Horse Riding in the Algarve
If you're a keen rider, then you'll love horse riding in the Algarve.
The riding centres are happy to deal with just about anyone, from beginner to Olympic standard (well, in their
dreams!) And there's
a choice of countryside or seaside scenery, depending on your preference.
Most places have English-speaking instructors, but it's always worth checking first (unless, of course, you've taken advantage
of my basic 100 Words Portuguese Language Tips, and are keen to try out your new-found linguistic abilities!)
The available options should suit just about anybody. Beginners can book an hour's ride (or two if their backsides will stand it), and
more seasoned riders can enjoy a half- or full-day hack.
Many centres are inland from the coast, but because they're keen to appeal to holidaymakers, the majority offer transportation there
and back. And for longer outings, some will provide packed meals and refreshments, (though you should check beforehand if you have any particular dietary requirements - such as being vegetarian like
The words to look for if you're driving around are 'Centro
Hípico', which is Portuguese for Riding Centre.
There are many centres for horse riding in the Algarve, such as those at Tavira, Lagos, Portimao and Albufeira, and I've heard
good things about most of them. The one that put up with my sad attempt at equestrianism was Centro Hipico da Penina in Portimão, and I can vouch for their patience
and good humour in the face of extremely questionable horsewoman-ship!
It's easy enough to find good establishments offering horse riding in the Algarve, but here's a selection to start you
off, wherever you might be vacationing. Just check with them that they have everything that you want before you book a ride, then off you go...
Vale Grifo, Almadena
Tel. 282 697 395
- QPA Riding Centre
Bensafrim, 8600 Lagos
Tel: 282 687 263 or 282 687 596 or 282 789 801
Centro Hípico da Penina
Tel. 282 415 415
- Centro Hípico Belmonte
Urbanização de Belmonte, 8500 Portimão
Tel. 282 476 020
- Centro Hípico de Silves
Apartado 231 - 8300 Silves
Tel. 282 444 120
- The Stables
Tel. 289 542 870
- Centro Hípico Quinta do Cadoiço
Quinta do Cadoiço - 8100 Loulé
Tel. 289 462 492
Centro Hípico Vale de Éguas
Vale de Éguas - 8100 Loulé
Telf. 00351 289397499
Quinta do Lago
Tel. 289 396 099
- Centro Hípico Paraíso dos Cavalos
Apartado 3751 - 8135 Almancil
Tel. 289 394 189
- Centro Hípico Casal de São José
Caixa Postal 192 - 8700 Olhão
Tel. 289 703 198
- Horseriding Centre (Centro da Equitação)
Quinta das Oliveiras
Tel. 281 322 107
There... that should give you some scope, wherever in sunny
Algarve you might be staying.
Good luck in your search, and happy hacking!
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