Exploring Puerto Banus – Playground of the Rich and Famous

Puerto Banus  offers the best night life and most exclusive shopping on the Costa del Sol, but that is after all the main attraction for a village in sunny Spain that didn’t exist until the 1970s.

Built as playground for the rich and famous, Puerto Banus, or known by residents as ‘Banus’, still manages to attract the wealthiest jet setters. Created by Jose Banus, whose name the village borrows, the developer was a close personal friend of General Franco, and built the town to appeal to those with money and discerning tastes.

Hotels in Marbella and Puertos Banus

Ambience and lifestyle wait for anyone wanting to enjoy luxurious accommodation, world-class dining, sun soaked days, and Puerto Banus’ most popular attraction, the marina filled with multi-million Euro yachts and ocean going ships.

In recent years the village has developed a personality distinct from the rest of the Costa del Sol with exclusive fashion labels opening their doors to the public including Versace, Carolina Herrera, Missoni, Tom Ford, Roberto Cavalli, Chloe, Loewe, Dior, Burberry, Prada, Emporio Armani, Gucci, Salvatore Ferragamo, Jimmy Choo, La Peria, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Lanvin, Agent Provocateur and more.

Add al-fresco dining to exacting standards and you have a playground for the rich and famous that is second to none in Europe, and most definitely on the same level as Monaco or St Tropez. And like them, Puerto Banus also features a casino for high rollers, along with numerous niteclubs along the promenade for partying.

Trips and guided tours from Puerto Banus

Celebrity watching has never been easier, take a break in one of the caffee shops or bars anywhere in the Muelle Rivera, you won’t be disappointed as almost every day a major celebrity arrives to enjoy their holiday in the sun. Take in the many restaurants and niteclubs after dark and you’re sure to bump into even more.

Within 10 minutes of Puerto Banus you’ll find some of Europe’s best golf courses, in fact the Costa del Golf (as it is often called) features nearly 50 championship courses, most less than half an hour of Puerto Banus. You might know La Quinta, Los Naranjos, La Dama de Noche, Marbella Golf Club, El Paraiso, Los Arqueros, Guadalmina Club to name just a few.

Whilst Puerto Banus might seem like a destination all of its own, in fact it just a village surrounded other beautiful places such as San Pedro de Alcantara, Nueva Andalucia, and not too much further away, the historic centre of Marbella. Staying in Puerto Banus is idyllic, but travel a little further and you find several fantastic beaches, and a wealth of theme parks, zoos, and nature reserves.

Aside from luxury yachts and fast cars, one of the most photographed objects in Puerto Banus is the large 3 ton rhinoceros sculpture by Salvador Dali situated on the promenade, and which he made to promote his film La aventura prodigiosa de la encajera y el rinoceronte, in English, ‘The prodigious adventure of the lacemaker and the rhinocerous’.

Generally the weather in Puerto Banus is warm all year round, with average temperatures of 19 degrees, though of course in the winter months the evenings can be quite a bit cooler, however with an average of 300 days of sunshine every year you needn’t worry too much about bad weather. The best months to visit, when the temperature is considered at its best are May and September.

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