Ride Overview - Blue Coast Ride
A wonderful horseback riding vacation in Portugal! Costa Azul, also known as the Blue Coast. The coastline stretches along Portugal’s west coast. The sand is as long and beautiful as the Algarve but without the bustling tourists. You will ride across the quiet Comporta Beach which is considered Portugal’s best secret beach. Old roads lined with pine trees and rice paddies traverses past the white houses and calm streets of Melides, a traditional Altentejo village, to the Melides Beach, a long stretch of sand that separates the sea and a lagoon. You will visit the old city of Alcácer do Sal crowned by castles whose medieval cobbled streets, worn over time, cluster around the banks of the Sado River. In addition, your trail will lead you to the hilltop perched Santiago do Cacém Castel. Along the way, you will have plenty of opportunities for refreshing canters and bird watching. RIDING IN PORTUGAL
Ride Itinerary - Blue Coast Ride
You will at the Lisbon Airport at 5:30 PM and transferred to your your accommodation in a rural comfortable hotel located in Grândola. Here you will find a relaxed atmosphere where you can swim in the pool or rest in the comfortable rooms before your first day on horseback. Dinner at the hotel so you can relax and rest.
After breakfast and a short drive to the stable, you will mount up to ride through the hills of Grândola. Along the way, 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, your trail will lead you back through the forest to a Coudelaria where the horses will be stabled for the night. 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. Dinner will be served in a typical restaurant in the small village of Melides.
After breakfast, you will ride through a eucalyptus forest, enjoying their distinctive perfume and hear the bark crunching underneath the horse’s hooves. Your group will stop for lunch at one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the area where is a old ruin church. After the picnic, you can have a relaxing siesta. Afterward, you will have the opportunity for some fast canters on the sandy trails that cross this part of the Portuguese countryside. Dinner will be served at Quinta do Lourenço and overnight at our hotel.
Today, we will ride from the stable 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. You can take this opportunity to have a swim in the sea or just relax. After lunch, you will ride through the dunes to your next hotel and dinner spot near Comporta Beach.
After breakfast, you will pack your bags and be transferred to a new hotel. The hotel is a small countryside resort were you can walk along the pine trees, ride a bike or just relax in the biological pool. You can also enjoy a tour of the old village of Alcácer do Sal and visit one of the oldest handmade saddleries in Portugal. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Today, your group will ride along rice fields from Comporta to the beach. 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, you will ride through the dunes back to the hotel through the dunes. Dinner will be served at a popular local restaurant.
Your trail will skirt the Sado River. This ride will allow for faster riding through the pine forests rooted in solid red and sandy paths. You will be able to hear the sound of the nearby sea. On your return, you can enjoy a nice refreshing swim. A farewell dinner will be served at a traditional seafood restaurant.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lisbon International Airport for your departure.
Ride Details - Blue Coast Ride
Dates: March 21st – 28th, March 27th – April 3rd, April 18th – 25th, May 9th – 16th, May 23rd – 30th, June 20th – 27th, September 19th – 26th, October 17th – 24th
Best Months to Ride: March – May and September – October
Airport: Lisbon Airport
Riding Days: 5
Daily Riding Hours: 4 – 7
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE Capable of cantering in open spaces.
Group Size: 5 – 8
Horses: Lusitano, Cruzado Portuguese
Non-riding activities: hike, bike, swim
Accommodations: Herdade do Brejo da Amada and Serenada Winetourism B & B Price: $2,445.00 per person, double occupancy $308.00 single occupancy
*Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 7 nights’ accommodation, all meals, entrance fees, horse, tack, guide, transfer to and from airport
Not Included: airfare, tourism taxes
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