Horse Riding Holidays in Portugal
Ride over the remote mountains and through the green valleys on this horse riding holiday in the far north of Portugal. Regarded as one of Europe’s best-kept secrets, the region offers pristine scenery, huge granite peaks and views all the way to the Atlantic. Combine this with the hospitable locals, excellent cuisine, fine wines and superb Lusitano horses,and Portugal is the natural choice for a horse riding holiday.
Discover the beauty of Portugal’s Atlantic coast on this varied trail, beginning in the lush and green coastal mountains of Grandola before reaching the deserted beaches and lagoons of the Alentejo region. Beautiful, well behaved, Lusitano horses await with comfortable hotels and swimming pools for evening relaxation. A fantastic holiday in the sun for intermediate riders onwards.
Discover Portugal’s wild side on this trail through the Peneda Geres national park where you can spot eagles, deer and even wolves. Look out for 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, hilltop villages and prehistoric rock art, while tangled woods envelop ancient castles and forts.
Wild Northern Portugal
This horse riding holiday takes you to the far north of Portugal where you’ll explore the spectacular Peneda-Gerês National Park. This 703-sq-km park encompasses boulder-strewn peaks, precipitous valleys and lush forests of oak and pine. It also shelters a dazzling array of wildlife. Spot eagles, deer, wild boar, herds of wild horses and even wolves on this horse-riding holiday deep into the park’s interior. Pass through some of the ancient granite villages still inhabited that, in many ways, have changed little since Portugal’s founding in the 12th century and gain a rare insight into a traditional way of life in rural Portugal.
This is a side of Portugal far from the crowded beaches of the Algarve where you’ll ride through uninhabited wilderness to distant highlands to find hidden waterfalls, and soaring granite peaks. Enjoy the delicious traditional Portugese cuisine in local taverns and restaurants and stay the night in an 18th century manor house. What better way to spend your holidays in Portugal than on this adventurous mountain trail.