Wild Northern Portugal

Discover this hidden corner of Portugal

Discover the national park where you can spot eagles and deer and one of the last species of wild horses in Europe: the Garranos, who roam these remote mountains in herds. This northernmost area of Portugal is peppered with hidden valleys, winding trails and authentic hilltop villages, a region of Portugal as yet undiscovered by mass tourism.



Level of Riding & Fitness

This trail is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders only. Riders must be able to mount and dismount from the ground unaided. All participants must be competent, confident and in control at all paces over rough terrain and on a forward going horse. Good level ofย currentย riding fitness is required as youโ€™ll be spending 5-6 hours in the saddle each day. You should be comfortable in all paces including gallop and you should also be happy to complete river crossings on horseback. The weight limit is 90kg.

Guides & Group Size

Carlos and Luis are the friendly owners and guides that accompany this trail. Both are Portugese natives with a deep knowledge of the region and speak English, Spanish and Portugese.

Group size 2-6

Wild Horses Trail, Portugal

The Horses & Tack

The horses are mainly Hispano-Arab cross breeds and Lusitano horses. There are also some Arab and thoroughbred crosses. All the horses are ideally suited to the trail and terrain and are known as being brave and calm. There are strong, lively and fast horses for the more experienced rider.

English saddles are used and most of the time the horses are ridden with long reins, leading to a relaxed and comfortable horse during the trail.

Wild Horses Trail, Portugal

Accommodation & Dining

Your first accommodation is in a large traditional manor house, built in the 18th century and just outside the charming village of Arcos de Valdevez, built on the banks of the river Vez. There are seven bedrooms equipped with private bathrooms, TV and radio. The accommodation also has an outdoor swimming pool for relaxing after rides. The second accommodation on the trail is also a traditional manor house, all rooms have private bathrooms and there is a swimming pool and barbecue area. Towels are provided.

Breakfast is served at your accommodation each morning. This is typical Portugese fare and includes bread, sliced cheese, sliced ham, bread, jam, and a milky coffee. Lunch is sometimes a picnic on the trail or eaten at a local tavern or restaurant. Evening meals are mainly eaten in local restaurants. Typical dinners include a starter, one or two courses and a dessert. Tea, coffee and mineral water are included and local wine is provided with dinner.

Portugal, Wild Horses Trail