Son Bou beach

The tourist beach par excellence

Son Bou holds the title of the largest beach on the island. White sand, turquoise bottoms, endless services and great hotels make it a paradise for tourists.

It is a beautiful beach, but overcrowded in the summer months. On the other hand, in winter, when the influx drops and calm reigns in Menorca, you will discover an infinite sandy beach of quiet beauty.

Son Bou is a rarity among the beaches of the south that appear, for the most part, hidden between cliffs. In Son Bou, on the other hand, there is a wetland (which was once a rice field) that divides the beach and where we can find ducks swimming in its waters and children wanting to feed them.

The wetland has two branches between which there are only dunes, beach and sea.

Name: Son Bou beach

Location: South Zone II (39°53’57.1 “N 4°04’15.4 “E)

Distance from Mahón: 18 MN ; 22 km

Time from Mahón: 1h 15 min by boat (average speed: 15 knots); 22 min by car

Type of beach: Sand

Anchoring with boat: Sand, with some rocky areas in the central part. Anchorage area delimited by buoys

Dangerous access by boat: Medium. Escollos in the central part of the beach, close to the shore. Large islet to the W

Posidonia No

Nearest gas station for boats: 11’1 MN; Cala’n Bosch














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Son Bou beach in Menorca, how to get there?

The easiest way to reach Son Bou is by road. If we start from Mahón, we will have to take the Me-1 towards Ciutadella and follow it until we can join Carrer Carretera Nova.

From there, we will have to follow all the signs to Carretera de Son Bou, which will lead us to the beach of the same name, where we will find several parking areas available.

If we want to come to the beach by public transport*, we can also do it taking the bus line 32 that goes from Mahón to Son Bou.

*The schedules, lines and/or routes indicated here may vary throughout the year. Consult validity.

Services near Son Bou

Son Bou is one of those beaches where you will find practically everything. Restaurants, hotels, supermarkets, several parking lots, bicycle rental companies … its large influx can become uncomfortable if we want to enjoy a quiet day at the beach, but at the same time, thanks to it, the proliferation of services allows us to enjoy other options that we do not have access to in quieter areas of the island.

Just to mention some of the best rated restaurants in Son Bou, we find the restaurant Casa Andrés, the Sunset Beach Bar or the Budha Lounge Café (Mediterranean cuisine), the Mai Tai Son Bou (European cuisine) and the restaurant Es Pins (traditional cuisine and an ideal place if what we want is to enjoy a good rice). We also have beach bars on the beach as Ses Garces or Ses Grulles, with which we will be bumping into while we take a pleasant walk along the shore.

As for lodging options, we will find all kinds of options. We found a campsite (Camping Son Bou, which is one of the two campsites that are available throughout the island of Menorca), as well as hotels, apartments, aparthotels and villas. In this sense we have the Menorca Vacations (for the rental of villas and apartments), the aparthotel Royal Son Bou or the hotel Royal Son Bou Family Club (a 4 star hotel specially designed for families).

All this and much more will be available in Son Bou.

RENTAL. Just Fun Bikes +34 638 76 98 50
ACCOMMODATIONS. Royal Son Bou Family Club +34 971 37 23 58
BAR. Hawian Bar


The Camí de Cavalls offers impressive routes if we want to get to know the island by going into the historical trails that were once traveled by the settlers on the backs of their armed horses, in an attempt to defend the Minorcan coasts. These trails can be done on foot, on horseback and, one of the most comfortable ways: by bike.

Just Fun Bikes is a company focused on bicycle rentals. They have a wide variety of models and sizes (for adults and children, traditional, electric and even tandem bikes), as well as numerous accessories (inner tubes, child seats, safety equipment…) so that we can enjoy the ride to the fullest.

What does Son Bou offer us?

This beach offers practically everything: rental of sun beds and umbrellas on the beach, pedal boats, restaurants for all tastes in the surroundings… the services are endless.

As we have mentioned, it is a tourist paradise where comfort prevails and has a multitude of options to try to please even the most demanding public.

However, if we want to get away from the noise and overcrowding, we can always walk to the W, where we will find wilder corners and less crowded beach areas where we will find peace and silence difficult to find in Son Bou. They are places where many people take the opportunity to practice nudism (fleeing from prying eyes) and where, depending on how far we walk, we can find really special places.

In the surroundings of Son Bou, moving away from the coast and entering the mainland, we can also find areas worth visiting such as the wetland of Son Bou (also called Ses Canessies lagoon, which should be an obligatory stop for bird and nature lovers) or its Paleochristian Basilica from the 5th century A.D., which is located just a few meters from the beach.

How to get to Son Bou beach by boat?

To get to Playa de Son Bou by boat, we must leave the port of Mahón heading SE. We will sail along the coast, leaving Illa del Rei to port.

We will continue out to the open sea, leaving the Punta de Sant Carles lighthouse to starboard.

Following the coastline in a southerly direction we will pass the outcrops of Na Girada and Punta Rafalet. We will continue skirting the island, which will take us in a SW direction and leave Punta Prima and Punta dels Marbres to starboard. At this point we will have the Illa de l’Aire on our port side.

Following the coastline, we will head NW and ascend passing Cabo Binibeca and Cap d’en Font. After the Cap de ses Penyes, we will find Son Bou on the starboard side.

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