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"Biscainho is now beginning to feel like my second home! It has been thoroughly enjoyable getting to know the area and if you have hire car during your visit it will make it all the more pleasurable. The local town of Coruche is most attractive and there are regular markets on Saturdays which are great for bargain hunters! A slightly longer drive will take you to the historic town of Evora or the amazing hill town of Sintra with its unique architecture. En route you could also pay a visit to the Portuguese Riding School who give displays twice weekly in their outdoor ménage set in the gardens of the Palace. It is also possible to go and watch the horses being schooled on days when there is no performance. The standard is very high and this should certainly be part of your agenda. There is an equestrian complex nearby at Mata do Duque where events are sometimes held, including dressage, show jumping, eventing and carriage driving There is also a polo club and there are often matches in the late afternoon. If you wish to travel with a non-riding partner, there should be plenty to enjoy together providing you have transport. Bird watching would be fruitful especially around the large lake just outside Coruche (which is also a perfect place to picnic) and even whilst riding the cry of a Hoopoe may be heard or, if you are quick, you may see the brilliant flash of colour of a Bee Eater. One visitor noted in the guestbook that she had seen 37 species of birds locally and she really enjoyed her visit as a non-rider. Having a car makes the local restaurants more accessible and there is nothing better on a cloudless, balmy summer’s day than lunch at a beach restaurant at Alcochete! "


Sue Wingate in http://www.thejoyofhorses.com/july04/Riding-in-Portugal-the-Classical-Way-4.htm

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