Ride Overview - Vincenta Coastal Ride
A wonderful horseback riding vacation along the coast of Portugal! You will be riding along the longest stretch of the protected Portuguese coast. The Vincentina Coast is where the preserved nature has a strong, wild character, creating landscapes of breathtaking majesty. Your trails will be along long swathes of sand stretching into the distance and smaller beaches framed by magnificent schist and limestone cliffs. Along the beaches, you will also find small fishing villages huddled over the sea where you can enjoy the local gastronomy based on fresh fish and meat of calf obtained from cattle groups that blend well with the landscape. Enjoy maybe the most beautiful and amazing natural reserve of Portugal. The choppy sea produces a natural symphony that serves as the soundtrack to this ride by the sea.
“The horses were in beautiful condition and so solid in a range of challenging conditions. Our host and his team went the extra mile to make us feel at home and they handled the details so everything went smoothly and our safety was protected. Our guide and ground crew rode or drove the trails the night before so they were sure the path was passable, they coordinated with a team stop traffic when we had large roads with fast traffic to cross and they were mindful of our comfort throughout. Professional from start to end. I will remember the great warmth from our host and guides, as well as the Lusitanos, and the beauty and generosity of Portugal and her country people that few tourists are likely to experience. We found it everywhere.” T.I.
Ride Itinerary - Vincenta Coastal Ride
You will be transferred from the Lisbon Airport to your comfortable B & B in Odeceixe on the Vicentina Coast. You will meet your fellow riders at a traditional welcome dinner.
Your trails will take you through a verdant field to Odeceixe’s famous beach. After you ride along the beach, you will have lunch back at the B & B which overlooks the valley of Odeceixe. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a ride along the white sand dunes. You will then return to the B & B for dinner.
You will ride across the dunes to the chalky cliffs on the ocean’s edge. Your destination is a traditional fishermen’s village on the stunning Carvalhal Beach. After lunch on the beach, you will mount up to ride to the picturesque village of Zambujeira do Mar. You will then arrive at a charming hotel for dinner and lodging.
Your trail turns away from the coastline toward the green Alentejo interior abundant with cattle. After a picnic lunch in the mountain, you will return to the hotel.
Your trail leads through stoic cork oral and pungent eucalyptus forests. Your destination is the quaint village of Sao Miguel. After an ascending trail, you will have a picnic lunch served on a hill overlooking the valley. After lunch, your ride continues across the fields through a local village to reach the dunes south of Odeceixe. A traditional Portuguese dinner and lodging await you at Casa Monte Joao Roupeiro.
Your trail traverses long the Odeceixe River. After lunch, you will have a free afternoon to rest and enjoy the pool or the beach. Dinner and overnight will be in Canto do Mar.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Lisbon Airport.
Ride Details - Vincenta Coastal Ride
Dates: March 3rd – 9th, May 5 – 11th, October 6th – 12th
Riding Days: 4 1/2
Daily Riding Hours: 3 – 6
Riding Ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Group Size: 4 – 12
Restrictions: Minimum of 10 years of age and the weight restriction is 198 pounds
Saddles: Specific saddles for trails
Accommodations: 3 & 4* country manor and hotels
Price: $2,110.00 per person, double occupancy $380.00 single supplement
*Price is based on USD/EURO exchange rate and will be fixed at final payment.
Included: 7 nights’ accommodation, meals, horse, tack, guide, transfer to and from airport
Not Included: airfare
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Vincenta Coastal Ride