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Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus Holidays

Puerto Banus has a reputation for luxury Costa del Sol vacations. Celebrities are known to frequent this beautiful slice of Spain, so don't be shocked if you see a familiar face from the telly. One of the most famous sights of Puerto Banus is its impressive display of yachts and boats on the marina, often with the owner's Ferrari, Rolls-Royce or Aston Martin parked nearby. Puerto Banus is a high class, opulent destination for holidays to Costa del Sol.

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Puerto Banus beaches

There are three beaches in Puerto Banus – Playa Nueva Andalusia, Playa Puerto Banus and Playa del Rio Verde.

Playa Neuva Andalusia is the name given to a number of manmade interconnected beaches lying just to the west of Puerto Banus. The main section of the beach is called Los Espigones after the breakwaters designed to form pleasant coves. This beach attracts glamour at times and there are one or two beach bars and clubs with excellent reputations.

Playa Puerto Banus is a family-friendly beach with fine sand and a protected cove created by a breakwater. The water is warm, calm and shallow, making it a popular spot for groups with young children.

Playa Rio Verde is just to the east of Puerto Banus next to the Rio Verde itself. This European Blue Flag beach is accessed by crossing a river over a stylish footbridge, from which you can watch wader birds in the reeds. Playa Rio Verde is a quiet beach but it still has excellent facilities and is home to a number of beach bars and clubs.

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The marina

Life in Puerto Banus is focused around its marina and is its most famous feature. It has room for over 900 boats and many of the world's rich and famous choose to moor there, including the King of Saudi Arabia. Many of the boats rarely leave their moorings and instead are used more like holiday homes with constant access to the town and to Marbella. By the water's edge are a number of designer boutiques and luxury restaurants, making this a brilliant place to bask under the sun's rays whilst watching the rich and famous wander by.

Shopping in Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus is one of the world's top shopping hotspots. You'll find everything you could possibly want, from huge department stores and popular high street names to luxury designer boutiques.

Next to the marina is where you'll the find the most exclusive designers, including Louis Vuitton, D&G, La Perla, Armani, Gucci, Dior and Versace. The department store El Corte Ingles is in the northern corner of Plaza Antonio Banderas, and covers five enormous floors with everything from women's fashion to furniture. Opposite El Corte Ingles is another shopping centre called Marina Banus, home to high street favourites such as H&M, Zara and Claire's Accessories.

Eating out

Eating out in Puerto Banus can be an expensive affair, which is why All Inclusive Costa del Sol hotels are so popular, but it's fair to say that many of the best restaurants in the Costa del Sol are located either here or in nearby Marbella.

The restaurants in Puerto Banus are concentrated around the marina and so have excellent views of all the boats and the sea beyond. It's true that these places won't be cheap but the food will be of excellent quality and there'll be lots of different cuisines on offer too.

Include Marbella in your eating out options and you'll find more good value places, many of which will be traditional Spanish tavernas doing all the usual favourites, as well as plenty more upmarket places, including one or two with more than one Michelin star.

All Inclusive hotels in Costa del Sol often have their own restaurants and food plans, so be sure to check out what your hotel offers for cuisine.

Nightlife

The nightlife scene in Puerto Banus is infamous for exclusive clubs, champagne and enormous bar bills, but you'll be surprised at the range of more affordable bars too, especially if you wander into nearby Marbella. If you enjoy bottle service and glamorous clubs over cheap drinks and sticky dancefloors, Puerto Banus is the place to be - and, of course, be seen.

Costa del Golf

Zoom out on a map of Puerto Banus and you'll see that it's surrounded by golf courses – this is the Costa del Golf, after all. Costa del Sol is home to 70 different courses, 30 of which are among Europe's finest. This means that Puerto Banus is an ideal base from which to enjoy a holiday based around days spent strolling across immaculately kept greens and keeping score on some of the best courses in the world.