Son Bou beach
The beach at Son Bou with its fine white sands is the longest in Menorca (3 km). The sea here is shallow, its waters clear and clean.
However, as it is very exposed, southerly winds may make the sea at Son Bou a little choppy. Behind the beach stands one of the biggest holiday complexes in Menorca, which is separated from the sea by the largest wetland on the southern coast. Son Bou thus has two faces: to the east, a modern beach resort, well provisioned with services; and a little way to the west, a large stretch of peaceful unspoilt sand.
Son Bou, a beach with facilities
In the area nearest the holiday-home complex there are numerous bars, and much of the beach is given over to loungers and umbrellas. The resort also boasts hotels, apartments and apartment-hotels, and is fully equipped with supermarkets, bars and restaurants, a chemist, a water park, a shopping centre, and facilities for hiring bikes and cars, or for booking a excursion on horseback or a scuba dive. As well as the hotels and apartment-hotels, just 3 km from the beach you’ll find Camping Son Bou, one of the island’s only two campsites.
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Son Bou with kids
Whether you are looking for a beach with facilities or an unspoilt jewel, Son Bou, with its easy access, fine sands and clear shallow waters, is one of Menorca’s best, safest and most pleasant beaches to visit with kids. Bear in mind, though, that it is very open and southerly winds can make the sea rather choppy. In this case, if you are with children, it is best to head to beaches such as Des Grau or Arenal d’en Castell on the north coast.
In Son Bou you will even find a hotel designed exclusively for a family holiday with children in Menorca: Royal Son Bou Family Club Menorca.
How to get there
Son Bou lies 8 km south of Alaior. If you enter Alaior along the main road, there is no need to enter the town itself since Son Bou and the archaeological site of Torre d’en Galmés are both well signposted.
- Distance between Son Bou and Ciutadella (see map and route at Google Maps): 41 km, 38 min.
- Distance between Son Bou and Maó (see map and route at Google Maps): 20,5 km, 21 min.
Public transport: There is also a bus to Son Bou from Maó and Alaior. Check out bus times and frequencies (that vary according to the season).
Places of interest
• Camí de Cavalls: Son Bou stands at the beginning and end of stages of this coastal footpath. Westwards, you can head for the beach at Sant Tomàs either by following a path inland from the western end of the built-up area or by walking along the beach itself. To the east, Cala en Porter awaits at the end of a long inland stage that passes by the rugged landscape of Cala Llucalari, so different from the smooth sands of Son Bou.
For more details, check out our guide to the Camí de Cavalls:
- Distance between Son Bou and Sant Tomàs: 6,4 km. 2h 15 min. More information: Son Bou – Sant Tomàs. Cami de Cavalls. Stage 15.
- Distance between Son Bou and Cala en Porter: 8 km, 3 h. More information: Son Bou – Cala en Porter. Cami de Cavalls. Stage 16.
• Son Bou paleo-christian church: Remains of a rectangular church with three naves separated by pillars that is thought to have been built in the 5th century. It stands at the far eastern end of the beach of Son Bou, just a few metres from the sea.
• Son Bou wetland: Also known as L’Albufera de ses Canessies, this is one of Menorca’s main wetlands and a must for birdwatchers and nature-lovers in general.
• Torre d’en Galmés: One of the largest prehistoric settlements in the Balearic Islands, this site lies between Son Bou and Alaior, 5 km from the latter.
Son Bou beach map
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