Discounts: 50% for groups of over 10 people
Free for under-12s and for people with an ArtàCARD tourist card (including visits to Ses Païsses, the regional museum and the parish church)
Winter: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 14:00 (November – March)
Summer: Monday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00 (April – October)
Closed: Sundays and public holidays
619 07 00 10 (during visiting hours)
The Mallorcan archaeological site of ses Païsses is located in the municipality of Artà. It can be reached from the MA-15 road that passes through the town towards Capdepera. It is easy to find as it is well signposted. On entry there is a welcome area, with parking and a picnic area in the shade of some magnificent holm oaks. In it you will find the necessary information for starting your journey through the zone’s prehistory and antiquity.
You then enter the site through the impressive gate in the walls of ses Païsses. This is one of the three gates that were in the walls built in the Balearic Period, at the start of the 6th century Before the Common Era (bce).
As though entering a tunnel through time you pass the threshold that leads to a path bordered by holm oaks and wild olive trees, trees that have been typical of the island’s scenery for millennia. Generation after generation of its inhabitants used the wild olives for wood. Wood was used for making the beams of the houses and talayots, as fuel and as a raw material for making kitchen equipment or other objects that would be part of the everyday lives of the ancient inhabitants and that have not been preserved. The fruit of the holm oaks was probably used for feedings the pigs, and so they were never cut down.
The trail leads to the centre of the settlement where there is a central tower-shaped monument built in 1150 bce with which other buildings are associated. This was the result of a period of changes that occurred at the end of the second millennium bce. In those times there was a series of social transformations, where small settlements of navetas, made up of a few families, started to adopt new organisational forms, based around what we know as talayots. These are communal stone towers, and the tower of ses Païsses was one of the first to be built.
Once you arrive at the central building of this Mallorcan archaeological site, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the excavated area where there are houses and communal buildings from different phases of occupation, from the Talayotic period until the Roman period. Amongst these structures, it is worth noting a hypostyle room, an example of the so-called sanctuaries and a magnificent cyclopean building from the Balearic Period.
The wall and the different combat artefacts found, such as a helmet and a sword, suggest that the Balearic Period from the 6th to the 2nd centuries bce was a convulsive historical cycle, and that the slinger was an important and representative figure of this time of tensions, with strong links with the Punic world.
The settlement was progressively remodelled and transformed at the rhythm imposed by the geopolitics of the western Mediterranean, as happened with other settlements on the island where the Roman Empire dictated the pace of time.
At the end of the 1st century of our era the settlement was abandoned but was still frequented in later periods, such as the Islamic, until the arrival of teams of archaeologists. These were interested in finding out how the ancient inhabitants lived and so carried out excavation campaigns year after year in this Mallorcan archaeological site. As a result, visitors and inhabitants of the island can learn a little about our rich past that, century by century, shaped an island that, without them, would not be the same.