Taulas of Menorca
Visitors to the taulas site at Talatì de Dal can explore the Stonehenge-like monuments, along with ruins of ancient Talaiotic homes and a set of burial caves. For those seeking more than just this one taula, there are some 35 of these stone megaliths scattered across the island, a dozen of them intact. The megaliths get their name from the Catalan word for “table,” as they often feature flat, table-like tops. They’re found nowhere else in the Balearic Islands.
Things to know before you go
- These stone megaliths are a must-visit for history buffs and first time visitors.
- Wear sturdy shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces, as the taulas occupy rough terrain.
- Don’t forget to wear sun protection when visiting the monuments; most offer little in the way of shade.
How to get there
The best way to visit the Taulas of Menorca is by car or taxi hire. Few of the sites are accessible by public transportation.
When to get there
The taulas are always accessible, though they’re at their most atmospheric (and photogenic) just after sunrise and just before sunset.
Theories of the Taulas
Researchers aren’t sure of the significance of these rock formations. Some say they have religious implications, others suggest they might have been used for scientific purposes, and others hypothesize these rocks were part of the support system of ancient buildings. One of the best supported theories purports that the taulas were aligned with lunar movements.