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The REAL CLUBE DE CAMPO DOM CARLOS I, is a private non-profit association, headquartered in Areia Municipality of Cascais, founded by public deed on February 15th 1962.

Its main object is the practice and promotion of Equestrian activities, which it has been developing for over 50 years, being the oldest Equestrian community in the Municipality of Cascais. In addition to horseback riding, it also promotes other sporting, cultural and recreational activities.

It occupies an area of 65,135 m2, owned by the Club, inserted in the Natural Park of Sintra - Cascais in the middle of the protected dune area (cresmina), for which it promotes and values the protection of the environment, as well as the protection of flora and fauna.

The marine environment, the open air and its spectacular views, make this Country Club a small paradise hidden in this county, allowing the practice of hiking and equestrian, in an area that is intended to preserve wild and as natural as possible.

The Club provides a break from the daily routine, where the exercise of a healthy activity, combined with a unique landscape, generates moments of pleasant interaction, leisure and socializing.

The Real Clube de Campo D. Carlos I, has an Equestrian Center, a Tennis School, two Restaurants with terrace and sea view and a swimming pool.

It is a club with an essentially family vocation, currently with about 130 full members who, under the terms of the Statutes, participate in its associative life.


It all started in the late fifties, with the decision to transform an old hunting lodge, used by King Carlos I in his hunts at Quinta da Marinha. After remodeling, this space became the Club Headquarters, which, bearing in mind the unique figure of King D. Carlos, adopted its name.

There was then a time of great equestrian projection, with famous equestrian masters such as Colonels Fernando Pais and Ivens Ferraz.

Later, at the end of the 70's, he was transferred to Oitavos, and there he was relocated in premises granted on a temporary basis. In 1984, after talks with the engineer António Champalimaud, he finally took possession of the land where he is currently located.

The construction of some infrastructures starts that year – boxes, riding stables, headquarters and then, year after year, it becomes what is now visible to all who attend, guided by the associative spirit, endowed with relevant heritage, history and tradition.



João Simões de Almeida

1962 - 1965


Luiz de Menezes Alves

1965 - 1967

João Osório Rocha e Melo.jpg

João Osório da Rocha e Mello

1967 - 1974

Caetano Leglise da cruz vidal.jpg

Caetano Leglise Cruz Vidal

1974 - 1977

António José de Brito e Cunha

1977 - 1983

Manuel Pinheiro Jardim Ribeiro da Costa.

Manuel Pinheiro Jardim Ribeiro da Costa

1983 - 1986

António José de Brito e Cunha

1986 - 1987


Jorge Augusto Andrade Muñoz Cardoso

1987 - 1989

 António José de Brito e Cunha (Administrative Committee)

1989 - 1990

Olivio Lopes Dias

Olivio Lopes Dias

1990 - 1993

António Roquette de Mello Campello

António Roquette de Mello Campello

1993 - 1997

Antonio Manuel de Pina Mascarenhas

António Manuel Pina Mascarenhas

1997 - 2000

Fernando Jorge Figueiredo de

Fernando Jorge dos Santos Figueiredo de Carvalho

2000 - 2014

Rui Calheiros da Gama

Rui Sérgio Carvalho dos Santos de Calheiros da Gama

2014 - 2022

João Manuel Martins Carmona e Costa

2022 - 2023


Rei D Carlos I a cavalo
Chalet Palmela

Chalet Palmela and Bahia


Pavilhão de Caça

Hunting Lodge

Quinta da Marinha

Carlos I of Portugal

Carlos I was the King of Portugal and Algarves from 1889. He was the son of King Luís I of Portugal and his wife Princess Maria Pia de Saboia. Born in Lisbon, he was called "the Diplomat", "the Martyred" and "the Martyr".

Carlos was born as heir to the crown, so he received the official titles of Príncipe Real and Duke of Bragança from an early age. Its birth meant a real relief for the Portuguese constitutional dynastic succession (source: Wikipedia)

Carlos I of Portugal, nicknamed "the Diplomat" and "the Martyred", is not known for a large number of monumental works or specific projects during his reign. Instead, his legacy is more associated with the values, interests, and attitudes that he defended and represented during his time as monarch.

Some of the most notable aspects of Carlos I's legacy include:

Interest in Diplomacy and Foreign Relations: As "the Diplomat", Carlos I stood out for his focus on international relations and the promotion of diplomacy as a means of resolving conflicts and maintaining peace. He worked to maintain good relations with other European nations.

Encouragement of Arts and Culture: Carlos I was a patron of the arts and culture, supporting cultural institutions and encouraging the development of the arts in Portugal. This support contributed to the flourishing of culture in the country.

Interest in Science and Education: The king showed interest in science and education, supporting educational and scientific initiatives. He promoted research and development in various areas.

Heritage Conservation: Carlos I was concerned with the conservation of Portugal's historical and archaeological heritage. He supported projects for the preservation and restoration of historical monuments.

Promotion of Sports and Physical Activity: The king supported the development of sports and physical activity in Portugal, with a particular interest in equestrian activities, which led to the choice of his name for the foundation of this club to preserve and honour his memory.

In the reign of D. Carlos I of Portugal, his interest in promoting sports and physical activity stood out mainly for his support for the development of equestrian activities in the country. He was a great enthusiast of equestrian sports and contributed significantly to their promotion in Portugal.

Creation of the Portuguese Equestrian Club: D. Carlos I played a key role in the foundation of the Portuguese Equestrian Club in 1897. This club aimed to promote and develop horse riding in Portugal, providing training and competition opportunities for equestrian enthusiasts.
Promotion of Equestrian Competitions: The king supported the holding of equestrian competitions in the country, which contributed to the growth of this sport in Portugal. He also sponsored equestrian events at the national and international levels.

Active Participation in Equestrian Events: Carlos I was not only a patron of equestrian activities, but also an active participant. He competed in equestrian competitions and showed great skill as a rider.

Construction of Equestrian Facilities: As part of his efforts to promote equestrian sports, the king supported the construction of modern and well-equipped equestrian facilities in Portugal.

Carlos I's interest in equestrian activities and his support for the development of this sport left a lasting influence in Portugal. Equestrian activities continued to be popular in the country, and his legacy as a lover and promoter of these sports is remembered to this day.

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