For the ultimate in coastal glamour Puerto Banús, at the western end of Marbella’s famous Golden Mile, has it all.
The “Mile” is actually four miles (six kilometres) long, extending from the centre of Marbella to Puerto Banús, home to some of the most exclusive properties in the world… with beach-front residences costing as much as €20 million.
This is, arguably, Spain’s most exclusive destination. Royalty and celebrities come here to enjoy the exceptional climate and exquisite lifestyle. As you wander through the port, admiring the lavish yachts and supercars, you will be able to feast on a wide array of expensive bars and restaurants, while ultra-exclusive boutiques offer every designer brand you could imagine. This is the place to be pampered in style and watch the world go by – or window-shop and people-watch.
The port has grown considerably over the years and now includes a casino, commercial shopping centre (El Corte Inglés department store) and marine observatory.
The nightlife is buzzing with al fresco bars, piano clubs and discotheques open from dusk until dawn, as you rub shoulders with the rich and famous – but there is much more to Puerto Banús than glamour and glitz: the entire area promotes healthy living and an active lifestyle. In fact, there’s something for every age, whether you’re 18 or 80 – and thanks to the great weather you can enjoy it all year round.
One hugely popular pursuit that highlights this appeal to a wide cross-section of people is golf, with nearby Nueva Andalucía’s “Golf Valley” home to four outstanding golf courses: Las Brisas (a former World Cup venue) and Aloha, Los Naranjos and La Quinta, which have all hosted European Tour events.
Puerto Banús is located at the western end of the Marbella bypass road, bordering San Pedro de Alcántara.