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Resort guide to Son Parc

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place mapSon Parc is a small resort on the north coast of Menorca approximately 20kms west of Mahon and 7kms east of Fornells.The journey from the airport takes about 20 minutes.

Son Parc has two main attractions – one is the golf course (the only one on Menorca). The greens are well set out and although I’m no expert, it doesn’t look too challenging. There is a driving range as well, so everyone can have a go. A development of apartments are currently being built to the south of the course and it would seem by the plans that the estate will grow quite quickly and be the main feature of the area.

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Son Parc's other attraction is the beach which is perfect for families and sun seekers alike. There are three access points, one by road (turn left at the roundabout just after the golf course) the car park is large enough even when the beach is busy. There is a central path from behind the Sol Parc Hotel and although its quite a walk, this path is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.The third path leads down from the road adjacent to the Beach Club Apartments, this path is quite steep and the last step is a drop of about 3 feet.

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The beach is patrolled by lifeguards, has sun beds and parasols, pedalos and canoes for hire. At the western end there is a beach side cafe, at this end of the beach the sand drops away quite quickly. However, the eastern part (nearest the resort) the sand shelves very gently and it is possible to walk out for a few hundred yard before it gets deep. The sand is a bit too soft to build sand castles away from the shoreline however,the beach has thousands of shells of all sizes. Oh and because of the geological makeup of this part of the island some of the sand is pink. Because of its northerly aspect, the prevailing wind, the Tramuntana, can spoil an otherwise perfect setting. When this wind gets up, jellyfish, along with some debris, can get blown in, so please take care.

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The resort centre of Son Parc is very small, having only one main street known as ‘the strip’. This is where most of the bars and restaurants are situated. Needless to say, there is not a huge choice, but (in my opinion), there are a few which are quite good.

Mama Mia’s, Los Porches and the Pinomar. Rex’s Pub, which isn’t actually a pub serves delicious breakfasts and Jokers serves English beers. There are also two car hire offices based here.

Whilst there are privately owned 'villas and apartment there are three apart hotels. The Playa Park (German,) the Sol Parc and the Beach Club. The latter two are owned by Confortel.

The entertainment at both the Sol Parc and Beach Club great fun but not exactly highbrow. The Sol Parc has the better facilities -- mini golf , bar barque restaurant and outdoor stage but the Beach Club has spectacular views either across the sea or overlooking the bay and beach. Both are well maintained, clean and the staff welcoming and friendly.

There are local bus services to both Mahon and Fornells daily except Sunday. The doctors surgery is next door to the Playa Park and he visits both apart hotels daily, however there is no pharmacy. Neither is there an atm in Son Parc the nearest is in Fornells or Arenal d'en Castell.

Son Parc is an ideal resort for families especially those with young children, teenagers however could get bored quickly as there are very few shops and no amusement arcades.

For a change of scenery the larger resort of Arenal d'en Castell is near as is the fishing village of Fornells. Mahon with its busy port, twice weekly market and bustling shopping streets is only a short bus ride away. Ciutadella the former moorish capital is a must to visit, it's weekly market, designer shops, and sophisticated restaurants make it a great day or evening out.

Son Parc is a firm favourite with families from all over the world.

Written by Gill Moyse, Menorca the Guide support team member.

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