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    What to Expect
    Meet our pick-up truck at the reception of your hotel at the set time (8am, 10am or 4.30pm) for the transfer to the stables.
    After a smooth 10 minutes drive, you will arrive at the riding centre, into the lushy green Bothanical Garden, where you will meet our Lusitanos, cross Arabian and Berber horses.
    The istructor will make the comprehensive safety briefing while the guides will finish to prepare and tack the horses for you.
    Basic knowledge and important tips will be given to the novice riders in order to have a fun and safe ride.
    At the reception area, lockers will be at your disposal to leave your belongings and CE certified riding helmets will be given to you prior the ride (mandatory).
    The group of max 6 riders will be lead by several guides on horseback (1:2 ratio) to make sure that the ride will be tailored according your respective riding skills. 
    Now the adventure can start!
    All trails starts with an easy and gentle ride across the desert formed by the Sahara Desert sand carried by trade winds.
    Leave your tracks on the sand dunes and you will arrive at the "Big Salt Mines of Santa Maria" where local people work everyday to satisfy the demand of salt for the whole archipelago.
    Riding up a small hill where you will find an amazing view of the salt pans.
    If you are taking part on the 1,5h or the 2h trails, you will leave the Salt Flats behind and you will head up to Costa da Fragata, better known as Kite Beach for the great number of kite surfers that during the windy season fill up the sky with their colorful kites.
    An endless golden sand beach trek awaits where you will hear the roar of the waves and the most experienced riders will have the chance to gallop through the surf. Less experienced riders or those who just want to relax and enjoy the landscape will ride gently along the shore at walking gait with the assistance of the guides. Once you arrive at the foot of the Serra Negra Natural Reserve you will head back to the stables riding through flat land with green bushes and a small creek where it is common to meet cows, donkeys and endemic birds of Cape Verde.
    Back at the stables you can say thanks to your horse with apples and cuddles beore being driven back to your hotel.
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    Very well cared for horses, great guide who took us over the desert and salt flats and the over to Kite Beach for a canter. An amazing few hours. Picked us up from hotel and dropped us back again.

    Date of experience: September 2018
    1  Thank GaryVan1
    Santa_Marilha, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded today

    Hi Gary, Thanks a lot for taking your time to share your feedback on TripAdvisor. Wish to welcome you soon again at our stables :) Best regards, Teo

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I completely enjoyed the horse riding experience with Santa Marilha Horse Riding Centre. The staff were very friendly and professional and were happy to take photos of me on the horse. It was my first time riding a horse and the staff made sure I...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank sophiesword
    Santa_Marilha, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Hi Sophie, Thanks for your comment :) We are happy that you have fully enjoyed our horses and the trail we offer on your first ride ever! Hope you will keep on riding on get to know more and more about this beautiful majestic animals...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    My boyfriend and I booked this excursion not through tui, whom we booked our whole holiday through including our other excursions, but these guys are separate from tui, don’t let this put you off though, teo came and picked us up from outside our hotel...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    2  Thank emstockley
    Santa_Marilha, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

    Hi Jake and Emily, Really appreciate your feedback! ;) Just let me take the chance to say that we do work with Tui, Thomson and all majors tour operators and it is possible to book one of our ride through them. Anyway we tend to...More

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Absolutely fantastic! Loved the galloping on the beach 🐎 The staff totally wonderful and the horses gorgeous!! Thanks for an amazing time 👌🙏

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Paula1mccourt
    Santa_Marilha, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hi Paula, Was really nice to meet you and really appreciate your comment here :) Wish to see you soon again at our stables! Kind regards, Teo

    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Our family of 6 had massive pleasure to get a horse ride from this centre. From the very beginning to the very end everything was all proffesional. I was bit afraid about my 4 years old how she is going to cope 1 and half...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank marlenak1
    Santa_Marilha, Owner at Santa Marilha Horse Excursions, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hi Marlena, Thanks a lot for taking part with all your family on one of our trails! We are happy that you all enjoyed your ride and spending time with our passionate guides. Wish to welcome you soon again at our stables! Best regards, Teo

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    Irina_Il
    8 July 2019|
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    Response from Santa_Marilha | Property representative |
    Hi Irina, We do have also small and calm horses suitable for children (min. 3 years old). Every child will have one guide dedicate to him who will help and lead his horse when needed in order to make the whole ride fun and... More
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    Londonneveragain
    13 April 2019|
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    Response from Santa_Marilha | Property representative |
    Hi, thanks for writing. Yes transfer from your hotel to the stables and way back is included in the price. Best regards, Teo
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