November 20, 2017

3 must-see Roman ruins in Majorca

I’m taking a little time off and thought it would be great to explore an area I have never been to, Majorca.  Below is a guest post detailing some of the great Roman ruins you can visit on your next trip!  I’ll be back next week. . .

 

Majorca is well-known for being a great place to head if you love sun, sea and sand. However, if you’re also looking for something else to keep you busy during your holiday, you’ll find plenty of options.

The Balearic Island’s rich and varied history means there are a lot of historical monuments to see here when enjoying your holidays in Majorca including ancient statues, castles, cities and Roman sites.

Scene of Mallorca Majorca Spain

Mallorca by Scouse_and_Jules, on Flickr

Here are three of our favorite Roman sights you don’t want to miss while enjoying all Majorca offers.

Pol-lentia

Pol-lentia is an ancient Roman city that has been preserved for nearly 2,000 years, making it one of the oldest places on the island and perhaps the most antique location you’ve ever been to.

Founded in 123 AD Pol-lentia thrived as a Roman municipality for many years; however, once the Roman Empire fell, it fell into ruin.

After centuries of neglect, excavation work began on the area in 1920, helping to rescue the ancient city and redeem it, almost,  to its former glory. As a result, visitors can now walk around the site learning more about the history of Majorca and the conquests that have occurred over the years.

Pollentia Mallorca Majorca Spain

Pollentia - El Teatro by Richard Alen, on Flickr

Passing by stone buildings, courtyards and cobbled paths may also help history buffs learn more about the Roman enclave and gain a greater appreciation of how this community once lived on the island.

You can also visit the 1st century Roman theatre, which is the only one that still exists in the Balearic Islands.

Santueri Castle

This is another site in Majorca that has important Roman significance, as Santueri Castle was once used as a fortified commune by the Romans.

The Castle is situated near Felanitx and was built in the 14th century. Since its creation, it has been used by different groups of people over the years including the Arabs. Its position high on a plateau means it has a great vantage point looking over the rest of the island and the sea, meaning impending threats were seen from miles away allowing the citizens ample time to defend themselves.

Near Santueri Castle Majorca Mallorca Spain

Castell de Santueri by _basquiat_, on Flickr

Visitors nowadays can walk around the castle, learn more about who used to live here, in particular the Romans, and enjoy some of these views for themselves.

Son Real

Located on the coast, the estate was bought by the Balearic government in 2002, with the aim to protect the land and preserve its historical importance for future generations.

Mallorca Cove Spain

Mallorca at its Best!

The site was an old public farmstead and is now home to a number of archaeological remains, including the Necropolis.  It is believed this cemetery dates backt o the 7th century BC!
Son Real gives you the opportunity to learn more about the different people who have lived on Majorca over hundreds of years which include cultures from all around the world.

 

What are some other not-to-miss sights in Majorca?

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  7. The place is perfect to visit. It is really an awesome place. The photos are so beautiful…

  8. Divinne Grace says:

    Looks like a great place to stay and have the holidays with family… Thanks for the awesome photos!

  9. Elise Walsh says:

    The Santueri Castle looks so strong. I can’t imagine the things that it has been through since the 14th century. It must be an interesting sight.
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  10. Anders says:

    It used to be the Ibiza for old people.

  11. robin says:

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  12. Ayngelina says:

    I was in Mallorca in the fall but I was sick the whole time so I didn’t get to see anything. At least I didn’t know at the time I was missing out on good sites like these.
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  13. Laurel says:

    This post is perfect timing as I’m going to Majorca in May and love ruins.
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  14. Lisa says:

    I nevet knew about these and I’ve been to Mallorca! Another reason to return.
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  15. ShirleyFai says:

    Those Roman ruins in Majorca looks like a great place and I have never heard about this before…The Son Real is really the best among these…

  16. Sophie says:

    Valldemosa is my favourite part of Mallorca. And Cabo Formentor. And perhaps hearing a classical concert on a little lake in a cave.
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  17. You know, I’ve never really thought about all of the historic Roman significance of Majorca. I’ve always wanted to go there for the fun in the sun, but now would love to see the ruins. too.
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  18. inka says:

    Wonderful to have pointed out these great sites on a beauiful island, which, at least in Europe, has such a bad reputation. Get away from the Ballermann and the hell of Arenal and Can Pastilla and you find true magic.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I didn’t realize Majorca has a bad reputation in Europe. Why is that?

      • thomas says:

        It doesn’t. I often wish it did though, in the summer the German population gets a bit large.

        I would assume the poster who wrote that is German, given the reference to Ballermann … which was a uniquely cliche German beach party for assholes.

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