Mahon, Menorca, Spain
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Approximately 4 Hours
Explore several archaeological sites of the Talayotic culture of Menorca -- a Biosphere Reserve. This outing visits its heritage sites, including landscapes of high ecological value. The chosen archaeological sites and ethnological points of interest are set in very well-preserved rural and natural environments, currently managed as farms.
Visit the prehistoric village of Cornia Nou, located near Mahón city, where different talayots –like towers- and temples were built on a hill. You will have the opportunity to see several monuments ranging from the Bronze Age to the Romanization of the island. Stop in a local cafeteria to have a snack.
Continue to the site of Rafal Rubí (Alaior), an emblematic bronze age funerary monument, unique of the island of Menorca. The funerary chambers and the funerary rites will be explained by an archaeologist.
Explore the taula temple enclosure of Trepucó (Mahón). Admire the talayot, built in a shape of a big tower built with large cyclopean stones, and behind it, a large taula and a stunning sanctuary surrounded by a XVIII century defensive wall. The wall was built the Spanish army when Saint Philips castle was besieged by the Spanish troops in the year 1782, when the island was under British government. Centuries ago, the prehistoric wall that is surrounding the village was remodeled and improved, following building canons influenced by Carthaginian fortification, suggesting the presence of Punic Military engineers between Talayotic populations. Another, magnificent talayot –a big prehistoric tower- can be contemplated in the site. This site stands out as having one of the most spectacular taula sanctuary enclosures.