Naveta des Tudons
This chamber tomb in Menorca, dating back to the pre-Talaiotic period around 1200 BC, was discovered in the 1960s, when archaeologists found more than 100 bodies along with jewelry and other artifacts. It’s Menorca’s most important megalithic monument, resembling an upside-down boat assembled from large stone blocks.
The word naveta means “little boat” in Catalan, and this monument does indeed resemble a capsized boat. It’s one of the island’s most popular historic attractions, even though visitors can only see the chamber tomb from the outside. Some of the artifacts uncovered during the excavation of the site sit on display at the Museum of Menorca in Maó.
Things to know before you go
*Naveta des Tudons is a must-visit for history buffs and first-time visitors. *You should only need 30 to 45 minutes to tour the site. *Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces; a short walk through a field leads to the monument.
How to get there
Naveta des Tudons archaeological site is at kilometer marker 40 on the road between Maó and Ciutadella. The easiest way to get there is to drive or take a taxi; there’s a parking lot at the entrance to the field.
When to get there
Naveta des Tudons archaeological site is open daily throughout the year, with free entry on Mondays and Tuesdays. Plan to visit on a clear day near sunrise or sunset to capture the best images of the monument.