Just a couple of stops from Sintra on the main line train into Lisbon, Queluz boasts the most exquisite example of Portuguese Rococo, the Nacional Palace of Queluz.
Once a summer residence for the royal family, a private wing of the pink palace is still used nowadays to accommodate state guests.
This miniature Versailles is also the home to Escola Portuguesa D’Arte Equestre, a very special school in the art of horse riding. Every Wednesday morning from May through to October you can enjoy an equestrian show of amazing quality.
This tradition was started in the XVIII century and has been kept alive up until today.
After the show you are invited into the paddock to pet the horses and take photographs.
The beautiful gardens, with its fountains, statues and tiled canals are the perfect setting for the palace and the event.