Rider arena 2
white horses on beach
Line up in dressage arena Golega Portugal
Trail ride in Golega Portugal
Saddles on dressage holiday Golega
Dressage stallion GOlega Portugal
Trail ride to lake Golega riding holiday
Food on riding holiday GOlega Portugal
Riding through lake Portugal

Situated north west of Lisbon lies Golega, the horse capital of Portugal. On the outskirts of the town is your base for this holiday; a converted former water mill, now home to your hosts and their highly-trained stable of Lusitano stallions. Guests will spend each morning receiving tailored dressage instruction on one of the yards dressage schoolmasters who can work to advanced level and will spend the afternoons exploring the local countryside on horseback.
Torres Novas is a small town located to the north of Lisbon, near the city of Santarem and the series de Airs e Candeiros Natural park. The river Almonda flows through the town and the impressive historical castle of Torres Novas boasts great views of the city.
This destination offers a holiday for all levels of rider with horses to suit from beginner to advanced riders, making it ideal for groups of mixed ability and families. As well as riding, your hosts can organise golf, hiking, fishing and biking in the local area and guests can even enjoy outdoor yoga classes on-site. Accommodation is high-end in twin or double rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and beautiful views over the surrounding countryside. An ideal riding holiday for anyone interested in improving their dressage skills alongside relaxed trail riding on highly-trained Lusitano horses.

Please Note: The opinions expressed in these reviews are the author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of Unicorn Trails Ltd. These reviews are "directly from the horses mouth" and unedited. Unicorn Trails may make additional comments for clarification clearly identified in red.

Review received from SR of Harrogate on 11/10/2019

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There are two programmes available on this holiday:

Programme A - Morning dressage lesson followed by either trail riding or another dressage lesson in the afternoon
Programme B - Morning dressage lesson followed by sightseeing in the local area in the afternoon

Optional yoga lessons on site are available on all programmes. These cost an additional €15 per hour and are payable on site. There are mats available to borrow but or you can purchase your own mat for €10.

Programmes can also be combined with visit to two local golf courses, ideal for a non-riding companion to take advantage of. 

Day 1
Arrive at your accommodation for the week, a converted former water mill located on-site with the stables and arena just a short stroll away. Settle into your room and meet your hosts and fellow guests over dinner that evening. Either before or after dinner all guests will be invited to join the hosts on a José Saramago walk; a guided walk to learn more about the local past inhabitant – Nobel Price of Literature winner – Jose Saramago. With his birth place being Azinhaga, the town has some tributes to the writer which you will discover on this peaceful walk in beautiful surroundings. Dinner will take place in the on-site restaurant and is usually traditional Portuguese food served along with a bottle of local wine.

Day 2
After breakfast it's time to head down to the stables and meet the horses. There are 16 horses kept on-site and your hosts will give you a short introduction to the Lusitano breed and the indivdual horses. Once you have been matched with a suitable horse, it's time to get acquitainted in the arena with your first lesson.

From Day 2 to Day 7

Programme A: The programme will involve morning dressage instruction of between 1 hour to 1.5 hours with a group size of between 2 and 3. After a hearty lunch guests will then be able to take part in some more relaxed riding on a ride out into the surrounding countryside. Some of the rides out are;

* Trail to rio Tejo / Tagus river
The stables are only a 10 minute ride away from the magnificent Tagus river. Enjoy riding along the river banks, getting your horses feet wet and maybe yours too if you want to go for a swim – with or without your horse.

* Golegã trail
Head to the Capital do Cavalo / Capital of Horses. Here you can taste the atmosphere of the infamous São Martinho fair. Visit the manga (the big arena used during the São Martinho fair in the middle of town) and show off the dressage moves you've been practising. Lunch is in a typical Portuguese bistro before riding back, passing the Estudio Carlos Relvas. This photographer’s house will catch your eye immediately with its extraordinary architecture using iron, glass and red details.

* Trail to the Paul do Boquilobo Natural Reserve
Explore nature and enjoy the lush green countryside that surrounds the stables. Find out more about the biodiversity of the reserve from the local guide, the reserve is occupied by at least 221 bird species and is a peaceful, beautiful place to relax on horseback.

Programme B
Morning dressage instruction of between 1 hour to 1.5 hours with a group size of between 2 and 3. After a hearty lunch, guests will be taken sightseeing in the local area with a guide.

Golega National Horse Fair 1-10 November 2019

On these dates a supplement will apply for visiting. The programme on these days will be one riding/trail in the morning and visiting the Fair on the afternoon. Extra riding can be arranged if wanted.

Christmas Programmes 23rd - 27th December 2019

Programme A (Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • 2 rides per day of Classical Dressage (except Christmas and Boxing days). 
  • Pre-Christmas party with festive food, fizz, carols and horse games
  • Festive morning ride on Christmas Day followed by traditional afternoon lunch
  • Show with Lusitano horses with the opportunity to take part
  • Boxing Day late cooked breakfast followed by a trail ride including mince pies 
  • Daily meals, beer, wine and soft drinks
  • 3/4 night programme

Programme B (Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • 1 ride per day of Classical Dressage
  • Pre-Christmas party with festive food, fizz, carols and horse games
  • Festive morning ride on Christmas Day followed by traditional afternoon lunch
  • Boxing Day late cooked breakfast followed by a trail ride with mince pies on your return
  • Daily meals, beer, wine and soft drinks
  • 3/4 night programme

New Year Programmes 30th December 2019 - 2nd January 2020

Programme A (Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • 2 rides per day of Classical Dressage (1 ride on New Year's Day and 2nd Jan)
  • New Year's Eve dinner party with festive food, fizz, carols and horse games plus the opportunity to see the New Year in on horseback if you wish!
  • Show with Lusitano horses with the opportunity to take part
  • New Year's Day morning ride followed by traditional afternoon lunch
  • 2nd Jan late cooked breakfast followed by a trail ride and mince pies served on your return
  • Daily meals, beer, wine and soft drinks
  • 3/4 night programme

Programme B (Full Board - Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

  • 1 ride per day of Classical Dressage
  • New Year's Eve dinner party with festive food, fizz, carols and horse games plus the opportunity to see the New Year in on horseback if you wish!
  • Show with Lusitano horses with the opportunity to take part
  • New Year's Day morning ride followed by traditional afternoon lunch
  • 2nd Jan late cooked breakfast followed by a trail ride and mince pies served on your return
  • Daily meals, beer, wine and soft drinks
  • 3/4 night programme

Other Activities

This is the ideal break for non-riding companions with an interest in golf with two excellent courses nearby:

Ribagolfe: Once described as the ‘Valderrama of Portugal’, Ribagolfe I provides a superb test of golf in a unique and natural setting 40 minutes north of Lisbon (approx a 30 min drive from the riding centre).

Riba II is a a shorter test than its sibling Ribagolfe I but still measuring more than 6,800 yards, Ribagolfe II was designed by former Ryder Cup player Michael King in colaboration with European Tour Design.

         

Please note: All itineraries are given for your guidance only and it may be altered on the ground and in accordance with the prevailing conditions by the organising team.

Horses & Riding

There are between 10-12 horses for riders to chose from at this stable, ranging from 15.2-16.2hh. Most of the horses are Luistano stallions and have been trained using natural horsemanship methods so are relaxed and quiet to handle. This breed is reknowned as a dressage horse and all the horses are experienced dressage schoolmasters; ridden more with the leg and seat than the hand.



The riding facilities at this destination include a large, covered arena with geo-track flooring for lessons, and 25 loose boxes; each box is equipped with automatic water drinker, lights and thermal protection. In the arena dressage saddle are used, they have slightly wider/square saddle flaps but essentially feels the same as an English saddle. Traditional Western saddles are used for trail riding – these saddles are very comfortable for long periods in the saddle.


Rider requirements

There is a team of grooms who provide horse care and will groom and tack up horses, riders are welcome to assist the grooms in grooming and tacking/untacking of their horse if they want to. This destination can cater for levels from beginner to advanced, with a range of highly-trained horses to choose from. You do not need to be an expert dressage rider at all and the instructors are very happy to teach less experienced and beginner riders.

Weight Limit

The weight limit for this ride is 209 lb/95 kg, please enquire if you are an experienced rider exceeding this weight.

Accommodation is in a spectacular converted water mill on-site with views across the courtyard to the outdoor area and pool. One specail feature of this building is the glass floor through which you can see the original workings of the old mill and when the river is full it is visible under glass panes! The building can accommodate up to 6 guests in a mix of twin, double and triple rooms. All rooms are equipped with an en-suite bathroom, heating and air conditioning. The accommodation benefits from a communal dining room and lounge area as well as a games room, BBQ area and a swimming pool. The area is very quiet and peaceful, allowing for total relaxation, although there are restaurants and coffee shops within walking distance.

For larger groups guests will stay in a partner hotel located 2 minutes from the farm, with transport provided by staff, on a central square, Praca 5 de Outubro, which is lined with cafes that have beautiful terraces which provide an amazing view of the castle. The square also hosts most of the towns public celebrations. In June you can get involved with Memorias de Historia, a medieval fair with a market, craft workshops and re-enactments relying on a big cast of volunteers.

Meal timings are arranged with guests once they arrive and the food served is mainly delicious traditional Portugese dishes based around fish/meat/salad/rice. Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with advance notice.

Torres Novas is a small town located to the north of Lisbon, near the city of Santarem and the series de Airs e Candeiros Natural park, and also a 5 minute drive from Golega Capital of Lusitanos in Portugal. The river Almonda flows through the town and the impressive historical castle of Torres Novas boasts great views of the city.

Due to its Roman past, Torres Novas has plenty of ruins such as the Villa of Cardillo, and the Roman bridge and water wheel over the river Almonda. Other places of interest include the Museum Muncipal Carlos Reis which boasts more than thirty pieces of work that depict stories and lives of the rural folk of the town. The Igreja de Misericordia de Torres Novas is the most opulent religious monument of the town and dates back to the 1500’s, with decorations and fittings added in stages over the next two hundred years. The central square, Praca 5 de Outubro, is lined with cafes that have beautiful terraces which provide an amazing view of the castle.


Vegetarian or other dietary requirements can be accommodated with advanced notice. Please contact Unicorn Trails with requests.

Documents - Visa and Consulate Info

Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct documentation in place for your trip. If Visa’s are required the requirements can change from year to year depending on diplomatic relations. Please request information from the appropriate Consulate in your home country. Unicorn Trails will assist with any questions you have or supply any necessary supporting documents as required by the consulate on request.

General information:

A valid passport is required for travel to Portugal. Visas are not required for U.K. or other European nationals. In the UK the British Foreign Office gives travel advice on
0207 008 0232/0233 or at www.fco.gov.uk
The British Consulate in Lisbon is at Rua de Sao Bernardo 33, 1249 –082, Lisboa. Tel 351 21 392 4040. email: Consular@Lisbon.mail.fco.gov.uk
website: www.uk-embassy.pt

Climate Summary

On average the warmest months are July and August, with hot periods. The coolest months are January and February and the wettest months are November and December and to be avoided if you don’t like too much rain.

Climate Chart

Health

No special health precautions are required for visits to Portugal, for further details please see your local doctor.

For up to date information on specific health concerns please contact the Medical Advisors For Travellers Abroad. Their website can be found at www.masta.org.

Electricity

Voltage is the same as in the UK and most appliances such as battery chargers for videos, hair dryers etc. can be plugged in with appropriate 2 pronged adapters. These are available for purchase at most airports and travel shops.

Film and Camera Equipment

There is free wifi available in all the rooms as well as electricity so you can charge cameras and batteries.

Packing List

Riding trousers - breeches or jodphurs
Riding boots, paddock boots or riding sneakers (with heel)
Half chaps (optional)
Riding gloves (optional)
Riding hat - these are mandatory. There is a small selection to borrow on-site but we recommend that you take your own for safety and comfort reasons.
Swimsuit
Lipbalm with sunscreen
Insect repellent
Sunblock
Sunglasses
T-shirts and shorts
Sandals
Camera
Long sleeved shirts
Sweater, sweatshirt or fleece
Informal wear for evenings
Lightweight rainwear
Water bottle
Continental 2 pin adapter plug
Comfortable clothing for yoga, if required

Linen, towels and a hairdryer are provided.

Programmes

This destination offers any day arrival and departure, bookings are taken per night and there is a minimum of 3 nights. There are two programmes available:

Programme A - Morning dressage lesson followed by trail riding or another dressage lesson in the afternoon
Programme B - Morning dressage lesson followed by sightseeing in the local area in the afternoon

Optional yoga lessons are available on both programmes for an additional €15 (payable on site)

Departure Dates

2019: Dates available on demand all year. Golega Fair Week 1-10 November 2019

Pricing
No single supplement payable if willing to share with someone of same sex. Should you wish to book a single room, please see supplement price below.
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description £
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)165
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)139
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1single supplement37
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1non-rider86
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1Fair Programme219
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1non-rider96
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1single supplement38
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1Extra Riding Lesson or Trail53
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)185
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)155
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1single supplement38
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1non-rider96
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)195
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)165
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1single supplement37
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)195
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)165
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1single supplement37
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1non-rider109
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Extra riding lesson44
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)185
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)155
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1single supplement42
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1non-rider97
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1Fair Programme249
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1non-rider109
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1single supplement43
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1Extra Riding Lesson or Trail60
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)209
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)175
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1single supplement43
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1non-rider109
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)219
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)185
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1single supplement42
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)219
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)185
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1single supplement42
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1non-rider125
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Extra riding lesson50
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description $
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)209
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)179
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1single supplement48
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1non-rider109
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1Fair Programme285
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1non-rider125
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1single supplement49
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1Extra Riding Lesson or Trail69
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)239
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)199
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1single supplement49
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1non-rider125
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)259
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)219
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1single supplement50
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)249
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)209
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1single supplement48
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1non-rider145
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Extra riding lesson57
No of   
days/nights
Riding days Product item description SEK
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)2,035
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)1,705
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1single supplement465
2019 2 Jan - 28 Feb per nightper night1non-rider1,069
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1Fair Programme2,749
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1non-rider1,199
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1single supplement475
2019 Golega Horse Fair 1-10 November per nightper night1Extra Riding Lesson or Trail659
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)2,299
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)1,925
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1single supplement475
2019 11 Nov to 23 Dec per nightper night1non-rider1,199
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)2,419
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)2,035
2019 Christmas/New Year (23 Dec - 2nd Jan per night )per night1single supplement465
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Programme A (2 lessons/day)2,419
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Programme B (1 lesson/day)2,035
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1single supplement465
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1non-rider1,365
2019 1 March - 31 Oct per nightper night1Extra riding lesson549
Recommended Reading

- Journey to Portugal by José Saramago. This Nobel prize winning author was born in the village the stables are located and this book describes his rediscovery of his homeland after decades of exile, exploring many Portugese regions away from the tourist track.



- The Portuguese: The Land and Its People by Marion Kaplan, a one-volume introduction ranging from geography and history to wine and poetry, a useful overview of the country and its customs.



-  Reflections on the Equestrian Art by Nuno Oliveira.  A wonderful narrative and description of this dressage master's techiniques. Nuno Oliveira's knowledge, and love for his horses began in the 1940's and he became an international name in the world of classical equitation. In the 1950s and 1960s he gave exhibitions in Geneva, Brussels, Paris and London, followed by clinics in Saumur, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Australia and the USA. His pupils include some of the most talented dressage riders, officers of the Cadre Noir, and riders of the Portuguese School.


Other Activities

Yoga classes can be arranged on site (15€ per person per session). Your hosts can provide yoga mats or clients can purchase a mat for 10€. The classes take place outdoors with the 14th century monastery serving as a backdrop or indoors if the weather is cooler. Your hosts can also organise hiking, fishing, golf and biking in the local area, there are bikes and fishing gear available to borrow for no extra cost for those keen to pursue a more active holiday. There are also two highly-regarded golf courses close by (Ribagolf 1 and Ribagolf 2) which can be booked at www.orizontegolf.com.

Other Information

Nearby Golega is considered the capital of the horse (Capital do Cavalo), and has been the site for a gathering of breeders since at least the 18th century. Two fairs take place every November in Golega: The Feira Nacional do Cavalo (National Horse Fair) and the Feira Internacional do Cavalo Lusitano, a festival dedicated to the Lusitano horse. During this time, the town transforms into a horse metropolis. The event includes horse shows and dressage, regional food and festivities.

Other Country Information

The Portuguese have historically been the intrepid explorers of the world. In the 15th Century they discovered the sea route to India, via the Cape of Good Hope. Vasco da Gama reached India in 1498 and Pedro Cabral, trying to reach India, discovered Brazil two years later (1500). Other Portuguese explorers reached the Far East, China and Japan. The first circumnavigation of the globe was led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan.

Portugal has a rich seafaring past, superb beach resorts, wistful towns and a landscape wreathed in olive groves, vineyards and wheat fields. Littered with UNESCO World Heritage sites and graced by one of Europe's most relaxed and attractive capitals.

Savouring life slowly is a Portuguese passion, and much of the best is humble - traditional folk festivals; simple, honest food drowning in olive oil; music that pulls at the heart strings, recalling past love and glories; and markets overflowing with fish, fruit and flowers.

Portugal is in the GMT time zone and they use the metric weights and measures system, so kilometres and kilograms instead of miles and pounds. There is approximately 1.6 kilometres in a mile and 2.2 pounds in a kilogram.

The international dialling code is +351

If you are hiring a car, you will need to know about how to pay any toll fees as these are done automatically and not on the road. This is a new system from January 2012 and the method for how to pay this will change throughout the year. Please check this website for current information: http://www.amoita.com/node/1414

Travel Summary

Meeting-point (getting there):
Lisbon Airport (LIS), Portugal
Transfer:
2019: For 1-6 people, €20 - €50 per person return depending on numbers. The stables is one hour drive from airport.
Flight Guide:
London to Lisbon from £100 return
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