The taulas in Menorca are are unique in the world
They say that Menorca is an open-air museum with all the amazing archaeological remains it has, with more than 1500 prehistoric sites covering about 700 km2! When visiting the island you must see some of them as they represent a mystery-laden legacy dating back thousands of years.
Bini Hotels recommend you taking your family to Torre den Galmés near Son Bou. This prehistoric village dates back more than 3,600 years and was the most important and best preserved one in the Balearic Islands. It sits high and can be seen from quite a large tract of the south coast.
It’s the rocks that are so fascinating, as it was with these that all the buildings were constructed. The pathways within the village are well-marked with explanatory notices. Don’t miss the signs for the talayots, the area around the taula, caves and circular houses.
Watch towers of stone
There are three talayots at Torre den Galmés. These monuments originate from a long period between 1050 BC and 123 BC in its phases. They are a type of watch tower structure which look like vessels turned upside down and were placed in higher areas of the village, presumably for vigilance.
Taulas for giants?
The taulas have a T shape, comprising one large vertical stone with a flat stone across its top. Its name means “table” in Catalan and legend has it that they were used by giants living in Menorca before the Great Flood.
In this particular village, the top Stone fell off the taula, and all that remains is the area now, where a small bronze figurine was found who represents the Egyptian god Imhotep. It is a completely unique monument in the world. Taulas are only found in Menorca and it is believed that religious ceremonies were held around them.
In Menorca they lived in "circles"
The most interesting thing about Torre den Galmés are the circular-shaped houses which the village’s people lived in and which were then occupied by the Romans years later.
The houses were well built, with a kitchen, bedrooms, a workshop where they wove or sewed and a place to keep their livestock.
These types of buildings are unique to Menorca and archaeologists from some universities such as Boston come every summer to excavate the remains and learn more about the life of these ancient villagers.
Shall we play at pretending to be archaeologists?
The kids in the family will love the caves and can pretend to be great archaeologists as they explore in among the rocks of the houses and talayots. You’ll need a couple of hours at the village to get a clear impression of prehistoric Menorca in situ.
Take the road for Bou and about 2.5 km before getting there you’ll see the sign for Torre den Galmés to the left. At the start there is a little house where you can see a few replicas of pieces found in this village. Admission is free from November until Easter, costing €3 the rest of the time with free admission on Mondays. Now do you feel as if you know more about the talayots and taulas in Menorca?