A glimpse behind the “Coudelaria de Alter”
A must-do is a guided tour of the royal stud farm Alter Real. The “Coudelaria de Alter” was founded in 1748 by King João V with the aim of serving the royal stables and the Picaria Real with horses. The walled estate of approximately 800 hectares has a remarkable natural heritage of great scenic value in terms of flora and fauna. Today, the bay horses bred by one of the oldest public stud farms in the world, dance and shine at the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.
Take the chance to make a carriage tour, to watch the mares and foals grazing and visit the riding schools, stables and museum, where you can learn more about the history of the stud farm. Every year, on April 24th, the stud organizes its traditional horse auction.
Visits: from Tuesdays to Sundays either at 11:00 am or 3:00 pm (closed on 24.12., 25.12. and 1.1.)
Price guided tour: about 7.50 €
Carriage rides: as of 15 € (min. 2 persons)
Distance from the farm: 36 km