Coudelaria de Alter do Chão
Tours and Other Tourism Services
The stud farm occupies eight hundred hectares of wonderful countryside, dedicated to the nobility of the Lusitanian horse. King D. João V founded the royal stud farm in 1748 with the aim of preparing horses for the royal riding school. "May this breed be kept forever pure", the kingdom was commanded in 1812.
After a few setbacks over the course of time, the stud has now been revitalised, but don't think that you will be coming here only to see this noble breed of horse.
Take the chance to have riding lessons or carriage tours, to watch the mares and foals grazing and to visit the riding schools, stables and museum, where you can learn everything there is to know about how these horses are bred.
As you go round the stud, you will find out about its history from the pictures on display in the entrance. In the stables, admire the haughtiness of the Alter Real breed of Lusitanian horse, and learn how they become top stallions and how they are selected for the advanced riding school.
Be sure to see the Coach House, with its collection of objects related to horse breeding.
7440-152 Alter do Chão
From Tuesday to Friday: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am - 5pm
Closed: Monday and Holidays