Monthly Archives: September 2015

Golegã Horse Fair looks amazing!

portugal_flagGolegã Horse Fair 2015 – Portugal

It is the time of year when Portugal says “Olá” to its greatest horse fair which takes place in the little town of Golegã, located north east of Lisbon on the west side of the river Tejo. Golegã is considered the capital of the horse (Capital do Cavalo) and it has been the site for a gathering of breeders since 1773, dedicated to showing the Lusitano horse at its best.

The area around Golegã is home to some of Portugal’s most famous stud farms. The Horse Fair or known locally as “The Feira do Cavalos” is held every November and lasts for a week. The festival overtakes the town, it is a spectacle like no other in the world and we recommend that every horse person puts this visit on their bucket list.

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Centuries old traditions

Golegã has top competitions in all disciplines as well as various shows and displays. Right in the middle of the town there is a large riding arena which is surrounded by the “Manga” where many horses and riders pass in traditional portuguese clothes.

The bustling party atmosphere of the Manga

The narrow streets of Golegã are filled with stands, giving a great opportunity to experience the exuberant Portuguese culture. You can also meet many Lusitano breeders in their ‘casettas’ (small cottages) and see them exhibit their horses in outside stalls.

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One of many great sights to see

You can witness some of the finest performances taking place in the town, as well as equestrian games, championships, carriage marathons and exhibitions. The town really bustles with excitement and enthusiasm.

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Displays in national costume

As the night falls, the party really begins; featuring evening performances by the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art, and Luis Valença’s Centro Equestre da Leziria Grande. All day and night partying crowds celebrate Portugese style.

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Impressive team work

You will find horses everywhere – they too join in on the fun in the bars and even in the discotheques.

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An experience you will never forget

And to complement the party mood you will find plenty of  “água-pé” (a local wine) flowing and the smell of tasty roasted chestnuts in the air.

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The aroma of roasted chestnuts is a delight

 

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Say “Saúde” with the local tipple?

We can arrange for you to experience all of this for yourselves. If you are planning a visit to Alcainça this November then why not add-on a two day/one night visit to Golegã to join the party.

09 November 2015: Transfer from Alcainça to Golegã (departure time from Alcainça around 08:30 arriving to Golegã around 10:00). Day and evening at Golega. Overnight in Golega.

10 November 2015: Morning at Golega. After lunch transfer to Alcainça.

The cost is only £280 per person sharing and for any single travellers there is a £67 single supplement.

The price includes:

  • Transfers from Alcainça to Golegã
  • 1 night stay in hotel with breakfast (twin room)
  • Transfers to & from the Horse Fair
  • A visit to a Lusitano breeder
  • Guide assistance

There is availability at Alcainça before this Golega visit and for one night after.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this fantastic experience, as availability is limited. To reserve your place or if you would like to find out more information please call and have a chat with one of our specialist agents on 01299 272 997 or email rides@inthesaddle.com

Estamos ansiosos para ouvir de você em breve” 🙂 (We look forward to hearing from you soon)

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Classical dressage at Golegã Horse Fair

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Homoki Lodge – NEW Luxury Glamping Yurts.

Combine exceptional luxurious accommodation with a magical autumn horse riding holiday amongst Hungary’s famous Puszta (grasslands). Canter along sandy tracks without being hindered by any gates or fences.

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Homoki’s NEW Luxurious Yurts

Located in Southern Hungary, widely known as the Carpathian Basin, Homoki Lodge have recently opened their new luxury glamping accommodation to riding guests on a full board basis. These offer a unique style of comfort consisting of glorious gallery beds, air conditioning, underfloor heating and satellite TV.

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There are seven Yurts – three Superior Yurts, two Deluxe Yurts and two Luxury Yurts.

Apart from one of the Luxury Yurts which is all on one level, the bed in the yurts is on an upper gallery. On the ground floor is a seating area, shower and loo, desk and wardrobe. The yurts have underfloor heating as well as air conditioning for hotter days. They come equipped with a minibar, complimentary tea and coffee, safe deposit box, hair dryer, free toiletries, slippers and a bathrobe. There is also free Wi-Fi and a TV.

For those wishing separate beds, the downstairs seating area can be converted to a bed.

Homoki Yurt Superior gallery with double bed

The Superior Yurt is 20m square with its own individual entrance and a private terrace overlooking the garden. It has a double bed and a shower.

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The impressive Superior Yurt

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Spacious shower cubical

The Deluxe Yurt is available at a small upgrade. It also has its own individual entrance. Slighty larger at 26 square metres and also fully insulated, it has a private terrace and deck chairs overlooking onto the garden. In the Deluxe Yurt the bed is Queen size and there is a Jacuzzi bath (with shower) for a little extra pampering.

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The Deluxe Yurt with its relaxing whirl pool bath.

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Have a good night’s sleep in this large Queen Size bed.

The Luxury Yurt is larger again at 31 square metres. Each of the two luxury yurts has a private sun terrace with panoramic views of the Hungarian countryside. The Luxury Yurt has a King sized bed, jacuzzi bath and separate shower. Those staying in the Luxury Yurt are also offered a complimentary bottle of champagne and fruit basket.

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The Luxury Yurt with its large king size bed.

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Enclosed wardrobe and min bar.

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Jacussi bath and separate shower in the Luxury Yurt

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The horses are never far away.

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A comfortable seating area while enjoying your complimentary Champagne in the Luxury Yurt.

For stays up to November 2015, we are offering a fantastic 40% off the regular rate. Prices start at Euro 145 per person per night (c. £109) (based on two people sharing) for the Superior Yurt. This price includes full board and four to five hours riding.

See inthesaddle.com for more information on the riding at Homoki.

To check availability please contact our office on 01299 272 997 or email rides@inthesaddle.com.

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Homoki Yurt Luxury Glamping by night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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