Son Bou holidays

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Son Bou is a lively beach resort on the beautiful Balearic Island of Menorca. With luxury villas, stylish holiday complexes, excellent shopping, and a great choice of restaurants and vibrant bars, it's a popular choice for families and couples. Perhaps the main draw of holidays to Son Bou is its stunning, 3km-long white sandy beach. Here, you can laze around on a sun lounger, dabble your toes in the turquoise Mediterranean sea, or go for a swim and snorkelling session to get up and close with the fantastic marine life here. The choice is yours!

Because of its location in the middle of Menorca's southern coast, this resort is also an ideal base for day trips to the historic capital Mahón and the former capital Ciutadella, both around 30 minutes away by car.

Things to do

See the impressive Georgian architecture of Mahón, or wander through the medieval streets of Ciutadella, famed for its 14th century cathedral. Or you could visit the talayotic settlement of Torre d'en Gaumes, which was inhabited over 1,000 years ago and is one Menorca's largest prehistoric sites.

Afterwards, you could spend a few hours in the inland town of Alaior, a charming medieval settlement with great views of the Menorcan countryside from its Munt de l’Angel Park viewpoint. Visit its jewellery shops and pick a special souvenir to take home with you, and don't forget to try some delicious Menorcan cheese, which was invented here

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Expect plenty of sunshine and very warm weather from June to September, when daytime temperatures generally range from around 26°C to 30°C. This is also the dry season, and the perfect time for soaking up the sun and relaxing outdoors after dark. For almost guaranteed beach weather, book Son Bou holidays in these months. From mid May to the first half of October, it is often warm enough to go sunbathing, while winters are generally very mild and wetter with highs in the low teens °C.

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Two hours and 30 minutes, landing at Menorca Airport.

Son Bou is best for...

Families: With plenty of child friendly accommodation, shops and eateries, this lovely resort has everything families need for a relaxing holiday.

Couples: This resort has several nightclubs, bars with outdoor seating, and more sophisticated dining options for couples.

Beach and water sports lovers: If your idea of the perfect summer holiday is long, lazy days on the sand, then you really can't go wrong by choosing holidays to Son Bou. The beach also has plenty of water sports facilities like banana boats and pedaloes, and you can find huge water slides in the neighbourhood of San Jaime.

Fast facts for Son Bou

Language: The official languages of Menorca are Spanish and Menorquí, a variety of the Catalan language. English is spoken in most hotels and popular attractions, and basic English will normally be spoken in most shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. If you'd like to brush up on your Spanish, you can always download the Thomas Cook app or buy a phrasebook and try out your language skills with the locals!

Currency: Menorca uses the Euro.                                                                     

Local time: Son Bou is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time.

Fly to: Mahon Airport. The transfer time to Son Bou is 45 minutes. 

Flight time from the UK: The flight time to Son Bou is 2.5 hours.

Tourist Information:  More tourist information about this resort can be found here.

Visa and Health: Click here for the latest advice and recommendations on visas and health for your next Son Bou holidays.

Getting around Son Bou

By Bus: You can find regular bus services from Son Bou to Mahón and Alaior, although these may operate less frequently outside of the main holiday season.

By Taxi: You can easily take a taxi from the airport, although make sure you agree the fare before you set off.

By car: Many families and couples prefer to hire a car from the airport so they can explore Menorca independently during their holidays to Son Bou. Always remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road.

Events in Son Bou

In the second week of August, Alaior holds the Fiestas de Sant Llorenç festival, which includes a big parade, a procession of horses, another parade of floats, and delicious paella. Another major event in the Menorcan calendar is the Virgin del Carmen Festival in Mahón, which includes another big procession of brightly coloured boats, live music, feasts, fireworks, and plenty of dancing. Because the nights are warm, July and August are the perfect months to enjoy the island's festivities until after dark.

Son Bou weather

If you love nothing more than swimming in the sea and the pool, then the best time for holidays to Son Bou is around mid-June to mid-September. However, even until mid-October, you’ll see temperatures off the Menorcan coast still hitting the low 20s°C, perfect for a splash about! In the coolest month, February, daytime temperatures regularly hit the early to mid-teens, which is much milder than the winter climate in northern Europe.

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