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.

  Peak Season

May, June, July , August, September, October

  Quiet Season

February, March, April, November

  Timezone in Portugal

Western European Standard Time (GMT)

  International Airports

Humberto Delgado Airport (LIS), also known simply as Lisbon Airport or Portela Airport


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Alentejo Coast

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... Read more

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Dolphin Trail

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... Read more

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Monte Velho

The Monte Velho Equo Resort is a boutique hotel located on a Lusitano breeding farm and is an ideal base from which to experience wonderful trail riding and world class dressage... Read more

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Quinta do Archino

The Quinta do Archino is a great place to hone your dressage skills in an informal rural setting. Non-riders can enjoy what the surrounding area has to offer and... Read more

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