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Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday Portugal

Horse riding holiday in Portugal is an unforgettable moment on horseback for riders. Visit Portugal and get yourself ready to have fun!

Key information

  • Tack Type: English tack
  • Horse Breed: Haflingers, Lusitano crossed with English blood, thoroughbred Lusitanos, Crusado Portugûes, Garrano, KWPN, and Selle Français

Meet the instructors

João

Highlights

  • 2 days of activities
  • 1 hour of group horse ride through the Portuguese landscape
  • Private horsemanship lessons
  • Observation of the herd of horses plus horsemanship demo
  • Various breeds of the horses
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Tasty meals and drinks

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be staying at Quinta da Alegria. Quinta da Regada is an area south of Midões, Quinta D’Alegria (Regada) is one of the farms in this location. The Shepherd Antonio Pereira, used to live here with his family, it was a very fertile piece of land of about three hectares. They had a big herd of sheep and people would come a long way to trade or buy sheep and goats. One day Antonio lost his hand in a community party holding a firecracker.

Bad treatment brought an infection and he lost his life. The farm got abandoned; overgrown with blackberry bushes, half of the fields plowed and dry. Fruit trees are wild and others are dead. That is the way Portugal By Horse found Quinta da Regada in 1998, with the roof of the side building collapsed, the wine casks full of vinegar, the house with its furniture, and a 12-year-old layer of dust on top. Now it looks very different.

Program

You can enjoy all the views, numerous streams with Roman bridges, rock formations, the atmosphere of the Portuguese countryside, and more. Apart from horse riding, you will also experience horsemanship demos and horsemanship lessons.

  • Various breeds of the horses
  • Two hours private horsemanship lesson
  • One-hour ride through the Portuguese landscape
  • Observation of the herd of horses plus horsemanship demo
  • Help to get the horses in the field and feed the horses in the evening and in the morning if you like
  • Biological home-grown fruit of the season and spring water from the land available during the day

Daily schedule

Day 1

  • 17:00 Arrival on Quinta D'Alegria
  • Help to feed the horses in the evening if you want
  • Go for dinner in the lovely village

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • One-hour herd observation in group or by yourself with an instructor followed by a demo of horsemanship
  • Lunch in the village or make your own lunch in your accommodation
  • One-hour private horsemanship lesson (observation of other students)
  • Help to feed the horses in the evening if you want
  • Go for dinner in the lovely village

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • One-hour private horsemanship lesson
  • Lunch in the village or make your own lunch in your accommodation
  • 90-minute ride in group (experienced riders only - inexperienced riders will have a one-hour ride guided)

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Departure

The horses

Portugal By Horse's horses live in freedom as a herd, they have 22 hectares available and are always together, running, playing, and eating. When they are preparing for lessons or rides out, they are temporarily in their open stables so they can always see, touch, and smell each other. Only if it is bad weather, they eat and sleep in the stable. Many of the horses that do not use horseshoes are much healthier and happier. The hooves of the horses are trimmed by “barefoot trimmer” Tom De Graeve (an expert in barefoot trimmer in Portugal) and wear “Renegade” hoof boots for longer rides if necessary.

Portugal By Horse now has 13 horses running around on the farm, six of which are available to ride, they all have a good character. There are two Haflingers, one Lusitano crossed with English blood, five thoroughbred Lusitanos, two Crusado Portugûes, one Garrano, one KWPN, and one Selle Français. The horses are gentle and loving, but some also have the spirit for more experienced riders. Portugal By Horse ride with English saddles.

Location

The little village, Midões, has quite a lot of history. This you can see from the buildings around such as the palace, the church, the houses of the Portuguese nobility, and the Celtic graves. Many of the paths around the accommodation follow the trail that João Brandão took to escape from his prosecutors. This Portuguese Robin Hood lived in the 19th century and fought for the rights of the poor.

Only 130 years ago there was terror and poverty in this region. Also, you will notice the cultural impact left by the Romans with their roads, bridges, and buildings which you will sometimes cross on your rides. There used to be a real hippodrome in Midões they say. This means Portugal By Horse's guests will have unforgettable days of nothing but dazzling nature, lots of cultures, and relaxation for the body and mind on a trip to never forget.

Food

You will be served daily breakfast, fresh spring water from the well, and home-grown biological fruit available throughout the day included in the price.

Breakfast

On request, Portugal by Horse will serve you the best breakfast, outside in the sunshine, or inside in your own holiday house apartment. From 9:00 a.m., Portugal by Horse will bring a basket full of nice goodies so you can start your day without worries. You can also walk to the bakery to have your breakfast or to get fresh bread, eat some lovely cakes, drink a coffee, or something else.

At Portugal by Horse, they sell homemade organic jams and farm-fresh eggs. Seasonal organic fruits such as kiwis, apples, plums, cherries, Sharon fruit, lemons, and oranges are also available in the season. You can pick your own fresh organic herbs in the garden to make tea or to use in your meal.

Lunch and dinner

In Midões (800 meters) and surrounding (10 kilometers), there is a diversity of many different restaurants for lunch and dinner. For example, in the village, they have “Midobar” with the always cheerful Victor or “figo preto”, very cozy, and with very economical prices. You can find “o faisão” which is a new grill house at walking distance from the accommodation. In Oliveira Do Hospital, for example, they have Restaurant “O Túnel” and Pizzeria “L´artista”.

In Tábua, they have the restaurant “O Toino Moleiro”, Pizzeria “Paposeco”, Restaurant “O agulhas”, and the fantastic “Verdelhão” where vegetarians and vegans can enjoy nice dishes. A more classy restaurant is “Restaurant João Brandão” Quinta da Geia in Aldeia das Dez, they also serve vegetarian dishes. But, in your kitchen, all the cooking utensils are there to make yourself a wonderful meal. The small local supermarket in Midões has all the ingredients to facilitate your shopping.

On-demand, Johnny can also bring you a basket of organic biological vegetables, fruits, and dried fruit to your apartment. There are big supermarkets like LIDL and Intermarché, at 10 kilometers distance. One can also go to Oliveira do Hospital (10 kilometers), to the Friday fresh markets, or to Tábua (10 kilometers) on Sunday mornings where you can browse around and find all sorts of home-grown and locally made organic products such as vegetables, cheese, meat, fish, etc.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • 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)

  • Extra horsemanship lessons (70 EUR)
  • Extra rides (35 EUR)

What's included

  • 1 hour of herd observation in a group or by yourself (with the instructor) followed by a demo of horsemanship
  • 1-hour ride in group
  • 2 hours of private horsemanship lessons (maximum 4 people)
  • 3 nights accommodation in an ecological cottage
  • Daily breakfast
  • Fresh spring water from the well
  • Home-grown biological fruit available throughout the day

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Extra drinks from bar
  • Dinners
  • Lunches
  • Extra rides (35 EUR)
  • Extra horsemanship lessons (70 EUR)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

  • You take the A1 direction Porto-Coimbra, here you follow the direction Viseu on the IP 3 (do not turn to Oliveira do Hospital!).
  • When you reach Santa Comba Dão, you follow the sign Mangualde-Guarda on the IC 12.
  • More or less 1 kilometer further, you have the sign Tábua N 234-6 which you will follow until Tábua.
  • In Tábua, when you pass the bridge, you take the second turn out Tábua Este - Midões, then turn left direction Midões.
  • After about 8 kilometers, you have a sign Midões-Casal da Senhora, and you go to your right.
  • Drive until Midões village and go to Oliveira do Hospital, 200 meters, further there is a gasoline station.
  • Here, you can call Portugal by Horse and they will pick you up.

Driving directions from Porto Airport (OPO)

  • First, you take the direction to Porto then the A1 direction to Coimbra / Lisboa.
  • Turn to Aveiro-Viseu N25, you follow Viseu until turning out the direction of Coimbra on the IP 3.
  • When you reach Santa Comba Dão, you follow the sign Mangualde - Guarda on the IC 12.
  • More or less, 1 kilometer further, you have the sign "Tábua N 234-6" which you should follow until Tábua.
  • In Tábua, when you pass the bridge, you take the second turn to Tábua Este - Midões and then turn left to Midões.
  • After about 8 kilometers, you have a sign Midões-Casal da Senhora, and you go to your right.
  • Drive until Midões village and go to Oliveira do Hospital, 200 meters further up there is a gasoline station.
  • Here, you can call Portugal by Horse and they will pick you up.

Arrival by bus

Euro-lines bring you from your country to Oliveira do Hospital which is 10 kilometers away from Midões. If you arrive there, you can take a taxi or call Portugal by Horse. From Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), you go to “sete rios” (bus station in Lisbon town). There, you take the bus to Oliveira do Hospital (sometimes you have to change buses in Coimbra). When you arrive at Oliveira do Hospital, you can take a taxi or you can call Portugal by Horse.

Arrival by train

If you take Paris - Lisbon train, get off in Santa Comba Dão. When you arrive there you take a taxi or you can call Portugal by Horse. You can also take the train from Lisbon or Porto to Santa Comba Dão. From Porto, you have to change the train to Pampilhosa or Coimbra B. Please note there is a big price difference between trains. From Porto Airport (OPO), you take the metro to the train station Campanhã-Estadio dragão Z4 (35 - 45 minutes: 1.90 EUR).

There, you take the train to Santa Comba Dão, and you have to change trains in Coimbra B or Pampilhosa. In Santa Comba Dão, you take a taxi or you can call Portugal by Horse. From Lisbon Portella Airport (LIS), you first have to go to the train station Oriente or Santa Appolonia by bus or taxi. There, you can take the train to Santa Comba Dão. In Santa Comba Dão, you can take a taxi or you can call Portugal by Horse.

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 on arrival.

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