We are twelve riders setting off across a landscape which epitomises Mallorca. To our left, fields dedicated to agriculture and the odd crumbling farmhouse. To our right, the smoky blue silhouette of the Tramuntana peaks. A team of cyclists on the other side of the road draw near and can't resist taking pictures of us. I sit up straighter in my saddle. If it's uplifting to see a group on horseback, believe me, it's even better when you're one of the riders.
I'm taking part in Hipica Formentor's full day riding experience from Sa Pobla to the Monastery of Lluc. It's a six to seven-hour ride including a stop for lunch in the village of Caimari and costs €139. This particular trail is advertised as being suitable for experienced riders, though don't be put off from visiting as there are trails for all levels.