Puerto Banús is the hot-spot for the rich and wealthy! It displays glam and offers a port full luxuriant yachts and plenty of trendy & swanky bars, restaurants and shops, however over the more recent years it has become a place more popular to holidaymakers of all ages who are looking for a both a relaxing and fun filled
holiday in the sun. Situated to the west of Marbella and less than 40 minutes away (when taking the AP-7 road) from Malaga Airport, it is easy to see why this is a desired destination for many.
There is no bus station in Puerto Banús itself however there are many bus stops all over the town which makes it easily accessible to and from most places locally and up and down the coast.
Puerto Banús is definitely a place to enjoy the vibrant culture of Spain from food and festivals to flamenco and other traditions.
While walking around Puerto Banús you will notice two impressive statues, one being designed by Salvador Dalí, the three-ton rhinoceros statue which was placed in Puerto Banús in 2004, and the other is that of "La Victoria", which stands tall at 26 metres.
If you’re into picking up a bargain, Puerto Banús offers a wonderful market which is held on Saturdays from 9.00am till 14.00 and hosts over 120 stalls. They sell everything from a wide variety of spices to paintings, crafts and furniture.
During the summer another market, Zoco del Sol, is held all day every day. Smaller than the other one, this hosts around 50 stalls but sells more unique art, ceramics, vintage clothing & accessories and much more.
It is most definitely worth a visit, however we would recommend going in the morning or late afternoon when the weather is slightly cooler!
Puerto Banús often hosts Ferias throughout the year too and are often situated on Plaza Antonio Banderas, so always check with tourist information for dates and times.
The main attraction in Puerto Banús is of course the famous Marina! Home to the rich and famous, you can enjoy taking a look around the port at the impressive high class yachts and even spot the odd super car driving through too!Don´t forget to take your camera so you can show your friends and family just how impressive and luxurious they are! All around the marina you have a wide range of restaurants and bars where you can sit all day in the sun, eating, drinking and people watching.
Also at the marina is a statue of the architect who designed the town in the 70s, Jose Banús, and there is a harbour-side shrine to Nuestra Señora del Carmen ('Our Lady Carmen'), the patron saint of fishing.
To satisfy your shopping needs the port offers an array of shops selling the top designer labels including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, D&G, Emporio Armani and Dior however if you are looking for more high-street you can head towards the well-known shopping store El Corte Ingles. The store has absolutely everything you could possibly need with sections of women and menswear, cosmetics and perfumes, shoes, bags and accessories, jewellery, as well as luggage, household items, electronics, books, homeware and furniture, sports equipment, a garden centre and a pet store. The store also has a supermarket, a café and restaurant, a launderette, post office, hairdressers, a pharmacy, opticians, key-cutters and four floors of car parking space, you can easily spend the whole day there!
In the Centro Plaza, you have plenty more shops but you can also find a gym, dance studios, a doctors practice, estate agents and there are many more amenities available.
If you want to go sight-seeing then Puerto Banús is well connected and offers excursions which will take you outside of the area. You just have to go to the tourist information for more info and where to book which you will find in Plaza Antonio Banderas.
Of course for the golf lovers you will not find yourselves short of any golf courses in Puerto Banús. You have 3 main ones to choose from. The Asociación Deportiva Club De Golf Aloha, Club de Golf Las Brisas Golf Club and Los Naranjos Campo de Golf, all within close proximity to each other. You have many more around the area too but if you want more local ones then these are for you.
And what is Spain without a beach! There are 3 main beaches that are home to Puerto Banús.These are: Playa Nueva Andalucia, Playa Puerto Banús and Playa del Rio Verde. Playa Nueva Andalucia and Playa del Rio Verde have both been awarded a blue flag by the European Union for their excellent facilities and high standards of cleanliness. You also won´t be short of beach bars, beautiful golden sand or sunbeds either.
Very popular with adults of all ages are the famous beach clubs. Puerto Banús is home to the likes of Ocean Club, La Sala By the Sea and Plaza Beach Puerto Banús.
As Puerto Banús is becoming more and more popular with young families, education is most important. There are three main schools in and around Puerto Banus. One is called the Swans International School, which is a bilingual school, another Laude San Pedro International College and an infant school called Entoga 2007 S.l. (International infant school).
There is a private hospital in Puerto Banus called the Hospital Humanline Banus, but there is also a general doctors called Hospital Helicopteros Sanitarios and a medical center called Centro Médico Hilu.
If you need the Police Station then the nearest one is situated in Marbella (Policía Nacional -Comisaría Local de Marbella), however you will usually see the police dotted around the streets so you can always feel protected.
The nearest Town Hall is also situated in Marbella on Plaza de los Naranjos, 1, 29601 Marbella called Ayuntamiento de Marbella.
Mostly memorable for its nightlife scene, Puerto Banús also offers an extensive number of sophisticated restaurants and bars to dine in. You can choose from traditional Spanish to Italian or even American style dining so you need never fear, there is something to satisfy all palates!
Once you’ve let your food go down, why not let your hair down and party with the rich and famous. It is not unusual to spot some hot celebrities, even the King of Saudi Arabia has been known to have been seen as he owns a luxury home in Puerto Banús where his yacht is moored in the marina! There are plenty of bars and music bars such as Lineker's, O'Grady's Pub, Old Joy's Pìano Bar, Sinatra's Bar and La Sala for you to enjoy your pre drinks before heading to the main nightclubs which include Seven, Scream, Aqwa Mist, Tibu and Pangea amongst others, all open until the early hours of the morning.
There is also the luxurious casino, Casino Nueva Andalucia which is situated in the Andalucia Plaza Hotel. The dress code is formal or you won´t be allowed in and they often have summer shows too so make sure to ask when these are being performed.
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