Alentejo Trails - Portugal

Coastal Trail North to South

4 star rating   2 June 2019

Jockey123 who has been on 12 In The Saddle rides. Enjoyable ride | This ride was an enjoyable mix of terrains and countryside, looking particularly lovely in late Spring. I'm also into birding and hearing and seeing birds that are rare in UK was an added pleasure- even if Miguel, our guide, called everything that was not a stork a sparrow. It was also good to have more than one night at some locations so we didn't spend every morning re-packing. The weather was unseasonable hot and keeping adequately hydrated was an issue when their saddlebag only provided space for a single 500ml bottle.

The Riding

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The Accommodation

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The single night at the farmhouse was perhaps the highlight but all the accommodations used were very tolerant of our group trailing in dusty, dirty (and probably smelly). Food was OK to very good, with the poorest meal being the one on the first night in a local restaurant. Dietary needs are catered for but may be a little unimaginative. Breakfast at the final 4 night stop was only available at 9am. Given the heat this became quite restricting as it would have been much more pleasant to set out at 8 rather than 10am. Apparently the timing is to allow delivery from their baker -our group would willingly have foregone bread for a cool start!

Before Your Holiday

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The ride is good but the guides could have been more informative: other than talking about cork oaks and storks you were pretty much on your own -but perhaps I've been spoilt by guide knowledge in S Africa. This is the first time I've been on a ride with a group of this size with only one guide (at the front). Information was often not passed back and the guide did not explain trail rules well or re-enforce them when necessary -possibly because with no colleague at the rear he was unaware of occasional silliness.