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Ruta arqueològica Sencelles-Costitx
Visitors can enjoy this exceptional archaeological route provided by Sencelles council in the municipalities of Sencelles and Costitx. Visitors can enjoy a two to three hour journey through over 3000 years on a historical route that starts in the Naviform period and ends at the time of the Roman conquest. The remains of some of the most emblematic buildings of each historical stage can be found in these Mallorcan archaeological sites.
The route starts from the main square of the town of Sencelles, where there is an information panel about the route. The first stop on the itinerary comes after less than 15 minutes’ walk: the Cova des Bisbe, the oldest archaeological site on the route. This is a collective burial cave from the Naviform period that started towards the middle of the second millennium Before the Common Era (bce) and finished at the end of that millennium. Everything suggests that this was a burial space for some of the nearby communities, such as Son Calussa, Son Caimari and Son Fransoi. After a period of disuse, in the Talayotic period, it was used as a granary.
After visiting this first site, the route continues to its second point in time, the Talayotic period. This location is on the outskirts of the municipality in Son Fred on a detour from the PM-311 road, 1.3 kilometres from the town centre. There is a magnificent round 12‑metre high talayot here that stands on a hill surrounded by a plain, overlooking all of the territory as far as the district of es Raiguer, at the feet of the Tramuntana mountains. Although all that is preserved now is an impressive building with a circular floor plan, the excavations carried out in the area suggest that there was a small settlement. It is interesting to note that the corridor leading to the talayot of Son Fred has a zig-zag route, suggesting a space where activities involving chosen members of the community would be performed.
After leaving Son Fred, the route continues to the third and final point in time: the sanctuary of Son Corró. This is located in the municipality of Costitx, on the PMV‑3121 road, just before the town.
One of the most enigmatic buildings of the Balearic period is located here, surrounded by fields of crops. The famous Costitx bulls were recovered from this religious site at the end of the 19th century, along with other bronze objects. The complex as a whole suggests that this sanctuary would be a point of pilgrimage of great importance for the surrounding communities. This ceremonial space was abandoned, like other sanctuaries on the island, a few centuries after the Roman conquest.
If you want to enjoy this walk, you can do so independently, as the route is well signposted and there are information panels at each of these Mallorcan archaeological sites. If you would prefer a guided visit, call the council on 971 872 016 who will provide access to other archaeological sites in the area such as the Binifat talayot and Ses Talaies de Can Xim, both in the village of Cascanar.