Our Family

We are Portugal by Horse

Portugal by horse was created in 1996 in central Portugal.

Liesje grew up in the region of Antwerp (Belgium). In 1996 she left for Portugal with 2 horses, 2 dogs, some chickens and a tipi, setting out for a new challenge, a new life.

Moved 5 times in 3 years but always in the same region. Finally settled in Midões. A very beautiful and historical village near Tábua.

João grew up in Alcantarilha-Algarve and Lisbon City. He always dreamed of moving to the Alentejo and live closer to nature. He studied Management of Computer Networks and later Geography at the University of Coimbra. Before moving to Midões he worked in Lisbon in the area of Information Technology.
Then he met Liesje and everything changed…

Together they organise horse riding holidays in Portugal; horse riding in the most beautiful region of the centre of Portugal. They host visitors in their enchanting original holiday homes in the valley of Quinta da Alegria.
They also organize horsemanship courses, hiking tours, yoga lessons, reiki experiences and rent mountain bikes.

With heart and soul Liesje and João take care of the farm and everything that is included. The two of them are your guides on the rides and both are leading you on foot when you are an inexperienced rider, Liesje is also a qualified masseuse.

For all the other sport activities they work together with colleagues.