Adventure vacations in Portugal

Alcainca Dressage Program


This trip features dressage in Portugal and is one of the world’s premier places for lessons in classical dressage; the chief instructor studied under the great master Nuno Oliveira. The Lusitano stallions are not only magnificent animals, but are also trained to a high level of performance. One can take up to three hours of lessons per day.

There are rings both indoors and outdoors and the fine instructors can give lessons at any level. The program runs all year in this temperate climate. Accommodations and meals are on the property and there is an outdoor swimming pool and a small bar.

Lodging is onsite at the riding center.

Three meals a day are provided and will be served in a dining room located off the riding hall.

  • Overview:
    The horses are either purebred or part-bred Lusitanos, trained from a medium to an upper level dressage standard; able to do everything from a Shoulder In to Half Pass to Flying Change to Piaffe and Passage. The Lusitanos, which have the same origins as the famous Andalusians, are considered some of the finest horses in Europe. Together with their Spanish brothers, the Lusitanos were the first horses to be brought to the New World and are the ancestors of most American breeds. Classic dressage saddles with snaffles and/or double bridles are utilized.
  • Horse Breeds:
  • Trip Pace:
    To suit riders
  • Tack:
    Dressage saddles
  • Weight limit:
    180 lbs
  • Hours of Instruction:
    1 1/2 or 3 hrs depending on ability
  • Types of Instruction:
    Clinics and Lessons, Dressage Training

While riders are on horseback, there are no separate activities planned for non-riders, who can enjoy the accommodations and region independently.

Lisbon airport for added transfer cost.

Itinerary Summary

This program has been designed with a great deal of flexibility. Each day experienced riders can have a 1 1/2 hour lesson, twice a day. Novice or beginner riders benefit from 1 1/2 hours of instruction once a day.

Dressage instruction, from beginning through class M, Dona Vaquera Spanish Riding style, and introduction into high school dressage is possible.

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Trip Dates & Pricing

Year Round (Closed Dec 24-Jan 2)
Additional Pricing Information:
Prices given are all per night. Prices are based on the dollar/euro exchange and are subject to change. Ride price is set, guaranteed, and final at the time deposit is paid.

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Alcainca Dressage Program
April 23, 2024
January 1, 1970
January 1, 1970

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I had a great time with our hosts in Portugal in September. The horses were in beautiful condition and so solid in a range of challenging conditions.  Our host and his team went the extra mile to make us feel at home and they handled the details so everything went smoothly and... Read more  

Ritchie, 2015