- Open All Year
- Flexible arrivals
- Variable length stays | 3 to 6 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Ponta Delgada
- Weight limit: 14st 13lbs (95 kg) (209 pounds)
- Usual maximum: 10
The Azores are an archipelago of nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean, located between Portugal and North America. São Miguel is the largest island in the Azores and measures 81 ks long and 15 km wide at its maximum points.
The islands are volcanic in origin and this volcanic activity has created vast craters, blue lakes, black cliffs along the shore, valleys, mountains and hot mineral springs and geysers. The fertile terrain is uneven and rocky, making for small, green fields divided by stone walls and edged with flowers.
The Azores are one of the best places in the world to see whales and dolphins in their natural environment and boat trips out onto the ocean. Among the most sighted species are the sperm whale, the fin whale, common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and Atlantic spotted dolphin.
This ride is suitable for beginner and novice riders, or those wishing to gain confidence. During the week you have ten hours of riding lessons either in the riding arena or out on trails and also theory lessons. The aim is that by the end of the week you can join the spectacular full day ride to Sete Cidades (about 15 hours riding in total). The riding centre has some 20 much loved horses. They are all well-schooled and a pleasure to ride, whether in the arena or out on the trail. Some non-riding excursions are also included.
Hard hats are mandatory on this ride.
The "Learn to Ride in a Week" is available all year and you may arrive any day.
Sample Itinerary for Learn to Ride in a Week
If travelling from the UK there are flights from London Gatwick or Stansted directly to Ponta Delgada on Saturdays (between April and October) - so most people from the UK do stay Saturday to Saturday at this time of year.
Travellers from other countries may find direct flights on different days of the week.
Select your preferred arrival date:
|LEARN TO RIDE IN A WEEK (7 nights)
|2020: 1 Jan - 31 Mar
|2020: 1 Apr - 31 Oct
|2020: 1 Nov - 31 Dec
INCLUDES Seven nights accommodation; full board (dinner on your day of arrival through to breakfast on your day of departure); wine with dinner; 15 hours riding; 5 theory lessons; non-riding excursions as per itinerary.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT $298.74 (refunded if we find you a sharer).
PAYABLE LOCALLY Spirits; tips; whale watching trip; lunch on your arrival or departure day if required.
NEAREST AIRPORT Ponta Delgada.
TRANSFERS Included from Ponta Delgada.
NOT INCLUDED International flights.
Flights can arrive and depart at any time and transfers are included from Ponta Delgada airport.
Ryanair operates a direct flight on Saturdays from London Stansted all year round.
There are also direct flights from other European cities on various days.
All year round there are daily flights to Ponta Delgada via Lisbon.
Quinta da Terca is close to Punta Delgada, the capital of São Miguel, the largest of the Azorean islands.
Weather & Climate
The Azores have a mild temperate climate with average temperatures ranging from 14ºC to 22ºC. However the weather is changeable and it is not uncommon to experience four seasons in one day. During the summer months it can become very humid.