Puerto Banús

Address: Puerto Banús, Marbella, 29660, Spain

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This is one of Europe's most celebrated and glamorous leisure ports.

I go through phases of loving the unashamed glitziness of Puerto Banús. Sometimes I like putting on my biggest pair of sunglasses and mooching around the yachts worth tens of millions, browsing the designer boutiques where the clothes don’t have a price tag (if you have to ask, you can’t afford it), and watching the world strut by from a bar or restaurant full-to-bursting with well-groomed social butterflies. Other times, the ostentatious brashness of it all is a bit much. Either way, it must be experienced on a trip to Marbella.

Value for money

Price advice

It's free to walk around and do a spot of window shopping, but you'd best have a healthy relationship with your bank manager if you fancy picking up some treats from the boutiques and/or eating and drinking.

Expert tips

Park in the underground car park at Plaza Antonio Banderas or in the multi-storey attached to El Corte Ingles department store. But check the opening hours as they vary throughout the year.

Restaurants stay open until about midnight, or even 1am, in the summer, but close a couple of hours earlier in winter.

In the height of the summer there are lots of prostitutes near the piano bars and nightclubs on the second line. It can get a bit seedy so avoid it if that’s not your thing.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Honeymooners
  • Sporty types
  • Stag / hen parties
  • Celebrity spotting
  • Nightlife
  • Shopping
  • Special occasions
  • Trendiness