Basalto Horse Experience
Basalto Horse Experience
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Basalto offers horse riding tours. our trails have variable length and difficulty. the tours are guided by a certified equestrian tourism guide. Our horses are of Iberian breeds, with extraordinary behavior and temperament, and in great body conformation. come and experience the island's traditions on the back of our amazing horses.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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JOHN M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
The horse ride was our best activity in the Azores. Monica is an amazing host and she provides great information about Terceira. The scenery is stunning and the horses are happy making it a magical ride. If you can only do one activity on Terceira, this is the one. Highly recommended!
Written 14 May 2024
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Doug
Narragansett, RI8 contributions
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Jul 2023 • Family
Even if Terceira Island in the Azores were not a paradise in its own right, it would be worth a visit if for no other reason than to ride with Monica at Basalto Horse Experience. The scenery is stunning, there's a wide variety of well trained and well cared for horses, and Monica takes the time to become well enough acquainted with her guests to match each one with the ideal equine companion. My wife and I have been twice, having retuned a second time (from Rhode Island) because the first experience was so magnificent.

Multiple trails to varying destinations can be customized based on the experience, skills, and interests of each rider. All one needs is a desire to ride and explore the environs of Basalto, which is a short and inexpensive taxi ride from Angra do Heroismo. Monica can literally get anyone, even individuals with disabilities, on horseback and out on one of the verdant trails. If you are on Terceira, don't miss this opportunity. It is a truly unique experience that is not to be missed.
Written 20 February 2024
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stacy
Jacksonville, FL2 contributions
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On the walk up to the stables, we got to try guava and tomatillo that were growing on the property The horse I rode, Carmelo, was very sweet and just wanted to eat grass but he did a great job on the ride even though it was my first time. We rode around and the horses knew when it was time to turn back. I also got to pet the pony and kitten that were there as well. Highly recommend this tour!
Written 6 October 2023
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Family_Traveler_NYC
Cambridge, MA25 contributions
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The forest and gardens had a mystical feel. Beyond stunning. Three of the four of us had not ridden since we were children. The horses were lovely and quiet. It was a divine walk. We met Monica, Francisco and Flavio with the horses at the garden. They are very aware of the gift they offer to island’s visitors. It is clearly a labor of love. The horses walked gently and quietly along forest paths and beautiful fields peppered with old volcanic hills. Ancient stone walls and fields dotted with cows provided a window into the island’s past that is too beautiful to be believed. We even stopped at a small dairy for a taste of fresh milk. There is a small local cheese maker 5 minutes away. I believe the name is Quejo Vacquina. I recommend stopping for a cheese sampler and glass of wine after your ride.
Written 12 September 2023
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Catherine
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
Thoroughly enjoyed my ride with Monica from Basalto Stables. Monica was great at explaining where we were going, what I was about to see and the things along the way. The views were absolutely picturesque. We rode up the mountain, and through the beautiful forest seeing a lovely park/picnic area, gardens, plenty of fields, cattle as well as bulls that they run in the streets during festival time.

I rode on Lector who was such a good boy and knew the paths he was to take. The ride was very easy as I had not ridden in many, many years; therefore, Monica took it slow. She will up the ride for the experienced ones.

Monica takes quite a few pictures of you for your keepsake.

The day was beautiful and the ride was awesome.

The stable is a short taxi ride, approximately 15 minutes, from the town of Terceira. The taxi was easy to get from the hotel, and of course being collected after the ride.
Written 7 August 2023
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We did this extraordinary experience in Terceira during our honey moon in the Azores! We had a ride horse around Sao Bartolomeo and we really enjoyed it (2 hours and 30 minutes was the duration more or less). We met Monica, the owner of the ranch, who guided us during the ride: she was very kind and she explained us all about the nature and the landscapes around. We felt really comfortable and happy even if we are not advanced horse riders. We hope to repeat the experience as soon as possible!
Chiara & Lorenzo
Written 25 July 2023
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Victoria G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
When I was planning my Terceira trip (my first holiday solo - and not working while traveling - in over 25 years), I knew I wanted to experience some island riding - and I'm so happy I chose Basalto. I rode a bit as a kid and took lessons in my early 20s, but hadn't had much experience since.

From our first email conversation, Monica made me feel a) confident I'd made the right choice so far as the longer tour; and b) confident that my skill level would be just fine. I arrived past the time I said I would (by probably 15 or 20 minutes) because I missed the turn-off and kept driving... ;) Monica was so incredibly gracious. As for the ride, it was exactly what I was hoping for - the weather was perfect, my assigned horse, a beautiful, confident and sensitive Lusitano named Lector, was solid and steady, and the scenery... simply stunning.

During the ride, Monica pointed out some of the native flora and fauna, the 'wild' bulls, and recounted stories of the horses, facts about farming in the area, and all sorts of island lore that made the time so much more than just a lovely ride through gorgeous countryside. And then as an unexpected bonus, she sent photos and videos of the ride for all of us later in the evening. It was a magical afternoon I'll always hold dear.

If you love horses and are looking for a unique way to experience Terceira, this tour is highly recommended...
Written 28 June 2023
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Samantha G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Woah! Everything about the Basalto Horse Experieince is spectacular! Monica, who owns the ranch and runs the tours, is beyond wonderful, understanding, and has a wealth of knowledge to share during the ride! My friends and I loved the horses, the incredible views, as well as learning about the island’s agriculture, history, and traditions. Thank you!! We will definitely be doing this again on our next trip to The Azores!!
Written 10 June 2023
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Thank you! It was so nice to have you with us! You are amazingly kind! Hope to see you again!
Written 10 June 2023
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Stacha S
7 contributions
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We took the 3 hour tour which was just perfect for experienced riders. The horses are very well taken care of (which is really important to us!) Our guide Monica was so lovable and gave us many informations about the local vegetation,their culture,Flora and Fauna and we could just ask her anything. The horses were well educated,we had a fun time trotting and cantering. I really recommend this place!
Written 29 May 2023
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Cher-Delyse K
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
A tranquil coffee shop serving quality food and drink with an excellent service! You get a very warm welcome and you are treated like you are the most important customer!
Written 15 December 2022
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