Land activities in Madeira and Porto Santo
You can go horse riding in Madeira in equestrian centers , equipped with experienced professionals , present in various locations .
The island of Porto Santo also has a riding center for lovers of this sport.
If looking for a place to practice riding , there is a pool ( open from Tuesday to Sunday ) where you can get more information (address : Equestrian Association Madeira Quinta Vila Alpires – Black Path – Funchal ) . This association offers various levels of training and organizes horseback riding in the area where it is located.
Equestrian center of Quinta de São Jorge in Santo da Serra – Madeira Island
It consists of a covered arena with lighting and ventilation and an area of 450 m2 , facilities for 21 horses and ponies and riding stables discovered 3,500 m2 .
Two monitors are available and ensure pleasant moments riding, vaulting from the classroom to the use of the horse to the most advanced levels , as well as pleasant horse riding routes in the adjoining serranos and safe QUINTA DE S. JORGE , with excellent views over the landscape from different points of Madeira , always in an environment of pure nature .
Equestrian center of Porto Santo
The characteristics of Porto Santo , where stands the mild climate make the island an inviting place to practice sports activities throughout the year . Playing sports on this island , where rough beauty and silence is the best way to relax and recharge your energy spent during the year .
Horseback riding in Porto Santo , through paths of varying difficulty , is a real escape from the stress , and the beautiful landscapes are a constant .
Guided tours in groups , by amazing trails of rare beauty . Another Porto Santo … where the beauty of nature and tranquility are a constant . Go where no cars go, see disjunctions of prismatic tercenário , or headlands west of the island where the 500 years João Gonçalves Zarco and Tristan Vaz Teixeira first sighted the island of Madeira . Tours during the setting of the sun, on the beach … ride between the waves , the sand , the last rays of the day … Unforgettable .
The mild climate of Madeira and Porto Santo Islands is ideal for the practice of all kinds of sports, leisure and outdoors activities, at any time of the year.
Many options are available, including water, land and aerial sports, ranging from relaxing activities to traditional and extreme sports:
Sea lovers will benefit from the warm sea currents, with temperatures ranging between 19º and 24ºC, ideal for snorkelling, diving, sailing, surfing, windsurfing and sport fishing, all year round. You will also be able to catch the best waves in Europe, at the Jardim do Mar, Fajã da Areia (São Vicente) and Porto da Cruz beaches.
A quiet boat trip is also a must. Sailing along the coast, you will be able to watch the dolphins, whales and monk seals that grace Madeira seas with their presence.
Visitors looking for stronger sensations will certainly be able to find them. Paragliding or hang-gliding over the island, canyoning to discover the heart of the mountains, climbing the highest peaks, embarking on an all-terrain adventure, feeling the adrenaline rush while riding a jet-ski, or simply enjoying the sheer freedom of kitesurfing, are some of the sporting experiences available to visitors.
Golf, trekking and hiking are excellent alternatives for those preferring calmer activities, allowing a closer look at the natural features of these lusciously green islands.
Discover the impressive and diverse island vegetation over a walk along one of the local canals known as “levadas” or one of the many trails at the heart of the Laurissilva forest, declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Nature Site. Due to its beauty and diverse landscape, this forest has recently been declared one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Portugal.