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Horse Riding

Horse Riding in Alentejo

The Alentejo Coast is an ideal destination for riding Lusitano horses while staying at typical and comfortable accommodations. If you want to discover another side of Portugal, with a cultural, social and environmental heritage then this is the ideal place. Here you can ride in the untouched country side of Serra de Grândola with a view over the Atlantic Ocean.

Costa Azul, also known as the Blue Coast, is the southern stretch of Portugal’s west coast and is as long and beautiful as the Algarve. However, here you do not have to worry about running into lots of tourists because you can easily find quiet beautiful beaches. Ride along old paths through the untouched landscape of southwest Portugal, through vast valleys where the famous cork trees have grown for centuries to the Atlantic shore with rocks and dunes, which are an invitation for a refreshing canter.

All horses are easy to ride and laid back. You do not need to be the world's greatest rider to come on this adventure and if you are, you will have the opportunities for fast looping rides. The rides go in a different direction each day, and can be adapted to your skill level. You can unpack and relax, knowing that you return to the same place each night and even take a day rest if you feel like it.

This program is designed as week-long but we offer a shorter option ideal for a long weekend. See below for details.

Day 1

Arrival to Alentejo

Arrival in Lisbon Airport and transfer. You will travel South for approximately 120km, to your accomodation, located at Costa Azul. It is a charming rural house, with friendly staff and equipped with the comfort of a modern hotel. Here you will find a relaxed atmosphere where you can swim or rest before your first day in the saddle. Dinner on the first evening will be at a typical Alentejo restaurant which is 5 minutes by car from your hotel, where you will taste the speciality of the house - Duck Rice.

Day 2

Meet & Ride the Horses

Breakfast in the farm. Today we start with a short drive to the stables, where our ride through the hills of Grândola begins. You will enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the sea. After the first few canters, you will notice that the horses are sure footed and have a wonderful character.

Lunch will be a delicious picnic of grilled meats and salad accompanied by fresh bread and of course great Portuguese wine! After a brief rest, we will ride back through the forest to a Coudelaria where we will stable the horses. A short transfer of 10 mins will take you back to the hotel, where you can refresh, rest, have a swim in the pool and prepare for dinner.

This evening we will go to a typical restaurant in the small village of Melides.

Day 3

Ride into the forests

After breakfast you will ride through one Eucalyptus forests, enjoying their distinctive perfume and hear the bark crunching underneath the horse's hooves.

Lunch will be at the Lagoon of Santo André where we can eat the grilled specialities of the house (fresh fish or meat). Afterwards we can have some fast canters on the sandy trails, that cross this part of the Portuguese countryside.

Day 4

Comporta Beach

Before departing today please leave all your belongings packed as they will be transferred during the day to our next hotel Brejo da Amada/Sublime Comporta.

Today we will ride from the farm to the beach. It’s a beautiful ride at first light as the sun rises over the dunes. There is the possibility of a beach canter before reaching a lovely picnic spot in the pine forest where our horses will rest. You can take this opportunity to have a swim in the sea or just relax. After lunch we will ride through the dunes, to the next hotel near Comporta beach, were we will have a superb dinner and overnight.

Day 5

Rest Day or Optional Visits

Rest day at Brejo da Amada/Sublime Comporta. This is a small countryside resort were you can walk through the forest, ride a bike or just sit back and relax by the biological swimming pool. An optional extra is a visit to the old village of Alcácer do Sal. There we can visit one of the oldest handmade saddlery establishments in Portugal.

Day 6

Final Ride at First Light

Today we will ride from the hotel at Comporta to the beach through the rice fields. It’s a beautiful ride at first light. There is the possibility of a beach canter before reaching a lovely picnic spot in the dunes area where your horses rest and you can swim in the sea. After lunch we ride back to the hotel through the dunes. Relax before dinner or enjoy the beautiful sunset.

Dinner will be at a good local restaurant with local specialities.

Day 7

Sado River and Farms Ride

Today we ride from the hotel to the Sado River. You will have many opportunities for faster riding through the pine forests on red earth and sand paths. We may come across herds of cattle or sheep. Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Carvalhal.

After lunch, on our return, we can enjoy a nice refreshing swim before arriving at the hotel.

Farewell dinner in the open air.

Day 8


After breakfast, there will be a transfer back to Lisbon International Airport for your departure.

Weekend Program

Day 1-3

Same as week program

Day 4


Ride from the farm to the village of Melides: today there will be more opportunities for faster riding through the pine forests on red earth paths and sand, we may come across herds of cattle or sheep.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant in Melides.
After lunch, transfer to Lisbon International Airport and departure.

08 Days / 07 Nights *
1.960,00 /pp

Suggested Travel period:

(the program is available all year, especially from February to November, the suggestion is based on ideal period of the year)


(Recommended selling price)

Option 1 – 08 days / 07 nights
€ 1.960,00 pp
€ 1.490,00 pp (without horse riding activities)

Option 2 - Weekend (4 days / 3 nights)
€ 1.000,00 pp
€ 775,00 pp (without horse riding activities)

* Recommended selling price. Get in touch for details on commission and net rates
* price is based on min of 5 to 8 persons per group
* activities depend on the weather conditions
* prices are always subject to change & availability
* water and wine are included at lunch

Included in package price:
  • Transfer from and to the Lisbon Airport to the Alentejo farm accommodation
  • Lusitano Horse riding during 5 days as described in program
  • 3x nights accommodation at Uva do Monte – Blueberry Farm with breakfast included and 1 dinner included (day 3)
  • 4x nights accommodation at Sublime Comporta Country House with breakfast included
  • 3x Picnic lunches with grilled meats on days 2, 4 and 6
  • 3x typical lunches based on portuguese grilled cuisine on days 3, 5 and 7
  • 6x dinners at local typical restaurants (alcoholic drinks not included) – except day 3
  • Assistancy during all stages of the tour by a French or English language speaking professional guide/ specialist in horses and veterinary medicine
Not included:
  • Program elements that are not mentioned
  • Optional supplements
  • Tourism taxes or deposit (if required)
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Travel Insurance (available upon request)
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks with the exception of water and juices are not included at dinner
  • Any requirements for additional transportation can be arranged at an additional cost

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  • Beautiful Comporta with its clear waters
  • Roman ruins and 500-year-old trees
  • The town of Melides, its lagoon and Santo André
  • Bird Watching, Riding
  • The famous cork trees, wild animals and rice fields
  • Visit Alcácer do Sal old city or Santiago do Cacém Castel
  • Good hotels, pousadas, country houses, and private estates


  • Horses: Portuguese Lusitanos trained for trails, using very comfortable sheepskin Portuguese military saddles
  • When booking, please provide us with information about your riding skills and experience to help us establish your ability for the holiday
  • Travel insurance is obligatory for all clients and you must confirm with the local horse riding school in writing that you are covered for the riding activities to be undertaken. Please inform us and we will gladly help you find the best insurance coverage
  • Program is based on arrival to and departure from Lisbon International Airport
  • Please let us know if you want to change the itinerary or combine with other touristic places


During these 8 days, you will be accommodated in 2 farms or country houses as a local with all facilities. Due to force majeure or lack of availability, these options can be subject to change

  • Uva do Monte – Blueberry Farm

    Set within the Herdade da CostaTerra amidst one of Europe’s most beautiful and untouched coastlines, Uva do Monte is well located due to its proximity to the sea and tranquil agricultural surroundings. As the reconversion of an old farmer’s quarters and working environs, each room available, inspired by local themes, colours and feelings, are set to tune your stay to the sound of nature and the sea in a carefree fashion defined by simplicity.
    Alternative Hotel: A Serenada Enotourism House

  • Sublime Comporta Country House

    In a 17 acre estate, surrounded by undulating umbrella pines and cork trees, wild white-sand dunes, stunning rice fields, Sublime Comporta is a magical, unspoiled hideaway. Rich in cultural heritage, with a welcoming local staff, great food and wines, it offers a combination of tranquility and simplicity.
    Alternative Hotel: Herdade do Brejo da Amada

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