Menorca Arqueologica, Alaior

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Menorca or Minorca is one of the Balearic Islands located in the Mediterranean Sea belonging to Spain. Its name derives from its size, contrasting it with nearby Majorca.Menorca has a population of approximately 94,383 (2010). It is located 39°47' to 40°00'N, 3°52' to 4°24'E. Its highest point, called El Toro or Monte Toro, is 358m above sea level.HistoryThe island is known for its collection of megalithic stone monuments: navetes, taules and talaiots, which speak of a very early prehistoric human activity. Some of the earliest culture on Menorca was influenced by other Mediterranean cultures, including the Greek Minoans of ancient Crete (see also Gymnesian Islands). For example, the use of inverted plastered timber columns at Knossos is thought to have influenced early peoples of Menorca in imitating this practice.The end of the Punic wars saw an increase in piracy in the western Mediterranean. The Roman occupation of Hispania had meant a growth of maritime trade between the Iberian and Italian peninsulas. Pirates took advantage of the strategic location of the Balearic Islands to raid Roman commerce, using both Menorca and Majorca as bases. In reaction to this, the Romans invaded Menorca. By 121 BC both islands were fully under Roman control, later being incorporated into the province of Hispania Citerior. By using our Alaior trip planning app , you can arrange your visit to Menorca Arqueologica and other attractions in Alaior.
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  • My girlfriend and I booked this tour to learn a little about menorcan history and it was well worth it. Our guide Sabina was incredible, knowledgable and funny and made the tour very interesting. And....  more »
  • I've booked this tour as I wanted to learn a bit more about the prehistory of Menorca and didn't want to rent a car. The tour I chose was to Torre D'en Galmes, the larges archaeological site on...  more »
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