- Open Dec-Jan
- Flexible arrivals
- 3 nights | 1 to 2 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Lisbon
- Weight limit: 14st 2lbs (90 kg) (198 pounds)
- Usual maximum: 8
For over 30 years the equestrian school at Alcainça has been providing first class dressage instruction. The senior instructor Georges Malleroni studied classical dressage under Nuno Oliveira the great Portuguese Master. The school horses are trained to a high level of performance and are able to do shoulder in, half pass, flying changes, piaffe and passage. Some are very highly trained horses for experienced riders and there are also school masters for those starting out in dressage. Depending on your experience level you will most likely ride different horses during your stay.
Lessons (each of 1.5hrs duration) are scheduled for the morning and again in the afternoon. Riders are split according to their ability and the lesson size is normally two or three to a group (maximum four). There is an indoor arena and also a large outdoor arena which is partly covered so two groups can have lessons at the same time. Most people pre-book to have two lessons a day which will mean that most of your day will be taken up with horses and riding; however, if you are staying a week then you may wish to have one afternoon free for sightseeing. A driver is available to take you to places of interest in the area including the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art at Queluz; Mafra or Lisbon (extra charge).
Whatever your level of riding the combination of these wonderful horses and the high quality of instruction available is sure to develop your dressage skills.
The centre has beautiful pure-bred and part-bred Lusitano horses mainly geldings with some stallions. Dressage saddles with double bridles are used but some horses are ridden in snaffle bridles with one set of reins.
You should be competent at walk, trot and canter with a willingness and openness to learn. Some prior knowledge of dressage is useful to get the most out of your holiday for instance an understanding of lateral movements such as shoulder-in and half pass. Prior to or during your first lesson you will have an opportunity to discuss with your instructor what you are currently doing and what you would like to achieve. The main instructors are Georges Malleroni, Paulo Tita and Renato Sousa.
It is also possible that additional instructors may be hired if there is a full group or to cover holidays of the main instructors. It is not possible to request or guarantee a particular instructor.
Hard hats are compulsory.
Open all year. You can arrive and depart on any day.
Sample Itinerary for Alcainca
The riding centre is open for guests over the Christmas and New Year period, except there is no riding on the afternoon of 24 December, on 25 December or on 1 January.
Golegã Horse Fair - Combine your Alcainca holiday with a visit to the world-renowned Golegã Horse Fair. This takes place in early November, but the fair schedule is not finalised until a few months before. Please contact us for more information.
Select your preferred arrival date:
The price (per night) depends on whether you plan for one or two lessons a day and your stay can have a mixture of both. All lessons are shared.
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|2019/2020: Jan - Feb
|2019/2020: Mar - Oct
|2019/2020: Nov - Dec
|2019/2020: Special price for stays of 10 nights or more
INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; wine with meals; instruction as per programme.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if willing to share. If you wish to guarantee a single room the supplement is $38.32 per night.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; non-riding excursions; laundry.
NEAREST AIRPORT Lisbon.
TRANSFERS from Lisbon airport cost $51.32 per vehicle each way and $54.16 from Lisbon city.
We can arrange transfers from the nearest airport (Lisbon). Or you may prefer to hire a car and self-drive which is recommended if you wish to explore widely. The journey time is approximately 30 minutes from Lisbon airport.
We recommend you arrive in the early afternoon so that you can have your first lesson that afternoon or at least have time to meet the instructors. Latest arrival is 6pm. There is no discount for later arrival.
The norm is to have a lesson on the morning of your departure and lunch is included on your final day.
For Golega Horse Fair
The included transfer will leave Alcainca at 08.30. If you are not staying at Alcainca the night before, then an additional transfer charge would be payable for the transfer from Lisbon to Golega.
The return transfer (to Alcainca or Lisbon) will leave Golega in the early afternoon. If leaving that evening, flights should depart after 18.00.
Alcainça is 25km northwest of Lisbon and 5km from the palace of Mafra.
Weather & Climate
Warm and dry for most of the year. During July & August temperatues can rise above 30°C but being close to the coast means that it does not become too uncomfortable for riding. The wettest months are October to March when it can also feel cold, particularly in the evening.