The Azores are a stunning archipelago of nine islands in the Atlantic Ocean, almost midway between Portugal and North America. Discovered in the 15th Century, they became an important stop-over point for early explorers and travellers between the old and new worlds.
São Miguel is the largest island in the Azores and measures 81kms long and 15kms wide at its maximum points, however the roads wind up and around many hills and so the island feels much larger than these distances suggest.
The islands are volcanic in origin and this volcanic activity has created a spectacular natural beauty of vast craters, glistening blue lakes, black cliffs along the shore, lush green rolling valleys, rugged mountains and hot mineral springs and geysers.
The fertile terrain is uneven and rocky, making for small, intensely green fields divided by stone walls and edged with vibrantly blooming flowers. The flower most associated with the Azores is the hydrangea, which flowers riotously throughout the islands, lining the roads and fields with shades of blue, purple and pink. Other abundant flowers are arum lilies, wild ginger, rhododendrons, gladioli and sweet peas.
Your base for this wonderful riding holiday is Quinta da Terça on the south of the island not far from the main town of Ponta Delgada. The historic house of the Quinta (farm) is one of the oldest homes on the island and dates from the 17th Century. There are five lovely guest rooms, each with en suite facilities as well as a comfortable dining room and lounge. An array of seasonal fruit and vegetables appear in the wonderful breakfasts, lunches and dinners available at the Quinta. The food is delicious and a real highlight of the holiday.
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 usually give wonderful sightings. 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). Some non-riding excursions are also included.
Please note that hard hats are mandatory on this ride.
The Quinta da Terca house is one of the oldest buildings on the islands full of interesting features. You should ask for a tour of the private parts of the house, which is really worth seeing.
There are five guestrooms each with private bathroom (shower). Three have double beds and two have twin beds. The rooms have a television and a small selection of toiletries are provided in case you have forgotten anything.
You have meals in the welcoming dining room converted from a former stable. There are plenty of places to sit and relax, either indoors or on the veranda or in the gardens adjoining the horse paddocks.
The "Learn to Ride in a Week" is available all year and you may arrive any day.
If travelling from the UK there are flights from London Gatwick or
Stansted directly to Punta 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.
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|LEARN TO RIDE IN A WEEK (7 nights)
|2018: 1 Jan - 31 Mar
|2018: 1 Apr - 31 Oct
|2018: 1 Nov - 31 Dec
Discount for children under 12 years $74 (2018) for 7 nights
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 $278 (2018) (refunded if we find you a
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
Quinta da Terca is close to Punta Delgada, the capital of São Miguel, the largest of the Azorean islands.
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.
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