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Maternity ward

A new arrival


The Falconry






Old Carriages

Doesn't look like our Phaeton!

Roman Horse brass


Castelo de Vide



Entrance to Marvao

Narrow cobbled streets of Marvao

Marvao through the mist on the hill

The forecast was for slightly better weather but it didn’t quite turn out that way.

We started our day by driving through the Alentjo countryside with its cork trees, olive groves and vineyards to Alter do Chao and the Coudeleria de Alter-Real stud farm. The stud farm was founded in 1748 by King Joao V to breed purebred Lusitano horses. These purebred horses are used by the Portuguese mounted police and the Lisbon Riding School at Quelez (similar to the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna). The stud is still owned by the government.

The stud farm was a huge centre with research, training and arena facilities but like anything government owned in Portugal slightly shabby and in need of some TLC. We arrived in time for the 11am tour. There were only four of us and our tour guide spoke very little English but the other couple on the tour although Portuguese spoke very good English so some translation possible

The stud has over 500 horses and we toured a number of the stable blocks having the opportunity to meet some of the horses. The maternity ward as they called it had a lot of mares that looked all the same in colour and condition. We also toured the falconry and the old carriages with several Phaeton coaches.

From the stud we headed further east to the small town of Castelo de Vide which seemed to cascade down the hillside and from the fort at the top of the town we got some great views over to Spain. From there we drove to the historic and remote former fort town of Marvao. By the time we got there the rain had returned with a vengeance which was really disappointing as the town sat high on an outcrop above the serra and would have given magnificent views. Our quick walk around the narrow cobbled streets with whitewashed houses and to the castle made us wish we could have visited it on a lovely sunny day! Never mind!

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