Marbella is considered the city of the rich and famous. The symbol for this is certainly the marina of Marbella, Puerto Banus, in the south of the city. Puerto Banus has space for almost 1,000 yachts and is the largest port of Marbella. Who can afford a berth for his yacht here, probably belongs to the well-off visitors of this jet set hotspot.
Getting to Puerto Banus
Puerto Banus can be reached most easily from the A-7 motorway, which runs through the municipality. If you follow the directions from the A-7, you reach Puerto Banus at its northern end. Puerto Banus itself is closed to traffic; only the owners of yachts and owners of restaurants and shops can drive in the harbour. Our advice is to park in one of the garages; although even here it might be hard to find a parking space in summer. Those who simply park somewhere may get a nasty surprise as your rental car in Malaga is towed away faster than you can look.
Puerto Banus is a small metropolitan area for itself. The small harbour promenade is lined with elegant boutiques, perfume shops, cafes and restaurants. In a second street running parallel to the promenade, you will find discos, pubs and more exclusive shops. Around Puerto Banus are situated exclusive apartments.
In the summer months Puerto Banus is full to overflowing. Busloads of tourists are carted to the marina and try to photograph one of the celebrities with their cameras for the family album. Some of the VIPs and super-rich can possibly be spotted at night in one of the glamorous discos. Thus remains for many tourists just a photo next to one of luxury cars, Ferrari, Rolls Royce or luxury yachts to be found anywhere in Puerto Banus.
From October to April of Puerto Banus still exudes its original charm. During this time you can stroll comfortably along the promenade and admire the displays the boutiques. Anyone with a little extra cash to spend can also get hold of one or the other chic piece. The prices of the restaurants are also more likely to moderate during the winter months. So you can eat in a restaurant overlooking the sea or sample some tapas of the region and enjoy the beautiful weather on the Costa del Sol.