Horse Riding at the Beach

Melides, PortugalPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Luís

90 mins, Hosted in English, Spanish, and Portuguese
Fun for couples
Something to try together.

What you'll do

With our team you will enjoy a unique horse back riding along one of the most beautiful beaches in the Alentejo coast, some extensive dunes and the pine forest of the virgin area of Melides!
We begin our tour by giving some brief and essential informations so that everyone can have some control on their horses during the ride. The ride starts by the pine and dune forest, where everyone has the opportunity to get to know theirs horses and also feel comfortable: the idea is that everyone can trust their horses before we get to the beach and enjoy a more relaxed ride.
The ride goes along a paradisiac beach with more than 60 km of coast. You will feel the proximity to the ocean and all the beauty of being in contact with the virgin nature of Portugal.
We also pass close to Melides' sweet water lagoon where you will see a lot of different bird species!
Don’t worry if you’ve never been on a horse before, our team will give you some useful informations before the ride starts and you will be always with a guide during the tour: that guide will help you everytime you need!
Our horse back rides are carried out on walk and in a line, but in case there's someone with equestrian experience, for them it will be given the opportunity to do some trot and canter, orientated by the guide!
We are a family company and we hope to make you feel at home with us! :)
With our team you will enjoy a unique horse back riding along one of the most beautiful beaches in the Alentejo coast, some extensive dunes and the pine forest of the virgin area of Melides!
We begin our tour by giving some brief and essential informations so that everyone can have some control on their horses during the ride. The ride starts by the pine and dune forest, where everyone has the opportunity to get to know theirs horses and al…
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What's included

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Meet your Host, Luís

Host on Airbnb since 2013
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Hello, my name is Luís and I am a young veterinary that shares his father's passion for horses! Because of that I decided to exchange the vet's office for the country paddocks and right now, I offer horse back riding through the natural landscapes and the untouched coast of Alentejo.
The horse back riding in Melides has already more than 10 years of history and it's the main activity in the region!
Sometimes, the ride can be done by other guide (Tiago), who is a professional rider and recognized in Portugal as a person with a lot of knowledge in horses.
Hello, my name is Luís and I am a young veterinary that shares his father's passion for horses! Because of that I decided to exchange the vet's office for the country paddocks and right now, I offer horse back riding through the natural landscapes and the untouched coast of Alentejo.
The horse back riding in Melides has already more than 10 years of history and it's the main activity in the region!
Sometimes, the ride can be done by other guide (Tiago), who is a professional rider and…
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Where you'll be

The horse back riding will take place at Melides' beach, one of the most virgin beaches in Portugal!

Rated 4.71 out of 5 from 340 reviews.

Dee
September 2021
Had a great day...luis is an excellent host....the beach he brought us to was amazing ..his horses are very clam and i had a brilliant time would do again
Daniela
September 2021
Perfect ride. With this ride you will reach beach areas which you are not able to reach otherwise. It was a pleasure Luis.
Wojciech
September 2021
I am not sure how to feel about this experience. At the arrival I was paired with a group of 7 people who never mounted a horse before, needless to say we did nothing but a walk on a beach. As someone who rides regularly as was expecting a bit more. I mentioned this to the host and he did indeed was thinking about offering me a second short ride. I declined politely as I already had other arrangements for the day - that's a fault on my side. I can't give a bad review because technically everything was a described, but deep inside I wasn't satisfied. This industry is tough and I understand that every customer is valuable, I just wish the riders were paired according to their riding levels.
Charlotte
September 2021
Dans l'ensemble, l'expérience a été bonne : l'endroit est absolument magnifique, la plage sur laquelle on se rend est très belle et quasi déserte. Elle aurait pu être améliorée cependant: le groupe était composé à la fois de débutants et de cavaliers confirmés. Arrivés sur la plage, les "confirmés" ont été invités, s'ils le souhaitaient, à galoper : seulement, il fallait le faire en sens inverse (en repartant de là où on venait, c'est à dire en direction opposée aux écuries), et sans que le cheval leader (monté par le guide) ne parte devant (il restait avec les débutants et continuait de marcher vers les écuries) : résultat : les chevaux des "confirmés" n'ont jamais, jamais voulu se mettre à galoper (et comme même si on a l'habitude de monter, ce ne sont pas "nos chevaux", on n'est pas totalement en confiance, on ne connait pas l'animal, et on ose pas trop les forcer pendant qu'ils sont en train de ruer pour nous virer....). On a donc du se résigner et continuer à ne faire que du pas ce qui est dommage. Cela aurait pu être amélioré en demandant en amont, au moment de la réservation, qui était débutant/confirmé, et qui souhaitait faire du galop ou pas > et répartir les groupes dans la journée en fonction de cela. Pendant l'expérience, vous êtes filmés avec un drone et vous pouvez acheter les vidéos au retour une quarantaine d'euros (prévoyez du cash c'est plus pratique sinon vous pourrez faire un virement). Sinon, autre conseil: ne vous rendez PAS au centre équestre indiqué sur google, suivez bien les instructions envoyés par message par Luis afin de vous rendre au RDV SUR LA PLAGE (et ne montez donc pas dans les collines de la ville!), et prévoyez d'être bien là un quart d'heure en avance (nous, on était en retard parce qu'on s'est un peu perdus, donc prenez de la marge!) Bref, une bonne expérience, l'équipe est sympathique, mais si vous êtes bien expérimenté et souhaitez galoper alors soyez VRAIMENT très ferme avec votre cheval, ou sinon, pour les débutants qui n'ont jamais fait d'équitation, l'expérience est parfaite.
Sarah
August 2021
We love the expérience. Luis and his team were very friendly and prévenant. Our guide, Carlotta, was amazing! We recommand at 100%! Merci! We will come back.
Laura
August 2021
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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 8 and up can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable clothes, like jeans and a shirt

Sunscreen, to protect you from the sun