Palace of Pena: interior visit by time slots only; verify the entrance date and time on your ticket; there is no delay tolerance.

The Portuguese School of Equestrian Art Galas

Carrossel, Gala Dos Antigos Cavaleiros, Março 2019, Créditos Luis Duarte (48) Final


Henrique Calado Riding Ring, at Calçada da Ajuda, in Lisbon


Last Friday of the month (see our Cultural Programming)




All publics

Attend a demonstration of Portuguese Equestrian Art and take part in a historical re-enactment of a night with the 18th-century Portuguese court.


In this show of a duration of 1h30, the riders wear formal costume, notably the black felt tricorn, long tailcoats in burgundy velvet, with black collars and gold and black galloons, and black leather gaiters.


The horses, of the Lusitano Alter Real breed, wear three-point Portuguese-style braids trimmed with silk ribbons and a Portuguese-style saddle covered in tapir hair or suede. They perform typical Baroque exercises, such as ‘airs above the ground’ and ‘courtly games’, tournaments practised between the 18th and 19th centuries, on festive occasions.


Regarded as National Heritage, and one of the best in the world, the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art is the continuation of the Equestrian Academy created by King João V, in the 18th century, and its shows recreate one of the favourite pastimes of the court of the time: Riding.

Preparation activities for the Gala can be watched in the Nora Patio, also on Calçada da Ajuda in Lisbon, one hour before the show.

Price list

North/south stalls | Adult ticket (18 to 64 years)
25 €
North/south stalls | Child ticket (6 to 17 years)
22 €
North/south stalls | Senior ticket (over 65)
22 €
North/south stalls | Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)
83 €
Box | Adult ticket (18 to 64 years)
37.5 €
Box | Child ticket (6 to 17 years)
35 €
Box | Senior ticket (over 65)
35 €
Box | Family ticket (2 adults + 2 children)
128 €

Additional Information

Private shows may be arranged at other times or places.

Get to know the backstage of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art