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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.
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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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
In the hot afternoon sun, take a short journey to the beach of Cala en Porter, a gently sloping, sheltered cove that is perfect for families with little children. You can find two other beautiful sandy beaches next to the quieter resort of Santo Tomas, too, and many secret coves all across the island. These range from unspoilt shallow bays like Cala en Turqueta on the southern coast, to the wild and rugged rocky coves of the north like Cala Pregonda. Whether you’re a toe dipper or a sun worshipper, you'll find plenty of superb beaches to explore during your Son Bou holidays.
Visit the Cales Coves, a series of 91 burial caves which date back to the Bronze Age. See hundreds of birds at Son Bou's wetlands, or go on a challenging hike on the Cami de Cavalls route from Son Bou to Calan Porter. This 8km route offers fantastic views of the coast, and passes the historic Christian church of Son Bou. Or, explore the beautiful s'Albufera des Grau Natural Park near Mahón, a large nature reserve with well-marked trails, woodlands and five islands.
In Menorcan restaurants, you can expect a good mix of traditional Mediterranean cuisine, as well as British and Asian-themed dishes. One local speciality you have to try during your holidays to Son Bou is Churros con chocolate, a delicious finger doughnut dipped in thick hot chocolate sauce, popular throughout Spain. The kids will love it, and if you’ve spent all morning burning off some calories with a walk around the island, you’ve certainly earned this chocolatey treat!
If you're a wine lover, try Menorca's unique, herby wines like Binifadet, which you can enjoy in many restaurants, including the Bodegas Binifadet winery itself at Cami De Ses Barraques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.