Valentin Son Bou Hotel is located next to the beach of Son Bou, the longest beach in Menorca with almost 3 kilometers between Cap de ses Penyes and Punta Rodona. It’s a beach of fine, clear sand with a gentle slope that allows you to enter the sea little by little. The seabed is sandy and if you like snorkeling you can find extensive meadows of posidonia, a marine plant which is the habitat of a multitude of marine species. Son Bou is located within the municipality of Alaior, a medieval town with spectacular scenery and rich history.
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ABOUT ALAIOR (SON BOU)
Located just 1.5 km from Valentin Son Bou Hotel & Apartments and 3 km long, it’s the longest beach in Menorca. With crystalline waters and white sand, it’s part of a protected area of natural interest (ANEI), surrounded by an important area of dunes. Nearby you’ll also find the remains of an important early Christian basilica.
One of the largest coves in Menorca, about 300 meters long and 40 meters wide. It has a decidedly family atmosphere, with all kinds of amenities (lifeguards, showers, umbrellas, etc.) and a varied gastronomy. It’s a very safe beach for swimming thanks to its shell shape. It’s also possible to rent a motor boat (capacity of up to 4 people) and explore a large part of the coast from another perspective.
Torre d'en Galmés are the most important remains of the Talayotic culture, with impressive structures, where the columned rooms stand out. It’s located on a hill on the road from Alaior to Son Bou beach, from which you can see much of the southern part of the island of Menorca. Inhabited since the Iron Age, it lasted until Roman times. It’s a lovely walk from the beach that you can’t miss.
The Albufera de ses Canessies lagoon, is a beautiful walk through a wetland area of about 80 hectares, located behind the beach where you can see flocks of birds. During the winter, different species of ducks and herons abound and at the end of spring, mallards, coots and moorhens breed.
Mahon is the capital of Menorca and a large and safe natural harbor which was once the object of desire of many foreign navies. With an attractive fortress and a good part of its walls intact, you have to go for a walk around it in order to discover it. Be sure to visit its port, and remember that when night falls, the best nightlife in Menorca is here.
The Favàritx lighthouse is the most famous lighthouse in Menorca. Built in 1922 in a steep landscape of black slate, it won’t leave you cold. You’ll find it halfway along the road from Mahon to Fornells. Although the road leading to it has been closed to traffic from June to October since 2018, you can take a bus from Mahon or go by bike. It’s part of the Albufera del Grao natural park.
This part of the Menorcan coast is covered by a lush pine forest and is ideal for long walks since it joins two other beaches: San Adeodato and Binigaus. Santo Tomás Beach itself is more than 500 meters long, has turquoise blue waters and fine white sand consisting of more than 85% organic carbonate (remnants of seashells). It’s a very popular beach for families, couples and friends, and it’s easy to find a spot. The water doesn’t cover you too much when entering and the waves are gentle, which makes it ideal for the little ones. Its regular and soft sand makes it ideal for playing volleyball or beach tennis.