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 beaches, and the other days take you through the coastal mountains, affording beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Visit fishing... 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 through cork and eucalyptus forests that brings you to the beach for a day. The schedule includes a half day... 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 instruction. The owner is an architect and his wife an interior designer, so the buildings are carefully and exquisitely designed. The property blends with... Read more

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Portuguese Traditions & Culture

The riding itinerary in central Portugal has been carefully designed to give you the best equestrian, cultural and natural experiences the region has to offer. Riding here will introduce you to the heart of Portuguese culture, so steeped in agricultural traditions. You start from a competitive Lusitano stud farm... Read more

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Portuguese Traditions & Culture with Golegã Fair

The riding itinerary in central Portugal has been carefully designed to give you the best equestrian, cultural and natural experiences the region has to offer. Riding here will introduce you to the heart of Portuguese culture, so steeped in agricultural traditions. You start from a competitive Lusitano stud farm... Read more

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Alcainca Dressage Program

This trip features dressage in Portugal and is one of the world’s premier places for lessons in classical dressage; the chief instructor studied under the great master Nuno Oliveira. The Lusitano stallions are not only magnificent animals, but are also trained to a high level of performance. One can... Read more

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I had a great time with our hosts in Portugal in September. The horses were in beautiful condition and so solid in a range of challenging conditions.  Our host and his team went the extra mile to make us feel at home and they handled the details so everything went smoothly and our safety was protected.  Our guide and ground crew rode or drove the trails the night before so they were sure the path was passable, they coordinated with a team stop traffic when we had large roads with fast traffic to cross and they were mindful of our comfort throughout.  Professional from start to end. I will remember the great warmth from our host and guides, as well as the Lusitanos, and the beauty and generosity of Portugal and her country people that few tourists are likely to experience.   We found it everywhere. Thank you to the entire Equitours team for a horse vacation I’ll never forget. And now that I’ve done a point-to-point ride like this I wonder if there is really any other way to see another country and know its people!   Can’t wait for the next trip.

Ritchie, 2015

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