I had a very traumatic experience here. The island is romanticized because of the carriage rides offered on the island. However, once you are there you realize there is nothing romantic about abused, suffering animals. The square where the animals are lined up like taxis (so close to one another, they step over each other, clearly nervous from the comotion) is also filled with the stench of the feces they are forced to stand in as they wait. Many of them had bleeding wounds and there was no water for them to drink found anywhere. Once you get in a carriage, you realize that it is old and barely holds together. Then as the suffering animal is forced to pull you up an incredibly steep hill, you no longer look at any of the sights the island has to offer. All you think about is the cruelty toward a gorgeous creature. The weather is hot, and the horse has no shade or water, even when you are forced to stop near a shack with useful tourist trinkets...the animal is not offered shade. This practice should be stopped immediately, especially since there is a wonderful alternative to use bikes which would have been much more lovely and enjoyable.