Discover the prehistoric Menorca on the Route of the Talayots

True treasures with an age of more than 4000 years, scattered all over the island

Menorca has a large variety of megalithic buildings that reveal the way of life and the traditions of prehistoric island inhabitants; some of these buildings would be used as a dwelling-house, watchtower or guard-tower, such as the Talayots or the spectacular tombstones carved in stone, such as the hipogeos, taulas or navetas, a kind of construction that can only be found in Menorca.

The thousand years of human presence on Menorca have come to be called the pre-Talayotic period. This term encompasses a culture that spans from the Neolithic until the Early Bronze Age, with an economy based on livestock and incipient agriculture. The most visible remains of this period are the megaliths (megalithic gravesites and naveta homes) and hypogea.

Capture the history with your own hands and visit the incredible archaeological finds; One of the most visited is the emblematic Naveta des Tudons, the Necrópolis de Calescoves in a beautiful natural environment, the talayotic settlement of Torre d'en Galmés, one of the largest on the island, and also do not miss the settlements Talatí de Dalt, Binissafullet or Trepucó. The most spectacular necropolis is the one in Cala Morell.

A true open-air museum!

Route points

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Archaeological Site Taula i Talaiot de Trepucó (Maó, menorca)

The "prehistoric capital" of the eastern side of the island

Because of its extension and size, Trepucó was a centre of power on the east of the island. This is witnessed by its monumental structures, and the results of archaeological research carried out on this site.


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Archaeological Site Poblat de la Torre d'en Galmés (Alaior, menorca)

One of the finest examples of talayotic villages on Minorca and the second-largest in size

A sweeping talayotic village spread across 12 acres, bearing witness to nearly every phase of prehistory on Minorca until its Christian reconquest by King Alfonso III in 1287.


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Aisle Es Tudons (Ciutadella, menorca)

The most emblematic funerary monument from the prehistory of Minorca

The funeral "navetas" are monuments that exist exclusively and only on the island of Minorca, and because of its beauty, aesthetics and good state of conservation, the Naveta d'es Tudons has become the most widely visited prehistoric monument on the island.


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Talaiot Talatí de Dalt (Maó, menorca)

An archaeological site that conserves intact the monumental central "T"

The village of Talatí de Dalt conserves a prehistoric sanctuary noted for its monumental quality and the enormous stones it is made of.


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Talaiot Torre Trencada (Ciutadella, menorca)

The only taula that is still standing in the city of Ciutadella

The talayotic village of Torre Trencada conserves the only complete taula in the city limits. A walk around the village will show the archaeological remains and richness of its ethnological heritage.


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Necrópolis Cala Morell (Ciutadella, menorca)

One of the prettiest necropolises of Minorca on the north coast

Cala Morell is one of the hallmark prehistoric necropolises of Minorca. Located on the north coast, at the cliffs of a small inlet sheltering small boats at anchor during prehistoric times. It consists of caves artificially hewn in the rock, some with rich sculpture work on their façades that still astound experts and visitors alike.


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Archaeological Site Torralba d'en Salort (Alaior, menorca)

The village with the best-conserved taula on Minorca

The village of Torralba d'en Salort is home to the most spectacular taula on the island of Minorca, slender in proportion and painstaking in its craftsmanship.