Photo Tour - North of Portugal

Jewels of the North

  • 17-21 July 2023
  • North Portugal
  • 2.500
  • 9 places
  • 17-21 July 2023
  • North Portugal
  • 9 places
  • 2.500

north hidden gems & untold stories

An exclusive and immersive adventure - a private tour designed for those who seek one of a kind experiences that ignite passion, feed curiosity and inspire creativity. In this tailor made photo-tour we will showcase the hidden gems of the north of Portugal, giving our guests a distinctly local experience while creating the most incredible conditions for you to take home unique equine photos!

Each session is a highlight and the itinerary we've prepared for you will literally blow your mind: breath-taking natural landscapes, rich architecture and magic looking backgrounds, the north never disappoints and promises to dazzle any photographer’s eye! Oooooh and wait for an additional surprise... Did you know wild horses still run free in the Gerês Mountains? Yes, that’s right – we will be going to meet this ancestor horse breed from Portugal, considered in risk of extinction – the one and only ‘Garranos’.

This tour guarantees a great diversity and exclusivity, set up for a maximum of 9 photographers – do not miss your spot! 
Adventure is calling. Will you join?

What to expect?

This Photo Tour focus on travelling, exploring and discovering the best the North region of Portugal has to offer. Unlike workshops, we won't have theoretical classes - yet we will have some moments to get together to share experiences, discuss point of views and edit together. Before starting the tour we will have a preparation group call to get to know each other and clarify all questions that you might have. Here is a summary of what you can expect for this north tour!

  • Accomodation


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    Feel at home, away from home, where time runs at your YOUR rhythm.

    Our tour epicenter will be at Ponte de Lima – one of the most characterful and charming villages of northern Portugal. Considered to be one of the oldest metropolises in Portugal, the town sits on the slow-flowing Lima river, where its emblematic Roman bridge dates from 1BC. In fact, Ponte de Lima’s name was originated by this crossing point on the pilgrimage route from Braga do Santiago de Compostela. Ponte de Lima is not only famous for its' medieval constructions, manors, palaces and ancient religious buildings, but also the center for Vinho Verde producing – a refreshing, fizzy wine fermented from freshly harvested grapes.

    We will be hosted at Cerquido Village & Spa – an authentic and almost secret place with the most incredible view over the mountains. Here, time runs at YOUR rhythm! Enjoy the fresh air of the mountains, the quietness of the private gardens and make sure to relax in the indoor spa or while swimming at the outdoor panoramic pool. We can only promise you an unforgettable experience on a magical town! 


  • It's time to get creative!

    Unique Photographic Opportunities

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    One-of-a-kind tailored made photo-experience.

    Lusitano World team has explored the best locations and now we want to share our ‘jewels’ with you! Starting from the dramatic mountains and crystalline blue river to rich architecture, historical monuments and medieval bridges, each session is a highlight that will literally blow your mind.

    You will have the opportunity to capture the most exquisite Lusitanos both in hand and ridden in Portuguese attire always framed by carefully selected settings – we will encourage you to explore your photography skills, step out of your comfort zone and take it to a new level! Explore a unique storytelling potential that will inspire you to find your voice as an equine and travel photographer.

    This tour guarantees 6 photo-sessions fulfilled with beauty, color, action and magic – an opportunity not to miss that will most certainly boost your portfolio and create timeless memories!

  • Beholding the Wild Horses

    Garranos Expedition

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    Wild Garranos - a secret gem of the north.

    Did you know that there are still wild horses in Portugal? That is true! The ‘Garranos’ are considered to be the oldest of the Portuguese horse breeds. In fact, their presence is so old that Iberian Palaeolithic cave paintings depict horses that bear a striking resemblance to them. 

    The Garrano is a small, light horse, which typically shows solid dark colours (such as bay, brown and dark chestnut), weighs around 290 kg and is no taller than 1.35m. Despite their height, these horses are exceptionally strong, with great endurance and very agile, thanks to thousands of years spent traversing difficult terrain in the mountain. The Garrano was classified in 1994 as an endangered breed and a program aiming to perpetuate the breed is currently in place. 

    On our tour, we will travel to the mountains to observe and photograph these mystic horses - as wild horses, respecting their behaviour and space is a must and we have no control over their reactions. We will look for them in the wilderness and we can assure you: once you lay eyes on these special horses, emotion strikes!

  • Cultural Experiences

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    Connect with the authentic Portuguese culture

    Embark on an exploration rich in scenic beauty, fascinating history, and vibrant cultural traditions. We invite you to immerse yourself in the Portuguese local culture and learn from its people firsthand. Here is what you can expect:

    • Sight-Seeing & insightful local stories: each place we will visit will come along with an history that will enrich your perspective while photographing. More than photographing, we will create a story-telling!

    • Flavor Portugal: enjoy an authentic, healthy and rich Portuguese Mediterranean diet! We will invite you to taste the modern and traditional Portuguese food, as we believe the best way to dive into a cultural experience is through your palate.

    • Wine Tasting Experience: discover the fresh flavors of Portugal’s wines with a special wine tasting in o'Porto city!


‘To travel is to live’ - this is the motto for our tours! We will not only provide you with the most incredible equine photographic opportunities. We invite you for a genuine taste of the Portuguese Culture! We challenge you to create a connection with our traditions and to forge unforgettable memories of our time together!

We shall uncover some of the hidden gems and untold stories of the picturesque North of Portugal, getting a nuanced and authentic understanding of the region, its people and equestrian culture through the guidance of a local team.

Each stop is selected for not only for its scenery – we aim to unveil a unique storytelling potential that will inspire you to find your voice as an equine and travel photographer. Explore, inspire, create.


Investment & Payment Details

Our Photo-Tours are intense, adventurous and absolutely unique. This is an experience of a lifetime - you won’t regret to join.
Check out the price details and make sure not to miss your spot.

2.500€ (VAT excluded) Book Now


Cerquido Village & Spa offers the possibility to reserve up to 7 single rooms for our Photo-Tour. If your preference is to enjoy the privacy of these fully equipped charming houses, the price per participant is 2.500€, all included - make sure to carefully check the details of what is included and excluded of the price.

2.250€ (VAT excluded) Book Now


This is the ideal option if you come with a friend! We will have two bungalows that can accommodate two persons, each in its own individual yet small room. This option is available at the price of 2.250€/participant, all included - make sure to carefully check the details of what is included and excluded of the price.

+85€ (VAT excluded) Book Now

Horse riding experience

Take your experience to a new level - go on horseback through the corners of Ponte de Lima! Enjoy the unique landscape you will be photographing not only trough the lenses of your camera but also from the back of a safe Lusitano!

INCLUDED in the price

  • Transfer from / to o'Porto airport
  • Transportation during workshop
  • Accommodation
    (please check the price options for single/double)
  • All meals included
  • Full access to spa 
  • Wine Tasting Experience
  • 6 equine photo-sessions 
  • 1 guided tour at o'Porto
  • Commercial rights for the photos

EXCLUDED from the price

  • Aircraft tickets
  • Trip cancellation or travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Extra drinks
  • Horse Riding Experience

Get to know the Team

A preview to inspire



Before you book, make sure you are fully aware of Lusitano World terms and conditions for this photo-tour. If you have any doubts get in touch!




This photo-tour fits all levels of photographers. Best equipment to bring is a DSRL or mirrorless camera and a 70-200mm lens - for correctly depicting horses we advise 100mm lenses or over. A telezoom lenses will be handy for the Garranos expedition! If you want to edit during the tour, make sure to bring a computer with your usual edition programs. 



This Photo-Tour starts on Monday, 18th July 2022 - a pickup transfer will pick you at o'Porto Airport at 9.30am. The tour ends on Friday, 22nd July 2022, with the drop off at 5.30pm at o'Porto Airport. A detailed plan for the tour will be shared with the participants, by email, 8 days before the event begins.




To secure your place for this photo-tour a deposit of 1.000€ is required. You can pay via bank transfer or PayPal. The final payment and invoice will be sent to each participant 8 days before the tour begins. 



As we work with horses and in outdoor environment it is possible that we have to deal with some unexpected events: therefore, the locations of this tour may be subject to change. No refunds will be given in the event of location change.




Lusitano World reserves the right to cancel or postpone this Photo-Tour due to force majeur or if the minimum number of 6 participants can not be reached 1 month before the starting date – in this event the reservation fees will be fully paid back to each participant.



Lusitano World reserves the right to substitute the invited leading photographer, always making sure that the program is not affected. No refunds will be given in case there is a replacement of the invited photographer.




We strongly recommend each participant to buy travel cancellation insurance for the flights and to have a travel medical health insurance. Participants will be asked to sign a Release and Indemnity Form before the tour starts. Be prepared for the unexpected and insure your travel investment!



All photos taken during this tour can be used for your portfolio, website, social media and private use. You will also be granted with all the legal documents to own the commercial rights of all photo-sessions. By participating on this tour, the participant photographers agree to share with the organisation at least 4 edited photos per session. 


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