If you’re searching for a luxury getaway in 2019 / 2020, holidaying in Puerto Banus is just what you need. Located in the area of Nueva Andalucia, this sophisticated tourist resort is known as ‘a playground for the rich and famous’ and sits in the south west of Marbella, Spain. Built in the 1970’s, this stunning marina and shopping complex is bursting with designer shops, intimate cafes and edgy cocktail bars. The area is aimed at those who seek a more upmarket holiday away from the budget based tourist resorts. Puerto Banus is in easy reach of the Costa del Sol and the town of Fuengirola is a great town to visit if you want to explore. Expensive cars and yachts can be seen in every direction and lively beach clubs are dotted all around the marina. Take a champagne cruise across the Med or spend an evening in the Old town for some authentic Spanish tapas.
The Old town of Marbella lies just 15 minutes away, where you can enjoy a taste of traditional Spain. Here you can learn about the history of the area by visiting the wood sculpture of the patron saint of Marbella, St Barnardo. This interesting relic lies in the Santa Maria de la Encarnacion church which was built in the 16th century. Seek out the orange groves in Plaza de los Naranjos or wander the narrow white-washed streets in search of a quaint café for an afternoon coffee.
Journey into Fuengirola to see Sohail Castle, a former Arabic Fortress which is now open to tourists. The structure was built 40 metres above sea level so the views are also quite breath-taking. Puerto Banus marina is one of the best places to shop ‘til you drop! Designer boutiques such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Chloe are just a few popular brands here and high street names such as H&M, Zara and Mango are based in Avenida Ricardo Soriano, the main shopping street in Marbella.
Avenida Ricardo Soriano is the biggest shopping street in Marbella. Each side is lined with popular high street stores and cute Spanish shops filled with ceramic decorations and wooden souvenirs. When you’re not milling around the shops or enjoying an ice cream on the street, head on into any of the tapas bars for some delicious authentic cuisine.
Explore the narrow, cobbled streets of Marbella Old town for a quieter atmosphere. These ancient roads give great insight into this historic town and the traditional cuisine is to die for! Plaza de los Naranjos if the main square here and is home to a selection of great restaurants, here you can grab a bite to eat or simply breathe in the wonderful citrus aroma of the orange trees! Ruins of a 10th century Arabic castle can also be visited which have been preserved by the locals and these can be found just off Trinidad Street.
Holidays in Puerto Banus can only mean the tastiest selection of food and drink. Serafina restaurant serves a mix of Italian and Mediterranean dishes and are renowned for their delicious pizzas! Sit back and relax in this sophisticated and classy establishment where famous faces are a regular and the lychee martinis are to die for.
El Gran Gatsby serves fresh lobster and seafood platters along with fried artichokes and succulent lamb dishes. This elegant restaurant overlooks the ocean and is popular among tourists due to its calming white décor and relaxing atmosphere. Unwind with a charming bottle of red on the terrace while admiring the stunning views. Many restaurants that line the marina serve a mixture of cuisines ranging from traditional Spanish tapas and fresh seafood dishes to sushi and Thai meals. Some establishments are more upmarket than others if you fancy a taste of the A-list lifestyle and others are more budget-friendly and family oriented.
Holidays in Puerto Banus make for a memorable family getaway. The port itself is the main source of activity here with its array of shops, restaurants and bars. The port has a berth of 1000 boats and yachts including that of the King of Saudi Arabia. The picturesque beaches lend themselves perfectly to families looking to relax under the sun and the shallow waters take away any worries for parents. The Old town of Marbella makes for an educational day, learning about the history and heritage of this area and you can always take a break for a spot of lunch in one of the pretty cafes. A local Saturday market can be found near to Puerto Banus and here you can rummage around the stalls for handmade trinkets and souvenirs. Enjoy a delicious family meal followed by a juicy fruit cocktail or a mountainous ice cream sundae before strolling bare foot along the beach admiring the sunset.
Action & Adventure
Mistral Beach has its very own sports centre and lies just 20 minutes away from the port. Here you can rent a jet ski or go parasailing. Float out to sea on your own peddle boat or if you feel daring, why not hop on a banana boat! The water here is warm and calm and the beach itself has a bustling atmosphere with plenty of beach bars for an afternoon drink. You can even get them brought over to you sun lounger!
Playa Puerto Banus or Playa de la Lavante as it is otherwise known, is the main beach here. At over 1km long, this long stretch of golden sand is simply fabulous for soaking up the rays. The azure blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea are warm and shallow here, perfect for children to paddle in and there are also plenty of play areas for your little ones. This tranquil beach isn’t far from the marina itself and is close to several beach bars.
Nagueles beach is Marbella’s busiest beach situated on the infamous ‘Golden Mile’. This pristine beach is cleaned twice a day and is the most popular place to catch a tan. If you’re looking to enjoy that champagne lifestyle, Ocean Club Marbella is the place to go. Enjoy a chilled glass of wine under the sun dancing to all the latest tracks with your friends. Nikki Beach is another popular hot spot where you can spend the day drinking, dancing and enjoying some great food. Don’t forget to visit for one of the infamous champagne spray parties!
Holidays in Puerto Banus are particularly popular for hen and stag do’s. The port is famous for hosting some of the best parties in the world and there are also great places to unwind if you’re looking for a more relaxed break. Linekers bar, owned by the brother of famous ex-footballer Gary, is one of the most well-populated bars in the area. This place is open until the early hours and is also the best place to watch the football, with its 25 sports screens! Resident DJ’s take over the speakers on Club Nights and after a cocktail or two, you’ll find yourself rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous on the dancefloor.
Astral cocktail bar serves up some of the best drinks in Marbella. Pop in before a romantic dinner for a quirky drink and a complementary bowl of popcorn. Renowned for its ambiance and soothing atmosphere, Astral is a hip and modern establishment catering to all party sizes.
Puerto Banus and couples go hand in hand. This prestigious port is ideal for a romantic break away from normality. Why not take a champagne cruise across the Med on a fabulous yacht for a slice of the high life? Sail along the coastline exploring the hidden coves and jagged cliffs as you top up your tan (and your glass!). Serving only the finest champagne, this tour will leave you with an unforgettable experience.
If you’re looking for a bit of culture, the Flamenco Festival is your best bet. Held in June, this vivid parade of colour and music takes over the streets and squares of Puerto Banus. Dancers perform in the traditional flamenco attire and stalls are scattered all around selling local delicacies and drinks. This truly is seeing Puerto Banus at its best! This millionaire’s playground is different from any other holiday and is popular among premiership footballers and soap stars. Hen do’s and stag do’s are the norm and as well as leading a cosmopolitan nightlife, this area of Spain is also popular for families and couples looking to enjoy a break in the sun.