Puetro Banus is a glamorous seaside destination dotted with expensive yachts, and an ideal place to spot some celebrities. Whether you’re hoping to see your favourite star or treat yourself to a slice of the A-list lifestyle, Puerto Banus has plenty to see and do. This exclusive resort is situated on the coast of the famous Costa del Sol, Spain, celebrated for its sun-soaked white beaches and shimmering waters. There’s a wealth of golden beaches to discover, including Soul Beach, a perfect spot for some rest and relaxation with a buzzing beach-side bar to keep you refreshed. Puerto Banus is also a great choice of sun, sea and sand destination for families looking for a more upmarket experience with excellent facilities.
At a glance
- Currency: Euro
- Language: Spanish
- Time Zone: GMT +1
- Average flight time: 3h 10m
When to go
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The resort’s beautiful sunny beaches, including Azucar and Soul Beach, are the area’s main draw. From swimming to sunbathing, the clean and well-maintained beaches are ideal for making the most of holidays in Puerto Banus. Shoppers are catered for with the shops that line the exclusive marina area, while you can keep refreshed and relaxed with a coffee at the near-by cafes. Activities and attractions in Puerto Banus are all up-market and have a feel of exclusivity, making it the ideal destination for celebrating special occasions or treating yourself to a holiday far-removed from the grind of everyday life. There are some excellent golf ranges in the area, and more at the nearby resort of Marbella.
Wine and Dine
Puerto Banus offers a wide variety of restaurants and places to enjoy a cocktail or other drink after dinner, as well as plenty of bars with live music. Within the Medina you’ll find a good selection of coffee and snack shops to keep you topped up as you explore the streets. Puerto Banus has a unique and vibrant gastronomy that showcases the salads, sea food and gazpacho that Mediterranean cuisine is famous for. While it’s easy to gain weight on holiday in many places, the healthy seafood and vegetable-based diet of the area means you can enjoy the local cuisine without worrying about your waistline. With its seaside location and warm weather, gazpacho, or cold soups, are a staple of Puerto Banus cuisine. Another type of cold soup is ajoblanco, both being made with delicious fresh vegetables to make a healthy, thick cold soup that can be eated either as a meal or as a refreshing drink throughout the day to rehydrate in the warm weather. A popular dish here is salad, which is often served with tuna or cod, tomatoes, peppers onions, potatoes and olive oil.
Puerto Banus is best known for its 320 sunny days a year and being a place where the rich and famous flock to show off their mega-yachts. However, the reliable weather and well-developed infrastructure make it ideal for holidaying families too. With hardly any rainy days in July and August, your children can play by the pool all day long, or you can head to the beach as a family to enjoy fun-filled days by the sea. The local government is continually organising free events both for tourists and the local community, so there are lots of fun free things to join in with. If you don’t mind heading out for day trips, you can take a trip to Malaga to enjoy the Aqualand waterpark or head to Marbella town to visit the Orange Square in the Old Town, visit the Donkey Sanctuary or enjoy an educational day at the Bonsai Museum.
Action and Adventure
If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Fuengirola to enjoy some water sports including diving and windsurfing. Other fun water-based activities include jet skiing, fly-fishing, paddling, surfing, fly-boarding and the ultimate group water activity - banana boating. Due to its location to in Nueva Andalucia, to the southwest of Marbella, Puerto Banus has easy access to Costa del Sol and plenty of opportunities for daytrips for all the family. Head to the neighbouring resort of Malaga to enjoy one of the largest water parks in the area, Aqualand, where you can spend the day on thrilling waterslides and wave pools.
Life's a Beach
In addition to Soul Beach and Azucar Beach, Puerto Banus is home to three main beaches, which are all very different from each other, giving you the flexibility to choose the beach according to your mood and tastes. Playa Puerto Banus, also known as Playa de Levante, is a family-friendly beach which is located to the east of Puerto Banus marina. Playa Puerto Banus is a little over 1km long and 50m wide, with fine sand and warm, shallow waters that are ideal for families with young children. There’s also Playa Rio Verde, just to the east of Puerto Banus, which has good levels of cleanliness and great facilities. You can get here from Puerto Banus by crossing a wooden footbridge and watch water birds in the river reeds. The third of the main beaches is Playa Nueva Andalucia, the name for a collective group of small connected beaches that face Nueva Andalucia, just to the west of Puerto Banus. There is a fairly small, quiet beach at the end of the Marbella boardwalk which is good for romantic strolls.
Puerto Banus is known as a party town so there is no end of bars and clubs to entertain you if that is what you are looking for. Partying starts on the beach and Pangea, with its terrace right on the beach, is a hot spot for drinks before you head to the clubs. There are plenty of beach parties, head to Buddha Beach, Nikki Beach or Puro Beach Estepona to see what's going down. Tibu is one of the most popular clubs and faces out across the marina. Most clubs are open through the night and range from the uber glitzy where celebs hang out to casual beach parties for everyone. If you fancy some local music, Ana Marias is the place to go to hear some live flamenco music.
With its exclusive atmosphere and excellent restaurants, bars and hotels, Puerto Banus is an ideal holiday location for couples looking to relax and unwind or celebrate a special occasion such as an anniversary. Known as the playground of the rich and famous, there’s a great selection of leisure activities here including golf and a buzzing nightlife scene that more active couples will love. The picturesque Marina and coast make the perfect setting for romantic strolls by the sea. If you’re feeling up to a longer stroll, the promenade has now been adjoined to the wooden boardwalk linking Marbella all the way to Puerto Banus, and even farther towards San Pedro.
As a more exclusive tourist resort, Puerto Banus lacks the historic attractions of other areas in Marbella but has a buzzing contemporary culture that focuses on the high life. Puerto Banus and the wider Marbella area is known for its sophisticated atmosphere and being a favourite holiday location for the rich and famous. The bars, hotels and restaurants in the area reflect this exclusivity and make this an ideal destination for those looking to enjoy a more upmarket holiday without the thronging crowds of tourists. The leisure activities in the area also tend to be more sophisticated, with classy bars, restaurants and hotels making up the majority of tourist venues in the area. Between Puerto Banus and Marbella’s Old Town is the Museo Ralli, which showcases one of the world’s best collections of Latin American Art. While the collection here focuses on works by contemporary artists, the paintings reflect the influence and heritage left by the great European masters of art.