Puerto Banus is located apprx 5-6 km west of Marbella centre.
Puerto Banus is the place to meet rich and famous. A haven for shopaholics, sun seekers and party lovers, Puerto Banus is a favourite hot spot on the Costa del Sol.
It is not very big but it does have a lot to offer. There is a very glamorous feel down at Puerto Banus Marina. Here you will find giant luxury yachts, dozens of designer boutiques, great restaurants, bars and discos not to mention countless Ferraris and Porsches parked outside the glitzy bars and restaurants. It may sound all a bit too posh, but the town is popular with all kinds of tourists. It is a fun place to be….
This was the first marina-style yacht harbour to be built on the Costa del Sol. Some of the newer yacht harbours may be more intimate or more architecturally attractive, but none has been able to match Puerto Banús’s unique atmosphere and trendy aura, thanks to which Puerto Banús has been a household name internationally since it first opened nearly thirty years ago.
In 1963 José Banús Masdeu, who had accumulated a fortune as a real estate developer in Madrid, started building a new residential complex west of Marbella, called Nueva Andalucía. At that time Marbella was a fashionable and exclusive retreat for the rich and titled old families of Europe. The crowning achievement was, of course, Puerto Banús, a yacht harbour on a scale never seen before, with a Mediterranean-style village attached. It was officially opened in May 1970, and in August that year Banús organised a party to introduce the world to his baby. The event was an indication of the scale on which Don José operated. The 1,700 guests included the Aga Khan, film director Roman Polanski, Playboy owner Hugh Heffner, Doctor Christian Barnard (pioneer of the heart transplant), and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco. Julio Iglesias was contracted to sing for the guests for the enormous (at the time) sum of 125,000 pesetas. In all the bash cost Banús eight million pesetas, which included hiring an army of 300 waiters from Seville and flying in 50 pounds of Beluga caviar.
Ever since, Puerto Banús has been an obligatory stop for visiting celebrities and aristocrats. The Saudi royal family and the Arab zillionaire Adnan Khassogi have been among those who regularly berthed their super-yachts here. The port has nine berths for the big yachts of over 150 feet, which pay up to 2000 euros a day during high season in berthing fees.
According to the port’s own estimates, some 35-40,000 people visit Puerto Banús daily during the August high season, with a total of 5 million visitors a year, and not all of them are yacht owners or film stars. Most are day trippers admiring the floating palaces berthed next to the port’s control tower or hoping to glimpse Bruce Willis, Antonio Banderas or Sting. Some even pretend to be millionaires for the day by renting a sports car, chartering a boat for a day’s tuna fishing, or spending some serious money in one of the port’s 95 fashion boutiques. After a morning’s shopping they can eat at some of the coast’s best restaurants, which include such well known names as Antonio, Taberna del Alabardero and La Dorada. In the evening the tradition is to head for Sinatra’s or Salduba, two bars strategically-located next to the port entrance, to meet friends, make new ones, and decide where to go to next. There’s plenty to choose from: in all, Puerto Banús keeps its visitors well fed, well fuelled and well entertained.
For those wishing to play golf, Puerto Banus and Marbella is surrounded by championship golf courses and driving ranges there are more than 20 courses just in the municipality of Marbella alone. There are few places in the world that can match the Costa del Sol as destination for golf tourism. The Costa del Golf (as affectionately known by golfers) is proving to be irresistible. Perfect Marbella has vide range of golf properies for sale on, and aroud, all Golf course on the Costa Del Sol