Puerto Banus, located less than 5 miles from Marbella, is a purpose-built, exclusive resort focused around the ultra-chic marina. Here you’ll find a whole host of designer shops and upmarket restaurants overlooking the luxury yachts. Head slightly inland to discover the less expensive high street brands. Beach lovers with have 3 beautiful beaches to choose from, with chic beach clubs as well as family facilities. The bustling resort of Marbella is just a short drive or a leisurely boat trip away.
Puerto Banus is home to a vast collection of designer shops, where you will easily find the biggest names in fashion such as Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton, Armani, Prada and Jimmy Choo. The majority of the designer labels are found in the marina area, but there are also several shopping centres where you will find plenty of high street brands as well. On Saturday mornings Puerto Banus holds a market in the town's bullring, selling everything from local fruit, veg and spices to handmade ceramics, and crafts.
There is a fabulous selection of bars and restaurants to choose from, many centred around the marina so you can admire the luxury yachts whilst enjoying a gourmet meal. There is also a good number of chic restaurants and bars lining the coastline, offering wonderful sea views. Many of the restaurants will have a high price tag, offering everything from fine dining to traditional Spanish cuisine and fresh seafood. Puerto Banus is famed for its buzzing nightlife and is home to a number of exclusive nightclubs and venues, many offering live music and DJ’s until dawn.
Puerto Banus is home to 3 different beaches, 2 of which have Blue Flag status. Playa Puerto Banus (also known as Playa de Levante), is popular with families with fine sand and calm, shallow waters. There are sunbeds and parasols to hire as well as life guards during the summer months, and a promenade lines the beach with several play areas for children. Playa Nueva Andalucia and Playa Rio Verde have both been awarded the Blue Flag status. Playa Nueva Andalucia is very popular with younger people and is home to the popular beach clubs as well as a champagne bar.
Much of the family fun in Puerto Banus tends to centre around Playa Puerto Banus beach. Spend the day making sand castles or paddling in the shallow waters. There is a boat from Puerto Banus to Marbella every half an hour, great fun for all the family! In Marbella you can take a ride on the tourist train, a fun and family friendly way to explore Marbella promenade and old town.
There is a magnificent statue of a rhino by Salvador Dali at the Cristamar roundabout entrance to Puerto Banus. It is a known as the Rinoceronte Vestido Con Puntillas - The Rhinoceros Dressed in Lace - and it stands on a granite pedestal at 26 metres high and weighs three tons.
Marbella old town is well worth a visit, with cobbled streets lined with cafes and galleries. Plaza de los Naranjos Square in the heart of old Marbella is considered to be one of the most beautiful plazas in the Costa del Sol. Constructed in 1485, it takes its name from the orange trees growing there. Many of the cafes and restaurants lining the square offer alfresco dining.