Quinta do Riacho, Santo da Serra

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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. Make Quinta do Riacho part of your personalized Santo da Serra itinerary using our Santo da Serra online tour planner .
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  • Was on the ride with Paula, polite woman, pleasant to talk to. Nature was amazing and beautiful. Lots of trees and plants. Very green, warm and cozy island.
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  • I was picked up at the hotel and my husband could join even if he was not going to ride. He took a walk among the levadas during the time I was out on the riding trip. Paula was a very nice instructor...  more »
  • Very nice rides on well-groomed horses. Paolo, I went with, is very nice and tried. He has picked me up at my hotel and brought back. On the ride, he was very circumspect.
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  • A good place for horses! Paula & Paulo take good care of their horses and the ride was very enjoyable. Also for less experienced riders. Even though the prices are rather high, they are absolutely justified since Madeira does not have the resources for keeping horses (import of hay and feed are costly). Ride to Pico do Suna: the trails are steep (as expected) and show little variety. The view at the top, however, is breath-taking!
  • Fabulous happy horses, beautiful forest and views, Paula was a superb guide and obviously cares about her horses a lot as they are so well, are full of personality and enjoy life! Highly recommended to anyone whether complete beginner or an experienced horse rider and owner.
  • I always wanted to ride a horse and this was a wonderful possabilty for me to try. After half an hour waiting at the stables we were finally able to sit on the horse. Of course I was a bit afraid of it (I had absolut no experience in riding), but i noticed very fast, that the horses were calm and well trained. I guess, if I wouldn't have given the horse some instructions, he would have carried me anyway well the whole way. We booked the forest trail (Ride 6) and the landscape was wonderful, although it was a bit chilly at the end. After one hour I felt good on the horse and I wished there would have been the possability to trot with the horse. There was also no need of taking pictures, because Paula was taking the whole time pictures with her mobile so that we can concentrate on riding. I really enjoyed it and now I wish, I had a horse to ride again. I recommend this really to all visitors on Madeira who love nature and animals.
  • 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 :)
  • My wife and I went horse riding from Quinta do riacho, which is situated in beautiful area in the mountains next to forests and fantastic scenery. The horses are well looked after and the staff were very friendly
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