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Portugal - Monte Velho
Portugal - Monte Velho
Portugal - Monte Velho
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Portugal - Monte Velho

There are a number of reasons to put a riding holiday at Monte Velho Stud Farm, in the heart of the Alentejo, at the top of your bucket list.

First - the horses. Diogo Lima Mayer, owner of the award-winning Monte Velho Stud Farm, is famous nationally and internationally as one of the best breeders of the Lusitano horse and his horses have continued their dressage careers throughout Europe and Brazil. Seeing the broodmares and young horses and learning about the breeding programme will be a highlight for many visitors.

You can choose a programme of lessons (one or two a day) or lessons with trail rides or just enjoy trail rides without lessons. On the trail rides you set off from the farm onto the estate which lies inside an ecological reserve and also onto neighbouring properties. This is a really unspoilt area and you ride over large grassy areas, by lakes and along tracks through the cork oak plantations.

Second - the accommodation. The 'Monte' or main building of the farm dates back to the Roman era with several additions over the years to create a traditional Alentejo farmhouse. Diogo a leading architect, has designed an extension which provides really stunning accommodation.

Third - this area of the Alentejo is very beautiful and has a perfect climate and even if you don't venture off the veranda you will be enchanted by the peacefulness and isolation. If you do go exploring then a highlight for most people is to visit the city of Evora (30 minutes away) which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

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Portuguese Riding Specialist  Abigail Wood

Abigail says:

Dressage paradise set amidst the stunning Alentejo countryside. Monte Velho offers first class tuition on magnificent horses. In between your lessons or trail rides you can watch other lessons going on, or simply relax by the pool or in the rooftop jacuzzi.

My top tip:

Treat yourself - your riding is sure to improve and you will have a wonderful holiday.

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