Journey to the top of the world!
Fly into Palma where you will be collected and taken to your hotel accommodation located in the beautiful town of Pollenca. This evening you are free to enjoy Pollenca and its traditional bars and restaurants. Riding will commence tomorrow allowing flexible arrival times. Airport transfers are included in the price.
This morning after an early breakfast you will leave the stables and begin the ride across the plain towards the Tramuntana Mountains. After an hour you'll begin to rise quickly passing with long canters, through almond and olive groves with views of the golden villages of Mallorca in the distance. You will pass by Campanet and arrive in the pretty town of Caimari (the olive oil capital of Mallorca) where the ride will stop for a typical Mallorquine lunch.
After lunch set off to reach the Piedra en Seco, an ancient pathway which was used by the ice men to bring ice into the towns and villages from the ice caves on the highest mountain peaks before the invention of fridges. You'll rise then, first through woodlands of pines and oaks, with charcoal making platforms and limestone kilns, to reach a high pathway with breathtaking views across the north of the island. Before the light begins to dim, you will see the wonderful monastery of Lluc in the distance, where you will find warm comfortable rooms and an excellent dinner waiting.
Luggage is taken by minibus.
After a good breakfast on the second day, you and your horses will set off into the high Tramuntana and soon find yourselves beginning the journey across what feels like the top of the earth. You will be amazed at how your horse tackles the rocky paths and steep mountain climbs. The views are amazing and the landscape changes from the pastoral to the austere. We often see eagles and the island’s famous black vultures as we ride. You will visit the huge Galilea Ice Cave before stopping on a sheltered plateau for hot drinks and a snack. After you'll continue to a higher point where you can see the sea below on both sides of the island and then back down towards Lluc through a wide sheltered valley and finally a wooded track towards a late lunch taken near the monastery. Then there is some free time to explore walks from the monastery, the chapel, the botanic gardens, the visitor centre, the museum and the shop before a late dinner.
After breakfast you will decend down towards the beautiful town of Pollença on the old pilgrim track from the town to the monastery. At first the decent is steep through enchanted woodlands with silvery stones and then more gradual as we reach the side of the riverbed running down from the mountain to the sea. It is a pretty and gentle landscape in contrast to grandeur of the previous day. You will stop for a picnic lunch by the river before continuing along flat tracks with some canters into Pollença to the old Roman Bridge, where we say goodbye to our horses, taking with us all our memories and leaving only hoof prints. The horses return by horse box, while you have a well earnt coffee and slice of cake!
Trails begin at the stables and end in Pollença. All meals, water, table wine, soft drinks and tea or coffee included on the 3 day trail ride, other drinks can be bought if desired.
This evening you will spend your final night in the hotel you stayed in on day 1.
Today, sadly it is time to bid farewell to new friends as you head back to the airport for your flight home.
Nestling between the bay and the mountains you will find the stables of our wonderful instructor, guide, trainer and qualified farrier. Here, he has spent most of his life working with horses, he has a reputation locally for being a horse whisper and this is certainly born out as you see him working with his horses; the majority of which have been rescued and are now part of his extended family. They are of mixed blood including Andalucian and Arabian, riding is always in escorted small groups. Riding ability for this trail is intermediate and above - you should be able to control a horse in canter in an open space and be able to stay on board for steep climbs and descents. With 4 or more people private trails can be organised at a slower pace.
Our riding stable in Mallorca is a natural horse care stable, where the willing friendly horses are ridden bare hoof and bitless. It is located in the margins of the Albufera, a natural park and wildlife reserve, famous for birds, plants and small mammals. The nearest town is Sa Polba, which sits in the agricultural plain of northern Mallorca and is an unspoilt working town with a wonderful market twice a week for fresh produce. The historic towns of Alcudia and Pollenca are also nearby.
Equestrian Escapes are happy to reserve your transfers for you however, as payment for this service is made directly to the transfer provider this service does not form part of our contract with you. As such, we are unable to accept responsibility for any delays, missed transfers etc.
This 4 night break including bed and breakfast in Pollenca on day 1 and 4 and full board accommodation on day 2 and 3, plus the trail ride as described in the above itinerary is £895pp
The single room supplement is £155 for the trip
Airport transfers are available 30 Euros each way.
Accommodation will be booked for you the night before in Pollenca, please be in Mallorca by the evening before the trail date below.The date below is the first day of three days of riding.
Sunday 29 September 2019
Saturday 19 October 2019
Sunday 24 November 2019
Sunday 15 December 2019
Sunday 9 February 2020
Sunday 8 March 2020
Sunday 5 April 2020
Sunday 3 May 2020