English, Italian, Portuguese spoken
  • 1 meditation session with a qualified teacher - English, Italian, Portuguese spoken
  • 4 full-day riding days with a qualified English-speaking guide
  • Briefing at arrival for riding and yoga
  • Daily individual trail briefing on the riding days
  • Whale watching expedition (April to October) or visit to the city of Horta and the old whaling factory (November to March)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 4 saddlebag picnics
  • 2 lunches
  • 7 dinners without drinks
  • All high-quality yoga material (mat, block, belt, and blanket)
  • Special high-quality trail equipment (Prestige trekker saddles)
  • Friendly persistent and sure-footed Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese horses
  • All transfers according to the program
  • Ticket to the Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Center
  • Unlimited access to the garden, lounge area, salt-water indoor swimming pool, sauna, and Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Drinks and meals otherwise mentioned in the program
  • Tips (50 EUR per week as recommended)
  • Other personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Incoming or outgoing transfers not included in the program
  • Australian raincoat rental fee (5 EUR per person per day)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

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

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

Low season
  • January 1 - March 31
  • November 1 - December 31
Shoulder season
  • April 1 - May 31
  • October 1 - 31
High season
  • June 1 - September 30

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