What is it?
This route visits the Son Real necropolis with a walk along the coast between Can Picafort and Son Real. The site is a huge cemetery with some round tombs (around 3 metres in diameter), others in the shape of small square or rectangular "talayots" (prehistoric towers) while others are boat-shaped. Rectangular holes in the wall can be seen in many of these tombs, but we still don't know what they were for.
The necropolis is within the Son Real public estate, which was acquired by the Balearic Islands Government in 2002 with the aim of preserving its natural and ethnological wealth and, in particular, the archaeological sites.
SON REAL NECROPOLIS
All year round.
SON REAL PUBLIC ESTATE
All year round. Opening times: 10.00-17.00.
Location and contact:
Son Real Public Estate. Carretera de Alcúdia-Artà, km 17,7. Santa Margalida
Telephone:+34 971 185 363
Web site: www.balearsnatura.com/
Available public transport
|Monday to Friday|
Natural access to the necropolis is via Son Bauló beach, which connects Can Picafort with the site. The bus stop at the Hotel Janeiro is a good starting point to go onto Son Bauló beach, which is a long, sandy beach flanked by low cliffs and the mouth of the gulley that gives its name to the beach. We must go along the beach to the other end and take a footpath that is parallel to the beach. The necropolis is approximately 1,500 metres away from the bus stop.
Archaeological digs have taken place here since the 60's to try and get more information about the necropolis, although the results have been scant. In fact, it is thought that the site had already been looted in the Talayotic era.
According to experts, the necropolis could have been for the ruling classes as the skeletons found showed little signs of having had to do any hard work. The construction was probably based on the desire of the ruling class to emulate landmark monuments that they built while alive, such as circular or square "talayots" or shrines.
It has been dated to the 7th Century BC, a period in which Talayotic culture was in full flow and the use of iron was common. Although in principle it was a cemetery for the ruling classes, it evolved over time and was still in use during the Roman era. This fact is obvious from the changes in rituals seen in the burials.
In addition to visiting the site, the Son Real estate offers various routes that can followed on foot or by bike, which can be rented from the reception office. The estate is extraordinarily appealing, with extensive agricultural areas (growing organically) and native plants.
Its coastline is a very important ecosystem, with an extensive beach, dunes, gullies, wetlands, native animals and salt-loving (halophyte) plants. All of this, along with the archaeological site, makes Son Real a highly interesting place and ideal for enjoying typically Majorcan nature and culture.
The islet of Els Porros can be seen from the archaeological site. This is one kilometre away to the south-east and contains the archaeological remains of another sizeable necropolis.