Deep inside a Holm Oak forest in the town of Artà, you will find the incredible Talaiotic settlement of Ses Paisses. This amazing oval-shaped archaeological site with a 13,500 squared-metre surface area, dates back to 850 A.C. and is one of the most well-preserved archaeological sites in Majorca. You can now plan a cultural trip to this settlement which was proclaimed a Historical and Artistic Monument in 1946 and has been undergoing excavation on and off since 1959. Stay at the nearby Hotel Son Jaumell and pay a visit to these impressive ruins that will take you back to ancient civilizations as you immerse yourself in the culture of the Balearic Islands.
The first archaeological excavations, were conducted by the Italian archaeologist, Giovanne Lilliu. His excavations focused on the “talayot” or central watchtower of the settlement, surrounded by unique chambers such as the hypostyle room or the horseshoe-shaped chamber. The Talaiotic settlement of Ses Paisses is truly one of the most extensive and well-preserved ruins of the area. However, being surrounded by the robust Holm Oak trees which are indigenous to Majorca, has resulted in some imperfections in some of the areas of Ses Paisses due to growth and movement of the tree roots.
- The stone doorway or entrance to the settlement
- The central talayot or watchtower.
- The horse-shoe shaped chamber. It is attached to the watchtower and the Hypostyle chamber and is divided into two smaller enclosures.
- The Hypostyle chamber which is apsidal-shaped and has three columns and six pillars which were built to sustain the roof that no longer exists.
- The stone wall-enclosure of the site which dates back to 650-540 A.C.
If you are planning your 2018 holidays to Majorca and are passionate about archaeology, culture, and history, the Talaiotic settlement of Ses Paisses is a must see! You can plan to visit from the 4th of February onward, which is when the site opens again for the new tourist season.
- Address: Camí de sa Corballa s/n. Artà
- Entrance fee: 2€
- Visiting Hours:
> From November through March: Monday – Saturday from 10:00am to 2:00pm
> From April through October: Monday – Saturday from 10:00am to 5:00pm
> Closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays
To make your visit more convenient and enjoyable, there is also a parking area as well as a beautiful, rustic picnic area shaded by the robust Holm Oak trees.
In front of the stone doorway you´ll see a large stone monolith dedicated to the Costa I Llobera, a Majorcan poet and priest who was born in Pollença in 1854. He was so inspired by Ses Paisses that he wrote a narrative poem in 1900 called ‘La deixa del geni grec’ which was set in the mystical Ses Paisses.