PÁTIO Ecolodge - Trail-Riding on the Azorean Island Faial in Mid-Atlantic

PÁTIO Ecolodge in Horta-Cedros / Azores
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Our Lodge is located on the Azorean Island of Faial. In subtropical nature we are riding trails on our Lusitanos Horses.

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The island Faial is a subtropical island in the Mid-Atlantic on half way between New York and Lisbon. The island is the whole year around green and full of flowers. The weather in winter time changes frequently and temperature is 16 degree Celsisus. In spring and autumn it is sunny and 20 degree Celcius. In summer time it is tropical and up to 25 degree Celsisus. The perfect travel time is between april and january.

Without any problem you can travel from the island to the neighborhood islands Pico and Sao Jorge. PÁTIO is offering trails on the island of Faial. Faial is a volcanic island. Black beaches, young volcanoes and basalt are showing the volcanic structure. Trail-Riding means for uns nature and landscape, culture and history of the island, culinaric, pleasant rider group and a taste of adventure.
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Additional information about the area

Excursions: Historical smalll villages, picturesque city of Horta, harbor and marina, the 1957 erupted volcanoe, cliffs, wineyards, cheesefactory, 400 meter descent into the caldeira, whale watching, diving with big fish, swimming with doplhins, hideways and botanical gardens, old lighthouses, whalers stations, black beaches, wild herds of Lusitanos, tropical forests and gardes, lonely villages and landscapes, up tp 200 meter high cliffs and wild Atlantic bath places in the rocks.
Traveling by plane:
Daily flights with Azores Airlines from Lisbon (LIS) direct to Horta, Faial (HOR). Flights to Lisbon from most internatioal airports.

Also possible direct flight from several european airports to the island of Sao Miguel (PDL) and then with the island-hopper-plane to the island of Faial.
Pickup service is possible
Traveling by boat/ferry:
In summertime frequent ferryboat connections between the islands of the archipel. Daily connections to Pico and Sao Jorge.
Pickup service is possible

nearby /
on the property

Restaurants, Biking, Mountain biking, Hiking, Mountain climbing, Birding

Not more
than a 15 min.
walk away

National Historic Sites, Fishing

Not more
than a 15 min.
drive away

Theater, Galleries / Museum, Cinema, Shopping, Fitness Center , Beach, Diving, Golf course, Tennis court, Surfing, Canoeing / Kayaking

Other types of leisure activities:

Scooter or Rent-a-car tips around the island, Land-Rover-Tour, Canyooing, Big Game Fishing.
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Information about the riding facility / horse farm/ranch


Holiday Company, Horse Trekking Station, Dude/Guest Ranch, Ranch Resort, Riding Stable, Hotel for Horsemen
Guest Capacity:
Minimum age for guests:
age 14 & up

General description:

Our Lodge is located on the Azorean Island of Faial. In subtropical nature we are riding trails on our Lusitanos Horses.

Amenities/equipment of the riding facility

  • Riding facility
  • Shower facilities for Horses
  • Round pen
  • Gastronomy available
  • Riding area / bridle-path
  • Paddock - Pasture
  • Parking space for horse trailers
  • Tack room

Details of the Riding area

The Island Faial in the Mid-Atlantic. Great views to the deep blue Atlantic, green nature, and black basalt. Volcanoes and caldeiras. Whales and Dolphins are passing directly in front of our route.

More details of the property

The trail horses are relaxed and well-conditioned Lusitanos. High quality trail-saddles from Prestige with saddle bags. Experienced trail guides speaking english, german and portuguese.
What we have to offer
  • Horses for guests available
  • Accommodation for one night only
  • Short Term stays (2-5 days)
  • Weekend stays
  • Weekly
  • Long Term stays
  • Family Trips
  • Group activities
  • Honeymoon Packages
  • Weddings
  • accommodation for Non-Riders too
  • Reduction for Non-Riders
  • Help wanted / desirable
  • Wellness / Fitness offers
  • Sightseeing Tours
  • Barbecues

Additional Animals on the property

In our herd are living 30 Lusitano horses. They are well-conditionend, safe and relaxed. They are living the whole year in a herd on the meadows at our Lodge.

Other offers and explanations

Hourly, daily, multi-day and weekly trails. Island Trail Faial (6 days), Island Trail short (6 days), Yoga & Horse (6 days)
Horses available in our riding program
Number of Horses:
in all >20 Horses are available.
Kind of Horses:
For Beginners, For Advanced Riders, Horses height 148 cm & up
Riding (trained for / saddle):
English / Classic, Western, For guided Trail Rides
More information of the Horses for rent (Breed - Training etc.)
We are riding with 30 Lusitano mares and geldings. All horses are trained as trail horses. They are used to be ridden with long reins. Our two Shetland Ponies will be available for smaller walks.
Riding program
  • with horses for rent
  • Guided Trail Rides
  • by the hour rides
  • All-day Rides
  • Pack Trips / Horse Trekking
  • Weekend Rides
  • Short Week 3-5 days
  • 5-8 days
  • 9-14 days
  • Trailrides on request
  • Horse Trekking with solid Station
Minimum age for Trail Rides:
age 16 & up
Riding experience:
Average experience required
Demand on rider:
average demands
Big/Heavy Riders:
max. 100 kg - 220 lbs
Notes and supplements for the Trail Rides / Riding Program
Riding experience and endurance depend the chosen program. With beginners we are riding small 1,5h trails. With more experienced riders we are riding up to 6 day trails.

Guest lodgings

4-star-Ecolodge with great view to the Atlantic Ocean

1 Vacation home :
Detached Quinta with 3 bedrooms (6 bed). Perfect for small groups and families. Private entrance, parking space, terrace and spacious garden. Living room with a unique view of the Atlantic, Azores islands and horses. Fully equipped kitchen, workspace with free wifi and 2 bathrooms. Complimentary access to the heated saltwater pool, yoga room and sauna.
7 Holiday flats / apartments :
Apartments with great views of the Atlantic. Fully equipped kitchen and living room with 2 sofa beds. Bedroom with king-size bed, which can optionally be equipped with 2 single beds, and private bathroom/toilet. The accommodation is part of our lodge and shares all facilities such as lounge, riding stables and restaurant.
4 Single / double room(s) :
Ecolodge with fireplace lounge and relaxing garden. 5 spacious rooms and fully equipped. Great sea view and the lodge with her horses. Daily cleaning.
3 Cabins :
Tiny Houses with Alcoven bed, small living room with kitchen and shower bathroom, Awesome views to the sea.
8 Tents, Tepees, Hay Stores etc. :
Space two person tents with shared bathroom and view to the village and the Atlantic
Amenities - special features:
Sheets, Towels, Room service / Cleaning, Toilet and wash room, Showers, Electricity supply
Kind of Catering:
  • Breakfast on request obligatory
  • Half-board on request possible by arrangement
  • Full-board on request possible by arrangement
  • Vegetarian Meals possible by arrangement
  • Vegan diet possible by arrangement
  • Wholesome food
  • Organic Farm
More information of the Catering:
A comprenhesive bio breakfast with many island products. At lunch mostly saddlebag picnic. At dinner fresh salad, fish or tasteful meat from local poducers or fishermen. Full Board during Trail.
General information of the accommodation
Special features:
Handicap accessible, No smoking, Pool available, Sauna, Washing machine, Dryer, Internet access, Internet-/ E-mail service, Safe
More information of the accommodation:
The accomodation is part of the trail. It is included in the trail-price. For accompanying non-riders we love to present you an individual offer.
Current Job offers

Horse trail guide and groom (m/f/x) in the Azores island of Faial

Type of work:
Temporary help / Short-term job
Work area:

Horse trail guide and groom (m/f/x)
Time period:
01.03.2024 to 30.09.2024
7 month
We are a Horse-Ecolodge of the Azores. Located on the sunny north side of the island of Faial, you can enjoy fantastic views of the Atlantic and our neighboring islands. Rockpools at the sea are near of our Ecolodge.
Our Ecolodge with space for up to 40 guests offers yoga and relaxation retreats, and with our 30 Lusitano Horses trails in groups from 1 to 9 participants. For the care of the horses and for our daily and weekly trails we are looking for you from April to October 2023.
You will receive a comprehensive introduction to your task, the horses and the work at the lodge. Thereafter you will be responsible for leading horse trails, their safety and the customer satisfaction of your riders.
You must be willing to take care of the horses in all weather conditions and to give always a helping hand. You take the horses off the pasture and prepare them for the trail. We will provide you with the island's landscape, botanic, culture and history knowledge to share with your guests
Qualifications / Requirements:
You have already gained experience as a horse trail guide or you are not afraid to go on tour with your guide horse and other riding guests. You are guest and service oriented and at least 22 years old. You enjoy communicating with other people. You are a team player and can convey security in dealing with horses. First experiences in horse shoeing and an actual 1st aid course are a real plus.

Every day you might encounter new challenges. You will take on new responsibilities and your areas of responsibility can develop quickly.

You speak another language besides English. You have a driver's license, driving experience and maybe even a trailer driver's license.
Phone:  + 351 292 946805       Contact form

Current Job offers

Horse Eco-Lodge on the Azores is looking for a Sous-Chef (2nd chef)

Type of work:
Permanent position
Work area:

Restaurant of PÁTIO Ecolodge Faial Island
Time period:
from 01.03.2023 permanent
Sous-Chef (2nd chef) fixed contract and from now on
PÁTIO Ecolodge**** on Faial Island is the leader of equestrian nature holidays on the Azores. Rewarded for our sustainability, we are looking for our restaurant of the Ecolodge guests with 20 seats for an sous-chef.
- assist with preparation and planning of meals
- creative, natural cooking with dedication to the Azores Cuisine
- develop new menus
- inventorying and ordering new supplies
- manage kitchen team in executive chef’s absence
Qualifications / Requirements:
minimum 2 years experience
knowledge of cooking methods and best practice
English knowledge

- full time permanent contract
- good remuneration
- health insurance
- a lot of freedom and creativity
Phone:  + 351 292 946805       Contact form

Rates and contact

Rates of the accommodation

Rates of the Holiday Homes:
from: 270,00 Euro / Day
to: 375,00 Euro / Day
Rates of the Holiday Flats / Apartments:
from: 130,00 Euro / Day
to: 220,00 Euro / Day
Rates of the single / double bedroom:
from: 85,00 Euro / Day
to: 150,00 Euro / Day
Rates of the Cabin:
from: 110,00 Euro / Day
to: 150,00 Euro / Day
Rates of Tens, Tepees,
Hay Stores etc.:
30,00 Euro / Day

Rates of the Horses for rent

Rates for renting a Horse:
Included in the Rates of the accommodation.
Notes to the rental costs:
All horses are working as trail horses and are part of the trail programs. The price covers horse, equipment and guide.
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You can contact us with the following languages:

Reception/Office opening hours from 8-18h (AZOT), 365 days.

E-Mail address: Inquiry

Company: Patio - Ecolodge
Zip/Postal Code: 9900-341
Street: Quinta do Moinho
Country: Portugal -- Azores -- Horta-Cedros
Phone: + 351 292 946805