The horse riding center sits on the west coast north of the Algarve. The region is called Alentejo and is part of Portugal's largest nature reserve and is protected from development. This is a paradise for riders where there are hundreds of kilometers of sandy roads connecting the small-whitewashed villages.
This is a fast-paced trail ride where the horses are left in pastures along the road overnight while you are driven "home" to the stud farm each evening. Dinner is eaten at the family's cozy seafood restaurant which is also a popular meeting place for locals. If you are energetic in the evening you can finish the day with a swim in the ocean.
Your hosts are Claudia and her family. Claudia is an accomplished dressage rider who has trained many young horses and competed up to intermediate level. Now she has chosen to focus on trail rides. She raises Anglo Arabs which she breaks in and trains, but her main interest is making her trail riders as content as possible. Claudia's expert guides will lead the trail rides. A short distance from the riding center where you eat breakfast and dinner during the week, the family has its own restaurant located on the seafront. You can swim in the sea all year round if you wish.
You ride 4-6 hours per day at changing tempos, about 200 km (124 miles) in total.
Minimum number of riders are 4 and the maximum number is 6-8 riders. If you are less than 4 people the program will be slightly changed to the so-called star-ride. We then ride in different directions and ride back to the riding center every day.