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Quinta do Riacho, Santo da Serra

(4.6/5 based on 400+ reviews on the web)
In a small village on Madeira Island, Quinta do Riacho boasts stunning views, calm trails, and adventurous mountainous terrain. Whether you are new to horseback riding and looking for a fun way to venture around the island or are a more advanced rider, this company has something to offer every visitor. Explore the stables, chat with the staff, and meet the horses and ponies. Discover the site's natural beauty while taking a leisurely ride or setting out on a more challenging trail. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Santo da Serra holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Quinta do Riacho and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Reviews
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  • We have done many horse rides in several different countries including Yosemite national park and this was by far the best ride we have ever done. The views were amazing of the island and the guide wa...  more »
  • My first time riding a horse and it was more easy than expected. Got picked up from the hotel and had a super friendly introduction before riding the horse through a beautiful view. It's absolutely wo...  more »
  • With a horse for €80 steep paths down scrambling after a mini briefing: it doesn't have to be. Nowhere near enough for beginners, the tour is supposedly suitable for that. I haven't felt good hands me.
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  • 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 and also drove me back there after, during the ride checking many times if everything was OK, telling our riding group of the nature in the Levada and about their animals, taking us to great scenery spots to take photos and even send us via Facebook photos that they took of us while we rode! I highly recommend Quinta do Riacho for everybody who want to experience Madeira's nature in an unique way - why walk a Levada, when you can RIDE :)
  • Quinta do Riacho offer a wonderful way to see the fantastic scenery of Madeira. I have ridden 3 times with Paulo and Paula and every ride has been different, interesting and most importantly great fun! They offer a great service, being able to pick riders up (and return) from their accommodation which saves the expense and hassle of taxies. The horses are beautifully looked after, which is so important. I'm really hoping to return again next year. :)
  • A great place to visit, Paulo and Paula are amazing people truly care for their costumers. From picking us up at the hotel and letting us off at the hotel, the conversation while enjoying the nature with all the horses and dogs. They send you the pictures they have of you via whatsapp, which for me personally is amazing. I can't wait to go back there and have another ride with great people and see again that great view. All the best :)
  • To recommend: horses & landscape. To avoid: human factor. We booked two rides with Paula & Paulo, out of which one took place. During our "Forest Trail", we broke into a trot once, the same for a canter. The rest of the trail through the woods of north-eastern Madeira was relaxing and we could enjoy the nature, the fresh air, as well as the chilling temperature. Btw., just as described in the previous Google review, at the slow pace, the guide spent a lot of time on his mobile phone. What we found truly disappointing, was the way our 2nd ride was cancelled: barely 1 hour before, we simply received a WhatsApp message saying it was too hot and the horses were tired. Our question if the day after could be an alternative remained without answer until today. One would not expect from people who care so much about horses and pets to care so little about customers.
  • Paula and Paulo are very friendly. The quinta do riacho is an amazingly place which such character that I've never seen in Madeira island! The horses where all very gentle and calm so I felt super confident! I went for a 1 hour hack up in the hills where there were outstanding views and also opportunities to have trots and canters! The price is low bearing in mind the extraordinary experienced. I strongly recommend!