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 the surrounding countryside which one can explore by horseback, and the rooftop pool offers amazing panoramic views of the Alentejo region.
The resort can provide riding according to your interest and level of experience, including both dressage lessons and trail rides. The stud farm has been dedicated to breeding Lusitano horses for the sport of dressage since 1994. Their horses have wonderful gaits and characters and have been very successful in competition, and the lesson horses can provide the thrill of such movements of passage, piaffe, flying changes and pirouettes under the careful tutelage of talented professional instructors.
In addition to lessons, Monte Velho has unique conditions for trail riding, taking advantage not only of their 620 acre property, but also all the surroundings which have been classified as a National Ecological Reserve. In fact you can ride through this absolutely stunning area for several hours without ever crossing paved roads. Instead you ride through various dams and experience a typical Alentejo landscape, with its cork and holm trees, the herds of cattle, in a totally natural environment.
For activities beyond riding, Monte Velho can organize themed meals, outdoor picnics and canoeing in the dam. The city of Évora, considered World Heritage by UNESCO, is only about 20 miles from the Monte Velho Equo Resort.