If the thought of Majorca and its vibrant nightlife is what excites you then this holiday probably isn’t for you! On the other hand, if you want to go riding in Majorca on fabulous horses, stay in a purpose built horse-centred finca, explore the hidden valleys and remote forests then may be this is just the holiday for you. The finca is based half an hour east of Palma but might as well be in a different country – the land is green, the air is clean and the nightlife is what you produce yourself. The base is centred on and concentrates on horses and horse-riding – bliss!
Riding either pure-bred or pure-bred cross Andalucian geldings, largely bred at the stud on the finca, you ride for up to seven hours a day. You have a short hack initially to get to know your horse, and then the rides get progressively longer over the week. The horses are well schooled, well-mannered and responsive; they are so good you’ll want to bring yours home with you! At the end of each ride you give your horse a shower in the purpose built stalls – in the heat of the summer you’ll feel like joining him! Once your horse is done you’ve got the pool, the spa or the bar to relax in – a difficult choice! Meeting the rest of your group for dinner on the terrace and recapping the ride and the views, the scenery, the sheer fun of the day is a great way to unwind – the glorious food and the attentive service of the staff all help ensure that the holiday is a really wonderful experience.
Once you’re back, showered and relaxed why not take the opportunity to stroll around the grounds of the finca? There are two outdoor schools, a round pen and the stallion barn – the stallions are ridden and schooled regularly and the finca runs dressage weeks as well as trail weeks. Another part of the finca is where the mares and foals live, the one and two year olds are also nearby and all can be visited at any time.
The traditional style finca is quite new and combines the luxury of a modern hotel with the charm of the traditional architecture of the region. The food is superb with a choice of both international and local cuisine – the well stocked bar is open and a long cold drink beside the pool after a day in the saddle somehow tastes even better under the shade of olive trees and sharing the thoughts on the day’s riding.
Riding in Majorca through the countryside offers great variety – riding through lush forests on sandy tracks, cantering along the beach occasionally splashing into the shallows of the blue Mediterranean, wandering along the quiet lanes of the interior en route to a family run road-side restaurant for lunch. You are led by a knowledgeable guide through olive and citrus groves and past vineyards and have a chance to really have a good look at the countryside that only the locals see. At the top of the long climb up the hillside to the castle which was originally an Arab fortress and including even earlier Roman links. The hill is one of the highest around and the views extend for miles in every direction – working your way back down the hillside through the scrub gives you another insight into just how reliable these horses are – nothing worries them and they’re so footsure and safe that you can relax totally and appreciate the views all around you.
With temperatures averaging from the high-20s to mid-30s, April to September, this is a fabulous location to ride in. When it’s cool you can walk through the shallows on the miles of golden sands and when it’s hot cantering in the shade of the pine forests is wonderful. On one of the days the ride along the headland to the tip incorporates miles of beaches and culminates in a swim at lunchtime; the horses have a drink from a nearby well and then rest in the shade. You’ve got a welcome homemade picnic and then the opportunity to swim in the warm blue sea – an absolutely idyllic day, and then it’s time to ride back.
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Telephone: 01767 600606 (UK); 1-437-371-2822 (Canada); 1-888-420-0964 (USA); +46 (0)8-58176336 (Scandinavia)