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Quinta do Riacho

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Address: | Parque Natural da Madeira, Santo da Serra, Madeira 9100-251, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 967 010 015
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Enjoy Madeira Island wonderful weather, breathtaking taking views and...

Enjoy Madeira Island wonderful weather, breathtaking taking views and great trails on horseback. In Quinta do Riacho there's an equestrian activity for everyone. From calm trail riding to galloping through the mountains.

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Rainy levada ride

I enjoyed the riding experience on Madeira through levadas and eucalypt forests. Owners were great and welcoming, the only bad thing was rain,but despite this it's one of must do... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I enjoyed the riding experience on Madeira through levadas and eucalypt forests. Owners were great and welcoming, the only bad thing was rain,but despite this it's one of must do things on this beautiful island.

Thank gloria_swan
Heidelberg, Germany
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited Quinta do Riacho this summer because we were curious about horse riding and this was the best recommendation on the web. Now we can say we have not been disappointed as this was one of the absolutely best experiences during our vacation. Allthough my wife and I have never ridden a horse before, and probably been dressed the... More 

Thank Florian B
Funchal, Portugal
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I went on a 1,5 hour ride with Paula. I told her in advance that I hadn't been in a saddle for about 10 years. She chose that ride for me, and it was just perfect. Apollo was well behaved and very comfortable for me to ride. The walk had beautiful views of Madeira island, the sea, the neighbouring Desertas... More 

Thank kpa50
Berlin, Germany
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Paulo and Paula were great. They were attentive, flexible and obviously cared about the well-being of both their guest and animals. I had the pleasure of riding Verdi. He was calm and patient through both my awkward mount and dismount. During the ride he was easy to manage and did a fantastic job of navigating the steep hills and knee-deep... More 

Thank RMTampa
New Mills, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Paulo and Paula who run this stable couldn't have been more helpful making this a great experience for my wife and myself. The whole experience included collection and drop-off, a brief but sufficient riding lesson and then a couple of hours along the Levada. Our trip was made more interesting by fallen trees and logging wagons but the horses were... More 

Thank Headwesty
Billingshurst, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Paula and Paulo are two of the loveliest people, who have a real passion for their animals and their clients' happiness. They are knowledgeable and considerate of their environment and look after their horses (and dogs) with the utmost care. Nothing is too much trouble and the rides are amazing. Definitely worth booking.

Thank 66Foodie
Chichester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Paula and Paolo were fantastic, Paolo met us in Funchal and took us to the stables where we met Paula and she had us on the horses in no time. Gave me great confidence (my first time) and we went on a fantastic trek through the 'misty' mountains of Madeira. Unforgetable. Really enjoyed it and want to do it again.

Thank KaraandTony
Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

It was really nice ride with Paula and that 5 stars is especially for her. To be fair, I want add some professional feelings: They have there few employees, what trying do their job, but place was not so clean as we have experiences from mainland. Horses was well cared, but rest could be improved. My feeling is that horses... More 

Thank Islanders-eu
Sawbridgeworth, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

We had a wonderful time riding along mountain tracks. The island is amazing and the scenery spectacular. Paolo and Paulo are fantastic hosts, very knowledgeable and great company. They obviously care a great deal for their horses and are very patient whether you're an experience rider or a complete novice. In fact the experience was so good we went twice... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Anybody considering going horse riding then you must go here. Paulo and Paula are the owners, who are two of the most amazing and dedicated animal lovers we have had the pleasure to meet. The day started with Paulo picking us up from the hotel, he had already picked up one other rider, a lovely German lady from Hannover called... More 

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