Puerto Banus is situated just west of Marbella and is in many ways very different to many of the other resorts on the coast; it is a young resort and is the place to be pampered yacht side sipping a cool refreshing drink in one of the many open air restaurants. The setting is close to perfection with the magnificent mountain backdrop and ocean views.
Since it started to become a popular destination back in the 1970''s the port has steadily grown and now features a casino and a large commercial center and an El Corte Ingles department store.
If you are looking for nightlife then Puerto Banus with its wide choice of alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos is the place to visit. However, during the day this is a window shopper’s paradise with several of the world’s most renowned fashion houses featured here, in addition to small and interesting curiosity shops.
While Marbella is seen by many as Europe''s get-away spot for the rich and famous, Puerto Banus is just as desirable a destination - not just for the famous but also for holidaymakers ranging from high-flying business men and women to families just looking for a relaxing time away, with plenty of sunshine.
Puerto Banus is a relatively recent travel destination however, as it has only opened its doors to the general holidaymaker in the last 10 years or so; previous to that it was a very exclusive spot, known only to the locals and film stars!
Puerto Banus is only a few kilometers west of Marbella, and being under the Municipality of Marbella shares many characteristics of the Costa del Sol''s most well known resort. Famous for its picturesque marina filled with multi-million dollar yachts, Puerto Banus also boasts a beach that stretches for one kilometer - the golden sands are a major attraction to this town that was once traditional Spanish fishing village decades ago.
As with any resort associated with the rich and famous, Puerto Banus has more than it''s fair share of pubs, clubs, restaurants, world-class shopping and casino facilities. Designer names can be found on all the main streets, but if you prefer to browse smaller, more traditional Spanish shops and boutiques then there are plenty of these too. Notably the premier Spanish department store El Corte Ingles with it''s five stories, and the Marina Banus Shopping Centre are two of the most popular locations that shoppers head for. Alternatively, a visit to the weekly market held in the bullring each Saturday morning is a great way to buy both local products and holiday souvenirs!
Puerto Banus nightlife is as good as it gets and holds a world-class reputation. It can carry on until dawn if you want it to, or if you prefer something a bit more sedate then you can settle for a quiet drink and tapa in any one of the countless local bars spread throughout the town. If you do get the urge to have a taste of Tinsel Town, there are numerous cocktail and wine bars spread around the Marina and seafront areas, known as the Muelle Rivera - incidentally these are great areas for doing a bit of ''star spotting''!
The surrounding areas of Puerto Banus are also to be explored and enjoyed. The Sierra Bermeja Mountains rise up to the north of the town, and numerous golf courses are scattered within a 10 kilometer radius of Puerto Banus. Needless to say, the golf courses are some of the best in Europe and go towards making Puerto Banus one of the world''s top golfing holiday destinations.