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Son Bou

Son Bou holidays

Surrounded by luscious green woods and serene wilderness, the resort of Son Bou will help you relax in no time on a family holiday to Menorca. This fairly quiet area is a favourite among nature-lovers and sun-worshippers due to the area's biggest tourist attraction – a three-kilometre-long stretch of white sand.

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Unending Sands

Playa de Son Bou is the largest beach on the island and is home to everyone from sunbathers and naturists to watersports enthusiasts. You can spend your holiday relaxing on the unspoilt beach and exploring all that the Son Bou area has to offer.

The three kilometres of beach are bordered by stunning dunes and grassy reeds, with not a hotel in sight. You'll be completely surrounded by Son Bou's natural beauty while you sunbathe and enjoy the sound of the surf. And while you'll be able to find the occasional beach bar along the way to the beach, you could always make a day of it and pack a picnic.

If you're a fan of watersports there are tons of activities available for you to take part in, including riding banana boats, jet skis and going scuba diving in some of Son Bou's underwater caves. The sea can get a bit choppy so look out for the red and green flags in the water that signify whether it's safe to go in. If you're keen to get rid of all your tan lines, the Western end of the beach is nudist friendly.

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Nature and wildlife

Son Bou is an ideal place to holiday for any nature lover as there are plenty of scenic walks and cycling trails to explore. You can hire bicycles, join a horseback riding class, or do some hiking along the nature reserve's cliff tops, rock formations and trails. There's an abundance of bird wildlife in Son Bou and, if you're lucky enough, you might be able to spot a Booted Eagle, Blue Rock Thrush or Egyptian Vulture.

Entertainment for all ages

Cheap holidays to Menorca are all about kicking back and having lots of fun. If you have children, head to Club San Jaime, a restaurant and hotel complex. There you'll find a thrilling waterpark for the little ones, with two large waterslides, pools and a wooden maze the size of a football pitch that sprays water as you get close to its heart.

Local food and bars

There is a huge selection of restaurants in Son Bou covering Spanish, Mediterranean, Italian, British and Chinese cuisine. Most of the restaurants are situated on the main street and in Son Bou's shopping centres.

If you're feeling adventurous, try some of the local Mediterranean cuisine like chipirones - fried squid, battered octopus - and fideua paella with noodles, and caldereta de IIagosta - lobster stew. In the evenings several bars and clubs are open until the early hours of the morning and you'll be able to find joints that do karaoke, quiz nights and play live music.

Shopping spree

Son Bou has several shopping centres that sell all manner of souvenirs, from ceramics to handmade jewellery and crafts. You'll also be able to purchase albarcas, which are popular rustic sandals made from recycled tyres and leather, manufactured in this area. If you're looking for some designer boutiques selling the newest fashions during your Menorca holiday, head to the neighbouring cities of Mahon and Ciutadella, both 30 minutes' drive away.

History unfolding

Son Bou has a rich history dating back to prehistoric times. Discover the way people used to live in this area by visiting the prehistoric settlement of Torre d'en Galmes, 10 kilometres out from Son Bou. Today you can wander around the stone buildings and climb up the towers that overlook the gorgeous countryside.

Another must-see for any history buffs is the Roman basilica. This early church was built between 300 and 400AD and is just five minutes away from Son Bou's town centre. As you explore the Roman stone remains, you can't help but imagine what it must have looked like in its full grandeur.