Horse riding is one the best ways to discover the spectacular landscape of the Azores.

The islands are a paradise for horse riding holidays with rides along old trails between stone walls, through rainforest-like vegetation and charming villages and coastal rides enjoying views over the sparkling blue ocean beyond. For many, a highlight is a ride around the twin crater lakes at Sete Cidades on São Miguel. It’s pure fairytale stuff as the route follows the crater rim and on one side you have the magical blue and green lakes and on the other, the island dropping away to the ocean – you won’t know where to look.

Rides are available from a 1 hour gentle ride through the surrounding farmland up to a full day out with transport to and from the ride. And if you are really keen, a whole week’s horse riding holiday can be arranged on beautiful pure and cross bred Lusitano horses. Whether you are an experienced rider or a beginner, there’s something to suit everyone.

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