S’Hospitalet Vell, what you will find
One of the most important prehistoric villages and sites in Mallorca, can now be explored near the coastline between Porto Cristo and Calas de Mallorca, outside Manacor.
What is special about this site, is that it demonstrates a village that has been here through several periods of time. This is seen in the use of different architectural styles on the site, such as the naviforms and the Balearic talayots.
Ethnologists believe that this prehistoric village, has been used as a training facility of warriors in the 3rd century B.C.
Naviforms, are typical for the period between 1700 – 1200 b.c. Those naviforms found in this site, measure some 11-14 metres in length and 7-8 meters in width.
Talayots, are characterized by by their either rectangular or round shapes, built as towers with a column in the middle. The talayots at s’Hospitalet Vell are special because they are the only ones in Mallorca still with roof on top of them.
Also, go and visit the historic museum of Manacor, and get a better story of life in this village during prehistoric times. The museum also exhibits different artifacts found on the site, as well as arranging excursions to the site.
Get directions to the prehistoric settlement of s’Hospitalet in Manacor
Manacor is a great place to visit for its incredible diversity and cultural offers. The municipality comprise the second largest town of Mallorca, along with the popular beach destinations of Porto Cristo, Sa Marina, Son Macià, s’Illot, Cala Morlanda, Cala Romantica, Cala Mendia, Cales de Mallorca and Cala Murada. The rich history of this area has left numerous points of interest to visit, all with a story from a period in the development of Manacor. The most important attractions in Manacor are the Majorica pearl factory, the Cuevas del Drach caves and the imposing neo-Gothic parish church which belongs to the most beautiful on the island. Manacor is also a great place to consume some typical Mallorcan traditions, especially at the popular May fair. Manacor is in many ways a wonderful place to visit, do not miss the opportunity.
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