All the Sights and Attractions in and around Son Bou
Kids - see photo tour and maps
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 and 3km from Alaior
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. Large shaded bar area with restaurant factilities. 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
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.Photos courtesy of www.menorcatalayotica.info
Water Fun for hire from beach area : SUP boards , Sea Kayaks ( singles and doubles ) and Fun Pedalos with slides
SUP = Stand Up Paddle
The water is clear for snorkelling and there is lot's of fish life, more around the rocky areas at mid beach and eastern ends 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 beach to explore the coastline. More serious outings to be found in Cala en Porter along the coast from Menorca en Kayak based at the beach entrance to Hotel Aquamarina. The bay at cala en porter is ideal for kayaking and there are there are sea caves just outside the bay and magnificent 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.
Has a charming old town set on a hill for wandering early mornings or late evenings when the extreme heat of the summer sun has gone. 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 some delightful Cafes, Bars and Restaurants. A few 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 (weds june-sept ) with Artisan goods,jewellery , other handicrafts and small boutiques.
There is a late night bus to return from Alaior's evening market. Alaior is home to the Pons Quintana shoe factory shop. A brand relatively unknown in the UK because most of its high quality leather shoes are exported to France and Germany. The shop offers reduced prices on beautiful high quality shoes and leather goods.
Son Bou - Near by ( 15-20 min Taxi )
Cova d'en Xoroi - Cova d'en Xoroi
Located in spectacular natural caves some 25m above the sea at the entrance to Cala en Porter bay.
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
Cycle Route Ideas
Like most of Menorca this is more Natural, so don't expect too many cycle lanes. Better to use the off road tracks and marked routes as the little roads that make up much of the country network have lots of blind corners.
Destination Ideas and route suggestions showing difficulty and terrain
Jet Ski Tours. 3 Hours on Horseback.
Walks, Hiking and Trails around Son Bou
Son Bou is set in dramatic beautiful coastline. At Western lies the imposing headland ( Cap des Ses Penyes ) - you can walk to the plateau top ( caution children of edge! ) for fantastic views of the coastline. At the other end is the beautiful marshlans, hills and valleys of Torrent de Son Boter. A signed path from HG Jarden Hotel will take you to the Virgin beach Atalis on between Son Bou and Santo Tomas.
Hike to the facinating Prehistoric settlement at
Walks at sunset to Santo Tomas
Destination and Route suggestions