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Torre d’en Galmes ancient site Menorca

Travel back in time to the origins of civilisation in Menorca with this enlightening visit to the Torre d’en Galmes archaeological site, which dates from some 3,400 years ago. Scholars believe that the site, which has revealed a surprising level of engineering sophistication, was the location of one of the largest communities in the prehistoric Balearic Islands. Located in the heart of Menorca, between the picturesque town of Alaior and the coastal resort of Son Bou, the site is perhaps the most important relics of the Talayatoic culture, so-called because of the talayot stone structures that they built. See first-hand how ancient Menorcans lived, how the collected water and learn about other aspects of their lifestyles. The Torre d'en Galmés Talayotic settlement is situated at the top of a hill, from where much part of the southern coast of Menorca can be seen and on clear days even the mountains of Mallorca. It is easy to see why it was chosen as it provided an excellent defensive position. There are three talayots at the top of the hill as well as a sanctuary, called a taula, and private buildings consisting of more or less circular dwellings dedicated to domestic life. Religious artefacts have also been found by archaeologists during digs. Under the hill there is a colonnaded hall, which was possibly used as a warehouse. Perhaps most impressive, though, was the rainwater filtration and storage system, which consisted of a number of cavities and channels that conducted the water to bigger deposits. Travel back in time to the origins of civilisation in Menorca with this enlightening visit to the Torre d’en Galmes archaeological site, which dates from some 3,400 years ago. Scholars believe that the site, which has revealed a surprising level of engineering sophistication, was the location of one of the largest communities in the prehistoric Balearic Islands. Meeting/pick-up point: Carretera de Alaior - Son Bou, s/n, Alaior. Start/opening time:In the summer, Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 2pm. and from 5pm to 8pm. Closed on Mondays and bank holidays.