Costa Vicentina

Alentejo / Blue Coast Portugal: (IT-PGCHA2)
URL: https://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/portugal_costa_vicentina.aspx

Introduction
Alentejo / Blue Coast Portugal
Come and enjoy the magnificent unspoiled Nature Reserve of Costa Vicentina on Horseback in Portugal.

On the coastline bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, exposed or hidden amongst the rocky cliffs, lie dozens of undiscovered beaches to discover. A well-preserved coastline gives way to crowded and unspoiled beaches for all tastes. One can also find small fishing villages huddled amongst the cliffs. Enjoy the local gastronomy, an abundant selection of fresh fish or meat obtained from local cattle, which nicely blend into the surrounding countryside.

Accomodation


Accommodations
This is a progressive ride so nights will be spent in different accommodations.

Description
The accommodations throughout the trip are in a comfortable guesthouses. Wi-Fi access is available at all accommodations. 

Accommodation Itinerary - subject to changes based on availability
Night 1 & 2: Canto do Mar
Night 3 & 4: Selão da Eira
Night 5: Monte João Roupeiro
Night 6: Canto do Mar

Canto do Mar


Selão da Eira
This guesthouse is surrounded by nature and was built according to ecological standard in order to fit in its natural environment perfectly. It offers 3 different cottages all equipped with a TV, Wi-Fi access and a private bathroom. There is a beautiful garden and swimming pool where guests can relax in the evening.

Monte João Roupeiro
This former farmhouse was completely renovated in order to offer comfortable accommodations. Each of the 9 bedrooms feature an ensuite bathroom with hair dryer and free toiletries as well as free Wi-Fi internet and a TV. After a long day in the saddle, guests can relax in the outdoor pool or in the lovely garden.
There is a laundry service available at this property.

Room Occupancy
In case we are unable to find someone to share a room with you, a single supplement fee applies.



Meals
The package includes all meals with drinks. During lunch and dinner, beer and wine from local producers are also included. Drinks outside of mealtimes can be purchased at the accommodation for an extra fee.

We served typical food from the region. On the coast, meals usually consist of fresh fish and seafood.
Breakfast is usually Mediterranean, but we can adapt according to the clients requirements (if they prefer something different).

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions with advance notice.

This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding



This ride is aimed at intermediate riders and above who are comfortable, balanced and secure in the saddle and able to control a well-schooled horse in open country at a walk, trot and canter.

Our horses are reliable, healthy and in good physical conditions. All stops are predefined and the welfare of horses, staff and visitors ensured.

Besides the guide, the group will always be followed by one or two people in a jeep, which has a phone and first aid kit and need box, for both riders and horses.

Itinerary


Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1 (Saturday): Arrival
Arrival at Lisbon Airport and transfer (around 5pm) to Odeceixe and the friendly guesthouse, Canto do Mar for a welcome diner of traditional Portuguese food and beverages.
Meals included: Dinner
Overnight at Canto do Mar

Day 2 (Sunday): Beach & Dune Ride
Riding through the fields in the morning, before reaching Odeceixe’s famous beach. An opportunity for horse and rider to get acquainted, while enjoying the wonderful countryside and well preserved nature of the region. Canter and trot along the water’s edge.
We go back to Canto do Mar for our lunch break, overlooking the Valley of Odeceixe.
In the afternoon, we ride amongst the dunes overlooking the ocean, before returning to Canto do Mar for a moment of relaxation before dinner.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Canto do Mar


Day 3 (Monday): Ride to Zambujeira do Mar
This morning, we cross the dunes leading to the cliffy ocean’s edge. We riding along the coast line through typical fishermen’s villages reaching the beautiful beach of Carvalhal, where we stop for lunch on the beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. After lunch, the trail continues through the fields, reaching the fishermen village of Zambujeira do Mar.
Arrival at Selão da Eira for dinner and overnight.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Selão da Eira


Day 4 (Tuesday): Alentejo Ride
Leaving the coastline behind, we ride through the fields of Alentejo abundant with cattle. We will stop for our picnic lunch in the mountain.
Relaxing sceneries allow you to replenish your energy before coming back to ‘’Selão da Eira’’, using a different itinerary.
Tonight, a traditional Portuguese diner will be served.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Selão da Eira


Day 5 (Wednesday): Ride South
Today, we ride to the Village of Sao Miguel through cork oak and eucalypt forests. The ride continues to the village of Odeceixe where we stop for lunch at a local restaurant.
Then, we ride in diection of Aljezur, to the beautiful Monte João Roupeiro for dinner and overnight. 
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Monte João Roupeiro


Day 6 (Thursday): Odeceixe Valley Ride
For our last riding day, we leave the dunes and go inland crossing agricultural fields until we reach Odeceixe valley’s ridge, leading to a steep descent into the lush green valley. We stop for lunch at Canto do Mar and enjoy a free afternoon to relax.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Overnight at Canto do Mar


Day 7 (Friday): Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Lisbon Airport around 9 am.
Meals included: Breakfast


Non Riders
Non-riding companions are welcome to join this trip. They can relax at the pool or go to the beach. In case they want to do some sightseeing, it is best to rent a car.


Rates and Dates for Costa Vicentina

Rates include:

Accommodation, All meals with drinks, Airport transfers at set times, 5 riding days & Activities described in the program
Saddle bags are provided

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionEUR ~US$
    A
    20218 day trip, AP€1700$2025
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 1.19

Tax 1: 23 % * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Tax: 23 %  

Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionEUR~US$
2021 Transfers from/to Lisbon airport included at set times 0 $0
2021 Single supplement 385 $460
2021 Transfer from/to Lisbon airport outside set times, one-way, pp 250 $300
2021 Non-riders get 10% off (full borad) 0 $0

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 03/07 - 03/13 7d / 6n 8 day trip, AP 4 /12 Expired
A 2021 04/18 - 04/24 7d / 6n 8 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve
A 2021 10/17 - 10/23 7d / 6n 8 day trip, AP 4 /12 Reserve

Dates Note: Custom dates might be arranged for groups of 4+ pax

Rates do not include:

Extra drinks, Transfers outside set times & Gratuities

Note:

Due to COVID-19 Corona virus pandemic and certain travel restrictions we are applying some temporary policy changes to some of our tours.

For Costa Vicentina Riding Adventure (IT-PGCHA2):
If you are unable to travel due to the pandemic (border closure or travel restrictions), it is possible to postpone your trip to a later date in 2021.

For more information please visit our COVID-19 Updates page at https://www.hiddentrails.com/article/covid19update.aspx

Other Info
Meeting: Lisbon Airport
Airport: Lisbon Airport
Transfer: Lisbon Airport

Climate:
                                                São Luís area


Month

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Oct

Nov

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Average High Temperature (°F)

88

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90

Average Low Temperature (°F)

76

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77

Average High Temperature (°C)

31

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32

Average Low Temperature (°C)

25

24

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

8

12

16

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8

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2

1

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Source: NOAA
 

Seasons
The area benefits from a Coastal Mediterranean climate. Rainfalls are irregular throughout the year and between years. During the summer months, it usually rains from time to time, and the coast can be covered by fog.

What To Bring:

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Cotton shirts with long sleeves (protection against the sun!)
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots + Minichaps
Riding helmet (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strap) for sun protection
Rain coat

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Jogging suit / Pyjama
Light summer jacket
Comfortable shoes/sneakers
Swimsuit and towel
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera and enough extra films or memory cards and batteries
Small bag to buckle on (for small items needed during the ride)
Spur straps (to tie sweater or parka onto the saddle)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm
Flash light