Puerto José Banús, or Puerto Banús is a marina located in Nueva Andaluica, just west of Marbella on the Costa del Sol.
It was built in the late 60’s/early 70’s by Jose Banús and was inaugurated in May 1970 to the sounds of a young Julio Iglesias. The plan was for a luxury marina and shopping complex and it has since become one of the most popular destinations for tourists in Europe attracting over 5 million annual visitors.
Its position on the Costa del Sol means it is protected by the Sierra Nevada mountain range giving it a mean annual temperature of 18°C. Add this to the many beaches and you have a perfect destination for sun worshippers. The beaches are long and wide so rarely overcrowded and water-sports are plentiful. Kite-surfing, volleyball, jet-skis and surfing are all popular.
The small white buildings are typically Andalusian and the many small bars and restaurants located around the marina were built with the Spanish “al fresco” dining in mind. Most, if not all of the restaurants on the marina offer outside or open dining.
To eat and drink in Puerto Banús is an experience. From Chinese to Japanese and Russian to Persian, serving everything from burgers to fresh sushi there is something to suit everyone. Of course seafood is a very popular cuisine on the coast and you will find it fresh and well prepared.
Puerto Banús is well known for attracting the rich and famous and the streets are testament to this with the likes of Christian Dior, Gucci, Bvlgari, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and others plying their trade. Meanwhile, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Bentleys and Aston Martins line the streets. Head to the marina and marvel at the size of some of the private yachts there. From 5m to 50m, there are some impressive craft to be seen. You can also buy one as there are a few yacht retailers located around the marina.
There are plenty of hotels to choose from in the Puerto Banús area although not too many in the center. The Pyr is well located close to the marina and the main shopping area and although in Banús, is well priced. Locally there are numerous hotels including several that are listed in The Leading Hotels of the World. These include the Hotel Puente Romano and Hotel Marbella Club. Hotel Marbella Club has been cited as possibly the finest hotel on the Costa del Sol. It consists of numerous whitewashed Andalusian-style buildings, bungalows, and suites set in manicured sub-tropical gardens.
Property is at a premium in Puerto Banús for a few reasons; there isn’t much of it and it’s in high demand. Due to its size there hasn’t been any new development in the port for many years – there is nowhere left to build! Prices are high for property and you could expect to pay over half a million euros for a 2 bed apartment around the marina. Many of the urbanisations in the area are luxurious with all mod cons and unparalleled views of the sea and the mountains.
Pop down to the Costa del Sol for the summer – Puerto Banús has plenty to offer and you will find it hard to get bored. Eat in some of the finest restaurants in Spain, drink in some of the most exclusive bars and rub shoulders with the stars. Head out on the Mediterranean on one of the many organised excursions available for whale watching or dolphin spotting, or just sail into the sunset. Take the family for a picnic on the beach, or leave the kids at the hotel and have a romantic meal by the light of the moon.
Puerto Banús is definitely a destination you’ll enjoy and you’re sure to remember your visit.