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Borderline Adventure: Between Portugal and Spain

5.0 (4)
days 7 days nights 6 nights
Portugal
Difficulty
Moderate
Comfort
Midscale
Weight limit
99 kg / 218 lb

The journey will take you through the International Natural Park of the Tagus, spanning Spain and Portugal. You'll traverse the border twice using historic smuggling paths, exploring mountains, plains, canyons, rivers and a lake where you may encounter vultures, eagles, foxes and rabbits. Hours may pass without encountering another person, immersing you in nature. You'll visit a newly unearthed Roman amphitheater and be guided to Marvão, a village frozen in time from the Middle Ages, deemed a must-see by Time Magazine. Discover Castelo de Vide and Valencia de Alcántara, with their Gothic architecture and winding streets adorned with arches, facades and coats of arms.

And the cuisine! Enjoy authentic dishes made with fresh local ingredients during your stay in the countryside.

from US$ 1 988
per tourist for 7 days
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Number of tourists
up to 12 tourists over 7 years old
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Photo Sara R.
Sara R. is the provider of this trip
The provider speaks: English
We are a family business working on the border between Spain and Portugal. We have always had horses. Most of the current ones are the descendants of our family's horses, so they too are like family to us. For the long tours, we use the young ones, well behaved and of course very beautiful! I am your main tour guide and also an archaeologist, so I will explain to you every historical item we see in our routes (there will be plenty!). Looking forward to meeting you!

Tour highlights

Ride in the Wild Landscapes
The Taejo International Park is the only international natural park of Europe, with few villages and lots of beautiful, unoccupied land
Educating Journey
You will be guided by Sara with a master's degree in history and archaeology
Enjoy Traditional Cuisine
You will only eat fresh local products

Route details

Day 1
Arrival

After arrival to Lisbon hire a car or take the bus to Portagem. If they do not have much time, hire a car, since there is only one bus per day connecting Portagem and Lisbon. 

You will reach Rei Dom Manuel de Marvão where you will overnight. Dinner is served in a local restaurant.

Day 2
The Adventure Begins!
Day 3
Through the Natural Park "Serra de São Mamede"
Day 4
Monte Velho
Day 5
The Route of the Dolmens
Day 6
"Campiña" of Valencia de Alcántara
Day 7
"Hunters Road"
Difficulty
Moderate
Tour provider's comments

Required at least galloping experienced. Every day we will ride from 2 to 7 hours, so some physical training is required.

Tack: Vaquera (Spanish cowboy), Portuguese, English.

Breed: Spanish, Crossbreeds with Arabian, Hanoverian.

horse

Accommodation

Comfort
Midscale
Hotel
6 nights

Individual room comes with an extra fee.

3 nights
Rei Dom Manuel de Marvão

Standard accommodation: double shared room. Excellent opinions on TripAdvisor.

2 nights
Old Medieval Palace
Another option
2 nights
Hotel in Valencia de Alcântara
1 night
Hotel in San Pedro de Los Majarretes

Travel recommendations

Group meeting place

Portalegre, Marvão

Tour conditions

Included

  • 5 days horse riding;
  • tours to Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Valencia de Alcántara;
  • tour the ruins of an abandoned Roman city, medieval and Visigoth burials, dolmens;
  • 6 nights accommodation;
  • meals;
  • transfer from the airport.

Extras

  • flights;
  • tips and personal expenses.

Group size

up to 12 tourists

Duration

7 days
6 nights

It's important to know

What languages does your team speak?

We speak English, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

What kind of food will be served?
Cancellation of booking

Tour reviews

5.0
Based on 4 reviews
  • J
    James
    29 Feb, 2024
    about provider
    My girlfriend and I had an amazing time during our vacation. Sara and her family were incredibly welcoming and skilled, and we were matched perfectly with our horses. As a novice rider, this experience left me eager to return. The ride offered stunning views of the scenery, and wildlife with Sara providing knowledgeable guidance throughout. If you're in the area, I highly recommend stopping by - you won't be let down ❤️
    29 Feb, 2024
  • A
    Andreia
    19 Nov, 2023
    about provider
    A experiência foi incrível; a rota foi incrível e linda; a nossa guia foi muito atenciosa, assim como o resto da família 🙏🏼❤️ muito obrigada.
    19 Nov, 2023
  • L
    Laura
    12 Apr, 2023
    about provider
    Sara and her family gave us the most unforgettable tour of Portugal. This was our last adventure after traveling through various regions of Portugal (Porto-Douro-Madeira-Alentejo) and the tour was truly enchanting. The horseback ride was challenging, but the well-trained and well-cared-for horses gave us, my husband, and our 11-year-old son the confidence to enjoy the experience. Since returning to the USA, we can't stop talking about it. The entire experience, from start to finish, was breathtaking and a definite must for anyone exploring Alentejo! We can't wait to return!
    12 Apr, 2023

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