Horseback Riding in Portugal

Portugal was one of the leading countries during the age of discovery and had a vast empire in South America, Africa and Asia. Today a rich culture remains and its art and architecture draw many visitors from around the world. Horseback riding in Portugal is deeply woven into the rich fabric of the country and it has produced some fine international riders, particularly in dressage. The magnificent local bred Lusitano reflects the strong equestrian tradition dating back to pre-Roman times.

Bullfighting was also developed, but unlike the Spanish, the Portuguese do not kill the bull in the ring. Instead it is a superior exhibition of equestrian skill and teamwork between horse and rider where the bull’s horns sometimes come within inches of the horse. In many ways it is similar to the performance of a champion cutting horse and rider. The practical need for teamwork between horse and rider in warfare was the origin of dressage.

Today you can take lessons from leading riders and instructors at our dressage center, or choose from a variety of trails near the coast south of Lisbon or through the traditional farmland farther north.

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Alentejo Coast

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The Alentejo Coast of Portugal is an ideal destination for riding Lusitano horses while staying in outstanding accommodations. This point-to-point itinerary includes one day of riding on Costa Azul’s beaches, and the other days... Read more

Dolphin Trail

Dolphin Trail

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The Dolphin Trail takes place south of Lisbon near the coast as you stay in wonderful modern country hotels. On experienced Lusitano horses you will follow the winding trail through cork and eucalyptus forests... Read more

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"Again I enjoyed my stay at Alcainca. This was my fourth visit and I was as well taken care of as my first visit. I cannot say enough about both the instructors; their dedication to helping riders understand the need for good position in the saddle that goes... Read More"

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