Horse Riding Holidays in Northern Portugal
Join our Horse Riding Holidays in Northern Portugal! Beautiful daily riding trails as well as cozy accommodation in the mountains! Come explore the natural beauty of the Peneda Geres National Park by horse
- Reviews 0 Reviews0/5
- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
We currently offer holiday programs: the Wolves and Wild Horses holiday for people with some previous riding experience and the Riding Clinic for beginners who would like to learn to ride in harmony with their horse. Please note while some of our photos show the guides riding bare headed, helmets will be provided for guests.
Transfers to Castro Laboreiro – can be arranged upon request
- Option 1 Garrano and the Wolf
A 2 day adventure to take you to the heart of Peneda Geres: two day’s riding through its mountains, tiny shepherds’ hamlets, glacial valleys populated with rocks of strange and curious shapes and old bridges over the clear waters of mountain rivers always with a look out for its wild inhabitants! The two day trips are €250/person including 2 days’ riding on different routes, 1 nights’ accommodation in a local guesthouse and a lunch.
- Option 2 Wolves and Wild Horses
This holiday is available as an 8 or 5 day holiday and includes accommodation in a comfortable local hotel or guesthouse. Depending on the time you have available your riding holiday can include visits to historical sites, guided rides and hikes along ancient pathways through wolf territory looking out for signs of their presence and exploring the dense oak woods and groves of birch that provide natural shelter for roe deer and wild boar, through patches of chestnut and holly trees inhabited by squirrels, jays and orioles and from the hilltops look out for eagles and herds of wild horses. Relax by taking dips in the natural pools of the Laboreiro river or thermal baths, to relax and indulge yourself on moonlight picnics and meals with delicious, local products. At night listen out for one of nature’s most spectacular sounds – the howl of the wolf! Group sizes are kept very small to ensure individual attention and a relaxing time.
The holiday is let by experienced, local guides who will be happy to share with you their love and knowledge of this area. There is a selection of horses available, so with the help of the guides you can be matched to the horse that best suits you.
During your holiday you can expect small riding groups, magnificent scenery, great homemade food and wine, good quality accommodation and a wonderful, welcoming atmosphere
- Option 3 Riding Clinics
This one week riding clinic is for people who want to start riding horses the ride way! The course is based upon a mix of classic riding techniques, teachings about horse behavior and observation of wild horses so you learn to understand your horse, their reactions and how to get the most from them in a gentle way. Throughout the week there are nice, relaxing rides in the park so you can explore the beauty of your surroundings while you put your new skills into practice!
A bit about your instructor Born in Lusitano horse region in 1966 Pedro started riding at 3 years old. Learning with Portuguese riding masters he grew up with his Lusitano horses. As a horse lover he wanted to see horses treated with respect so he always tried to change traditional methods of teaching and handling horses when the system was aggressive or created stress in the animals. Since 2004 he has been teaching and leading trails in Peneda Geres, teaching using his own fun, fast and safe way.
Far from the stiff and superficial method of many riding lessons Pedro will introduce you to the world of horses so you learn safely, quickly and in a much more interesting way, respecting your horse and working in harmony with it. You will leave feeling in tune with the spirit of the horse and the Peneda Geres mountains!
A traditional mountain house, built in the early twentieth century and recently restored is the perfect getaway from the stress of daily life! While maintaining its original features , the Guesthouse is equipped with all modern comforts that enable visitors pleasant moments of leisure.
Located in the historic village of Castro Laboreiro in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, this house is surrounded by the purest nature that you will find in Portugal. It is ideal for a retreat and a cozy resting place after your riding tour or hiking tour! A premier venue for your adventures on the mountain!
The house is equipped with central heating, fireplace, free WIFI , TV with cable channels and fully equipped kitchen.
The goat milk and lavender handmade soap produced from natural products are one of the many treats at our Guesthouse! The honey produced organically and homemade jams and marmalades, is what you will find at breakfast and are some of the treats that we have reserved for you!
In the garden, surrounded by an amazing Oak forest, you will find the ideal place for your breakfast or for the book you have delayed reading for so long! As company you will have the chirping of numerous birds that call the Oak forest their home!