Alto da Lua | New Forest Lodge Activity Holidays in South West Portugal 



Situated on the edge of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano and the Costa Vincentina, one of the biggest nature conservation areas in Portugal, the hotel Alto da Lua, the New Forest Lodge riding and carriage driving stables and the Country Cooking School offer activity holidays.

Enjoy an exciting, challenging and above all rewarding activity holiday in the depth of the countryside whilst remembering your creature comforts. You will be accommodated in the award winning hotel Alto da Lua, where from your balcony or the pool terrace you may look out over rolling forest and the distant sparkling Atlantic ocean. It overlooks the stables and cookery school where our activities are centered in the historic stone built farm, The New Forest Lodge, situated just down the valley, a 5 minutes walk.

Our herd of locally bred horses and ponies are stabled around the ancient moorish well and traditional picadeiro alongside the barn and carriage house.
The Country Cooking School with its brick built, wood fired ovens and grills stands in the midst of organic kitchen and herb gardens next to the original farm house.
For nature lovers our forest and coastal location provide idyllic opportunities to enjoy guided trails by either jeep, horse drawn carriage, mountain bike or even on foot.

Flexibility and choice are as an important part of our holidays as the varied activities and luxurious accommodation. You may choose to come alone or book as part of a group of friends or family. We appreciate not everyone has the same interest, so you may book different programmes, which when possible are designed to co-ordinate in timing. 

We can also offer activity packages to your personal requirements or a programme of mixed activities. 

Several of our holiday programmes have add-on options. Please pre-book to assure availability.
Should none of the dates be suitable, it may be possible to accept alternative bookings. Please enquire for availability.
Most of the activities start on mondays and are of varying length. You may pre-book additional nights with bed & breakfast accommodation at either end of your activity holiday. There are also several options which may pre-booked and added to your programme.

Riding and Carriage Driving Holidays

At the New Forest Lodge our horses are part of the family. Spending most of their spare time exploring our 50 acres of hillside pasture, they really enjoy being good partners on a ride through the beautiful, almost traffic free 70,000 hectares of the Sudoeste Alentajeno and Costa Vincentina National Park. They love the long sandy beaches and also enjoy swimming in one of the many surrounding lakes. Riding along the cool shady forest trails, you may discover the exceptional local flora and fauna.

Our herd of 12 locally bred mainly Lusitano cross horses and ponies are housed in comfortable stone stables that surround a historic arena where we train both our horses and novice riders. We offer programmes for both confident and less experienced riders or absolute beginners. It is also possible to pre-book add-on activities.

Cooking Class
Carriage Tour

Throughout your stay you will be accommodated in the Alto da Lua b&b-hotel which overlooks both stables and Country Cooking School, a five minute walk. Your hosts, Heike and Helge, will ensure your every comfort and a very warm welcome. The hosts already have won many awards and is ideally located for a quiet, away-from-it-all break. After a day of riding, relax to a glass of excellent wine or in the pool offering a spectacular view over the distant Atlantic ocean.

Our holiday programmes include breakfast, lunch or picknick and all activities as specified. Dinner is included on the first night, additional dinners can be ordered at the Country Cooking School or the hotel, or you can explore some of the many excellent adegas, tascas and restaurants nearby. 

Car hire is recommended but not essential. We can arrange collection from either Faro airport or Lagos station.

Our activity programs

Our holiday programmes include horse riding, trekking, carriage driving and traditional country cooking workshops with lots of hands on experience. We offer programmes to suit all levels.

Find us

New Forest Lodge

  • CX postal 413E, Corte Pero Jacques
    8670-120 Aljezur, Portugal

  • Milton:
    +351 914 225 892

    +351 917 934 864

    +351 914264949

Alto da Lua

  • Sitio Corte Pero Jacques - Espinhaço de Cão
    8670-120 Aljezur, Portugal

  • +351 282 356 047
    +351 965 466 071

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