Portugal is a country with longstanding traditions in equestrian activities. Indeed, one of the world’s most-appreciated breeds of horses is from Portugal, the Puro Sangue Lusitano, or Lusitano Thoroughbred. This breed enjoys huge international prestige due to its purity, beauty and splendour, and is uniquely attractive in the equestrian world. And what better backdrop could there be for a relaxing horseback outing than the fabulous landscapes of the Algarve? Whether gently trotting or riding at full gallop, you will enjoy hours of sheer relaxation. Surrender to the sublime charms of the rural landscapes, replete with farms and old houses. Take to the summits of the Monchique Mountains or the uplands of the Serra do Caldeirão, or ride along the Algarve coast.
You will find a huge choice of riding schools and centres in the Algarve where you can hire a horse by the hour or by the day. These animals are trained and get on well and easily with riders of all ages and skill levels. The riding centres can suggest routes and programmes that will let you discover the Algarve in the way best suited to your taste and needs. If you are already accustomed to horse riding, you can go alone or as part of a small group, enjoying the company of friends or family who are also fond of horses. Alternatively, you can avail yourself of the services of an experienced guide.
Original horse-drawn carts, restored and decorated to the nines in accordance with Algarve equestrian tradition, are the perfect choice for a relaxed, romantic outing that you will never forget.
Or you could try a different option – a donkey outing. Get to know these docile, intelligent animals on a peaceful and memorable outing.
Trot off to discover the best that the Algarve has to offer.