Known as the Blue Coast, our riding holiday in Portugal will take you along the southern stretch of the country’s west coast, Costa Azul. It is as long and beautiful as the famous Algarve (Portugal’s south coast), but while the Algarve is teeming with tourists all year round, it’s here that you’ll find peaceful, deserted beaches and pristine countryside, all discovered from the back of a proud, pure-bred Lusitano (or cross-bred Lusitano).
The reputation of this ride amongst equestrian travellers is what originally drew us like a magnet to this itinerary. And who doesn’t want to explore quaint fishing villages, deserted beaches and flourishing cork forests on a horse?
A true highlight to this Globetrotting experience is becoming intimate with the Lusitano breed over your six day riding itinerary. Between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, the Lusitano was the darling of the royal courts of Europe. Lusitanos are known as powerful horses, noted for their intelligence and willing nature. The breed’s gaits are agile and elevated, but generally comfortable to ride. You’ll love the point-to-point nature of this ride where you’ll leap-frog from village to village, soaking up the atmosphere, varying landscapes, history, regional fare and wine. Pretty much, savouring life slowly is a Portuguese passion, and that will be your main aim – a perfect Globetrotting experience.
time in saddle: on average between 4 to 6 hours each day
breed of horses: a mixture of pure-bred and cross-bred Portuguese Lusitanos
type of tack: comfortable sheepskin covered Portuguese military saddles
pace: the pace varies on a daily basis from a walk right through to a fast canter whenever the terrain is suitable. There will be plenty of opportunities to trot in between.
riding ability: this ride is suitable for intermediate to experienced riders.
weight limit: maximum 85 kgs
accommodation: you will experience a wonderful variety of accommodation on this ride, including a historic pousada (a traditional manor house), comfortable hotels in the heart of the countryside as well as private estates. You can expect to have an en suite bathroom and in most locations an on site pool is also available.
group size: maximum 10 riders
seasons: low season is February, March, June, October & November. High season is July.
ride length: 8 days, 7 nights with 6 riding days
2019 departure dates:
March 17 to 24 – ONE SADDLE SEAT LEFT!
March 24 to 31 – SOLD OUT!
June 16 to 23 – ONE SADDLE SEAT LEFT!
June 23 to 30 – TWO globetrotters booked!
October 6 to 13 – SOLD OUT!
October 20 to 27 – SOLD OUT!
October 27 to November 3 – FOUR globetrotters booked, SOLD OUT!
November 17 to 24 **EXCLUSIVE Globetrotting departure – ONE globetrotter booked
2019 ride rate:
€1450 per person twin share
€1960* per person for a single room
*Please note: solo travellers will be required to pay the single room rate unless we can find another guest willing to twin share a room.
A non-rider price of €870 is available (sharing a room with a rider).
*The price includes twin share accommodation, all meals (from dinner on day 1 through to breakfast on day 8), riding, luggage transfers and an English speaking guide, round trip transfer service to/from Lisbon Airport at set times, water, wine and soft drinks at lunch.
*The price does not include international or regional flights and travel insurance (compulsory), drinks with dinner (apart from water) and bar drinks, staff tips (expected, but the amount is to be decided at your own discretion).
Accepted payment is by credit card only. There is a 2% surcharge on all credit card payments. Since you’ll be paying in a foreign currency, in this case EURO, we believe paying via credit card is the most cost effective and easiest option for you.
Why is the price quoted in European Euro?
With our overseas riding destinations (rides other than in Australia), the currency is dictated by our partner in that country. Therefore due to fluctuating exchange rates we have to quote in the same currency.
Complimentary transfers at set times are provided to/from Portugal’s main international airport in Lisbon. Pick up time is 5.30pm on day 1 of the ride (please ensure your flight arrives no later than 4.30pm). The meeting point in Lisbon’s airport is located to the right after leaving the luggage collection area. You’ll be welcomed there by a ride representative. The transfer will depart your accommodation on the final day after breakfast at 10.30am. No flights are to be booked before 12 midday on departure day.