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Quinta do Riacho

Caminho da Levada da Serra | Sitio da Achada do Barro, Funchal, Madeira 9000, Portugal
+351 967 010 015
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Ranked #1 of 55 attractions in Funchal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Horseback Riding Stables
Owner description: Enjoy Madeira Island wonderful weather, breathtaking taking views and great trails on horseback. In Quinta do Riacho there's an equestrian activity... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Duncan, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Neither my wife nor I having ridden before, we were a little apprehensive about trying this, and it is not cheap, but we found it very well worth while. Paulo picked us up at out hotel in Porto da Cruz, and Paula took us and another couple out after giving us all a thorough introduction to the basics, and making... More

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Quinta do Riacho is a stable located in Santo da Serra (close to Funchal) designed for leisure horse riding. It offers a wide range of trail riding available for the people of all levels of horse riding experience. The location and the qualified team make Quinta do Riacho a special place that enables alernative ways of exploring Laurissilva Forest* and... More

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Both owners are lovely and very helpful. We had an amazing time riding though the gorgeous landscape. Really enjoyed ourselves, thank you.

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Leicester, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Booked for me and my husband, second time on a horse and it was fantastic :) We were picked up from our hotel on time, the drive to the place was interesting with Paul and Paula telling us interesting facts about the area (our first time in Madeira). We had a short introduction with few general rules and then we... More

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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Afternoon, I visited Quinta Do Riacho because of the reviews given here and I have to say they are all accurate. I took my girlfriend whom had never ridden before so we were limited to the "Easy" ride. Personally I'd have gone with the intermediate - advanced but that wouldn't have been fair on Betty. Paulo picked us up from... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

On the strength of the wonderful reviews written on Tripadvisor, Tony and I decided to give horse riding a go. Booking was easy. I contacted Quinta do Riacho by e-mail explaining that we had no horse riding experience and we received a reply the same day. We booked an easy two hour morning ride suitable for beginners. PauIo picked us... More

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

We booked directly in advance which I highly recommend as I know they get really busy! We got picked up in the morning from our hotel in Funchal and it was about a 20 minute drive up to the ranch. All the horses are beautiful and are well looked after and loved. There were four of us on the ride... More

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Sheffield
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I had never ridden a horse before, but had coped with camels and elephants so I was confident i would enjoy the experience. I was not disappointed. Paula collected me and my partner from our hotel took us up to the stables in the hills. Our horses were carefully chosen based on information we had already provided. After fitting us... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I hadn't ridden for 25 years so was terrified. Paula was very reassuring - even when my horse decided he wanted to go for a canter! My daughters loved the freedom of being able to ride without a lead rope. I felt confident they were safe. They enjoyed seeing me absolutely terrified! The views are amazing. This really is something... More

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Worcester, United Kingdom
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

This was one of the highlights of our holiday, our daughter rides and wanted to go riding in the forests. We were able to email them directly listing our requirements and they were able to catered for all our needs. Being a nervous rider, they very quickly made me feel at ease with excellent instruction and guidance. The horses were... More

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