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Puerto Banús 

Puerto Banús is a beacon of luxury tucked away in the lively Costa del Sol. It is more than just a marina; it’s a way of life and the home to many upscale boutiques, fine dining options, and a buzzing nightlife. Its grand yachts, sport cars and its special atmosphere create a unique mix of style and class. Whether you are looking for some high-end shopping, to taste exquisite food, or to experience its vibrant nightlife, Puerto Banús offers a complete experience that meets all your needs. 

The history of Puerto Banús


Puerto Banús was designed and built in the 1970s. The whole area, including the marina and the nearby residential zone called 'Nueva Andalucía', was all part of José Banús's grand plan.

José Banús, who was born in Masó (Taragona) in 1906, dropped out of school at 14 to join his dad in the construction business. They moved to Madrid and started a company that took off after landing a big project – building a road to Valle de los Caidos. From there, his career skyrocketed, leading him to develop several big housing projects in Madrid.

In the late 1950s, José Banús bought some land between the Guadaliza and Verde rivers (in Marbella), originally saying he wanted to raise cattle there. But when a new law in 1963 made tourism development a big deal, he saw a golden opportunity. By 1964, his vision for turning the land into a tourist hotspot was set in motion. He got architect Antonio Lamela on board to draft up the first plans for what would become the first marina on the Costa del Sol, and importantly, the first to be funded with private money. Construction started in 1965 and was finished up by 1968.

Today, Puerto Banús has turned into one of the biggest entertainment hubs in the Costa del Sol, drawing in around 5 million visitors a year. It's a favorite hangout for international celebrities, too. Designed to mirror a coastal village in the Mediterranean style, Puerto Banús is the place to be for luxury shopping malls, fine dining, and its buzzing nightlife. 

Shopping in Puerto Banús

Puerto Banus is a dream come true for luxury shoppers. With over 100 luxury brands, walking through its streets feels like a tour of the world's top fashion houses. You'll find everything from the latest designer collections to rare, limited edition pieces. Brands like Louis Vuitton, Dior, and BVLGARI are just a few examples of what awaits you.

El Corte Inglés

Only a few minutes away from all the marina area with all the luxury stores you can find El Corte Inglés. El Corte Inglés isn't just any department store; it's an epic five-floor wonderland. Whether you're after fashion, beauty products, electronics, or even gourmet food, they've got it all. Plus, there's a garden center, pet shop, and even services like dry cleaning and shoe repair.

Shopping centres

While the marina area of Puerto Banús is undoubtedly a haven for designer label enthusiasts, there’s more to shopping in this luxurious locale. Don’t overlook the shopping centres like Marina Banús and Centro Plaza. These centres offer a more diverse shopping experience, catering to a variety of tastes and budgets. Here you can find shops like ZARA, Calzedonia, Claire's, and many more.

Puerto Banús Saturday Market

Every Saturday, the Puerto Banús Street Market, also known as 'el mercadillo', transforms into a bustling hub of activity. Located near the bull ring in Nueva Andalucía, just a minute away from Puerto Banús, this market is a must-visit destination on your Marbella vacation.

Dining in Puerto Banús


In Puerto Banús, you have the freedom to choose between luxurious dining and casual eateries, all while enjoying the spectacular views of the port and the sports cars gliding past. This unique setting offers an incredible dining experience, whether you're looking for an opulent meal or a laid-back bite. The luxurious options provide a great atmosphere where you can indulge in dishes as you admire the majestic yachts anchored in the marina. On the other hand, the casual dining spots offer a comfortable setting, all while taking in the lively view of fancy cars and the beautiful waterfront. Puerto Banús truly offers the best of both worlds, combining luxury and casual dining with breathtaking scenery for an unforgettable experience.

To enhance your dining experience in Puerto Banús, here are a couple of tips, focusing on some notable restaurants:

  1. Jacks Smokehouse: If you're in the mood for casual dining and love meat, Jacks Smokehouse is a must-visit. Known for its inviting atmosphere and delicious smoked dishes, it offers great value for the quality of food you get. It's perfect for a laid-back meal with friends or family, where you can indulge in hearty flavors without breaking the bank.

  2. OCCO Marbella: offers a luxurious dining experience with its enchanting Lebanese cuisine and magical atmosphere. This restaurant is celebrated for its wide array of hot and cold mezzeh, prepared with the freshest ingredients. The concept is built around sharing, echoing the traditional Lebanese dining style, ensuring a warm, authentic touch of Beirut's culinary delights

  3. Pizzeria Picasso: When craving Italian in a casual setting, Pizzeria Picasso won't disappoint. Known for its authentic Italian dishes at good prices, it's a favorite among both locals and visitors. From classic pizzas to pasta, the menu is packed with favorites that bring a taste of Italy to Puerto Banús. However, during the summer months, you might find yourself waiting in line due to its popularity.

Puerto Banús nightlife


Puerto Banús is known for its vibrant nightlife, offering a mix of trendy bars, exclusive clubs, and unique experiences. Whether you’re a fan of live music, prefer a quiet drink with a view, or are looking to dance the night away, Puerto Banús has something for everyone. If you want to know more about the Marbella nightlife and it's clubs, visit this blog.


Exclusive clubs

If you’re looking for a clubbing scene with top DJs and an electrifying atmosphere, Puerto Banús is the place to be. Clubs like Olivia Valere, Pangea, Mirage, and Dreamers have gained fame for their lively atmosphere, international DJs, and themed nights that offer a unique party experience every time.

Olivia Valere is a standout nightlife destination in Marbella, renowned for its luxurious ambiance and vibrant party atmosphere. The club attracts a glamorous crowd with its mix of high-end decor and top-tier entertainment. Featuring an impressive lineup of international DJs and artists, the venue boasts a unique architectural design inspired by ancient Middle Eastern palaces.

Pangea is known for its luxurious decor and high-energy atmosphere. The club has a stylish interior with plush seating, state-of-the-art lighting, and a dance floor that invites you to let loose. Pangea regularly hosts famous DJs from around the world, ensuring a night of non-stop music and dance.

Mirage is an upscale club that offers a unique cabaret dancing experience. The club’s sophisticated decor, coupled with its innovative lighting and sound system, creates a mesmerizing atmosphere. Mirage’s cabaret nights are a spectacle to behold, with talented dancers putting on a captivating performance.

Dreamers is known for its techno music and is a favorite among the younger crowd. The club’s cutting-edge sound system and laser light shows create an immersive experience for techno music lovers. Dreamers also hosts renowned techno DJs, making it a go-to spot for an unforgettable night of music and dance.

Trendy bars and pool clubs

Puerto Banús is not just about the clubs; it’s also home to a variety of trendy bars and pool clubs that offer a different atmosphere.


Astral Cocktail Bar is a unique venue located at the entrance of Puerto Banús. Built like a galleon, this nautical-themed bar is a sight to behold. But it’s not just the decor that makes Astral Cocktail Bar stand out – it’s their wide range of cocktails. From classic mojitos to innovative concoctions, their skilled bartenders are sure to whip up something that will tantalize your taste buds.

Babilonia is a lounge bar with a beautiful atmosphere. It is known for its stylish interior and panoramic views of the marina. Here, you can enjoy a drink while watching the yachts go by.

Ocean Club Marbella is another popular spot in Puerto Banús, known for its lively pool parties and delicious food. This pool club offers a luxurious setting where you can lounge by the pool, sip on a refreshing cocktail, and enjoy a variety of dishes from their gourmet menu. With its stunning sea views and vibrant atmosphere, Ocean Club Marbella is the perfect place to soak up the sun and experience the glamorous lifestyle of Puerto Banus.

Spotting yachts and cars in Puerto Banús


Besides, shopping, dining and it's night life, Puerto Banús is also  a playground for the rich and famous. It’s a place where luxury is in every detail. One of the most exciting activities in Puerto Banús is spotting the stunning yachts and high-end cars that frequent the area.


Yacht spotting

The marina of Puerto Banús is a hub for some of the world’s most luxurious yachts. As you walk along the marina, you’ll see a variety of yachts. From sleek speedboats to multi-deck mega yachts, the marina is a showcase of nautical luxury. These yachts are not just for show; they are often used by their owners for cruising the Mediterranean sea. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a famous face on board!


Car spotting

Puerto Banús is not just about yachts; it’s also a hotspot for luxury cars. The streets are lined with high-end vehicles from manufacturers like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Rolls Royce. It’s not uncommon to see a convoy of supercars cruising down the street, turning heads with their sleek designs and roaring engines.

Car enthusiasts will be in heaven, with the opportunity to see some of the rarest and most expensive cars in the world. Whether parked in front of designer boutiques or zipping along the coastline, these cars add to the glamorous atmosphere of Puerto Banus.

How to get to Puerto Banús


Puerto Banús is very accessible, there are several ways to get there. Below we have listed a few options.

Heading to Puerto Banús from Marbella? You've got four easy options:

  • Bus: Catch a bus and you'll be there in about 14 minutes, with tickets ranging from €1 to €3. Keep in mind that you can only pay in cash in Spanish local busses at the moment.

  • Taxi: If you prefer a more private ride, a taxi will get you to Puerto Banús in roughly 10 minutes, but it'll cost between €14 and €18. It's a bit pricier, but faster.

  • Walking: Feeling adventurous? It’s a 1 hour and 30-minute walk along the promenade from Marbella centro to Puerto Banús. It's free and a great way to soak up the sights.

  • Ferry: You can take the ferry from Marbella Deportivo straight to Puerto Banús for about €10.

Coming from Málaga? Here are your three main travel options:

  • Local bus: First, take a bus to Marbella, then hop on another bus to Puerto Banús. The whole trip takes about 1 hour and 50 minutes. It's a bit of a roundabout way, but it lets you see more of the area.

  • Taxi: A taxi from Málaga to Puerto Banús takes about 50 minutes and costs between €75 and €95. It's the quickest but also the most expensive option.

  • Driving: Got a car? It's a 50-minute drive. There are plenty of (underground) parking spaces in Puerto Banús, but keep in mind that they are relatively pricy for Spanish terms.

Photos provided by Brian Elsinga are featured in this article.

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