Alentejo Beach Trail

8 Daysย  |ย  From ยฃ1415pp

Portugal ( Best airport: Lisbon)

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.

The Riding

The stables are only 15km from the pristine sandy beaches of the Atlantic, set amongst the Serra de Grandola hills. This combination of hills with long, sandy tracks and beaches provides some of the most perfect trail routes for you to explore. There are many parts of the route that allow for long canters and gallops as well as some technical walking terrain with spectacular views.

Riding into the hills youโ€™ll pass cork trees which have grown for centuries, as well as eucalyptus and pine forests. In the opposite direction lie the beaches, sand dunes and lagoons of the coast. There are plenty of opportunities for long relaxed canters and occasional gallops while you enjoy the varied scenery the trail provides.

Level of Riding and Fitness

This trail is suitable for intermediate and experienced riders. Riders must be able to mount and dismount from the ground unaided. All participants must be competent, confident and in control at all paces including gallop. A reasonable level of current riding fitness is required as youโ€™ll be spending 4-6 hours in the saddle each day.

Guides and Group Size

Luis is your host for this holiday and is one of the friendly guides that accompany this trail. All guides are Portugese natives with a deep knowledge of the region and speak English, French and Portugese.

Group size 3-10

The Horses

Horses are mostly Lusitano and Lusitano/Arab crosses, all the horses are calm, responsive and easy to ride.

You will ride in Portuguese military-style saddles with comfortable sheepskin seats and English style bridles.

Alentejo Beach Trail

Accommodation and Dining

Youโ€™ll be staying in two different hotels during the trail, both of which have been handpicked to offer comfortable accommodation so you can fully relax and unwind when not in the saddle. Both double/twin and single rooms are available and both the hotels used have swimming pools.

Meals are typically Alentejo cuisine, the region is known for its gastronomy of simple yet mouthwatering dishes. Fresh-baked bread, olives, wild mushrooms, asparagus, salted cod, wild boar, olive oil and some excellent cheeses form the basis of many recipes. Lunch is usually a picnic out on the trail, and includes grilled fish or meat alongside plenty of freshly prepared salads and bread. Local wine is included with lunch (the Alentejo region produces half of the country’s wine). Dinner is either served in local restaurants or provided at the hotels and the daily menu includes lots of regional specialities. Water and soft drinks are provided with dinner, wine and other alcoholic drinks are available to buy if you would like them.
Allergies and special dietary requirements can be catered for with advance notice.

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Itinerary

Alentejo Beach Trail

8 days / 7 nights / 6 days riding
ยฃ1415pp

Single supplement ยฃ210 (payable unless a sharer is found)

Flights & Airport transfers

Do not book flights until you have received the Booking confirmation email from saddletravel.com.

Please plan your flights to/from as follows:

You should arrive by 4.30pm to allow time to collect your luggage before the transfer which departs at 5.30pm.

Your departure flight should leave at midday or later to allow time for the road transfer, which takes 2-3 hours.

Price Includes
  • Accommodation in twin or double rooms with private bathrooms
  • Breakfasts
  • Lunches
  • Dinners
  • Wine with lunch
  • 4-6 hours riding on 5 days
  • Luggage transfer
Price Excludes
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Meals on the rest day
  • Alcoholic drinks with dinner

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