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Spectacular historical discovery in Alaró: The site of Sa Bastida

Alaró is a town full of surprises

The impressive Castle of Alaró represents the power and archaeological wealth of the area. Perched on top of the Puig de Alaro at more than 800 meters above sea level, this fortress offers amazing views of the Sierra de Tramontana.

In this area prehistoric archaeological sites of the Talayotic culture have been found as well. The term Talayotic culture describes the society that existed on the Balearic Islands of Mallorca and Menorca during the Iron age. In addition to that, ancient remains from the Roman Era and the Byzantine Empire were also discovered here.

At the end of last year another site with an even greater historical importance has been found in the same village.

Phenomenal discovery on the hill of Sa Bastida 

On the hill of Sa Bastida archaeologists made an amazing discovery, when they found a medieval fortification with more than 19 hectares. It is located on a path of the Sierra Tramontana in the west of Alaró at 576 metres above sea level. However, the first excavations start already from 420 metres.

After the first archaeological campaign was carried out at the end of last year, the following finds have been discovered:

- A hundred-metre-high wall.

- Numerous houses.

- Seven water cisterns.

The archaeologists came to the conclusion that this site happens to be a very well-structured ancient settlement of huge historical wealth.

The site of Sa Bastida starts on top of the hill and has an enormous size of more than 20,000 square meters. However, most of its remains were found next to the walls. It dates all the way back to the Western Roman Empire which was founded in 285 AD.

More archaeological research campaigns are planned for this and next year. We hope that they will bring more insight and provide a better understanding about the role of Sa Bastida in the past and that more spectacular discoveries of such historical importance will be made in Central Mallorca.

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