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

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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My gf and have never ridden, so for a first time we both had a fantastic experience. The horses are wonderful but a little feisty, a few moments were quite tense when I lost... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Paula picked my up at my hotel in Funchal. On the way up the mountain to the stables it got quite misty, but that turned out very beautiful during the ride along side a levada and around a mountain back to the stables. For me it was the first time on a horse after over ten years, but the basics... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My gf and have never ridden, so for a first time we both had a fantastic experience. The horses are wonderful but a little feisty, a few moments were quite tense when I lost control, but still I would do it again.

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Kerava, Finland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the horse riding with my girlfriend who has a lot of experience with horses, I was forced to riding ones before, but this made a difference. Paolo was the best making sure that no one feels awkward on the way there and back, and that he is on the same page with the guests. As a Finn... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We got picked straight up from our hotel, and paula and paulo made us feel really welcome. Well behaved horses that fitted well with our personailties. Astounding views, well worth doing.

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Thank copiaca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had a truly amazing experience riding with Quinta do Riacho. The horses were well behaving, beautiful and very well trained. You could see that the well being of the horses was a priority for the owners, which was also an important factor for me. The owner couple was so sweet and very caring, picked me up from my hotel... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016

4 riders, the teenagers both ride, the adults had never been on a horse. Fantastic morning Paula set us up with helmets, the basics and a bit of practice on the horses in the ring and then we were off. As well as it being lovely to ride (at walking pace), the views were gorgeous. Paula also took photos and... More 

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Elgin, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This was the highlight of my trip to Madeira. Staff are caring and friendly and very mindful of the demands on the horses. Price includes pick up from hotel and safety gear. The horses are quiet and well trained. We had a lovely walk along a levada and then further into the forest where we could see and smell some... More 

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Thank Jane M
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

I booked this horse ride based on Trip advisor reviews and was not disappointed, our day began with Paolo collecting us at our hotel and taking us up to the stables, because we had booked on line he knew all our names in advance and it was like meeting up with a friend, no awkwardness jumping into a car with... More 

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

My partner is an experienced rider but I was an absolute beginner having never ridden before! We found the stables easy enough but be careful using google maps which has a habit of taking you up some interesting tracks! Paula took us out and explained everything to me clearly so I was not nervous and I felt looked after and... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

My daughter and I had been looking forward to the horse trek and what a lovely experience it was! Paolo was the perfect host, extremely friendly, knowledgable, trustworthy and genuinely superb horse trekking guide. An amazing location, we went on Ride 1 as we wanted to have a leisurely trek which turned out to be a great choice given the... More 

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