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7 Days Trail Horse Riding Holiday in Esposende, Portugal

Esposende, Braga District, Cávado, Norte Region, Portugal

Horse Riding Holiday in Portugal

The trail rides will take you through a variety of scenes such as galloping along the Atlantic Coast, wine tasting during the vineyard trail, breathtaking views of the Gerês National Park, and experiencing the true beauty of the Barcelos forest and mountain trail. This program is ideal for families and groups but individual explorers are also very welcome.

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 210 pounds / 95 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse height range: 1.58 m to 1.70 m
  • Horse Breed: Lusitano, Dutch, French, and German warmbloods

Meet the instructors

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João, Antonio, Silvio, & 3 More…
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Highlights

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • 5 lessons and 4 trail rides
  • Galloping along the Atlantic Coast
  • A true beauty of the Barcelos forest and mountain trail
  • Breathtaking views of the Gerês National Park
  • Meals on a half board basis
  • 6 nights' accommodation
  • Airport transfers

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 12
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Gym
  • Health Club
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis court
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • ATM / banking
  • Bicycle rental
  • Conference room
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access

During this holiday, you will be staying at the beautiful Axis Ofir Beach Resort Hotel which is located right on the beach.

Program

You can relax and enjoy Portugal through five days of horse riding. You can start your programme on any day of the week and Clube Hipico do Norte is also happy to organize any extra activities you may wish to do. Transfers on the first day are set at Oporto airport.

Horses

Portugal Equestrian is home to more than 90 horses, combining their own and private livery. The welfare of their horses is paramount and their overall main priority. All of the horses are ridden with English tack.

To guarantee your satisfaction during your stay, it is key to match the right rider with the right horse. Horses and riders will be matched based on information obtained from the guests during an initial one-on-one session where you together discuss your previous experiences, as well as your goals for your stay with Portugal Equestrian to find the perfect horse for you.

Instructors

João Barros

Antonio Portela Carneiro

Silvio Teixeira

Miguel Santos

Anna Lindberg

Mia Skrede

Location

Esposende

Esposende, like many small towns in Portugal, has a long and ancient history. There is much archaeological evidence of this time, from stone age through to the Roman occupation, although you might not see very much today. The town has been important as it is strategically situated between Oporto to the south and Vigo in Spain to the north. Esposende has a long maritime tradition and people from Esposende were amongst the first to cross the Atlantic to Brazil and return to Portugal as "Brazileiros de torna viagem", literally meaning, Brazilians make the trip.

Nowadays, you are more likely to find and enjoy the various small town squares with their cafes and the stunning sandy beaches, which have long been appreciated by Portuguese holiday-makers and today are being increasingly appreciated by foreign tourists.

To the north of the town is the nature reserve, The Natural Park of the North Coast, a large area covering some 1,200 hectares and famous for its wetland areas and beautiful coastal sand dunes. It was the need to protect these magnificent sand dunes that led to the creation of the protected area you see today. During the migration period of spring and autumn, this becomes a prime spot for bird watching.

Further inland, lush pine forests surround the town. Esposende offers a wealth of activities and culture all year round for non-riding partners and families. With many traditional restaurants famous for their seafood and bars and cafe's offering good food and live music, it's easy to find something to do in the evenings.

Hotel

The hotel is only three minutes from the equestrian center of Esposende inserted in a pine forest with a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. On the other hand, the north of Portugal has a huge variety of leisure and cultural offerings that combined with the hospitable spirit and the excellent gastronomy guarantee an unforgettable vacation.

Distances

  • Equestrian center of Esposende - 3 minutes

Food

Clube Hipico do Norte offers half-board with some meals: breakfast, mid-morning snack and lunch every day. The breakfast will be at the hotel, the mid-morning snack at the equestrian center and the lunch either at the hotel or at some of the local restaurants. Clube Hipico do Norte offers their guests a taste of the amazing regional Portuguese cuisine accompanied with locally sourced wine.

The following meals are included:

  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Soda

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

Things to do (optional)

  • ATV
  • Boat trip
  • Braga cultural tour by Segway (60 EUR)
  • Canoeing and banana boat (40 EUR)
  • Canyoning (120 EUR)
  • Carriage tour and equestrian museum (55 EUR)
  • Cellars visit
  • Douro river boat (130 EUR)
  • Golf (40 EUR)
  • Guimaraes cultural tour (60 EUR)
  • Jet ski (45 EUR)
  • Kitesurfing (90 EUR)
  • Mountain bike (30 EUR)
  • Paddle surf (35 EUR)
  • Paintball (60 EUR)
  • Port wine tasting
  • Porto cultural tour (75 EUR)
  • Riverside walking
  • Rock climbing (45 EUR)
  • Scuba diving
  • Surf (30 EUR)
  • Tennis
  • Wakeboard ski (35 EUR / 60 EUR)
  • Windsurf (40 EUR)
  • Wine cellar and boat trip in Douro (80 EUR)
  • Wine tasting

What's included

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • 5 lessons and 4 trails
  • Horse equipment
  • Service of the programme supervisor
  • Service of the high-performance English-speaking instructors
  • Personal accidents insurance
  • Individual locker
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Transfers to / from the hotel
  • Pick up / drop off airport
  • Half board meals
  • Morning snacks and soft drinks
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Extra activities

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 61 days before arrival.

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