Portugal - Alcainca Classical Dressage & Working Equitation
Alcainca Classical Dressage Working Equitation Training on beautiful, highly trained Lusitano horses.


We GUARANTEE you won't find the same horse riding holiday at a lower price through any other source... and if you do, we promise to refund the difference!

from £720 or €840

Horse Riding Holidays Portugal – Alcainca Classical Dressage


Alcainca Classical Dressage: Prices 2024

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OFFER 2024
While the Quinta transitions to their Official Re-Opening 24th May 2024, guests can sample the refurbished rooms, common areas and facilities, at the old prices. Dates are from the 1st March to the 23rd May – see prices below.

New prices for the rest of 2024 to be released early March.

  • Standard 3 nights / 3 Lessons 
    • GBP: 720
    • EUR: 842
    per person sharing
  • Intensive 3 nights / 6 Lessons 
    • GBP: 865
    • EUR: 1,011
    per person sharing
  • Standard 5 nights / 5 Lessons 
    • GBP: 1,195
    • EUR: 1,398
    per person sharing
  • Intensive 5 nights / 10 Lessons 
    • GBP: 1,435
    • EUR: 1,678
    per person sharing
  • Standard 7 nights / 7 Lessons
    • GBP: 1,675
    • EUR: 1,959
    per person sharing
  • Intensive 7 nights / 14 Lessons
    • GBP: 1,010
    • EUR: 1,181
    per person sharing
  • Single Supplement / $62
    • GBP: 50
    • EUR: 58
    per night
  • Non Rider / $168
    • GBP: 135
    • EUR: 158
    per night

Above are just some of our most popular examples, but we can also tailor make and do any length of stay just ask.

Note: Rates are subject to daily exchange rate fluctuations, please refer to our ‘Terms & Conditions’ for full details.

Included – All your riding, full board accommodation, soft drinks with all meals and wine with lunch and dinner.

Excluded – Flights, transfers, alcohol outside mealtimes & tips.

Alcainca Classical Dressage: Dates 2024

Open all year.

NOTE – There are no riding lessons on Sundays, there are sightseeing alternatives.

Golega Festival November 2024
Each year in November in the small town of Golega, the most magical celebration of the Lusitano Horse takes place. Riders, breeders, buyers and locals from all over Portugal and beyond, gather in the town to showcase their animals, watch and socialise, it has a unique carnival atmosphere which is to be experienced if you have a special interest in the Lusitano breed.

We can easily add this into your package and include some days riding either side.

Getting There
International flights to Lisbon airport.

You can hire a car, or we can arrange to pick you up at Lisbon airport, €145 per car return. It’s a 45-minute transfer.

Remember our Horse Riding Holidays GUARANTEE. You won’t find these Horse Riding Holidays (or any of our Horse Riding Holidays) at a lower price through any other source… and if you do we will refund the difference.


Alcainça was a family run dressage yard with a selection of pure and part bred Lusitano schoolmasters suitable for leisure, amateurs and experienced riders. It all started with Antonio Assunção Duarte, when he discovered horses and the pure-bred Lusitano. He started riding and training in Portuguese classical equitation relatively late in life in his forties with Luis Valença, Mestre-Picador of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Arts.

It was Antonio who originally built the Quinta in the 1970’s as a retreat for the family to spend weekends and holidays riding together. Meanwhile, Antonio’s growing passion for Lusitanos and classical dressage saw the Quinta develop into an equestrian centre focused on training high-quality Lusitano horses in the classical Iberian principles, as well as for trail rides in the untouched mountains and along the beaches of the Atlantic coast.

After many successful years, the time has come for them to retire and new blood is taking over the reins, they still own the extensive facilities, but Mario and Telmo, huge Lusitano enthusiasts, will manage the horses and teaching, while Marianne will take over the smooth running of the guests. Together they will  continue the Escola de Equitação de Alcainça tradition of enabling riders from all four corners of the world to discover the magic of the Lusitano horse and its gift for classical equitation in a relaxed, warm atmosphere.

This is most definitely the place to visit if you are a Classical Dressage enthusiast, no prior knowledge of this way of teaching is needed as the teachers are sympathetic and aim to inspire and improve technique and feel.

It’s also a lovely place to take a non-riding partner especially in the summer months, when they can relax by the pool, watch some of your training or disappear on day trips to fishing villages, the beach or nearby towns.


Alcainca Classical Dressage Horses – Mostly schoolmaster part and pure-bred Lusitanos. All are trained in the lateral movements, and the more advanced horses offer piaffe and passage.

Level of Riding & Pace -Novice to advanced.

Tack – Mostly double bridles & dressage saddles.

Weight Restriction – 90kg / 198lbs / 14.2 stone.

Group Size – Maximum 10 (2-4 in a group lesson)


You will stay onsite, there are 3 twin and 2 double rooms all ensuite. The indoor school is a short walk from the accommodation.

The rooms are simple, clean and comfortable. There is also a bar, games room and large unheated outdoor pool.

The food is delicious, well thought out and in the most part, Portuguese style.

      • Breakfast – A hearty light breakfast, tea, coffee, orange juice, cereals, yoghurts, three types of bread, ham, cheese, fresh fruit & a selection of hot dishes, usually eggs and bacon.
      • Lunch – A proper lunch, but lighter than dinner. Some fish or meat with potatoes or pasta, lots of fresh vegetables from their own garden and fruit.
      • Dinner – Always 3 courses, homemade soup followed by meat and potatoes or a pasta dish, again with lots of fresh vegetables. Desert is a cake or ice cream, always homemade.
      • Snacks – If you are hungry in the late afternoon, you are welcome to ask for something and usually you will be served some Portuguese bread and cheese.

Horse Riding Holidays like our Classical Dressage holiday are part of the Zara’s Planet collection of Horse Riding Holidays Portugal.

Please Ask About

There are lots of sightseeing choices and here are a few suggestions within an hour of the farmhouse.

      • Obidos – A centuries old well-preserved medieval town with castle, cobbled streets and annual festivals.
      • Nazaré – A traditional fishing town with a spectacular view of the beach.
      • Lisbon – The capital city on the banks of the river Tejo, plenty to do and see here day or night.
      • Golegã – A small, picturesque town, probably most famous for the annual horse fair in early November.


Lessons have a maximum of 2-3 people but often only and stay very focussed. You are welcome to watch and film from the gallery to learn as much as possible during your stay. Private lessons on request.

You can choose from Classical Dressage, Work-in-Hand or Lunge lessons in any combination you wish, taken indoors or outdoors.

The usual 7-night riding holiday is available most weeks of the year and shorter and longer breaks are available on request.

6 days riding, 7 nights, full board and accommodation

      • Sunday
        Arrive early evening, about 6pm in time to settle in and be ready for dinner at 8pm.
      • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
        Ride twice a day, mornings and afternoons, lessons.
      • Sunday
        morning of sightseeing before departing for an afternoon flight home.


Zara’s Planet Horse Riding Holidays Guarantee:

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