Portugal - Quinta do Rol

  • Open All Year
  • Flexible arrivals
  • 3 nights | 1 to 2 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Lisbon
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 8

Great instruction on top-quality pure-bred Lusitano horses at this riding centre near Lisbon. The senior instructor Miguel Preira is an experienced rider and trainer – so your riding is sure to improve.

The equestrian centre at Quinta do Rol has been carefully planned from the light and airy stables to the beautiful tack room. Facilities include a 20 x 40 metre indoor arena with mirrors, 20 x 60 metre outdoor covered arena, working equitation paddock, lunge pen and wash-boxes. The horses are groomed to perfection before each session, long flowing manes and tails brushed, hoof dressing applied and brushing boots fitted. Regular turn-out in the paddocks keeps the horses healthy and happy. These are not your ordinary dressage schoolmasters; they are well-muscled horses so bursting with health that you just can’t wait to ride.

Between October and the end of May, it is sometimes possible for experienced riders to ride the dressage horses on Areia Beach. This activity cannot be guaranteed because it is subject to experience levels, availability, tide and weather conditions and so can only be arranged once you arrive (c. €190 per person – payable locally). Experienced riders may be able to switch a dressage lesson for tour of the estate on horseback or an insight into the traditional Portuguese discipline of Working Equitation. These riding sessions are subject to experience levels and availability so need to be arranged on-site.

Guests are also well-catered for with a wonderful Riders’ Lounge. The viewing gallery to the indoor arena has sliding windows so you can feel part of the action and continue to learn even when you are not riding. After your lesson you can relax on the terrace with a refreshing drink from the bar or perhaps in cooler months sit by the fire with a coffee.

The horses at Quinta do Rol are purebred Lusitanos. Lessons are always on a one to one basis enabling you to concentrate wholly on what you wish to achieve whether it be to strengthen your position, improve your lateral work or get the hang of one-time changes.

Dressage saddles with double bridles are used. You can also request to try the traditional Portuguese saddles.

You may warm-up with one instructor and then switch to another instructor for the remainder of your lesson. There may be more than one lesson being conducted at the same time but headsets are often used to ensure that instructions to each rider are clearly received.

You can choose an intensive programme with two lessons per day or a more relaxed schedule with one lesson a day. When you are not riding there is a great deal to be gained from watching other guests have lessons or perhaps watching the Quinta do Rol staff training the horses.

Hard hats are mandatory.

Quinta do Rol has four spacious guest cottages. Each cottage is equipped with a fireplace, television and music player and there are air conditioning units fitted for the warmer months. There is a kitchen where guests can help themselves to tea, coffee and cold drinks. Each cottage has a garden or terrace area. Guests may share a cottage, but they are not expected to share a bedroom or a bathroom.

There is a swimming pool (not heated) with BBQ and gym area as well as tennis and basketball courts for guests to enjoy. The riding centre is a few minutes' walk from the main quinta down a private drive and across a country road.

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Open all year. You can arrive and depart on any day the minimum stay is 3 nights (3 lessons).
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It is possible to have 1 or 2 lessons per day. The following prices are a guideline and we will send you a quote for the number of nights you wish to stay and the number of lessons you wish.  If you stay 6 nights or more and have 10 lessons or more in total there is a discount which is reflected in the rates below.


2023  Per Rider
(sharing a room)
 Per Rider
(single room)
Non-Rider (sharing)
1 Jan-14 Mar 6 nights / 10 lessons $1,686.98 $1,959.07 $870.70
6 nights / 5 lessons $1,301.51 $1,573.61 $870.70
3 nights / 5 lessons $879.77 $1,029.42 $448.95
3 nights / 3 lessons $707.44 $857.09 $448.95
15 Mar-30 Jun 6 nights / 10 lessons $2,108.72 $2,448.84 $1,088.37
6 nights / 5 lessons $1,626.89 $1,967.01 $1,088.37
3 nights / 5 lessons $1,099.71 $1,286.78 $561.19
3 nights / 3 lessons $884.30 $1,071.37 $561.19
1 Jul-31 Aug 6 nights / 10 lessons $1,686.98 $1,959.07 $870.70
6 nights / 5 lessons $1,301.51 $1,573.61 $870.70
3 nights / 5 lessons $879.77 $1,029.42 $448.95
3 nights / 3 lessons $707.44 $857.09 $448.95
 1 Sep-15 Nov 6 nights / 10 lessons $2,108.72 $2,448.84 $1,088.37
6 nights / 5 lessons $1,626.89 $1,967.01 $1,088.37
3 nights / 5 lessons $1,099.71 $1,286.78 $561.19
3 nights / 3 lessons $884.30 $1,071.37 $561.19
 16 Nov-31 Dec 6 nights / 10 lessons $1,686.98 $1,959.07 $870.70
6 nights / 5 lessons $1,301.51 $1,573.61 $870.70
3 nights / 5 lessons $879.77 $1,029.42 $448.95
3 nights / 3 lessons $707.44 $857.09 $448.95


INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals from dinner on day of arrival through to lunch on day of departure; coffee/tea with meals and in guest cottages; riding as per programme.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT Payable for those in a single room.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Additional alcoholic, soft and hot beverages; gratuities; off-site excursions; massages.


TRANSFERS from Lisbon airport are €120 per vehicle each way (maximum of four people) - payable locally.

Getting There

We can arrange transfers from Lisbon airport or Lisbon city.

Alternatively you may prefer to hire a car and drive to Quinta do Rol, which is recommended if you wish to explore widely. The journey time from Lisbon airport is approximately 45 minutes.

Check-in to your room is possible from 16:00. You may arrive earlier and pre-book to have lunch if you wish. If you are not riding on arrival day, then we recommend you check-in before 18:00 so that you can settle into your room and be in time for dinner. The absolute latest check-in time is 20:00 and if you arrive after this then a late check-in fee will be charged.

On your departure day you may book to ride but you will need to vacate your room by midday so that it can be made ready for arriving guests.

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Quinta do Rol is located 45 minutes' drive north of Lisbon.

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Guest Review

The standard of teaching and horses was amazing and made the holiday. Exceeded my expectations. It was brilliant, and I loved the brochure.

Harriet ,London

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Imogen Brown
Superb horses and private tuition make Quinta do Rol a perfect location to relax and work on your dressage goals. With comfortable accommodation and wonderful food riders are looked after both on horse and off.

In The Saddle says

A dressage lover's dream in the 'orchard of Lisbon'. Ride beautiful fit and supple horses who really enjoy their work. Instruction is delivered in a such a way that before you know it you'll be executing movements in ways you've only ever dreamt of!

Our Top Tip

Indulge in this dressage holiday - you are sure to learn a great deal and will finish each session pleased with your achievements.

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