On the fertile soils of the Ribatejo, home to the wild bull, rural people still wear traditional dress, and the men of the region still capture these dangerous wild beasts with their bare hands.
This is also the natural habitat for the Lusitanian thoroughbred horse, a noble and proud species that combines intelligence with an ability to be tamed. There is no better way to see this rural society than on horseback. This is an excellent way to spend your holiday if you’re looking for some open-air adventure in a wonderful climate and beautiful natural surroundings.
Alternatively, visit a ‘garraiada’ or bullock fight, and get involved if you dare!
Or perhaps you fancy a Portuguese style bullfight, showing the surviving noble tradition of training horses for battle? The Companhia das Lezírias, the largest national agro-cattle breeding and forestry complex, is an excellent place to start your tour of the Ribatejo.
In addition to the attraction of the horses of the Braço de Prata Stud Farm, you can also have a meal at the restaurant. After lunch, take the children to the educational centre, where the youngest can learn how to make bread and get up close to rural life.
Make sure you also fit in visits to the Golegã and Alpiarça country fairs.