Lisbon & the unforgettable vineyards of Ribaltejo

Lisbon & the unforgettable vineyards of Ribaltejo from Equestrian Escapes

By: Equestrian Escapes  08/06/2010
Keywords: horse riding, riding school, riding holidays

 

This holiday package is a four night break to the capital of Portugal starting from £650 per person. Lisbon is the greatest city of this country, which is so perfectly perched on the Atlantic. The positioning of Lisbon within Portugal and its size both determine it to be the westernmost large city in Europe, and the Lisbon area is the wealthiest region in the entire country. But enough facts...

Day One: Today you arrive into Lisbon airport and either; take a taxi, a rental car or pre-arranged transfer - for the last leg of your journey to your accommodation. Near the historic city of Santarem you will be happy with our selection of lodging for you and unpack your things before heading out to the stables for your very first lesson in Portugal. Here you will be riding through the vineyards with and expert instructor assessing you level and teaching you where necessary. Tonight head back for a shower and then eat out!

Day Two: After a good breakfast and another lesson in the astounding vineyards surround the area we suggest you spend the afternoon in Golega which is a forty minute drive away. Golega is widely considered to be the capital of the Lusitano horse. Here you will be reminded of its equine history around every turn and each cobbled street that you wander. Stay for an evening meal in Golega before heading back to your accommodation.

Day Three: After breakfast today you will have a longer vineyard ride with a picnic at lunch time. This afternoon and evening you have a few options; visit the historic town of Santarem, have a guided tour of the local Bodegas and sample fine wines, or make a journey an hour and a half away to Coudelaria do Alter: a very prestigious stud and centre jewel in the crown of Lusitano breeding!

Day Four: Today makes the visit to Lisbon you will never forget. With an excellent source of knowledge flowing from the conductor of your guided tour it will be a slight shame to part ways with him to watch The Royal Riding School of Portugal display. Then there will be some time to visit the Carriage Museum. Alternatively for the lucky few who already know Lisbon we recommend visiting Sintra via horse drawn carriage tour. This evening eat out in one of the traditional restaurants of the Fado of Lisbon.

Day Five: Alas the fateful day has arrived and your departure will be looming inevitably. Despite this, it will be nice to return home. So say your goodbyes to new found friends and look forward to your next trip with Equestrian Escapes.

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