Cales Coves Necropolis

Illes Balears, Spain

Cales Coves is an emblematic and spectacular prehistoric necropolis, both for its setting and for the large number of tombs in it. They take the form of a set of cavities excavated from the rock walls of the ravines and coastal cliff faces (about 90 altogether), used by local communities to bury their dead. Several types of cave have been documented. The necropolis was used for about 1000 years, from the 11th century BCE up until the Romans took control.

In the Roman era, despite no longer being in use as a necropolis, a series of inscriptions on the cave walls testify to their use as a place of pilgrimage, as can be seen in the famous Cova deis Jurats. Calescoves was also a major anchorage port, especially between the 4th century B.C. and the 6th century A.D., with ships arriving from powerful trading nations along the Mediterranean coast.

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Founded: 11th century BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Rachael Smith (3 months ago)
Beautiful spot
Tiago Schiappa (12 months ago)
I have no words to describe this amazing place!! Was much better than what i was expecting... I would go there any time and every year
Octavio Miramontes (14 months ago)
Great spot in Menorca. You can arrive walking but the best experience is by boat
michael cernik (16 months ago)
Beautiful place, surrounded by cliffs with prehistoric burial sites in it. Early morning , late evening visit recommended!
Jerry (17 months ago)
Beautiful rocky bay with ancient rock cut caves. The tranquility and remote atmosphere is spoiled somewhat by large numbers of yachts.
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