Son Bou Things to do and see
Attractions and activities guide rich in photographs and useful maps
Things to See and Do in Son Bou
Our photo tour will show many of these attractions and their locations.
Every coastal resort is part of an attractive around Menorca coastal walk - Cami de Cavalls. You will often discover swimming coves and virgin beaches. The distinctive vermillion signs will guide you.
Coastline and Alaior
A dramatic coastal setting setting combining the best of beach and adventure holidays.
Torre d'en Gaumes is a pre-historic settlement just outside of Son Bou.
Bad Weather daysLater in the day after 16:00 the indoor bowling centre opens with various amusements.
The main large commercial area is in centre of Son Bou with a choice of eating places ranging from cheap and plain upwards, though if you want better surroundings and food head for nearby Es Mercadal and Alaior. There are a range of resort style souvenir shops, simple clothing/shoes shops. There is another smaller commercial area at Plaza Sant Jaime. Around the commercial centres are a wide variety of Cafe Bars and Restaurants for varying clientel. The resort has an ATM (in front of Sol Milanos hotel ) and local chemist and a medical centre. Even in high season expect that some shops will not be open 13-17:00.
Kids - see photo tour and maps
For Teenagers there is a basic entertainment centre with a bowling alley as its main attraction which is open from 4pm untill late.
Son Bou Bowling and EntertainmentCURRENTLY CLOSED 2015
An indoor entertainment centre with modern ten pin bowling lanes as its main attraction located in the resort centre. Features childrens soft indoor playground, Bar and Cafe with electronic games and several pool and air hockey tables. They offer combo tickets with drinks etc .
Stage music events from time to time - see locally for details
Open all year from 4 or 7 pm , depending on time of year, 'till early morning.
For young Children there are public play areas near Club Sant Jaime and paid rides , inflatables near the beach in summer season.
Lloc de Menorca Zoo
Has grown into a delightful place for young and old to get close to an expanding range of native and more exotic ( smaller ) animals in very pleasant surroundings. Features several walk through landscaped enclosures where animals roam free and small children can see easily. Enough to entertain children and adult animal lovers alike.
Open daily from 10:00-20:00
Located on the main road ME-1 9 km from Mahon
Club Sant Jaime - Waterpark, Amusements and Entertainment
A play and relaxation centre in the Son Bou Gardens area and open to all. Attractions include water chutes, various pools including baby/toddler pool. Use of the pools is for anyone who makes use of the bar & restaurant. The two water chutes are on a pay as you go basis (10 slides for 6 Eur). Large shaded bar area with restaurant factilities, inside games room (suitable for older children) and Internet access. Features live acts (music tribute acts-a drink is entrance fee) and other events starting at 21:30 most evenings.
There are grassed gardens area with loungers for parents to sun bath and relax.
Pools are open 10:00-19:00,Waterslides 11:00-19:00,Restaurants 10:00-01:00
Menorca Holiday Tips
Club Sant Jaime often runs events for children in the evenings-see locally for details.
Torre d'en Gaumes
Open Air history: Torre d'en Gaumes is a pre-historic settlement just outside of Son Bou signposted on the road from Alaior (carrer de son bou). Access is controlled to preserve this extensive site. This is known to be the largest pre-historic town in the Balearic Islands. The village is surrounded by attractive countryside and features many interesting ancient ruins including, a defensive wall guarding three talaiots (stone watch towers), a temple made of stone and pillared naves. It survived from the pre-talayotic period to Roman times.
Open Tues. to Sat. 0915-2045 hrs., Sun. 0915-1500 hrs., Mon. 0900-1500 hrs. Entrance 3 euros, free on Sun.
The water is clear for snorkelling and there is lot's of fish life, more around the rocky areas at eastern end of main beach.
Local well established diving centre Son Bou Divingis located close to Club Sant Jaime at Centro Commercial. Son Bou is close to the Cap Den Font coastal area which contains a lot of spectacular underwater cave dives. Plus they can transport you to any of Menorca's great dive sites.
Basic Kayaks are available to hire from the bach to explore the coastline. More serious outings found in neighbouring Cala en Porter along the coast from Menorca en Kayak based at the beach entrance to Hotel Aquamarina. The bay there is ideal for kayaking and there are there are caves just outside the bay and Cales Coves just along the coast heading east( for longer trips).
Son Bou Rutas a Caballo is located on a nearby farm between Son Bou and Santo Tomas. Offering rides all year around along the beach and the countryside around Son Bou/Sant Tomas.
There is delightfull country side around Son Bou and walks along the Nature Reserve and beach to nearby Santo Tomas passing an idylic farm and dramatic rock formations on the way - see Photo Tour
You can wander along a coastal path through pines woods to Santo Tomas. Start at the western end of the beach. Just outside Torre Soli Nou is attractive countryside with little country roads.
As you face out to the sea on the land , that magnificent high headland to your left is Cap de ses Penyes. You can find a unsigned path to this at the far most tarmaced road near the beach of just before the tunnel. Follow this path upwards and you can walk along the ridge for amazing views of Son Bou coastline area along to Santo tomas and Binigaus. Just before the ridge heads out from land you can find a path down the left edge where you will be rewarded with a small hidden beach. But take care! ( Children should NOT be alone and supervised due to the heights and cliff edges )
The Cami de Cavalls passes through here east and west. There is a lovely walk Cala en Porter.
CyclingElectric cycles can be hired in the resort ( see main map ) as well as Mountain bikes for the lanes surrounding Son Bou.
Nearby to Son Bou
Son Bou - Near by ( 10 mins car / Bus 32 )
This is a great town for wandering early mornings or late evenings when the heat of sun is not around. The "third" capital of the island and a cultural centre. The old town is very pretty and makes a great change to the beach, with a good mix of little shops to browse, Cafes, Bars and Restaurants. There are several clothes and shoe boutiques offering original items not chain store repetition. Childrens playground on the pretty town square (next to ice cream cafes!). Alaior has a weekly market plus an evening market with jewellery , other handicrafts and clothing.
Ladies Alaior is home to the Pons Quintana shoe factory shop. An name relatively unknown in the UK because most of its high quality leather shoes are exported to France and Germany. At the factory shop you will get reduced prices on beautiful high quality shoes.
Son Bou - Near by ( 15 km bus 32 via Mahon then bus 2)
Is a delightful traditional town with a great location. Combining stunning views with a great mix of little shops, cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, price ranges and styles. In the two harbours many of the old fishermans caves have been adapted by various Bars and Restaurants giving them interesting interiors aswell as great people watching seating outside overlooking the water . A very popular eating place for lunchtime Menu del Dias and a great place to while away the summer evenings.
Son Bou - Near by ( 10 km bus 32)
Mahon ( Mao Maó )
Mahon has a great mediterranean charm around the centre and harbour. Busy pavement Cafes and Bars, superb fruit and fish markets and all enclosed in a maze of narrow streets with architecture and many reminders of its Georgian past. In addition to the traditional the town offers a myriad of stylish shops and bars. Along the whole length of the harbour quayside (Moll de Llevant) there is an electic collection of Cafes, Bars and Restaurants for all pockets and styles. A spectacular setting above the huge natural harbour with ships and boats of every shape and sizes.
Calas Coves ( Calas Covas)
A beautiful picturesque spot, favoured by visiting yachts and dreamers. Best visited early mornings and evenings, where the light brings out the scenery. An exciting place for youngsters, dreamy of pirates as the local burial caves up in the limestone walls and rambling cove walks let their imaginations run free. Believed to be an ancient burial ground and was in fact the very first recognised port of Menorca as used by the Romans when they occupied the island. Can be reached on foot from Cala en Porter along various paths or park and walk at Son Vitamina (approx. 30 mins). Road down is NOT suitable for hire cars unless you want to pay for suspension damage! On the Cami di Cavalls route.
Excursions from Son Bou
DIY boat excursion with a small motorboat ( hire from beach , no licence required ).more coming shortly
Our tips for Son Bou
Menorca Holiday Tips
Sunset Walks: Walk to Santo Tomas about 17:00 (30-40mins) enjoy a drink+tapas there then stroll back to Son Bou in the Sunset. (after 19:00)