Of the many sports taking place in this year’s Olympics, one discipline has found itself with many new fans. Team GB have taken the equestrian events by storm, with gold medals in team show jumping and dressage and individual medals still to compete for. At 54 years of age, and competing in his sixth Olympics, Nick Skelton proved that it’s never too late to become a medal-winner, and many across the country are sitting up and taking notice of what has long been considered a sport from bygone eras.
Many will be wondering how they can get involved or take up such a sport, and there is a surprising answer coming from southern Europe. The Algarve, on the south coast of Portugal, is a fantastic hotspot for horse riding, with many specialist schools and riding centres for beginners or veterans. Premier Holidays is an experienced provider of luxury Algarve holiday villas for anyone vying to stand on the podium in years to come, and has a portfolio of properties situated in prime horse riding areas.
The Albufeira Riding Centre, also known as Vale Navio, is situated in a prime location, set amongst stunning Portuguese countryside whilst also being easy for tourists to find. It’s said that horses here are the fittest in the Algarve, and with horses and ponies to choose from, there is a steed for all the family. The Casa Belmira Algarve villa is located in the nearby town of Guia, and is large enough to accommodate an average family of five. The private swimming pool and outdoor terrace area are perfect for winding down after a long day on horseback, and the villa is within walking distance of some of the most authentic Portuguese restaurants in the Algarve.
The area of Lagos also has a renowned horse riding school in the form of Tiffany’s Riding Centre, which gives tourists or residents the chance to explore relatively unknown countryside from horseback. The staff are experts in assisting children and those who have never ridden before, and have fifteen years of experience in the industry. Premier Holidays’ lavish Algarve villas are located just a short drive away from this horse riding school and many other sporting activities, with accommodation for up to eight people. Villa Silvester and Casa Ventana are both spacious, old-style Portuguese villas with private pools and a great location with views of the surrounding countryside. The living rooms in both properties are situated on the upper floor to give guests stunning vistas of the Funchal Ridge, and a wonderful view of the walled town of Lagos itself.