Torralba d'en Salort Talayotic Settlement

Alaior, Spain

A prehistoric settlement dating from the Naviforme period (1700-1400 B.C.), in which the foundations of a circular cabin can still be seen. The main features are two talaiots, the taula enclosure, a hypostyle room, some caves dug out of the ground and the remains of other buildings used as dwellings.

The taula and its enclosure are among the largest and most beautiful on the island. The building dates from the 4th-3rd centuries B.C. and was used for worship up until the 2nd century A.D. It is built on a horseshoe-shaped layout with separate areas inside. The T of the taula consists of two huge blocks of stone, one vertical and the other horizontal, beautifully finished and standing nearly 4 metres tall. Various excavation works carried out on the site have revealed the remains of a fire, wine amphorae plus evidence that kid goats and young lambs were ritually killed and eaten. Other finds include ritual objects such as an altar, a terracotta image of the Punic goddess Tanit, the bronze figure of a bull and bronze hooves belonging to the figure of a horse. These items are on display in the Museum of Menorca and provide the most compelling evidence to support the notion that the taula enclosure was a place of worship. The settlement had its heyday during the time of Punic trading expansion, towards the 1st century B.C.



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Camí d'Alč, Alaior, Spain
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Founded: 1700-1400 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in Spain

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Clive Hemingway (8 months ago)
A great place to stop and absorb history. Cost 3.5euro each to get in but well worth it. They also have toilets.
Hugo Casillas (9 months ago)
Amazing archeology and prehistoric place, You should touch the stones and feel the energy. All facilities are available like free parking kiosko for drinks, souvenirs and guide. you have visit.
Gerhard Geldenhuys (9 months ago)
€4 Adult entry €2 Kids. Big parking lot. Buy your tickets at the kiosk that also sells some snack & drinks etc. Restoration work is being carried out from 2022 - 26, but don't be put off by that as it's a most interesting and educational archaeological site. An hour or maybe less is sufficient for the visit. Pathways are well maintained and information boards in 4 languages are posted around the site. Children will love it, especially the burial caves. Just remember to bring them back out again.
Simone Centuori (11 months ago)
Interesting archaeological site to explore the ancient civilization of Menorca. It takes about 30-40 minutes to visit, 4€ for adults, 2€ for kids.
Alison Sayer (13 months ago)
Quick visit to this amazing site while en route to a lunch reservation. Well worth the 4 euros entry. Needs about 45-50 mins to appreciate, explore and take photos. We didn't opt for the sound-description on the way round, as were pushed for time, but think there was this option as we saw a gentleman returning the kit. Good explanatory signage, in multiple languages, at each feature on the site and a clear map on the small leaflet - again in several languages. Lady in the kiosk spoke fluent French and was helping people plan their visits to other sites. Site closes at 2pm, so we would have missed the chance to visit if we had tried it after lunch - good job we checked.
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