"Torre D'en Galmes - a trip in history" Mahón Things to Do Tip by ranger49

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The Island of Menorca is known primarily as a holiday destination with a Mediterranean climate and unique natural environment for which it was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1993, and became part of the UNESCO Man and Biosphere programme.
But Menorca is rich in history from Neolithic to Napoleonic times and the days of colonisation by the French and the British.
For those with an interest in ancient archaeology and particularly megalithic culture the island is a treasure trove. There are said to be at least a thousand sites on the island , not all researched and excavated to the same extent as those that are now also attractions for holiday visitors.
I have learned that on my first visit to the Island,30 years ago, our hotel was but a short walk from the Sou Bou Basilica which dates from the 5th/6th centuries AD and is one of the largest Christian churches with well preserved remains from that time. But nowhere did I come across any mention of its nearby existence!
Nowadays sites that can be viewed are shown on maps and well sign posted.

Torre D’en Galmes is one of the largest sites and occupies extensive grounds on a hill top where the Talaiots or watch towers were built with views behind looking up to Mount Toro and down to the south coast.
We were a few days too late to find the Visitor centre open but the Museum in Mahon has an impressive collection of finds from the site as well as a well documented and illustrated account of its history with informationa about how the site was researched and developed.
Research and development and further excavation is ongoing the Universitat de les Illes Balears is involved in collaboration with Boston University’s School in Archaeology & Heritage Management and organise annual working summer schools on the site.

We wandered round the site for several hours meeting only a couple of workmen clearing brushwood and one other couple - visiting like us. Even to the lay observer the various time zones of human occupation become evident as you move around this abandoned village. Numerous examples of human ingenuity, skill and invention, the need for shelter, protection and basic survival can be seen dating from pre-1400BC until Roman times and beyond into the Middle Ages.
(an extensive area is cordoned off - awaiting further excavation)

The site is very exposed and it was very hot when we were there. Some paths are very rough. Wear a hat, sun protection and sensible footwear. Carry water..

Entrance is free off season but we found charges at similar places very modest.

Address: Carrerera se Son Bou
Directions: From Mahon take road to Alaior, then road to Son Bou through winding country lanes. Look out for Signs to Torre d'en Galmes - left turn, narrow lane, come to parking space and visitor centre on right.
Phone: 902 92 90 15
Website: http://turisme.cultural@cime.es

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 6, 2012
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