Son Bou beach, undoubtedly the largest!
Son Bou beach is undoubtedly the largest sandy area in Menorca, although it is true that, looking from the sea, we can see a housing development on the right, the beach is so long (almost 3 kms), that it has an area that can be considered as a virgin beach.
At the back, there is a wetland behind the dunes of great ecological importance and home to some protected species. The access to the beach, due to the fact that it is a residential area, is very easy from the ME-1 (the main road of the island) at the height of Alaior, we find the detour to get to Son Bou about 8 kms away.
It is a beach of very fine white sand, its shallow bottoms make the blue sky reflect its turquoise blue colour, which has nothing to envy to any beach of the famous "Caribbean". As it is a residential area, it has all the services imaginable, beach bars, restaurants, kayak hire, sun loungers, parasols... (everything is concentrated on the left side of the beach - facing the sea). Parking is free, although a little small for the capacity of the beach, but if you want peace and quiet, as soon as you arrive, start walking to the right (leaving the sea on your left), there will come a moment when, although you see the urbanisation, you will feel like you are on a wild beach.
We at Ca s'Arader, recommend that if you decide to go to this beach, you go equipped with the same things as the other unspoilt beaches, water, food and shade!
Son Bou also has its share of history... In its high cliffs we can see a series of caves that are another of the necropolis that we can find in Menorca and below this, at the beginning of the beach (looking towards the sea, on the left bank), we can see the ruins of an ancient basilica from the Early Christian period (discovered in 1951) and whose construction dates back to the 5th century AD, after its discovery it was excavated.
If you come to Ca s'Arader, we will be delighted to show you how to get to this fantastic beach and enjoy it, as its waters are always spectacularly clean!
Ca s’Arader is named after Menorca’s artisan carpenters that used the wood from the indigenous wild olive tree to make all kinds of farming tools. In the olden days it was an essential role for the islands economy that was passed on from fathers to sons. Today, the few artisan carpenters or araders that are left, mostly make gates, tables, benches or stalls amongst other items.