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