Ride through the northern border between Portugal and Spain, on one of the Ecotura’s stunning Lusitanos.
Near the northern border between Portugal and Spain, inside Peneda-Gerês National Park. As a UNESCO biosphere reserve, this region is distant from the usual tourist getaways. You still can find bulls pulling the plough for agriculture or the local breed of Castro Laboreiro dogs guarding cow herds. You'll simultaneously learn more about horse behaviour, observing wild horses, and enjoying relaxing rides amongst the nature of Peneda-Gerês National Park.
If you are a beginner you should know that Pedro is your host and instructor and an experienced horse rider who loves to teach people the joys of riding in a fun, fast, and secure way. You will learn correct riding principles through a mixture of classic tuition, learning about horse behaviour, observing wild horses, and enjoying relaxing rides amongst the nature of Peneda-Gerês National Park. This will be very different from the strict methods used on some beginner courses – Pedro aims to introduce you to the lovely world of horses with careful and thoughtful steps. “In the last 10 years, I needed to find the best way of teaching my guests who, sometimes despite not knowing anything about riding or horses, wanted to explore the region on horseback. My primary goal has always been to take them out on the trails feeling happy and secure. With this in mind, I created a teaching process that allows everyone to learn how to ride (on a basic level) at a faster pace than usual. In the last years, I have taught hundreds of riders and all of them left with an immense enthusiasm for horses, returning every year to ride in the mountains”.
A hamlet from the early ’20s, now restored by our hosts. Surrounded by oak forest and with the river flowing nearby, these houses will allow that you enjoy your holidays like a retreat, within a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The dinners, served in the house, with traditional Portuguese cuisine.