You will find our Mallorcan riding stable in the flat, fertile countryside of Sa Pobla. We are only a few kilometres from the end of the Ma-13 motorway and 42 kilometres from Palma, on the northern edge of the Albufera National Park. There is a railway station in the town which links directly with the Plaça España in Palma. We are easy to get to from all of the island and can arrange pick-ups from the station for those who prefer public transport.
At Hipica Formentor, we offer horseback riding around Sa Pobla and riding for children with routes through both naturalistic landscapes with wildflowers and birds and the carefully cultivated fields of Sa Pobla. In the distance we can see the sun-bathed Serra Tramuntana to one side and the Serra Llevant to the other so it’s a beautiful area to ride in.
Horseback riding in Sa Pobla
Sa Pobla is a small town of about 12,000 people and a great place to continue the horse tradition of Mallorca because it has always been a centre for agriculture. Before motorisation which came late to Mallorca, horses would have been used to work the fields and for the transportation of produce and people. So horses are in our blood and a big part of local heritage and culture.
Festivals in Sa Pobla
All sorts of vegetables including high quality potatoes and garlic are grown in the fields today alongside rice, herbs, salads and flowers. The potatoes are such an important crop that they are celebrated with an annual festival called the “Fira Nocturna de la Patata”.
The celebration takes place at sunset on a weekend in June in the main square. Stalls serve traditional and modern, sweet and savoury potato dishes, there is a wide selection of drinks and live music. Sa Pobla is a great place for a party.
The town is a working town with a regular street pattern but has many interesting restaurants and bars with a reputation for spicy food and a modern art gallery. The attractive and historic church of Sant Antoni Abat which was built in the 17th century is located in the Plaça de l´Església. It is in the heart of Sa Pobla near to the impressive main square, where there is a wonderful food market every Sunday.
Another famous festival in Sa Pobla takes place on the 16th and 17th of January, when the town commemorates its patron, Sant Antoni. On the evening of the 16th huge bonfires are lit in the streets of the town where local people cook traditional sausages.
There is a party atmosphere with live music and extravagantly dressed demons “dimonis” dance with fireworks and pretend to chase people through the town. On the afternoon of the 17th there is a procession of animals including many horses who pass the famous church to be blessed by the priest.
Don’t forget to visit Sa Pobla sometime and come to us for the best horseback riding in Mallorca.