Prehistoric Sites

The following suggestions are prehistoric sites around the island near to tourist centers. There is almost certainly one close to where you are staying.

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  • Trepucó The Flag of Minorca Menorca
  • Talatí de Dalt The Flag of Minorca Menorca
  • Es Fornàs de Torrelló The Flag of Minorca Menorca
  • Naveta des Tudons The Flag of Minorca Menorca
  • Son Catlar The Flag of Minorca Menorca
  • Torrellafuda The Flag of Minorca Menorca
  • Torretrencada The Flag of Minorca Menorca
  • Torre d´en Galmés The Flag of Minorca Menorca
  • Calas Coves The Flag of Minorca Menorca

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    Where to find this prehistoric site :- Trepucó Road, Maó. (Mahon)

    Trepucó, a Talayotic township was abandoned during the second Punic war. Sadly today only small fragments of the city walls are preserved and two square towers in the west wall. Originally the township covered about 5000 square metres, and was enclosed by the defence walls of the city. South of the township is Menorca's largest remaining Taula which was the center of worship in Trepucó. Close by are five talayotic houses each different in style two and two talayots. The first is the most spectacular due to its size and comprises a circular basis similar to a star. The other talayot is smaller in size but just as beautiful. This monument is actually fixed to the wall of the settlement at this prehistoric site.


    Talatí de Dalt

    Where to find this Prehistoric Village :- Travelling from Maó to Ciutadella along the main road take the left turning at Kms 4 signpost

    Talatí de Dalt is one of the most remarkable prehistoric villages in Menorca.

    It seems that the Talatí de Dalt It appears to have been inhabited for some time after the bronze age. There is evidence that it was a thriving community in between 400 and 200 BC when the Punic civilization traded with the talayotic tribes around the Balearic Islands.

    Talatí de Dalt contains many unusual monuments such as an elliptical-base conical talayot, a leaning taula, and a dwelling area of houses with radial flagstone roofs resting on columns and an interesting set of caves.


    Es Fornàs de Torrelló

    Where to find this prehistoric site :- Kms 3.5 on the road between Maó and Sant Climent. Turn to the right along the path to Torelló Vell.

    Es Fornàs de Torrelló's outstanding feature must be its spectacular and well preserved Talayot. This monument has an interesting doorway topped with a monolith lintel. Excavations have discovered housing in front of the Talayot together with signs of the existence of a bronze forge.

    There is a paleo-Christian church oriented in an easterly direction. It has a Roman mosaic floor divided into three tapestries featuring different periods.


    The Naveta des Tudons

    Where to find this Monument :- Kms 40 on the road between Maó and Ciutadella

    The Naveta des Tudons is a funeral monument dating from the late Bronze Age. Built from huge stone blocks it resembles an upturned boat. Continuing with the boat simile the stern is where one finds find a doorway which opens into a square hall. Along with the bodies of the dead wre left offerings such as bronze or china figures.


    Son Catlar

    Where to find this Prehistoric Town :- From Ciutadella head south for about 8kms. Then take the Sant Joan de Missa road, towards the Son Saura beaches.

    Son Catlar is a prehistoric town dating from the pre-talayótic period. It is believed to has thrived and prospered right up to the end of the Roman era. It is the only prehistoric town in Menorca which has retained in its entirity a spectacular defence wall. The wall is nine hundred metres of long and contains six turrets and a bastion. Within this wall are the remains of a taula, five talayots and various other buildings.



    Where to find this Monument :- Close to Kms 37 on the Maó to Ciutadella Road and near the Naveta des Tudons.

    This prehistoric site is set in an exceptionally beautiful landscape. One of the talayots, a cave, a taula and the remains of dwelling houses are very visible. The town was encircled by a wall and remains of the wall face can still be seen indicating a wall of considerable height.



    Where to find this Monument :- Torretrencada can be reached on the Camí Vell de Maó road about 7kms east of Ciutadella.

    This prehistoric town existed until the end of the Roman period. A taula and a talayot are preserved along with some man-made caves. Also burial chambers excavated in the rock robably in the Middle Ages are also remain. The taula is one of the most beautiful in Minorca with an unusual reinforced column at the rear of the monument.


    Torre d´en Galmés

    Where to find this Monument :- Torre d’en Galmés can be reached by the road to Son Bou.

    This is the largest talayotic settlement on Minorca. Located on a hill it consists of a public area, with an enclosure containing three talaiots. Here the people may have gathered for their ceremonies. This prehistoric site is at the highest part of the hill and also includes an area of taulas with fallen capitals. Archaeological works have revealed that this settlement was inhabited for many centuries and continued after the Roman period.


    Calas Coves

    Where to find this Monument :- Cales Coves are reached from the road from Sant Climent to Cala en Porter. Turn left at Kms 8.5 and follow the rough sloping path which leads to this prehistoric site.

    This is a necropolis formed by a hundred burial caves. These were dug out the rocky cliff sides of the Binidalí and Son Domingo gorges, in the district of Alaior.

    This necropolis site holds different types of tombs. They range from the Bronze Talayotic (1200-750b.C) with its simple artificial cave rooms, to the Iron Age caves (750-123 b.C.) with larger and more complex chambers with Altars or Chapels.


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