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Classical Riding

Escola de Equitação de Alcainça (near Mafra)

Although we have visited several times I have only ridden here once, for a week long course, about 8 years ago. This was our introduction to classical riding in Portugal. I really enjpoyed my experience. From what I have seen lessons tend to be in groups, which can be quite large at this popular school. I cannot find that the School has its own website and booking is undertaken through agents. However, if you are a keen rider it may be possible to book a lesson or two directly with the School.

click here to link to an agent's website

Quinta do Archino, Ota (near Alenquer)

I return to ride at Archino whenever possible. Lessons are on a one-to-one basis with beautiful, light, generous horses. For the serious student it can be difficult to not be overwhelmed by a sense of the priviledge of being able to experience these horses, their training and the cultural inheritance that surrounds this way of riding.

click here to link to Achino's website

The video on the left is from YouTube and shows D. Francisco de Braganca riding his Lusitano stallion, Unico.

Morgado Lusitano, Alverca do Ribatejo

click here to link to Morgado Lusitano's website

Centro Equestre da Leziria Grande, Vila Franca de Xira

click here to link to Centro Equestre da Leziria Grande's website

Lusitanus, Golega.

click here to link to Lusitanus' website

Classical Riding ~ Displays and Events


The Portuguese School of Equestrain Art is based in the Royal Palace at Queluz, Lisbon. Displays are given to the public every Wednesday at 11am in the Palace gardens during the months of May-July and September-October.

click here to link to website containing details of equestrian displays at Queluz, Lisbon.


The annual festival of the Lusitano Horse takes place in November in the small town of Golega.

General riding and hacking

Centro Hipico ~ Hotel Golf Mar, Vimeiro

click here to link to Hotel Golf Mar's Equestrian pages.

Centro Equestre do Camporeal, Torres Vedras

click here to link to Centro Equestre do Camporeal's website.