Son Bou Beach & Holiday Guide
Son Bou in photographs with resort maps
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Son Bou - Location
Son Bou is on the south coast approximately 25 mns., from the Airport. To get to Son Bou / Sant Jaime you travel through beautiful countryside and at the eastern end pass through a rock arch to 'suddenly' enter the resort which sits on ' longest beach at around 2.5 k.m. Mahon is about 30 minutes drive and Ciutadella about 35 minutes. Alaior old town is 15 mins by bus.
Son Bou is a holiday resort of mixed private/commercial Villas,Apartments and hotels built behind a nature reserve along the island's longest beach. The resort is more correctly called Sant Jaime(Jaume) but Son Bou, Sant Jaime and Torre Soli Nou blend into each other, though Torre Soli nou extends further inland if you are looking for a quieter location. Much of the resort sits terraced in delightful planted gardens on a tiered wooded hillside which offers spectacular coastline views.
Being one of the larger dedicated Menorcan holiday resorts it has many facilities to offer for the perfect beach holiday. Water sports - Kayaking, Watersking,banana boat rides, snorkeling, pedalos and a long, long sandy beach backed with extensive sand dunes,not concrete hotel blocks. Ideal for families with younger children and those just looking for a relaxing holiday. Night life at Son Bou is varied with restaurants, bars, shops, hotels and a ten pin bowling hall and entertainments centre. Alternatively you can venture into nearby Alaior early mornings and evenings to wander throught the old towns' pretty streets or travel to Mahon or Es Castell with their lively harbours and old towns for a wide range of shops, restaurants and nightlife.
Menorca Holiday Tips
Self caterers: If you are mobile the supermarkets in Alaior old town and Poligno ( Commercial area ) offer much better food selection and prices. Plus there are some good homemade meals(delicatesans) to take away and bring back to your accommodation.
Free Beach side parking, lifeguard, sunbed and umbrella rental, watersports and wheelchair access and facilities. There are three beach bars, (serving hot food+take aways ), some open evenings for sipping drinks as the sea laps the sands and the sun sets.
The favourite beach on the island for beach strollers. While the resort is very popular for families the sheer size of the beach makes it easy for those who prefer to avoid the little ones to find their ideal spots! There is an abudance of natural sand dunes that make a very pleasant backdrop.
The beach is separated from the resort by a nature conservation area which means that access is only from the beach side car park. Son bou can suffer from quite strong water currents, so care should be taken ( keep within 40 meters of shore and make sure your are not 'drifting' down the beach) and keep an eye on the red and green flags.
Further down the coast ( westwards after Santo Tomas) is the huge virgin beach of Playa de Binigaus which is extremely beautiful, natural and less frequented. Its also a favourite location for nudists but everyone is welcome ( no need to strip OR be 'offended' ).
Menorca Holiday Tips
Obviously the areas just in front of the main car park beach entry points get crowded - go left in front of the hotels if you want to amongst families, or better still for more natural surroundings go right where the beach develops little sandy bays-see Photo Tour
Bring bathing shoes to protect your feet from the underwater rocks that are hidden under the sand and can be uncomfortably sharp.
Son Bou beach has good (assisted) wheelchair access/facilities to the beach/sea from the car park.
As the whole resort sits behind a natural marshland so don't forget mosquito protection- Locals will use a fresh lemon cut in half with a dried clove stuck in it on the bedside table/bedside areas. ( Yes bring cloves with you! ) .
The little resort train will take you upto the 'top of resort' - Valentin Hotel where you can sample the view enjoyed by the private Villas and Apartments above the 'valley area'.
Beach Loungers - Son Bou
Typical price to hire 2 loungers + umbrella is between 15-17 Euro for all day , with a reduction later in the day (after 15:00). Facility closes at 19:00
Son Bou - Local Resort Beaches
Son Bou - Local Virgin Beaches
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Son Bou - Shopping and Supermarkets
Supermarkets: there are several in the resort with everything necessary for a holiday. Located maostly in the central area - see locations map
TABAC - Cigarettes
There is Tabac in Son Bou - see resort map below.note they are only open during main season June-September
There are basic summer clothes, souvenir shops in Son Bou but in Alaior are one or two boutiques, handmade shoes and jewellery shops in the old town, but you really need to visit Mahon combined with a market day there.
In nearby Ferreries there are factory shops for one of the island's most famous upmarket leather shoes and goods manufactuer JAIME MASCARO ( eg pretty Ballerinas ). Many of these shoes and goods you will find in more exclusive shops back home for considerably more than you will pay on Menorca.
Son Bou - Must See and Do
For those who want to add special holiday memories, Son Bou is set in dramatic scenery, and long walking beach and nature lovers resort as it is surrounded by pristine landscapes to explore on foot, horseback or Mountain Bike. There are beautiful valleys and landscapes with historical sites nearby ( Torre d'en Gaumes ) to discover.
There are some beautiful trails along the coast east and west using the Cami de Cavalls trails.
Places to visit
A late afternoon / evening trip to Mahon or Alaior is a must to stroll around the old centre, people watch at the Cafe Bars, take in a Tapa or two and perhaps some clothes shopping.
In countryside, along the beach and excurions to other locations.
You can walk to ( signed paths ) or have boat excursions/water beach taxi to these by large boat or hire out your own.
Alaior Fiesta 2nd WE in August, Cala en Porter Fiesta 3rd weekend in September
See below for details and more attractions nearby .
There is a resort train that circulates the resort picking up/dropping off at the main accommodation areas and beach and also upto the 'top of the resort' where there are great views of the coast and resort. You can get off and pickup the train with a return ticket at any point. 10:00-13:00 and 17:00 - 23:00 daily in season every 45 minutes.
Nightlife in Son Bou
Live tribute acts tour the island and are on stage at Club Sant Jaime and Copacabana Disco Bar - Free to watch if you buy a drink and some can be very entertaining.
There are also events posted in the bowling hall.
There are several bars with late opening ( some have disco areas ) dotted round the resort each with a different feel and style.
A sunset stroll along the beach.
As with most resorts in Menorca, organised evening entertainment here is generally to be found in the resort hotels but there are a couple of bars with regular entertainment. Mahon and ,Es Castell and Ciutadella however offer a lot more with something more for everyone, but with none of the "bing drink clubbing" to be found on Ibizia and Majorca. Nearby is Coves Xoroi one of the islands favourite night spots.
Son Bou - Near by ( 15-20 min Taxi )
Cova d'en Xoroi - Cova d'en Xoroi
Located in huge spectacular natural caves some 25m above the sea at the entrance to Cala en Porter bay. Take a look at our video below for a feel of this magical place.
Cova d'en Xoroi
A double bonus. Undoubtedly the most dramatic nightspot on the island. Set high, literally in the rocks, above the sea it's an atmospheric Cafe-bar with fantastic sea views by day. From 19:00 the music is soothing ambient sounds to watch the sunsets by and after 23:00-dawn a disco with one of the most original locations and atmospheres with famous guest DJs. During July and August they have themed nights - more on this and other Clubs on Menorca.
Opening times: 11:30 'til dawn. Daily May to October and weekends outside of these months. There is a entrance charge during the day which includes a voucher for a drink-It's well worth it.
Just 200 meters from Xoroi is a great Spanish Restaurant La Palette ( Leg of lamb recommended )
Night bus transport by Cova Bus. Arrival at Cova d'en Xoroi aprox. 11:45 pm and departure from Cova d'en Xoroi at 05:00 am
Wi-Fi and Internet
Many Son Bou Bars will offer free WiFi ( passwords on request ) Sim cards and dongles for Spanish networks( Vodafone es /Movistar ) can be bought in nearby towns and topped up via supermarket cashiers. More and more towns have free WiFi in their squares. WiFi on Menorca
New 2014 There is free WiFi at the beach area look for IBRED
Bus Timetable - Son Bou
Mahon will mostly be written on timetables, front of buses and signposts as Maó, it's local name. If you are staying longer than a week take a trip on this good network and see some of the other sights, resorts/towns and attractions.
Bus, Taxi and Hire Car - Detailed getting about info.
A Bus to Alaior or Mahon will allow you to connect with many other parts of Menorca.Bus Timetable - Son Bou
Things to See and Do
Watersports , Ten Pin Bowling, Water chutes. Cycling and walking in great countryside.Things to See and Do in and around Son Bou
What is the Weather like in Son Bou
Son Bou has a mediterranean climate characterised by warm to hot, dry summers with a pleasant cooling breeze and milder winters. The sea in Son Bou will be around 22-26 degrees in summer. In October the sea is still warm. Spring time ( early March to April ) will have sunny days and air temperatures around 20 and above , ideal for sightseeing, walking, cycling and horseriding activities.Weather & forecast through the year
Restaurants and Bars in Son Bou
Son Bou has a range of Restaurants including formal and less formal , with fixed price menus and a la carte options. There are chill out lounge bars, cocktail and music bars.Bars and Restaurants in and around Son Bou
Interactive Maps - Son Bou
Hotels in Son Bou
There are quite a few apartment and full catering hotels in the resort.Hotels in and around Son Bou