Son Bou is a very quiet area that offers fun and entertainment for children and adults, that's why it is the place chosen by many families to spend their vacations summer after summer.
The urbanization is located on the south coast of Menorca, in a fairly central area: Mahón and the airport are about 20km away, and Ciutadella about 40km away, making it easy to get anywhere on the island.
It counts with basic services: bars, restaurants and shops of all kinds, as well as a wide range of activities and fun plans to do with children. From the Royal Son Bou Family Club we want to recommend some ideas to make the most of family vacations.
Enjoy the longest beach in Menorca, Son Bou:
A few meters from the hotel is the beach of Son Bou, the longest on the island with a length of 2.5 km and 50 meters wide. Its crystal clear and shallow waters and the different services available makes it one of the best beaches to go with children.
Meanwhile the small ones bath, build sand castles, dig holes and enjoy the outdoors, the adults can rest on comfortable loungers under the umbrellas.
The beach of Son Bou has a team of lifeguards and a first aid post, as well as showers, beach bars and an area equipped to play volleyball. In addition, there is a picnic area, with benches and tables, where you can eat in the shade.
It is a very accessible beach, you can park your car in the free parking and you only have to walk a few steps along a wooden walkway to get to the beach. Although if you stay at the Royal Son Bou Family Club, you can go directly from the hotel through a tunnel that goes under the street. In addition, you will not have to worry about bringing towels from home, as at the hotel we offer beach towel service to our customers.
Practice sports with the family
If you enjoy exercising together, you have several alternatives, from renting a bike at the hotel and strolling through the urbanization, to a one or two-hour horseback ride on the “Camí de Cavalls”. With “Son Bou a Cavall” you will experience an unforgettable adventure for the whole family, riding along the coast enjoying spectacular views, until you reach the virgin creek of Atalis.
Do you prefer water sports? Discovering the seabed of Menorca and observing some animals that live in the sea will not only surprise the little ones, but also the adults. The diving center “Scuba Diving” has a wide offer for the whole family. You will be accompanied by guides that will make this experience safe and fun, diving and admiring the flora and marine fauna of Menorca.
Excursions on the “Camí de Cavalls”
Son Bou has a perfect location if you like hiking, because the urbanization has two different routes of the “Camí de Cavalls”, a path that surrounds the entire island.
The easiest route will take you through fields and pastures, bordering the humid area of the “Prat de Son Bou” to the virgin beach of Atalis and, from there, you can reach Santo Tomás. Near the beach of Atalis you may see some horses. This route can be done in about 2 and a half hours and is highly recommended to do with children.
The other route is headed in the opposite direction, starting at the Early Christian Basilica. The itinerary starts with a climb that offers you a panoramic view of Son Bou, followed by a fairly steep descent that reaches Cala Llucalari. Then, once in the ravine of Cala en Porter, you will pass through fields, a wetland and finally you will reach the beach of Cala en Porter. It is a route of medium difficulty and the distance is 8 km, so it is not recommended for small children or during the hottest months. Although you can always do a short stretch and return to Son Bou.
Discover the history of Menorca
Menorca has a large number of archaeological monuments that invite you to know its history and the different civilizations that populated the island. For children, visiting and exploring some of these monuments and listening to stories and legends will be an adventure.
In Son Bou, on the east end of the beach and very close to the hotel, are the remains of a Paleo-Christian Basilica from the 5th century AD. It was destroyed by a fire in the eighteenth century, but you can see the rectangular structure of what were three naves bounded by rows of pillars and a portico. Outside, there was a small necropolis and you can still see the remains of some tombs.
“Torre d'en Galmés”, the largest prehistoric town in Menorca with an area of more than 60,000m², is just over 5 minutes by car from the hotel. Located on a hill, in the highest area there are three “Talayots” from which you can see almost the entire southern coast of Menorca, so it is believed that its function was to maintain territorial control. You can also see a “Taula” enclosure and several houses, as well as a hypostyle hall and a water collection system. In addition, you can enjoy an incredible virtual tour with 3D glasses to a house of the time.
Fun for everybody
To see the whole area and have a fun time there is nothing better than doing it with the tourist train. The whole family will enjoy this joyful ride that will take you to know Son Bou, San Jaime and Torre Solí.
Do your children like animals? They will love visiting the ducks that live in El Prat de Son Bou! And, if you stay at the hotel, also our farm with native animals of the island such as goats and rabbits.
And if what they like is to be soaking all day, you cannot miss the opportunity to go to the water slides of San Jaime.
Without a doubt, Son Bou has a lot to offer to enjoy unforgettable family holidays. Have you already done any of these activities? What is your favorite?