Son Bou – Holiday Heaven

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Even though Menorca is one of the lesser visited Balearic islands, Son Bou is a hive of activity in the high season. It might be the crystal clear waters, it might be the temperate climate, or it just might be the fact that Son Bou can lay claim to the longest (and widest) beach on the island. Its fine white sands stretch for nearly three miles, and unlike some of Menorca’s other beaches, it is also unusually wide.

The beach area in front of the commercial centre of town is the centre of the action. Every kind of activity you could want on your Son Bou holiday is on offer; pedalos, inflatable rides, canoes, water-skiing and jet-skiing for the energetic; and sun loungers and beach umbrellas those just wanting to laze away the day and top up their tan! The beach itself is gently shelved and gives way to the crystal clear waters of the shallows, which form an ideal natural paddling pool for young children. Out further, the currents can get strong, and although the beach is mostly patrolled by a life guard, it is always wise to heed the flag warning system in place.

Son Bou is an ideal family destination. Many of the hotels cater specifically for families, and the San Jaime complex houses a maze, tennis courts, children’s playgrounds and a fantastic water chute which will entertain children (and parents!)of all ages. There is also a great little ‘fun train’ running from the resort right down along the beach and back again. Perfect for a bit of family fun or just to take you back to your Son Bou villa, to save your legs after a long day spent relaxing on the beach!

There are three bars right on the beach so whether you fancy a cold beer, a pre dinner aperitif or a full on specialty cocktail, they are only ever a few steps away! The Hawaiian inspired Bau Hai bar, even serves up its own ‘virgin’ cocktail concoctions for the kids. In the commercial centre of town there is a huge array of restaurants and eateries to suit any taste and budget. The fresh local seafood is a must, served up in any number of traditional ways; try a rich lobster dish called Caldreta; Chiprones, which is made with battered octopus; and not to be missed, the mainstay of Spanish cuisine, the ever popular Paella. For fussy eaters looking for something a little more familiar, there is Chinese, Indian and even some English themed restaurants.

There are plenty of local walks around the area close to the Son Bou villas, and if you like a little culture with your cocktails, you can take a gentle hike along the cliffs towards the western end of the beach. There is a fort that can be dated back to the Iron Age, and you will stumble upon some huge megaliths reminiscent of Stonehenge, whose origins (despite many theories) remain a mystery. A gentle warning though – the less populated western end of the beach is favoured by naturists, so be prepared to be liberal when you wander up that way!

Son bou’s location half way along the south coast makes it the perfect spot from which to explore a little farther afield. If you’re feeling adventurous you can take a bus in either direction, and within half an hour you can be in the island’s walled capital Mahon, or its predecessor Ciutadella – an ancient city steeped in history.

For many people though, a visit to Son Bou is adventure enough in itself. You could arrive in the resort and not travel any further from your Son Bou villa than the beach! It truly is a holiday heaven – now pass me that thesaurus again…..