We currently offer multi-activity and adventurous horse riding holidays in Northern Portugal for experienced and inexperienced horse lovers. We offer rides out, riding lessons, natural horsemanship holidays, mountain biking and walking or the opportunity to just relax in a romantic atmosphere. Our original and enchanting guesthouse with its breath-taking views will have you dreaming away the evenings under millions of stars in the unspoilt heart of Portugal.
Our holidays are located in the Beira Alta, a beautiful natural region near Coimbra. Here between the 'Serra da Estrela' the highest mountain on mainland Portugal, the Caramulo mountains and the "Serra do Açor" you'll find Roman ruins, striking rock formations, neolithic dolmen, picturesque rivers and small waterfalls. You can soak up the atmosphere of the Portuguese countryside with its traditional villages, friendly people, shepherds with herds of sheep and goats... and above all spectacular scenery.
Horse Riding Holidays in Northern Portugal
Whether you are looking for adventurous or tranquil horse trekking for an hour, a weekend or want to learn to ride, our holidays offer lovely, responsive horses, unforgettable rides with lots of long canters for those who want them, clean air, bird song, pure well water, relaxation, starlight and outstanding natural beauty. We use English tack and encourage guests to take care of their own horses. Riding lessons are available and beginners are welcome.
Natural Horsemanship Courses
We are currently organising Natural Horsemanship courses with Adam Shereston a well respected 'Horse Whisperer' from the UK. On these courses you will learn to understand your horse better and be able to communicate with him better from the ground and in the saddle. We run 2 day workshops including demonstrations and private lessons that can be taken on their own or combined with a general horseriding, adventure or relaxation holiday on our farm. Additional private lessons with Adam are also possible. You may bring your own horse or use one of ours. The next workshops will be held on 1st-3rd July, 5th-7th July and 8th-10th July and prices start from 190/non-residential or 397/residential and all inclusive.
Mountain Biking and Hiking Holidays in Northern Portugal
For cyclists who love to get out and about on fun, challenging trails with spectacular secenery we have mountain bikes to hire. There are 5 VIPER mountainbikes and 1 Silvex mountainbike. You can ride out by yourself or in the comapny of our guide Rob.
For those who prefer to hike Our guide Leen will take you along the most beautiful trails in the Serra da Estrela or in the neighborhood. You can choose to walk for just a couple of hours or a trek of one or two days. There are walks for casual and experienced hikers.
If it all sounds tempting we also provide combined adventure holidays in Northern Portugal. This means that we offer you the chance to discover the natural beauty of the region not only by horse but also by kayak, mountain bike, rock climbing and on your own two feet! The kayaking take place in the valley of the Mondego River, the guided walking tours occur in the Mountains of Serra da Estrela. You can pick and mix the activities and also plan excursions to Coimbra, Porto, the coastal area of Aveiro, through beautiful mountain villages like Manteigas or Sabougeira or to the 'Torre', the highest mountain on mainland Portugal.
Please contact us for help planning your activity holiday in Northern Portugal
Our Farm and Guesthouses
Our farm has two beautiful guesthouses sleeping up to 20 people in total. The guesthouses have their own plunge pools, kitchens, bathrooms and terraces and are located close to the beautiful historical village of Midões which has a church, palace and spectacular old houses of the Portuguese nobility. The village has its own supermarkets, restaurants and several bars. Let's not forget the beautiful views of the mountains.
On your holiday in Northern Portugal you could be touched by the first sunbeams over our quinta.... You could be sitting next to the wood stove comfortably reading a book
Be gazing out of the window watching the green valleys. Or in summertime melt away in the shade on the terrace next to the pool filled with water from our well
taking a refreshing dip every once in a while and then sinking back into the cushions again.
You'll hear the nightingale sing his song from dusk till dawn. See the buzzard high in the sky watch the free-range chicken family scratch the dirt and see the horses playing.
Our guests enjoy days filled with dazzling nature, lots of cultural information, good food and company. Our holidays in Northern Portugal are truly relaxing for body and mind and a unique and unforgettable experience.
Details and Booking
Midões, near Coimbra and Oliveira do Hospital, Beira Alta, Northern Portugal
Activities and Prices:
30 mins private lessons 13.80 for children, 15.00 for adults(total lesson time approx.1h, including how to care for the horse grooming, saddling etc)
1 hour ride out 16, (max. 4 people per trek,max.3 hours)
Mountain Bike hire 18 per day or 96 per week.
We offer also inclusive holidays with horse-riding, accommodation and home cooked meals. Prices start from 520/2 persons for two full days riding, all meals and three nights' accommodation or we can create a tailor-made package for you.
Yes, we have a guest house and accommodation costs from 36 per day per room (for two people sharing.)
Our guides speak English, Portuguese, Dutch and French.
are welcome and we offer them discounted rates. Please ask for details
Riders must weigh less than 90kg
We also provide relaxing masages
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Thank-you for your interest in our horse-riding and active holidays in Northern Portugal