With its sophisticated restaurants and designer boutiques, holidays to Puerto Banus are ideal for those seeking to embrace their inner VIP. Located in the centre of the sun-drenched Costa del Sol, there’s plenty of glamour to be found on your getaway – whether you’re lingering over a drink at a beachside bar or making the most of the resort’s long sandy coastline.
Puerto Banus is Marbella’s charming port town, making it a favourite with holidaymakers. While you’d be forgiven for thinking that the streets were paved with bustling nightclubs and cool cocktail bars, there’s also a traditional side to discover. Take a leisurely walk through the labyrinth of alleyways and you’ll be greeted with local restaurants with a homespun feel, serving up all manner of authentic tapas dishes.
If you are looking for a dose of the high life, there are plenty of places to help you indulge. Beach bars spill out onto the coast, complete with luxurious champagne bars, while the marina is a hotspot for millionaires and celebrity crowds. Take a trip on a yacht for the day, or kick back and relax in one of Marbella’s famous beach clubs.
Located just a short trip away, Benalmadena is all things to all holidaymakers. Those in search of a romantic getaway won’t be disappointed with its sandy stretches and vibrant marina, while families with kids will be pleased with the entertainment on offer.
With a welcome mix of old and new, Estepona makes for a great getaway. Immerse yourself in authentic Spanish culture with its tapas bars and flamenco nights, or enjoy its thriving nightlife come sundown.
As far as the Costa del Sol is concerned, nearby Torremolinos is a firm favourite. The beach is the main star of the show, thanks to its swathes of sand alongside beach bars, sunbeds and a number of water sports.
Exploring Puerto Banus…
Enjoy some retail therapy
Marbella is famed for its excellent shopping opportunities, and Puerto Banus is no different. Browse the resort’s designer stores and chic boutiques, or dip into local shops selling quirky souvenirs. For an authentic experience, don’t miss out on Puerto Banus’ street market. Held each Saturday just a short stroll from the water, it’s a great place to pick up an unusual gift.
Embrace the water sports
If the thought of lazing on the sand all day isn’t enough to quench your appetite for adventure, Mistral beach is the place to visit. One of Marbella’s most popular beaches, it’s also the prime location to try a wealth of water sports. Try jet skiing, pedalos or even banana boating. If you’re feeling particularly brave, you can even try your hand at wakeboarding – just try and keep your balance!
Enjoy Marbella’s old town
A trip to the old town gives you a real glimpse of the traditional side of the Costa del Sol. There’s lots of beautiful architecture to see, including the grand square, Plaza de los Naranjos and the town hall. There’s even a 10th-century Arab castle to explore, as well as the glorious site of the Santa Maria de la Encarnacion Church.
Beaches in Puerto Banus
Aside from its entertainment and activity, Puerto Banus is most famous for its beautiful beaches. There are three to enjoy in the resort, so you won’t be short of places to land your beach towel. If it’s bustling beach clubs and a few cocktails you’re after, Playa Nueva Andalucia is your best bet. This long strip of sand is always populated with people, from sunrise to sunset.
Those travelling with little ones might like to spend their time at Playa Puerto Banus. This family-friendly beach has everything you might need for a day in the sunshine, including sun loungers and a beach restaurant. Its warm shallow waters make it ideal for little ones to paddle in.
Alternatively, you can head to the picturesque beach of Playa Rio Verde. While often busy, there are a few bars and clubs to be found nearby, as well as a number of restaurants.
Cuisine in Puerto Banus
You’ll find every cuisine imaginable in Puerto Banus, with an emphasis on authentic Spanish dishes as well as international flavours. You’re just as likely to find a laid-back tapas bar as you might a café on the beach serving up quintessentially English food. For those willing to immerse themselves in the local culture, however, there are some must-try dishes. Due to its proximity to the coast, seafood is a favourite, and garlic prawns are often served as a small plate. Additionally, traditional Spanish omelette is often found on the menu.
If you’d like to indulge your sweet tooth, Spanish churros are a must. A sugary, crisp doughnut, which is long and curved, they are often accompanied by a pot of thick hot chocolate for dipping and can be found almost everywhere in the resort.
Restaurants in Puerto Banus
You won’t be short of places to eat in Puerto Banus, whether you’re looking for extravagant gourmet offerings or a light bite on the beach. Around the marina, stylish restaurants and cocktail bars are mingled together, offering an excellent dining experience for those seeking an evening out.
Alternatively, take a stroll along the Calle de Ramon Areces. You’ll find smaller family-run bars and restaurants serving calamari, prawns and a variety of meats with a glass or two of the local wine.
Whether you’re seeking a dose of glamour or a chance to relax amid the sunshine, sea and sand, Puerto Banus should be top of your travel-to list. From its vibrant bars and clubs to its sophisticated marina. Gorge on mouth-watering Spanish cuisine, take a stroll around the old town or settle yourself with a cocktail at the beach.
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