Your base for the week, Herdade do Pessegueiro, is in the middle of the nature reserve “Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina”, 180 km from Lisbon, 170 km from Faro and just a few metres from the marvelous Ilha do Pessegueiro beach.
The farm has six villas, all with a direct view to the sea. Internet is available and you have at your disposal music and books whilst drinking a nice Alentejo wine. You can listen to the birds, feel the light breeze and visit the beautiful lake that can be used as a natural pool or simply as a place to meditate.
You will ride well trained and responsive Lusitanos on coastal paths, down long sandy beaches, through cork forests and in small coastal villages. All the while, you’ll enjoy meals of wonderful seafood and local fare while seeing why the Algarve is one of the most popular areas in Europe, drawing visitors from all over.
Dates: Sunday to Saturday, Every week except the month of August. (Minimum 4 people to confirm a week.) Transfers to/from Lisbon Airport arranged at pre-set time for 98€ paid direct to driver.
Rate: $1,550.00 USD per person shared. (Single Supplement: $365.00 USD)
Shorter Version: Monday to Friday, 5 days of riding (2-3 hours per day)
Rate: $1,135.00 USD per person shared (Single Supplement: $305.00 USD)
***NOTE: From June 1-September 15 we are not allowed to ride in the beach. Long canters will be in the dunes overlooking the beach.
- 6 nights accommodation
- 5 days of riding
- All meals
- Horse and all Tack
- Guiding services
- All local taxes
- Travel Insurance
- Alcoholic beverages
- Airport transfers to/from the farm
- Gratuities at the end of your stay
Day 1 - Sunday:
Meet at Lisbon airport (fee not included) and travel through a variation of landscapes to our destination – “Herdade do Pessegueiro”. Here you will meet the family, the guide, the rooms and of course, the horses that are stabled here.
At dinner, with the amazing sunset over the “Ilha do Pessegueiro” Island, your host will go over the week's program and talk about individual preferences as to what sort of horse they would like to ride.
Day 2 - Monday:
Nothing like starting your first day with a breakfast in front of the sea.
After being introduced to your friends for the rest of the week – the horses - we begin the trail going north through the small fishing village of “Porto Covo”, following the cliff tops from where we can we see the many small beautiful beaches that line the coast.
Then the terrain is flat and soft, amazing for long and enjoyable canters before entering the cork oak forest where we have a long lunch near the ”Morgavel” dam. During the tranquil time after lunch and during which the horses have a nice rest, we can have a refreshing swim.
Afterward, we ride along the long meandering trail through the “Gaio valley” filled with tall ferns and many species of wild flowers, remembering an old forest that once filled the area.
Reaching the old windmill where flour used to be made, you will enjoy seeing the horses rolling and getting ready to overnight.
Day 3 – Tuesday:
Starting from the windmill we ride through the “Sela Vermalha Valley” where we pass the to the ridge of “Cercal”, where we have a spectacular view in all directions of the region.
We have lunch next to the small creek shaded by the overhanging poplar trees.
Afterwards we go to the rich green rocky “Roncão valley” and we canter inland through Eucalyptus and cork oak forests.
Day 4 - Wednesday:
Today, we ride south through the “Godins valley” until we reach the “Ribeira da Azenha” plain with sandy tracks leading through the pine and eucalyptus tree forests. Then we pass close to “Milfontes” and cross over the Mira River where we lunch in the pine tree forest near the riverbank.
In the afternoon we continue riding through the pine forest to the small village of “Almograve” where we finish the days trail and stable the horses.
Day 5 - Thursday:
From “Almograve” we ride in the direction of the coast where we reach the spectacular cliff tops of “Cabo Sardão”, here we have lunch and enjoying the stunning view of the Alentejo coastline.
In the afternoon we ride along the cliffs where storks can be seen nesting and then continue on to ride over the rolling sand dunes of “Almograve”.
We then return to “Almograve” to stable the horses and afterwards we can travel to “Milfontes” to enjoy a drink in the town.
Day 6 - Friday:
From “Almograve” we ride along a farm track until we reach the sand dunes and the sea.
We then cross over the Mira River and ride through the town of “Milfontes”.
After lunch we ride up the coast and then cross over the coastal plain to reach the farm, where we leave the horses and go to the restaurant for the final evenings dinner.
Day 7 - Saturday:
After breakfast we transfer to the airport (fee not included).
NOTE: The trail can be changed according to weather conditions or other special conditions.