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Horse Riding

Horse Riding in central Portugal

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During this week we are going to explore the Province of Ribatejo, in central Portugal. The Tejo River flows through this region, bringing a great and unique variety of fauna and flora. Here, you will have the chance to meet the Lusitano horse, the most famous horse breed in Portugal. They live mostly in this region and will be your partners for this amazing week. It will be a unique opportunity to explore new places, ride between authentic farm houses, along the rivers and through some of the most beautiful landscapes of Portugal.

This horseback riding week will be totally is a chance for you to enjoy nature and experience the traditional country life, ride through one of the largest protected wilderness areas and admire the untouched natural beauty of Portugal.

Day 1

Arrival in Lisbon and transfer to Rural House / Lusitano horse introduction

Arrival to Lisbon. There will be a transfer to the Rural House. Alternatively, you can pick up a rental car for the rest of the week. After check-in you are free to explore the area or rest.

Your adventure starts in early afternoon: you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Lusitano Horse breed and prepare your horse for a small ride..."The Baptism Ride".

Enjoy the beautiful sunset while having dinner before return to the rural house.

Day 2

Horse Riding Circuit "Pia da Ovelha"

Breakfast in the Rural House.

Today you will spend the entire day horse riding and getting to know your Lusitano horse. Before departure, you are in charge of preparing the horse for the day ride as a real horseman. You will always be accompanied by your horse and surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of the natural park.
Picnic lunch in the valleys.
Throughout this ride you will not only witness all the qualities of the Lusitano horse but also have the chance to enjoy the views and the trails, explore natural caves, as well as the most remarkable examples of local heritage (Roman roads and bridges). Then, we will visit Castelo de Porto de Mós, a famous castle conquered by the first King of Portugal.

Back to the rural house, free time for dinner.

Day 3

Caves Circuit / Mosteiro da Batalha

Breakfast in the Rural House.

Today's horse ride will include a visit to the two most famous caves in the region. Alvados Cave is one of the most beautiful caves in Portugal with an interior height that reaches 95 meters; Santo António Cave in turn has 350 meters of visitable route, through galleries and natural lakes.

Then, taste the typical Portuguese gastronomy and local dishes during a delicious lunch.

In the afternoon, we will visit one of the seven wonders of Portugal, the famous Mosteiro da Batalha and its Interpretation Center. Originally, and officially known, as the Monastery of Saint Mary of the Victory, this unique monastery was erected in commemoration of the 1385 Battle of Aljubarrota.

Return to the rural house and free time for dinner.

Day 4

Donkey ride / Jurassic experience / Cooking Lesson

Breakfast in the Rural House.

In the morning you will go for a short donkey ride instead of your Lusitano horse. It is a unique and traditional ride experience, very common in ancient times. This is an oportunity for you to learn more about the donkey, its behavior and qualities. It is one of the most adorable species of the animal world - docile, trusting and very intelligent.

After some free time for lunch, get ready to go back in time to the Jurassic Age: we will explore the footprints of some of the largest animals to inhabit the planet at the "Serra d'Aire Dinosaur Traceways”.

Free time before dinner - don't miss the view of the unforgettable sunset in Ribatejo.

Our dinner today will be an adventure experience at the rural house, where you will have a cooking lesson. Of course, the chef will help you prepare your own meal from ingredients and vegetables grown in the fields of the property.

Day 5

Horse Riding Circuit Natural Park Serra d'Aire and Candeeiros / Free Time

Breakfast in the Rural House.

Today we dedicate the morning to a ride in one of the most beautiful valleys of Portugal, in the heart of the Natural Park of Serra d'Aire and Candeeiros, where you can feel and breathe the air of rural life of the Alvados village.

Then, we suggest some options for your free afternoon:

  • Nazaré Beach – visit the amazing Portuguese coastline. Nazaré has one of the oldest fishinf traditions, has good weather and friendly people. Well known for its giant waves, here you can enjoy a typical Portuguese lunch, roasted sardines or a succulent fish stew.
  • Fátima Sanctuary - This is one of the most important religious destinations in Portugal, place of pilgrimage visited every year by thousands of people due to the apparitions of Virgin Mary to three little shepherds in 1917. You can also visit the Coin Cave, the little shepherds houses or have lunch in a very typical restaurant.
  • Óbidos – this medieval village is one of the most picturesque and well preserved in Portugal. It has an unspoiled castle with a labyrinth of streets and white houses - a truly enchanting atmosphere for a stroll. Here you can have lunch in a typical restaurant and taste the famous “Ginjinha”, a traditional local liquor.
Return to the rural house to rest and have dinner.

Day 6

Return Flight

Breakfast in the Rural house followed by check-out. Depending on your flight schedule, we will arrange a transfer to Lisbon airport or, in case you have a rental car, you can drive and leave it at the airport.

06 Days / 05 Nights
1040,00 /pp *

Suggested Travel period:

(the program is available all year, the suggestion is based on ideal period of the year)


(Recommended selling price)

Standard Package (Casa dos Matos)
€ 1.040,00 pp

Gourmet Deluxe Package (Cooking and Nature - Emotional Hotel)
€ 1.220,00 pp

* 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 and availability

Included in package price:
  • Transfers: Lisbon Airport to the farm accommodation
  • Accommodation (House Matos or Cooking and Nature)
  • Lusitano Horse riding as described in the program
  • The entire program as described, including all activities
  • 2 Traditional lunches, 1 picnic lunch in the valleys and 1 typical dinner experience in Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel
  • An English speaking assistant at all stages of the tour. Other languages available upon request
  • Assistancy of specialized guides/instructors during the horse riding
  • All entrance fees where required
  • All local taxes and service charges
  • Technical equipment, personal accident and liability insurances for the activities and monitors
Not included:
  • Program elements that are not mentioned
  • Optional supplements
  • Tourism taxes or deposit/caution money (if required)
  • Cancellation Insurance
  • Travel Insurance (available upon request)
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks during the meals
  • Any requirements for additional transportation (can be arranged at additional cost)

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  • Horse riding in the valleys (Lusitano Horse)
  • Experience the untouched beauty of the Natural Park Serra d'Aire and Candeeiros
  • Riding through Roman roads with 2.000 year old milestones
  • Visit Historical monuments
  • Enjoy the landscape of Ribatejo in central Portugal
  • Taste typical dishes of the region
  • Visit the most beautiful caves in the region
  • Explore the surrounding area and visit the Sanctuary of Fatima, the Village of Óbidos or the beach of Nazaré
  • Learn about the Lusitano Horse and enjoy nature in its simplicity


  • Program is based on arrival to and departure from Lisbon
  • English speaking guides and riding intructors
  • Please let us know if you want to change the itinerary or combine with other touristic places


During these 6 days, you will be accommodated in one of the two suggested rural houses with all facilities. Due to force majeure or lack of availability, these options can be subject to change

  • Casa Matos

    It is a small, relaxed and intimate rural house in a beautiful natural setting. The area is perfect for hiking, horseback riding, biking or just to enjoy a peaceful environment. The rooms are elegant and simple. They are all decorated in different colors, and have a private bathroom, TV and an extra sofa bed. Meals are served in the dining room where a fiery fireplace provides warmth on winter evenings. Outside, a terrace overlooking the garden and pool offers a lovely view over the nearby limestone mountains.

  • Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel

    With indoor and outdoor swimming pools, this design hotel is located in the heart of the Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park. Each room has their own decoration, a private bathroom with a designer bath, bathrobes, free Wi-Fi and views of the surrounding countryside. The restaurant serves seasonal cuisine and guests can prepare meals. Guests can enjoy a drink in the self-service bar located on the furnished outdoor terrace. There are several restaurants with typical Portuguese cuisine near the hotel.

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