With its beautiful golden beach, bustling shops and cafés, and fantastic range of watersports, Son Bou can easily claim to be one of the best family resorts in Menorca. Its varied selection of restaurants also makes it a perfect place to try some authentic local Menorcan dishes and treat the family to an unforgettable culinary experience. |
Menorcan cuisine has a unique history and flavour, thanks to the island’s blend of Arab, Spanish, French and British influences, and, as a UNESCO biosphere reserve since 1993, its agricultural produce is among the best of the Balearic islands. This means a home-grown cuisine that’s fresh, seasonal and diverse.
Here are some of the most mouthwatering Menorcan delicacies you and your family can seek out and sample in Son Bou.
Caldereta de Llagosta
This succulent lobster stew, made from the spiny blue lobster caught off the island’s shores, is a famous traditional Menorcan dish. Originally a staple of local fishermen, it continues to be a regular feature of family Sunday lunches and restaurant menus. Menorcans and Majorcans have been quarrelling for years about who makes the superior soup, but wherever you try it, it’s delicious served alongside fine slices of toast. And if kids are put off by the idea of lobster, but still want to tuck into some local seafood specialities, red mullet and sea bream are also popular choices on the menu.
Menorca’s other gastronomic claim to fame is as the birthplace of mayonnaise, first produced by a French chef in Maó (Mahon). The sauce takes its name from the island’s capital, and Menorcans are justifiably proud of the delicious mayonnaise made here today, using top-quality Mediterranean olive oil and fresh local eggs.
A true delicacy that you won’t find anywhere except Menorca, this sweet, fruity and slightly salty cheese gets its unique flavour from the winds that blow sea salt onto the island’s rich pastures. Combining cow’s milk with milk from local sheep, this cheese is a Menorcan staple,and can be sampled in most shops, bars and restaurants in Son Bou, often alongside a glass of wine. Menorcan dairy products are famed for their quality and distinctive flavour, and today these cheeses have their own regional trademark to protect their origin.
The traditional sweet treats of Menorca are renowned throughout Spain. Indulge your taste buds with some delicious almond or nougat-flavoured cakes from local bakeries, or treat the kids to an ensaimada, a circle of melt-in-the-mouth pastry covered in icing sugar.
Where to Stay
Having the choice between eating out or self-catering is important for many families when on holiday, so most opt for the flexibility and convenience of staying in a villa. Son Bou is one of the best family resorts in Menorca to base yourself in for your stay. Combining excellent facilities and a stunning beach with plenty of space for families with a first-class foodie scene, Son Bou is a genuinely family-friendly destination and deserves its reputation among the best family resorts in Menorca.
While you’re in Son Bou, make sure to try some of these traditional Balearic dishes and treat your family to a feast of fresh local flavours that will tempt the adults and kids alike.
Author Plate Brenda Jaaback, Managing Director of Bartle Holidays, is a renowned Menorca expert. From its history to its people and from its wildlife to its cuisine - no secret of the island remains hidden to her. Personally selecting the finest properties for her clients, Brenda is the go-to person for anyone looking for the best family resorts in Menorca. Bartle Holidays makes no warranty as to the accuracy of information contained in this article and excludes any liability of any kind for the information.
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