Dressage riding Portugal

A centre based holiday focussing solely on dressage lessons aboard beautiful pure-bred and part-bred Lusitano horses. Very highly trained horses for experienced riders, but also school masters for those starting out in dressage

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Product Description

  • Riding level: intermediate to experienced riders    , see more information on Riding Experience
  • Open all year – arrive  / depart any day
  • 1 or 2 lessons per day (each 1.5 hours)
  • Weight limit: 14 st 2 lbs (90 kgs) (198 lbs)
  • Usual maximum of 8 riders (4 in each group)
  • Suitable for non-riders
  • Price from NOK ca 4000,- (3 nights full board and 1 lesson per day)
  • Price from NOK ca 4 400,- (3 nightsfull board and 2 lessons per day)

For over 30 years the Escola de Equitação de Alcainça has been providing first class dressage instruction. The senior instructor Georges Malleroni studied classical dressage under Nuno Oliveira, the great Portuguese Master.

The centre has beautiful pure-bred and part-bred Lusitano horses, mainly geldings with some stallions. The school horses are trained to a high level of performance and are able to do shoulder in, half pass, flying changes, piaffe and passage. Some are very highly trained horses for experienced riders and there are also school masters for those starting out in dressage. Depending on your experience level, you would most likely ride different horses during your stay.

The centre specialises in dressage instruction. Lessons (each of 1.5hrs duration) are scheduled for the morning and again in the afternoon. Riders are split according to their ability and the lesson size is normally two or three to a group (maximum 4). There is a spacious indoor arena and also a large outdoor arena which is partly covered so two groups can be having lessons at the same time.

Most people pre-book to have two lessons a day, which will mean that most of your day will be taken up with horses and riding. However if you are staying a week, then you may wish to have one afternoon free for sightseeing. A driver is available to take you to places of interest in the area, including the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art at Queluz; Mafra or Lisbon (extra charge).

The village of Alcainça is 25km northwest of Lisbon and 5km from the palace of Mafra. Being close to the coast helps assure a nice even temperature throughout the year so that even in July and August it never gets too hot.

Whatever your level of riding, the combination of these wonderful horses and the high quality of instruction available is sure to develop your dressage skills.

Ingunn – riding holiday responsible:


Direct number: +47 48 25 47 33

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Upcoming Dates

Open all year. You can arrive and depart on any day. Open for guests over Christmas and New Year, except no riding on the afternoon of 24 December, on 25 December and 1 January.

GOLEGA HORSE FAIR – Combine your Alcainça holiday with a visit to the world renowned Golega Horse Fair. This is in early November but the Fair schedule is not finalised until a few months before. Please contact us for more information.

Price details:

The price (per night) depends on whether you plan for one or two lessons a day and your stay can have a mixture of both. All lessons are shared.

 Programme A

(2 lessons per day)

Programme B

(1 lesson per day)

2016: Jan – Feb €168 €138 €87
2016: Mar – Oct €211 €172 €109
2016: Nov – Dec €190 €155 €98
Special price for stays of 10 nights or more €168 €138 €87

INCLUDES Accommodation; full board; wine with meals; instruction as per programme.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT No single supplement if willing to share, otherwise €31 (per night)

PAYABLE LOCALLY Tips; non-riding excursions; laundry


TRANSFERS from Lisbon airport cost €42per vehicle each way (€44 from Lisbon city)

NOT INCLUDED International flights to Lisbon

Location: 25km northwest of Lisbon in the village of Alcainça.

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Warm and dry for most of the year. During July & August temperatues can rise above 30°C but being close to the coast means that it does not become too uncomfortable for riding. The wettest months are October to March when it can also feel cold, particularly in the evening.

Yearly rainfall & temperature:

Reviews from Norwegian clients

In The Saddle – Reviews Alcainca