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“Excellent historical site well worth visiting” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Talati de Dalt

Talati de Dalt
Carretera Mao-Ciutadella a 3 Km | Mahon, 07700 Ciutadella, Minorca, Spain
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Ranked #13 of 25 Attractions in Ciutadella
Type: Cultural
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Owner description: Landstraße Mao-Ciutadella , km4
Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
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“Excellent historical site well worth visiting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2013

Talati de Dalt is one of many talaiot/taula sites on Menorca. It is the only one we visited but I believe it is one of the largest, and we found that we could spend an hour there easily with our young daughter.

You would have to go by car/taxi. We drove, and it is well signposted off the main Mao-Ciutadella road, closer to Mao.

There is limited parking but we were the only visitors when we went so I can't see it would be a problem. My recommendation is to ensure you drive far enough along the road to find it - it looks like you are going wrong or have missed it but you will suddenly come across it around a bend if you keep going.

There is a entrance kiosk selling postcards, with some tables and chairs out under some olive trees, which is a nice place to rest after your visit (although take your own drinks) and you get a very good English language guide to the site so you know what you are looking at, which is unusual on Menorca where you usually have to try and unpick the Spanish information.

The site is spread out but not so much that you have to hike around it. You wil basically see the ruins of a village, including some houses you can go into, two natural caves, a taula (the standing stones like Stonehenge), and some general ruined bits.

It is quite hard to envisage what it would have been like all those years ago, but the information does help and we found it enjoyable. Our three-year-old also liked it and we played at guessing where the bedrooms would have been, and what they would have cooked, etc.

There are no toilets so do go before you visit. The smell of wee in some parts indicated some people had been caught short, which is pretty gross.

Visited June 2013
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(Near) Durham, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
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“Incredible site.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

This was the only prehistoric site we had the chance to visit (no car, but we bagged a lift with my partners family!), and was absolutely worth it.

We visited in Spring and the site was set amidst a bucolic paradise, with clover underfoot and thousands of bees creating a soothing soundtrack.
The site cost four euros to visit and we were given an english language guide leaflet. Unfortunately were no detailled english books about the site. The site is very well labelled with interesting signs by each point of interest, but there is freedom to just explore and enjoy the structures.
Not wheelchair friendly or good for those with mobility issues (I have a bad knee and found it quite hard going).

We found the site very atmospheric and it gave a good feel of historic Menorca and we found the outdoor setting stimulating and idyllic. In my opinion worth much more than a museum trip. We went with a couple who had previously only visited the islands museums, and they much preffered Talati de Dalt.

It was very quiet and the view from the highest point was breathtaking.

A historical site as it should be: tactile, not overly restored, and sited in it's original setting.

Visited May 2013
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“Amazing prehistoric remains”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2012

If you only have time to see one of the prehistoric remains on Menorca this probably gives you the best overview. These is a range of different types of building surrounding an impressive central Taula
There is information clearly laid out in several languages around the site and a useful little leaflet (again in various languages) given out with your entrance ticket which duplicates most of this whilst adding some background.
Although the guardian said you can get round in 20 minutes it would be sensible to allow 40 - 60 minutes.

Visited July 2012
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