Porto de Banus, Spain

Puerto Banús is a luxury marina located in Marbella, Spain on the Costa del Sol. It was built in 1970 by José Banús, a local property developer, as a luxury marina and shopping complex for the jet-set and the super rich.

Puerto Banus has berths for 915 boats, including those of the King of Saudi Arabia and several of the world's wealthiest individuals. Behind the harbour lie streets filled with bars, boutiques and nightclubs. Behind the main square is a vast El Corte Inglés department store.There is beach on each side of the marina. Many of the yachts moored within can enjoy an unobstructed view of La Concha mountain, one of the coast's landmarks.

Marbella itself has immaculate streets, beautifully landscaped squares and (everywhere you go) an overpowering scent of orange blossoms. Glittering boutiques filled with European designer clothing, jewelry, and shoes, entice shoppers. Marbella’s beaches are a major tourist attraction.

Things to See & Do

* The old town and Orange Square
* Popular bars and restaurants lining the marina
* Parque de la Alameda – walkways filled with Jasmine and Bougainvilleas, Salvador Dali sculptures line the Avenida del Mar
* Nagueles Park – in the centre of Marbella
* The Golden Mile

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – Spanish and Catalan
Land Area – 114.3 km²
Population – 125,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC + one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 34

Port Location – The Port is located at Puerto Banus approximately 6km from Marbella.

Travel Links – Malaga Airport is serviced by most European carriers, otherwise fly in to Gibraltar, both airports are around 30 minutes drive from Marbella centre.

There are high quality regular bus services along the length of the Costa. Although cheap, the buses can run to their own timetable and are often very busy in summer.

There is a train service between Fuengirola and Malaga, which is due to be extended to run further down the coast to Marbella in the near future.

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