Torralba d’en Salort talaiotic villlage
Torralba d’en Salort is remarkable for its enormous taula and its enclosure
Torralba d’en Salort megalithic villlage
The taula of Torralba d’en Salort talaiotic villlage is one of the largest on Menorca and is perfectly preserved. This site also boasts two talaiots, a hypostyle room, a number of caves excavated in the bedrock and a section of cyclopean wall. It was inhabited between the year 1000 BC and the arrival of the Romans, although remains dating from the seventeenth century and a chapel indicate that it was also occupied in the Middle Ages. During the visit there are also ethnological elements on view that do not belong to the Talaiotic period – a threshing floor, a small limestone quarry, a well and a cattle house. Terracotta and bonze artefacts found at this site are on display in the Museum of Menorca in Maó.
How to get there
The Talaiotic site of Torralba d’en Salort is 4.5 km from Alaior. From this town, take the road towards Cala en Porter. If you come from the main Maó-Ciutadella road, there is no need to enter Alaior as there is a turn-off signposted to Cala en Porter that takes you to the entrance to the site. If you come from Sant Climent, at 8 km from the site you can take the road towards Cala en Porter. In 4 km, turn right on the road to Alaior and you will pass the site after 4 km.
There is no public transport to the Torralba d’en Salort prehistoric village
Prices, facilities and opening times
• Adults: 4 €
• Children 4-12 years: 2 €
• Children 0-3 years: free
• More than 65 years old, pensioners and young people aged 12 to 16 years: 3 €
Opening times 2018
• March-April: 10 am to 2 pm (closed on Mondays)
• May-June: 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)
• July-August: 10 am to 8 pm
• September-October: 10 am to 6 pm (closed on Mondays)
• In the car park there is a small bar and toilets.
Nearby sites of interest
• Son Bou wetland: Also known as Albufera de ses Canessies, this is one of Menorca’s main wetlands and a must for birdwatchers and nature-lovers in general. It is located between the beach and the resort of Son Bou
• Son Bou paleo-christian church: Remains of a rectangular church with three naves separated by pillars that is thought to have been built in the 5th century.
• Torre d’en Galmés: One of the largest prehistoric settlements in the Balearic Islands, this site lies between Son Bou and Alaior, 5 km from the latter. More information about Torre d’en Galmés megalithic village.
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