A fortified tower
from the 15th Century
Cicadas chirp in the warm, sunlit evening that smells of orange and almond trees. The 400-year-old, elongated building leans against the majestic central manor house tower with its four corner battlements. The striking tower has overlooked the landscape near the small fishing port of Porto Cristo in Eastern Mallorca since the 15th Century.
Ses Talaioles owes its name to the prehistoric settlement remains of the so-called Talayotes that can still be found in its grounds.
These Balearic natives, fierce warriors who defended their settlements with slingshots, founded the Talayotic culture, which remains in part undiscovered. ‘Talayot’ derives from the Catalan ‘talaia’ and means ‘observation and watchtower’.