Puerto Banus, the Celebrity Hot Spot
Just west of Marbella, and a short drive is Puerto Banus. This celebirty hot spot is world famous, yet it's historical lineage is incredibly brand new, well at least in European standards. Often reffered to as the St. Tropez of Southern Spain, this port was developed in the seventies in a beautiful setting within the town of Marbella, by the local developer Jose Banús. If you're a sucker for views, Puerto Banus will impress with its beautiful setting and mountainous backdrop across the ocean. Each year this "millionaires playground" bursts with energy offering tourists high-end designer boutiques, some of the best restaurants in Spain, and glamorous nightclubs for an incredible night out. Puerto Banus is especially popular with wealthy Arabs and International celebrities.
Puerto Banus' Glamour & Yachts
Puerto Banus’ most striking attractions include the modern 915-berth marina with some of the most luxurious yachts you've ever seen - we promise! Just at the port is the long strip of restaurants, bars, shops and nightclubs. In Puerto Banus, the restaurants serve up everything you could possibly crave, from amazingly delicious pizzas, traditional Spanish Mediterranean dishes, gourmet tapas and of course, international specialities. Don't forget to check out the designer shops, which include Gucci, Dior, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and Jimmy Choo. What really sets Puerto Banus apart from the rest is the stunning selection of glitzy beach clubs that lights up the picturesque coastline.
Tourism in Puerto Banus
Each and every year, Puerto Banus gains in popularity, and today has become a mix of jet set playground, combined with hen and stag party hang out. Only in Puerto Banus can you chill out sipping a cocktail, while watching the super rich on their luxury yachts and watch the Ferrari's and Lamborghini's drive by. Although small, Banus offers many facilities and attractions including amazing beaches on either side of the port. You can enjoy water sports, golfing, a casino, watch a movie in English or shop at El Corte Inglies department store, the largest department store chain in Spain. The beach adjacent to Puerto Banus is blue flag. Each side of the port has beaches, to the left you have a less crowded beach with a boardwalk, called the promenade which takes you all the way down to Marbella. If you're hungry at the beach, you can choose from a couple of Chiringuitos (beach restaurants) and the kids play area. To the right is the main beach, where during the summer, beach parties are held with bars, music and dancing on the beach, day and night.