Menorca often takes a backseat to its more conventionally popular counterparts in the Balearics. Though increasingly, some of Menorca’s most prominent destinations are attracting the eye of a more discerning travel and tourism community.
A prime example of which being Son Bou – part of a trio of districts on the south of the island that are experiencing a spike in popularity. Son Bou is the commercial, entertainment and relaxation centre of the region, nearby San Jaime is home to a variety of attractive villas and Torre Soli Nou is where you’ll find the more modern apartment complexes.
The Beach at Son Bou
Understandably, the most popular of all attractions at Son Bou is its spectacular beach. With more than 3km of gorgeous golden sands to explore, Son Bou Beach is the longest on the island of Menorca.
Behind the beach lies an extensive nature reserve and conservation area, while a handful of nearby bars serve drinks and snacks directly onto the beach itself. An idyllic spot to soak up the best of the weather, which in a place like Son Bou continues throughout much of the year.
Climate at Son Bou
Speaking of which, the climate of Son Bou is exactly what you’d expect from its prominent location in the Mediterranean. The warm season begins early spring and continues all the way through to late autumn, which is followed by a comparatively mild winter.
Temperatures peak alongside tourist numbers from mid-July to early September – the spring and autumn seasons bringing more amicable temperatures and a quieter Son Bou in general.
Aside from the beach, there’s plenty to explore in and around Son Bou. The Basilica Paleocristiana de Son Bou (an early Christian church of the 5th century) is a firm favourite among visitors, as are the endless water sports opportunities available across the resort’s famous beach.
There’s also a popular shopping centre in Son Bou, which is home to some of the district’s best restaurants. The cuisine of Son Bou combines traditional Spanish with modern British, reflecting the popularity of the resort with UK travellers.
Bars and clubs dot the landscape across Son Bou, which during the six or so months of the holiday season host all kinds of events and live music performances.
Conveniently positioned just 25 minutes from Menorca Airport, Son Bou also sits within close proximity to the island’s capital Mahon. Ciutadella is also adjust 35 minutes away by car, while the perfectly preserved old town in Alaior can be reached with a 15-minute regular bus connection.
If time permits, be sure to take advantage of one of the many boat trips that set sail from various points along the coastline, or learn how to scuba dive in any number of fully licensed schools.
When to Visit Son Bou
Son Bou has an enviable climate throughout all four seasons, though is best enjoyed before and after the peak of the summer season. Winter visits to Son Bou can be particularly enchanting, though much of the resort’s tourism infrastructure closes outside the six months of the main tourism season.