Every 27 September, the world celebrates World Tourism Day under the leadership of the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). This year, the occasion is particularly significant, as Menorca has been awarded the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage Site for its extraordinary archaeological legacy, known as Talayotic Menorca. This recognition was announced during the 45th Session of the World Heritage Committee held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 18 September 2023.

ARTIEM invites you to join us in exploring this Mediterranean island’s treasures in autumn. Discover them in the comfort that ARTIEM Hotels offers you.

Menorca’s Archaeological Treasure

Menorca, in the Balearic archipelago, is home to an unparalleled density of prehistoric archaeological sites. From the Bronze Age to the Late Iron Age, “taules” (tables), “talaiots” (megaliths) and enigmatic “naveta” (naves) comprise a legacy that now forms part of UNESCO World Heritage. Registering Talayotic Menorca as such marks a milestone in preserving the island’s valuable heritage. Particularly noteworthy is the impressive Naveta d’Es Tudons, a funerary construction in the shape of an upside-down boat or nave, a testament to the ancient builders’ skill. The harmony with which these buildings have coexisted with history and their setting is remarkable, maintaining their integrity in a Mediterranean landscape that preserves features from prehistoric times.


Landscape and Cultural Harmony

The harmony with which Talayotic constructions have coexisted with settlers throughout history is clear when you explore places such as the Torre d’en Galmés Talayotic Settlement, one of the largest in Menorca and the Balearic Islands. Here, the talayots’ majesty and the layout of these buildings will draw you back into an ancient era. 


Centres for Trade and Community Life

Talayotic settlements were vital trading and community centres. This legacy is apparent in sites such as the Talaiot de Torelló, one of the largest in Mahón municipality. Explore the vestiges of a transformational era, discovering how these ancient communities actively participated in Mediterranean trade routes.

The Necropolis’ Legacy

Necropolises such as the one at Cala Morell offer a glimpse into how important these places were as burial sites up until Romanisation. Boasting more than ninety tombs and niches, this site stands imposingly on a majestic cliff in an unspoilt cove. The archaeological remains in the Menorca Museum tell the story of this ancient necropolis.

Furthermore, make sure you explore the enigmatic “taules”. These are megalithic constructions shaped like a “T”. These unique structures will draw you into the mysterious world of prehistoric architecture, showing the skill and vision of those who erected them centuries ago.

  • The Taula of Torralba d’en Salort: Located in Alaior municipality, this taula is one of the most emblematic on the island. It is located in an impressive archaeological setting, surrounded by other Talayotic ruins that let you better understand the ancient civilisation that built it.


  • The Taula of Talatí de Dalt: Situated in Mahón municipality, this taula is one of the most representative on the island. Its hillside setting offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape, adding an extra element to the visiting experience.


  • The Taula of Trepucó: In Mahón municipality, this taula is another magnificent example of Talayotic architecture. It is surrounded by a Talayotic enclosure and offers a fascinating insight into how these constructions formed part of a complex settlement system.


Important World Heritage 

In naming Talayotic Menorca a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is worth highlighting its place among other notable World Heritage Sites. It shares this distinction with such renowned treasures as the Great Wall of China, the Egyptian Pyramids and Machu Picchu in Peru. Each place, like Talayotic Menorca, encapsulates the history and human ingenuity of past ages. Undoubtedly, this new addition to the select group of World Heritage Sites will spotlight Menorca on the archaeological scene worldwide. 

“Talayotic Menorca” is an archaeological treasure without equal in the Mediterranean, where the taules’ majesty, the imposing talayots and the enigmatic architecture of the navetes take us back to ancestral times. These constructions bear witness to an ancient civilisation that left a lasting legacy on the island. Visiting places such as the Naveta d’Es Tudons, the Taula of Torralba d’en Salort, the taula of Talatí de Dalt, and the Taula of Trepucó, immerses you in Menorca’s history and culture in a unique, captivating way. To discover Talayotic Menorca is to set off on a journey through time that leaves a lasting impression on every visitor.

At ARTIEM Hotels, we offer you the chance to discover the fascinating history of Talayotic Menorca while enjoying the comfort and unique experience that characterise our accommodation. Discover this world heritage site and be captivated by the island’s archaeological magic.

Join us on this journey through time in one of the Mediterranean’s most priceless spots!