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Son Bou
Platges de Son Bou
Alaior
16 Jul 10:05 h.
Vigilance high
Blue flag
Forecast for waves
Access disabled people
Type of beach sand
Son Bou also known as Platges de Son Bou

Son Bou or Platges de Son Bou is situated at eight kilometres from Alaior, located between Punta Rodona (with the Torre Esfondrada, a defence tower of the 19th century) and Cap de ses Penyes (next to a paleochristian basilica), as well as next to the villages Son Bou, Sant Jaume de la Mediterrània and Torre Solí Nou.

This beach belongs to a u-shaped sea inlet which is the origin of a huge bay, completely open to the sea. It is also characterized by being the longest coastal stretch of Menorca, with 2,4 kilometres in length, and it has a sandy surface, the slope is gentle, it has crystal clear water, and the beach is very crowded by local visitors and tourists. The biggest system of dunes and the second most important wetland of the island can be found at the rear, behind s'Albufera des Grau, which both belong to the Àrea Natural d'Especial Interès. The marine and underwater conditions for anchoring boats are excellent if the weather is good and the wind is not blowing from the north or northeast.

In the central area of this beach there are some rocks, so that you are not recommended to approach the coast too much. In front of the coast, at about three hectometres, you can see Escull de sa Galera, an emerging rock around which you can navigate with a big boat.

The accessibility by car is easy following the signs and the deviations. The private car can be left on a free parking area in the surroundings. You can also reach this beach with the public transport during the summer season.

When the beach has a lifeguard service, you must follow the lifeguards? instructions and the warnings on flags. A red flag indicates dangerous swimming conditions and means that swimming is not permitted. A yellow flag indicates that precaution must be taken, but that swimming is permitted. A green flag indicates that swimming is permitted. An orange flag is used to indicate that the lifeguard is absent. Act cautiously when no lifeguard is present or the service is not available and enjoy the beach without taking any unnecessary risks.

For health and safety reasons, the municipal ordinances ban pets on beaches.
This beach has received the 14001 environmental certification.
Information about this beach may change. To confirm the data or consult changes or new features, please contact the tourism office below:
Tourist Information - Menorca

  • Ramp for disabled
  • Showers
  • Toilet
  • Rents
  • Kiosk/resorts
  • Rescue service
  • Litter bin
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Water sports area
Today's swimming conditions (16/07/2019)
10:05 hours
Green flag
Opening service



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Municipality information Alaior

The municipality of Alaior (107,20 square kilometres in area) is situated in the south of Menorca, and it is the third population by historic tradition, demographic importance (about 8.000 people) and economic volume.

King Jaime II of Mallorca ordered to buy the alquería Ihalor in 1304, which gave the name of preroman origin, for the Real Heritage, and this was the date of the foundation of the town.

The municipality has an industrial and service society. It is an important menorcan shoe centre and it is also very popular for the milk products (traditional cheese), with the cooperative Coinga. There are also still some industry and handcraft of the metallurgic sector (hinge), furniture, marès quarries and implement masters (a carpenter who makes the wooden accessories for farming).

Nevertheless, the touristy activity is now leading the economy of Alaior, although it has only access to the sea on the southern stretch, where you can find the beaches of Son Bou, the longest sandy area of the whole coastline of this island. This coastal stretch is very important for the touristy development of the area.

Its cultural variety includes Taula de Torralba d'en Salort, Calescoves (necropolis), sa Torre d'en Gaumés and so Na Cassana (prehistoric settlements), Son Bou (paleochristian basilica), Església de Santa Eulàlia (built on a hill around which this village developed, Patí de sa Lluna (Església de Sant Diego), Cases Consistorials, Can Salort or s’Ull de Sol.
The municipality has 5 beaches.
Main technical data
  • Length of the beach: 
    2400 meters
  • Type of access: 
    For pedestrians
    For vehicles
    For boats
  • Average width: 
    120 meters
  • Access for disabled people: 
    Yes
    No
  • Degree of occupancy: 
    High
    Medium
    Low
  • Anchoring zone: 
    Yes
    No

Evolution of swimming conditions

Wednesday 10 JulThursday 11 JulFriday 12 JulSaturday 13 JulSunday 14 JulMonday 15 JulTuesday 16 Jul
10:34 h.(Red flag)
9:57 h.(Green flag)
20:12 h.(Green flag)
15:51 h.(Green flag)
10:10 h.(Yellow flag)
10:09 h.(Green flag)
12:24 h.(Yellow flag)
10:01 h.(Green flag)
20:00 h.(Yellow flag)
9:58 h.(Yellow flag)
10:05 h.(Green flag)
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