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PHOENICIAN SITE OF SA CALETA


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Situated on a peninsula between the beach and Mount des Codolar Des Jondal, in this Phoenician settlement are the archaeological remains of the oldest town of the island, founded in the eighth century BC

Declared as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1999, the Phoenician site of Sa Caleta is essential to approach the history of Ibiza. Situated on a peninsula between the beach aof Des Codolar and Mount Des Jondal, in this Phoenician settlement you'll finde the archaeological remains of the oldest town of the island, founded in the eighth century BC. It seems that the first inhabitants came from the Iberian peninsula built in Sa Caleta a basis for economic and geographical surveys of the Balearic Islands (Ibiza and Formentera).

Also, the place was ideal for trade from the south of the peninsula with the central Mediterranean. Shortly afterwards, around 600 BC, the site of Sa Caleta was completely abandoned. According to historians and archaeologists, resident populations there moved to the Bay of Ibiza, which explains the spectacular development of the city to get to know the capital of the Balearic Islands as we know it today.

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However, Sa Caleta was like a miniature city: between the rudimentary site stays there alleys and small squares where locals were. In addition, archaeologists have found two ovens silver and various spaces in which fires were improvised to melt the argentiferous galena, increased economic activity in the village of Sa Caleta. Finally, historiadories have indications that the Phoenicians of Sa Caleta engaged in agriculture, fishing Livestock and shellfish and crustaceans, in addition to exploiting the salt to then export it around the empire.

Timetable: Free visit

Municipality: Sant Josep de Sa Talaia