The Poblat Talaiòtic de Ses Païsses near Artà is probably Mallorca’s most important archaeological site. It certainly is one of its best-known and best-preserved prehistoric locations. The settlement was inhabited from approximately 1300 B. C. to about 100 B. C., when the Romans arrived on the shores of Mallorca.
Ses Païsses was declared a Monument Històrico-Artístic (Artistic-Historic Monument) in 1946. The site was excavated by Giovanni Lilliu, an eminent Italian archaeologist and historian of international fame, between 1959 and 1963. That’s no more than fifty years ago. Signore Lilliu died only last week, aged 97.
The archaeological site is open from Monday to Friday (09h00 to 13h00 and 14h00 to 17h00). Admission charge is 2 €. Sadly, the Talaiot is not accessible on Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.
The photo was taken near Artà, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 22nd, 2012. The time was 11:06:12.
What a coincidence to read about it today! I was there on Monday when I was looking for blossoming almond trees.
They have new opening times hanging outside. Unfortunately I didn’t write down, so I’m not sure but there was no siesta in the middle. It is now open between 9 am (or 10 am) and 5 pm Mon-Fri and I think also on Saturdays, but shorter…
Funny was that when I came at 2:30 pm (I found opening hours in some guidebook and they were like you’ve given here) and the gate was closed. But I saw some workers inside and with my poor Spanish I managed to ask why it is closed although the opening hours say it should be open. They didn’t know but let me in – in turned out they were a group of archeologists working there. So I walked around, read some info, took some pictures. Fortunately, when I was leaving, a man from the staff came, opened the gate and I managed to explain myself and pay the entrance fee. 🙂
And the place itself is indeed very interesting!