Puerto Banus or Puerto “Jose” Banus – the name alone conjures up an image of an international playground. Its amazing to think this now established port and marina have only been around since its conception in 1970 by Senor Jose Banus himself. It is now a landmark on the Costa del Sol as a place to see and be seen in; and the reality is people really do drive around in Hummers and Masarati’s!! And the local police all ride around on white Harley Davidson motorbikes!!
The main focal point for Puerto Banus is the magnificent Marina with its first class array of bars, restaurants and designer boutiques, what better place to sit and watch the world go by. The Marina itself has a capacity for 915 boats ranging from 8 metres to 50 metres!! And some of the yachts regularly moored here really do have to be seen to be believed!!
The Marina also offers the chance to go deep sea fishing, charter a luxury yacht for the day, or if you fancy seeing the coastline from a different perspective, there is a boat bus that goes between Puerto Banus and Marbella several times a day.
There are two main beach areas to Puerto Banus, one to the left of the Marina, the other to the right. Each beach stretches out at least 150 m in length and both areas are very clean and well organised with lifeguards on duty in the summer months. In these months there are wide ranging activities organised at many of the Chiringuitos or beach bars, from model competitions to beach volley ball. There is also the chance to walk along the Paseo or Promenade on the left hand beach all the way to Marbella. Great for joggers and walkers alike!!
The alleys and lanes from the front-line marina area back are lined with yet more boutiques and a plethora of bars and clubs…most of which only come to life after dark. Because of the definite international feel to the area there are restaurants catering for every budget and every nationality.
If you have bankrupted yourself just window shopping in some of the more exclusive boutiques then bring yourself back down to earth and check out the Centro Commercial Marina Banus. This is where the majority of regular high street brands have their stores. Opposite Marina Banus is of course El Corte Ingles the magnificent department store where it is possible to buy literally anything!!
To the left of El Corte Ingles is another Centro Commercial, Cristomar. This centre has many individual boutiques and antique shops.
Central to Puerto Banus can be found Plaza Antonio Banderas, a large area dedicated to fountains and a great place to sit and relax. Throughout the summer there is an Artisans market here with wonderful stalls offering creative and innovative gifts and souvenirs.
Parking in Puerto Banus is best done at one of the large public car parks as the police are very hot on towing cars away here, so don’t get caught out!
For a change of scene why not go to Cines Gran Marbella? They show all the latest releases in version original, so no need to miss out if you’re a movie buff!!
Within a few hundred metre of the centre of Puerto Banus is the H10 Andalucia Plaza Hotel which houses the casino.
For further information call 952 814 000. Remember to take your passport for ID purposes and admittance is over 18s only.
Within the surrounding area are at least ten golf courses and numerous hotels of all standards, making Puerto Banus a destination that has much to offer young and old alike.
Other Useful Numbers:
Hotels in Puerto Banus
Port Authority: 952 909 800
Casino: 952 814 000
Cines Gran Marbella Cinema: 952 816 421