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Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal

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Horse riding holidays in Portugal is an unforgettable moment on horseback for riders. 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 demo, and horsemanship lessons. 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



  • Various breed of the horses
  • 2 hours private horsemanship lesson
  • 1.5 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
  • 3 nights' accommodation in ecological cottages
  • Breakfast and lunch

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


2 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 4 participants
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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 wild and others dead.

That’s 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.



Day 1 (Friday)

  • Arrival on Quinta D´Alegria after 17.00
  • Help to feed the horses in the evening if you want
  • Go for dinner in our lovely village

Day 2 (Saturday)

  • after breakfast 1 hour herd observation in group or by yourself with instructor followed by a demo horsemanship
  • After lunch, 1hour private horsemanship lesson( observation of other students)
  • Help to feed the horses in the evening if you want
  • Go for dinner in our lovely village

Day 3 (Sunday)

  • After breakfast, 1-hour private horsemanship lesson
  • After lunch, 1,5-hour ride in group(experienced riders. Inexperienced riders have 1h ride guided)

Day 4 (Monday)

  • Leave after breakfast

The horses

Portugal By Horse's horses live in freedom as a herd, they have 22 hectares available and are always together, running, playing, 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 of barefoot trimmer in Portugal) and wear “Renegade” hoof boots for longer rides if necessary.

Portugal By Horse now have 13 horses running around on the farm, eight 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 spirit for more experienced riders. Portugal By Horse ride with English saddles.



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 are following 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'll 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, relaxation for the body and mind on a trip to never forget.



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, 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's farm, they sell homemade organic jams and farm fresh eggs.

Seasonal organic fruit, such as kiwi’s, 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 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 “Adega do Vieira”, very cozy, and with very economic 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 restaurant “O Toino Moleiro”, Pizzeria “Paposeco”, Restaurant “O agulhas”, and the fantastic “Jardim Magico” where vegetarians and vegans can enjoy really nice dishes.

In Casal da Senhora at 20 minutes on foot (five minutes by car), there is the campsite “Quinta da Cerca” where you can have meals with organically grown vegetables from their own garden, they also serve vegetarian food! A more classy restaurant is “Restaurant João Brandão” Quinta da Geia in Aldeia das Dez, they also serve vegetarian dishes.

There is also a neighbor who cooks typical Portuguese meals and brings them to your apartment when she is available. 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, Tim can also bring you a basket of organic biological vegetables 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
  • Lunch

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

  • 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

What's included

  • 1 hour of herd observation in group or by yourself (with instructor) followed by a demo horsemanship
  • 1 hour ride in group
  • 2 hours of private horsemanship lessons (maximum 4 people)
  • 3 night´s accommodation in ecological cottage
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch plus 1 beverage ( plus fresh spring water from the well and home grown biological fruit available through the day)

What's not included

  • Transfers and transport
  • Extra drinks from bar
  • Dinner
  • Extra rides (23 EUR)
  • Extra horsemanship lessons (46 EUR)

How to get there

Driving directions from Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

  • You take the A1 direction Porto-Coimbra, here you follow direction Viseu on the IP 3 (don’t 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, than turn left direction Midões
  • After about 8 kilometers, you have a sign Midões-Casal da Senhora, 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 direction to Porto then A1 direction to Coimbra / Lisboa
  • Turn to Aveiro-Viseu N25, you follow Viseu until turn out direction 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, 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 airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Lisbon or Porto. Transfer from and to this airport is not provided. Fly to Lisbon or Porto. Then you can choose bus or train. You could also rent a car but this is cheaper if booked together with your ticket.

Arrival by bus

Euro-lines brings 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.

Arrival by bus 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 in 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 train in Pampilhosa or Coimbra B. Please note there is a big price difference between trains.

Arrival by train 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, you have to change train in Coimbra B or in Pampilhosa
  • In Santa Comba Dão, you take a taxi or you can call Portugal by Horse

Arrival by train 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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