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Horse Riding

Horse Riding in the Azores

This is the perfect match for those who love horses: in the Azores you will discover a riding haven, an archipelago home to many well-trained Lusitano and Cruzado Portuguese horses. These islands offer breath-taking landscapes and views over the Atlantic Ocean, paired with colourful gardens and green pastures. São Miguel, known as the "Green Island", holds a treasure full of interesting, exciting and exotic places waiting to be explored.
You’ll find a wide variety of short and long trails with this program. The rides go in different directions each day, and can be adapted to riding levels. 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. Your accommodation will be at a genuine 17th century estate of historical interest with beautiful surroundings near the ocean. We offer fascinating walking and riding trails. Near the two beautiful golf courses, beaches, lagoons and thermal waters. Whale and dolphin safaris, fishing, sailing and scenic diving.

Day 1

Arrival & Transfer. Lusitano horse introduction

Arrival to Ponta Delgada and transfer to Quinta da Terça. After check-in and in case your arrival is scheduled to the morning time, you are free to explore the area or rest after the trip. You will have the opportunity to learn more about the Lusitano Horse breed. Enjoy the beautiful sunset before the delicious dinner that will be served in the Quinta.

Day 2

Half Day Ride Ribeirinha

Breakfast. During the morning, you will start your horseriding adventure in São Miguel island: there will be a 1-hour riding lesson in the Picadeiro of the Quinta, so the rider can see how the horses are trained and a chance for the farmer to decide which horses are a good match for you, bearing in mind, among other things, your safety as a rider.
Lunch will be served in the farm or at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, we will explore Ribeirinha by horse. A ride that offers a bit of everything including fun canters. We start the ride close to the ocean, then up and over the hill Pico da Multa, continuing through the village of Gramas, across two small rivers and we finish close to Ribera Grande. Some of the points of interest of this parish are: Miradouro da Vigia da Baleia, Port of Santa Iria, the church and center of the locality, as well as an interesting route by the sea, in the area of the Chão das Gatas. Back to Quinta das Terças, enjoy a typical dinner in the evening.

Day 3

Relva / Várzea Circuit

Breakfast at the Quinta. Today we will have a full day of riding along the south coast to the village of Varzea. We will admire spectacular nature and beautiful views especially over the ocean. Lunch is served at a restaurant in the village of Feteiras or as a pic-nic.
Várzea is a place integrated in the parish of the Ginetes, Ponta Delgada municipality, island of São Miguel. This village is located at high altitude in the foothills of the Vulcão das Sete Cidades (Volcano of the Seven Cities). It is surrounded by pastures and its main economic activity is agriculture. In this village there is a Christian temple dedicated to the evocation of the Holy Family, the Church of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Return is scheduled before sunset. Dinner and accommodation in the Quinta.

Day 4

Remédios or Cabuco Ride | Whale Watching

Breakfast in the Quinta.
In the morning you can choose one of the trails available:

  • Remédios
    We ride on small roads and over pastures. A large part of the ride is across fields with milking cows. From the green pastures we have nice views over the middle parts of S. Miguel.
  • Cabuco
    A charming half day tour which leads up and down winding roads with several nice opportunities for canter. We ride to the top of a field with magnificent view of the north as well as the south coast.
Lunch will be served in Quinta or at a local restaurant near Ponta Delgada. In the afternoon, you can also choose one of the programs available:
  • Visit & Shopping in Ponta Delgada
    We will stroll in the historical center of São Miguel's main city. The guide will lead you to strategic spots or if you want to shopping.
  • Whale & Dolphin Safari (ticket not included – 55€ per pax/net)
    Get on board of a fun trip that gives you a chance to meet and admire the marine mammals of the Azores in their natural habitat with a mixture of fun, adventure, discovery and scientific knowledge. Duration: 2h30m to 3h. This is subject to weather conditions and logistics.
    A delicious dinner will be served in Quinta before accommodation.

Day 5

Sete Cidades Full Day Circuit

Breakfast. Today we will have an unforgettable day, this is like riding in a fairytale. The ride takes us along the volcano crater rim overlooking the twin lakes on one side and the ocean on the other. The tranquility of the waters and the scent of the Hydrangeas, which border the crater rim, contrast the steep sides of the crater, creating a fascinating sight. Continuing down into the crater to the small and picturesque village of Sete Cidades and the Green and the Blue lakes.
Picnic lunch is included during this full day tour. Back to the Quinta before sunset, dinner and overnight.

Day 6

Full Day Ride across São Miguel t

Breakfast. Starting in the village of Calhetas on the north coast and ending in Livramento. Today we will enjoy everything from lush green valleys, admire splendid sea views and green pastures and ride through charming villages. Picnic lunch in nature. In the afternoon, we will continue the trip - for horse and nature lovers, this is a true paradise. Arrival to the Quinta late afternoon.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Tropical Forest Circuit

Breakfast in the Quinta. The 2-3 hour ride this morning will take you through the amazing Azorean landscape. The ride takes us on old roads, through villages and along fantastic stone walls, through pastures with milking cows up to what almost seems to be a rainforest "jungle".
Lunch at a local restaurant or at Quinta. In the afternoon, free time to enjoy the last day in the Azores and do personal activities and/or shopping. Don't forget your flight is scheduled for tomorrow, so start preparing your luggage. A special goodbye dinner will be served at Quinta.

Day 8

Check out and departure

Breakfast in the Quinta followed by check-out. Depending on your flight schedule, we will arrange a transfer to Ponta Delgada airport.

08 Days / 07 Nights
from 1.490 /pp *

* Low season:
01/01 – 31/03 &
01/11 – 31/12


(Recommended selling price)

High Season:
01/04 – 31/10
€ 1.600,00 pp sharing double room

Low Season:
01/01 – 31/03
01/11 – 31/12
€ 1.490,00 pp sharing double room

Single Room Supplement
(valid for both seasons)
€ 255,00 pp

* Recommended selling price.
Get in touch for details on commission and net rates
* price is based on min of 4 to 8 persons per group
* activities depend on the weather conditions
* prices are always subject to change & availability

Included in package price:
  • Transfers: P.Delgada Airport to the Quinta and back
  • 7x nights accommodation (Quinta da Terça)
  • Full Board as described in the program
  • 1 riding lesson, 3 half day rides, 3 full day rides
  • Entire program as described, including activities
  • English speaking assistant in all stages of the tour. Other languages available upon request
  • Assistancy of specialized instructors during the riding
  • All entrance fees where required
  • Technical equipment, personal accident and liability insurances for activities and monitors
Not included:
  • Program elements that are not mentioned
  • Optional 'Whale & Dolphin Safari Excursion'
  • Tourism taxes or deposit/caution money (if required)
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Flight Tickets
  • Travel Insurance (available upon request)
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during the meals

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  • Plenty of time to relax and explore this beautiful island
  • At Quinta da Terça there are stables with pure & cross bred Lusitano horses
  • Ride in the lush green landscape of São Miguel


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


The horses used in out trails are Lusitano horse. The head is medium, slim size, guiding the eye to the medium and fine ears. The eyes are slightly oblique with a lively and determined expression. The chest is deep and well-developed side. The shoulder blades are long and the croup is strong. Any horse is well muscled, with rounded lines and comes adorned with a thick mane, long and silky. Dapple or brown, are the most colors seen in the Lusitano.


During these 8 days, you will be accommodated in 1 Quinta (farm) as a local with all facilities:

  • Quinta da Terça

    Each guest room has been individually furnished and decorated to give our guests a feeling of being at home - all with private bathrooms, accessories and cable TV.
    The breakfast buffet is served in the part of the house where in former days the lordship had his personal horses. This "Old Stable" which has been carefully renovated and converted into a nice and cosy breakfast room. The buffet partly consists of local produce, allowing you to experience the different flavors from the Azores. At Quinta da Terça there are also dogs and cats that roam freely around.

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