West Coast Ride

 

The West Coast Ride has become our most popular riding holiday to date.  We take a maximum of 6 people on an adventure you won’t ever forget.  You will ride through and along the hills and valleys of Bensafrim, pine forests, cork tree valleys, rivers, sandy tracks, endless breathtaking views and last but certainly not least: Carrapateira beach!

Itinerary:

Day 1:

Arrival day. Meet the staff and our horses.

Day 2: approx.  3 hours riding

Restaurant Ride. After a leisurely breakfast you will tack up your chosen horse and set of for the two hour ride to the Restaurant Solar do Vale which is situated in the back of beyond in the most amazing location with Portuguese food at its very best. It could be wild boar stew or one of the many variations of cod fish pie. Remember to leave room for Sandra’s amazing desserts. All washed down with a glass of refreshing green wine and maybe to finish a glass of Medronha – the local fire water! You may walk for a bit with your your horse down the hill before getting back on and making your way back to the stables.

Day 3: approx.  4 hours riding

We aim to set off by 10.30.  Straight off you are in the hills behind the village of Bensafrim before dropping back down to cross the main road at the edge of the village.  Now you will truly set off westwards into the hills.  Lunch will be at “chicken foot crossing” before starting the decent through the 16 river crossings to Herdade de Beiçudo, the home of Henrique and Deborah Ferro.

The horses will be staying here under the watchful eye of Deborah.  We will take you on down the track for 3kms to the village of Carrapateira, where you will stay in the friendly Pensão das Dunas which is situated between the dunes and the village.  A short stroll in either direction will take you to an excellent restaurant to round off the day.

Day 4: approx. 5 hours riding

This will be a long day in the saddle.  You start off with an amazing breakfast in the pensão before we collect you to go back to saddle up your horses.  Back through a few river crossing then head off south.  You will ride through the quaint village of Pedralva, up under the giant wind turbines and then south along the coastline to the village of Vila do Bispo.  Here you will tie the horses up in the village square in true cowboy style and eat in a local café.

The return trip will be along a similar route.  Horses will be happy to return for their dinner and you will be well fed and entertained by Henrique and Deborah who provide wonderful home grown food – watch out for their home made “medronho”!

Day 5: approx.  5 hours riding

Depending on the tides, you may have to make a really early start to catch the beach with the tide out. From Deborah’s it is a 3kms ride down to the beach, across the river and onto the amazing Carrapateira

beach. The horses know the deal once they get there! After the adrenalin calms down and you have walked on through the dunes you will arrive at the delightful village of Bordeira. Here you will tie up the horses, there will be water and food for them, and depending on the time of day you can relax for a bit with a snack or lunch. You will then start the trek back home through the pine and eucalyptus woods until you cross the road and ride through the village of Bensafrim and finally make it back to the stables.

The cost of this ride includes one night’s pre ride accommodation, all accommodation on the ride, breakfast and lunches.  It does not include evening dinners or airport transfers.

Early arrival can be arranged for some pre-ride orientation.

For more information including prices and to discuss your preferences, please contact us.