Portugal - Wolves and Wild Horses

  • Open Apr-Nov
  • Set arrivals
  • 7 nights / 5 to 6 days of riding | 2 to 5 hours riding per day | Nearest airport:Porto
  • Weight limit: 14st 1lbs (90 kg) (197 pounds)
  • Usual maximum: 6

The Peneda-Gerês National Park in the north of Portugal is home to the Iberian Wolf and a rare breed of horse called Garrano. The scenery is dominated by granite rocky mountains, dense oak forests, narrow valleys, rivers and groves of birch.

The Wolf is not easily seen although you might see their footprint or hear their howl at night. The wild Garrano horses are much easier spotted and you frequently pass herds of horses.

On the Wolves & Wild Horses itinerary you have three day rides with picnics and three half-day rides so there is time to go on non-riding excursions and learn more about the area. There are normally a maximum of five riders but can be more on occasions.

On the Yoga & Riding itinerary you focus on yoga and meditation to help improve your rider position, balance and connection with your horse.  You do enjoy some trail rides, as well as yoga sessions with the horses.

The horses are mainly Lusitano purebred and crosses and one or two Garrano horses. You should be confident at walk, trot and canter, in the open and over rough terrain.

The riding is mostly at walk due to the terrain with occasional fast canters. You need to be confident cantering in a group.

Please note that on this holiday you are involved with the preparation of the horses including collecting them from their fields, grooming, and tacking up prior to the ride. Also at the end of the ride you will help wash down your horse. Help is at hand if needed.

The Wolves and Wild Horses itinerary includes three half days' riding and three day rides with picnic lunches.

The Yoga and Riding itinerary is a mixture of trail rides and yoga clinics with the horses as well as yoga and meditation classes when not with the horses.

You stay all week in a beautifully restored house in a tiny hamlet. There are six bedrooms. Four of the rooms are twin rooms with en suite bathroom. One is a small room for single occupancy with its bathroom just across the corridor (there is no single supplement charged on this room). The sixth is a small suite with double bed, sitting room, small kitchen and bathroom.

Dinner is provided for you at the house and lunch is either a picnic or at the house.

The owners believe that “we are what we eat” so the meals are an important part of the itineraries. Delicious and healthy vegetarian friendly meals are planned and prepared according to a standard Mediterranean diet. All the meals are made with fresh and organic ingredients and seasonal vegetables. Most of the vegetables are produced in their own vegetable garden.

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Upcoming Dates

Rides run from April to November and from Saturday to Saturday. Both itineraries can run at the same time, but there will only be a maximum of six guests in total.

Holiday Experience LevelExp Lvl Arrive - DepartArr - Dep   Price Itinerary Availability
Wolves and Wild Horses 27 Jul 2024 - 3 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 3 Aug 2024 - 10 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 17 Aug 2024 - 24 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 24 Aug 2024 - 31 Aug 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 31 Aug 2024 - 7 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 7 Sep 2024 - 14 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 14 Sep 2024 - 21 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 21 Sep 2024 - 28 Sep 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 5 Oct 2024 - 12 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 19 Oct 2024 - 26 Oct 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 2 Nov 2024 - 9 Nov 2024 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full
Wolves and Wild Horses 31 May 2025 - 7 Jun 2025 7 nights 7 ngts £1,524.35 View (.pdf) Full

Prices

INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals; riding and non-riding excursions as per itinerary; return transfers from Porto Airport and to and from non-riding activities.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT of £173.22 for the week to guarantee a single room. There is no charge if willing to share. There is one single room (with private bathroom but not en suite) which is available at no supplement.

PAYABLE LOCALLY Bar bills; snacks and drinks outside meal times; tips.

NEAREST AIRPORT Porto.

TRANSFERS from Porto Airport are included at set times.


Getting There

Shared transfers are possible from Porto Airport at set times on Saturday. Your flight should arrive in Porto no later than 14:30. The transfer normally leaves at 15:00.

Your return flight should depart after midday on the day of departure.

Please note that these transfers are at pre-set times on Saturday. If you choose to book flights outside of these guidelines then you will need to hire a car at the airport or pay for a private transfer.

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Location

This ride explores the Peneda-Gerês National Park in the north of Portugal.


Weather & Climate

This area has good rainfall in the winter months which provides the moisture for interesting flora & fauna, rivers & waterfalls. A visit between April and June will be the best time for spring flowers. July and August are normally the hottest months (highest temperatures in the mid 20°C) and very little rain. In September/October you will be able to enjoy the golden colours of autumn.

This is a highland area and so the temperatures can fluctuate considerably between day and night and throughout the seasons.

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Guest Review

A really special place - the horses clearly have a wonderful life in this beautiful place under such great management and as a result are happy, well-mannered and forward-going - a delight to ride. Absolutely wonderful holiday.

Alison ,Reading

5 star rating Overall rating: 5/5

Ride Report

Pedro and his wife Anabel the owners and guides are very knowledgeable about the region

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