Portugal Horse Riding Holidays
From horse riding on the beach to classical dressage, its often stunning and varied countryside and long tradition of equestrian excellence make Portugal an ideal horse holiday destination!
I ride here regularly and appreciate the quality of the horses and tuition available and the opportunity for some time to myself in tranquil surroundings.
There are many well-established riding centres catering for riders of all levels throughout the country. So wherever you want to go you can combine a days riding with your other holiday activities or opt for an all inclusive Portugal horse vacation. Please note that while some of our photos may show riders riding bareheaded, at each riding centre riding hats are available for your safety.
You can choose between:
trekking: horse riding along the coast or in the countryside
riding lessons for adults and kids
classical dressage training
Or why not have a go at carriage driving and explore the countryside in style? A great, unusual day out for horse-lovers of all ages, families, romantics or riders who want to try something new- you'll go out with an experienced driver who can teach you the basics
Many centres will offer more experienced riders the opportunity to ride the world famous Lusitano horses.
Known as the sons of the wind by the ancient Greeks, these majestic horses were originally bred for warfare and bull fighting. As a consequence they are intelligent, highly responsive and agile, and to my mind, stunningly beautiful! Many riders say that They are now internationally popular competition horses and are even used to refresh the bloodlines of the Lipizzaners at the Spanish Riding School.
Whether you are interested in trekking or studying classical dressage, you shouldn't miss this experience though you may go home dreaming of Lusitanos!
Finally if you are planning to come to Portugal in November dont miss the unique Golegã riding festival, where riders, and their horses, from all across Portugal gather for a week-long celebration of the horse. Some riding centres will arrange trips to the festival. If you are travelling independently then you can go by train from Lisbon. If you want to stay overnight which we'd recommend as there's a great atmosphere and lots to see in the evenings then you'll need to book accomodation well in advance.
Horse Riding on the Beach and Portugal horse photos copyright Vicky S, Jelle Boontje, Sue RB, Nuno Calvet, Portugal Sport and Adventure
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