Puerto Banus Holidays 2019 / 2020
Puerto Banus is a glamorous seaside destination dotted with expensive yachts, chic restaurants, sophisticated bars, and designer stores, making it a firm favourite of celebrities from all over the world. Puerto Banus holidays allow you to experience the true luxury and opulence of the Costa del Sol.
This exclusive resort in Spain is celebrated for its sun-soaked white sand beaches and shimmering waters. There’s plenty of beautiful beachfronts to discover, including the famous Soul Beach, and a whole host of buzzing beach bars to keep you refreshed, even during those hot, sunny Spanish summers.
Even though Puerto Banus is considered to be a playground for the rich and famous, you don’t need to be a celebrity to afford a luxurious getaway on this part of the Costa del Sol. If you’re looking for a cheap holiday, you’re in luck. We’ve got some amazing cheap holidays to Puerto Banus for you to check out.
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While the marina is small and exclusive, there are actually many great things to do in Puerto Banus, no matter what sort of holiday experience you’re looking for. You may even spot a celeb here!
- The resort’s beautiful sunny beaches are a highlight here. Azucar and Soul Beach are two of the most popular places to unwind on the glorious sands of the Costa del Sol. These clean, well-maintained beaches offer fantastic swimming and sunbathing opportunities for all the family.
- If you love to shop ‘til you drop, you’ll have no problem spending your pennies in Puerto Banus. Shoppers are well catered for here, with tons of designer stores lining the exclusive marina area. Of course, these shops are interspersed with chic cafes and bars for some welcome refreshments.
- Many activities and attractions in Puerto Banus have an upmarket feel to them, in keeping with the opulence of the area. This makes it a top choice for celebrating special occasions when you want the full-on VIP experience, or for treating yourself to a holiday far removed from the routine of everyday life.
- For a golfing holiday, Puerto Banus is an excellent base. There are some fantastic golf courses in the area, as well as some excellent options located just a little further afield, in the nearby resort of Marbella to the east.
Puerto Banus offers a wide variety of restaurants to suit all tastes, as well as many fantastic places to enjoy a refreshing cocktail or beer after dinner. Many places also offer live music for light entertainment.
- Puerto Banus restaurants showcase the unique and vibrant gastronomy of the region, with menus focusing on the salads, seafood, and soups that the Costa del Sol is famous for. If you find yourself craving healthy, fresh food on holiday, you’ll have no trouble finding delicious options in the resort.
- With its enviable seaside location and warm weather, gazpacho — cold soups — are a staple of the Puerto Banus diet. Another popular type of cold soup here is ajoblanco, made with fresh vegetables to create a rich, thick soup that can be enjoyed as an evening meal, or as a refreshing drink in the day.
- One of the most popular dishes in Puerto Banus is salad, which is often served with fish such as tuna or cod, alongside tomatoes, fresh peppers, onions, potatoes, and olive oil. Olive oil plays a huge role in Spanish cuisine, with olives grown and harvested locally across many parts of this sun-drenched country.
Puerto Banus is known for its 320 sunny days a year, and as a spot for the rich and famous to show off their mega yachts. But the reliable weather and well-developed amenities make it ideal for families, too.
- With hardly any rainy days throughout July and August, children can play by the pool or at the beach all day long. In fact, for kids that love to build sandcastles and paddle in the water, a beach day in or around Puerto Banus is a great way to spend some family time.
- The local government in Puerto Banus is committed to making the resort a welcoming family-friendly destination, and as such there are numerous free events for both visitors and for the local community held throughout the year. Keep an eye out for free, fun things to join in with during your family holiday.
- If you don’t mind heading out for a few day trips during your getaway, there are lots of great places nearby that the kids will love. Aqualand in Torremolinos is a fantastic, adrenaline-pumping waterpark, while Marbella is home to a donkey sanctuary, and Orange Square where you’ll find delicious churros.
As a more exclusive resort, Puerto Banus lacks the wealth of historic attractions and sights of other areas of Marbella, but it does boast a buzzing contemporary culture that focuses on sophistication and style.
- Puerto Banus is known for its chic, sophisticated atmosphere, and you’ll see this exclusivity reflected in the area’s bars, hotels, and restaurants. The culture here is all about the high life, making this one of the best places on the Costa del Sol for anyone looking for an upmarket holiday with the large crowds.
- You don’t have to go far to find more traditional displays of culture, however. Between Puerto Banus and Marbella’s Old Town lies the Museo Ralli, showcasing the world’s best collections of Latin American art. The gallery focuses on contemporary artists, reflecting the influence of European artists of the past.
Puerto Banus itself is home to three main beaches, all of which are very different to each other. You can choose which beach to visit according to your own mood, tastes, and preferences.
- Puerto Banus Beach, also called Playa Puerto Banus or Playa de Levante, is a family-friendly beach located just to the east of the marina. It spans just over 1km, and features soft, fine sands and warm, shallow waters which are ideal for families with young children. This is one of the most popular beaches.
- Playa Rio Verde, again just east of Puerto Banus, is a lovely clean beach with excellent facilities. In fact, one of Puerto Banus’ most famous bars is located here. You can reach this beach by crossing the wooden footbridge from Puerto Banus (which is also a great place to watch the water birds in the river reeds).
- Puerto Banus’ third beach is called Playa Nueva Andalucia, and this is considered to be the trendiest of all, very popular with the young locals. It’s actually a network of small, connected beaches facing Nueva Andalucia, located just west of Puerto Banus, and is a top place for spotting celebs on their days off.
- For something a little quieter and a bit more down to earth, the small beach at the end of the Marbella boardwalk is a good choice. Perfect for romantic strolls as the sun begins to set, you could even hop up to the boardwalk itself, and enjoy some of the 100 mile long coastal path between Manilva and Nerja.
- Even if you travel further out from Puerto Banus, you’ll still find some excellent beaches. Some of the best beaches near Puerto Banus include Soul Beach, and Azucar Beach located in nearby Marbella. Azucar Beach is especially popular, known for its great beach restaurant serving up refreshing drinks.
Puerto Banus nightlife is famous, and there’s no end of bars and clubs within this popular party town. No matter what sort of evening entertainment you’re looking for, you’re sure to find it around the resort.
- The partying often starts at one of the best bars in Puerto Banus: Pangea. With its terrace right on the beachfront, this is a true hotspot for drinks before heading to the clubs. Of course, you can choose to spend all night here if you wish, and there’s a full menu of vodkas, whiskeys, rums, and champagnes.
- If it’s a beach party you’re after, you’re in luck. There are plenty of beach parties that take place every night of the week here in Puerto Banus, with Nikki Beach and Puro Beach being among some of the most established, and Buddha Beach being a more recent, yet welcome addition to the beach club scene.
- One of the most popular clubs in Puerto Banus is Tibu which faces out across the marina. Like most of the clubs in the area, Tibu is open all through the night. It's a top choice for celebs looking for full-on glitz and glamour. There’s also the Tibu rooftop restaurant which is an excellent dining experience.
- For something a bit more down to earth and for more of an authentic Spanish experience, head to Tablao Flamenco Ana Maria where you can enjoy dinner and a show. Late night flamenco performances last for just over an hour, and offer a completely different night out to the glitzy bars at the marina.
With its exclusive atmosphere and excellent restaurants, bars, and hotels, Puerto Banus is an ideal holiday destination for couples looking to relax and unwind, or celebrate a special anniversary.
- Known as the playground of the rich and famous, there’s a great selection of activities here that are best enjoyed with a loved one. How about a game of golf for two, or some adult-only time in one of the resort’s many buzzing bars and clubs? Puerto Banus has lots of amazing options for couples activities.
- The picturesque marina and coast create the perfect setting for romantic strolls by the sea. And if you’re feeling up to a longer walk, hand-in-hand, you can stroll right along the promenade to the wooden boardwalk which links Puerto Banus with Marbella, and other destinations towards San Pedro.
People also ask
Which airport is closest to Puerto Banus?
Puerto Banus lies roughly halfway between Malaga Airport and Gibraltar International Airport, so visitors can use either as a gateway. However, Malaga Airport is the most common for Puerto Banus.
How much is a taxi from Malaga Airport to Puerto Banus?
A taxi from Malaga Airport could cost anything from €80 to €100 for the 45 minute trip. A more cost effective option is to take the airport bus into Malaga, and then a taxi or local bus to Puerto Banus.
What is the closest big town to Puerto Banus?
The closest big town to Puerto Banus is Marbella, which lies just 6 miles to the east. It takes just 15 minutes to reach Marbella by taxi. There is also a bus from Puerto Banus to Marbella’s centre.