Villa holidays on the Costa del Sol: Puerto Banus – things to do and places to see

Puerto Banus is a beautiful Mediterranean port situated on the Costa del Sol. Located in a small area in between Marbella and San Pedro; it’s often referred to as ‘Marbs’. It’s where the rich and the famous choose to holiday. Puerto Banus and Nueva Andalucía attract almost 4 million visitors each year, and it’s easy to see why. They come to enjoy that elusive combination of year-round sunshine, fantastic food, the very best in designer shopping and every leisure activity available.

Puerto Banus is a fantastic holiday destination. It’s a cosmopolitan place, rich in history and culture with a great nightlife too. It has a great selection of shops, a stunning port full of breath-taking boats and yachts, play area for kids, and a massive choice of restaurants, bars and clubs. There’s also a great choice of beaches and beaches clubs, and access to some of the most stunning coastal scenery on the Costa del Sol.

Things to do

Visit Plaza Antonio Banderas:

Yes, you’d be right in thinking the name rings a bell. That’s because it was named after the actor, who was born in Malaga. It’s a fine and imposing square, located behind El Corte Inglés. The square often hosts a tented market, particularly during the summer months. If your budget doesn’t stretch to the likes of Fendi or D&G, this is the place to buy lots on interesting clothes and gifts at more realistic prices.

Stroll along the town’s famous boulevard:

You might not be in a position to afford one of the many luxury yachts or Ferraris that you’ll see when you walk the boulevard, but that’s no reason not to look with envy at what serious money can buy you. If you’re not the acquisitive type, then simply feast your eyes on the sea front and soak in the stunning scenery.

Statue of La Victoria:

What did the Russians ever do for the Costa del Sol? Well, they actually sent the statue of ‘Victory’ to Porto Banus as a gift. The 25 metre high copper, bronze and granite statue, designed by Georgian sculptor, Zurab Tsereteli, was donated by the Mayor of Moscow to Marbs back in 1996.

Visit the flamenco festival:

The renowned Flamenco Festival takes place in the Puerto Banus and Marbella area every year during the month of June. This is definitely one festival that you won’t want to miss. It truly is a visual feast. The streets are garlanded add lavishly decorated to celebrate the event, and the local bars and restaurants lay on traditional food and drink to celebrate the occasion.

Puerto Jose Banus harbour:

No trip to Puerto Banus is complete without a visit to the marina. Inaugurated in 1970, Puerto Jose Banus has 915 docking posts for berths from 8 to 50 metres. If you want to see how the other half live, then you’ll see it here. The marina is home to some of the most luxurious yachts you’re ever likely to see. Whether any of them ever sail anywhere is debatable, but the marina is definitely the place to be seen.

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