One of the most glamorous resorts in Europe, Puerto Banus continues to attract the jet-set from all over the world who return each year to enjoy the beaches, the restaurants and the balmy Marbella climate.
José Banus first built the Marina as a place for the world´s aristocrats to come and play, relax and enjoy the sunshine, and Puerto José Banus first started attracting rich visitors in the 1960´s. This was the time when tourism was booming in southern Spain and a massive construction drive all along the coast was replacing much of the Andalucian-style buildings with modern constructions, complexes and holiday apartments, still evident today.
From its humble beginnings, Puerto Banus was transformed into a stunning marina and attracted the owners of luxury yachts, who came to the resort to moor their boats and enjoy the fabulous bars, restaurants and night clubs opening up all over the area. The 1970´s bought a whole new crowd to Puerto Banus, and legends of screen and stage mingled happily with the more dubious villains on the run.
Hotel packages are readily available in Puerto Banus, along with luxury villa rentals, apartment rentals and a vast choice of top end luxury you are unlikely to find in other parts of the coast.
Puerto Banus is home to a fantastic marina, incredible shops and designer boutiques and some incredible restaurants, including tapas bars, fine dining restaurants, cafés, pubs and night clubs, which open until the early hours of the next day.
Visitors can enjoy a pint of Guinness, fast food, champagne bars, pizza joints, lap dancing clubs and a whole range of late night entertainment venues to suit all tastes and budgets. Stag nights and Hen parties are also well catered for, with many pubs and clubs in the port offering special deals and promotions for parties booked in advance.
Marbella and Puerto Banus boast many excellent beach bars and seafood restaurants overlooking the Med. Visitors can enjoy fresh sardines cooked on the beach, lobster, crab and a choice of fabulous fish caught locally, for a fraction of the price they would pay in the UK.
Nueva Andalucia is situated just half a kilometre from Puerto Banus and offers more restaurants, a great Saturday market, and some of the most famous golf courses in the area. Golf Valley, aptly named, takes in the courses at Las Brisas, Los Naranjos, Aloha Golf and La Dama de Noche, and sports enthusiasts can also find plenty of things to keep them busy on the local beaches, including skiing, kite surfing, parasailing and jet skiing.
If you are looking for some fun on the beach, chill out on one of the two beaches in Puerto Banus either side of the marina. Summer events include live DJ´s and beach parties and a host of singers and dancers at the beach clubs. Some of the top beach clubs in Marbella and Puerto Banus include The Ocean Club and La Sala Beach.
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