Puerto Banus is a port town located on the west end of Marbella which has the the style and atmosphere to match the price tags of the designer stores and up market bars and restaurants. The port is a boat lovers dream and you will probably see more Ferraris than Seat’s but don’t be fooled, there are some great places to shop, eat and drink at reasonable prices – you just need to look!
The port area is very popular with great shopping and eating and the prices reflect that, but a short walk east of the port to the square offers a large variety of shops, cafes and restaurants for all tastes and budgets. Walking north of the port and crossing the motorway you will find Nueva Andalucia which is a melting pot of international cusine and some great restaurants, clubs and bars.
There is a Saturday market surrounding the bull ring in Nueva Andalucia offering everything you could possibly think of. And don’t forget the golf! Nueva Andalucia has some of the coast best courses in Los Flamigos, dama de Noche, Aloha and La Quinta. We recommend Links bar as the 19th Hole in Aloha Pueblo for its friendly atmosphere and quality bar food.
Finding the right school is a critical part of relocating to the coast and there are several international schools within easy reach of Marbella. Aloha College in Nueva Andalucia and Swans Internatinal in Nagueles, Marbella take children from infant school up to sixth form, and if you are willing to travel 20 minutes or so you have The Bilingual Colegio Atalaya near Benahavis.
The security of access to medical care is priority for everyone moving to the coast and whilst the public health system in Spain may differ from what you are used to in your home country, the private healthcare infrastructure along the coast is well developed and most new residents will find that they are well provided for.
Membership of Sanitas for example gives you access to every kind of healthcare from general practitioners and dentists to hospitals and specialist consultants. The Estepona area has the excellent Hospiten on the New Golden Mile and the Clinica del Rio in Estepona town.
The Costa del Sol hospital in Marbella is the nearest public general hospital where you will find translation services are available on request. Access to public healthcare is usually provided at ‘ambulatorios’ and non-Spanish residents can use these for medical emergencies on production of your passport and a European health Insurance card from your country of origin.
Puerto Banus main attractions
If you like the finer things in life, then you will like Puerto Banus. Art, Cars, Boats, Yatchs, Helicopters, fine dining are the order of the day here!
The port is a great place to start as it is vibrant and bustling at every turn. This millionaires playground has another side with quaint little Spanish streets and beautiful architecture, it is a lovely place to wind the hours away strolling through the many designer stores and small local shops, taking in the sea views and enjoying a great variety of wines and fresh, local cuisine.
Puerto Banus has three main beaches – Playa Nueva Andalucia, Playa Puerto Banus (also known as Playa de Levante) and Playa del Rio Verde.
Each beach is different, so you are sure to find one that suits your taste. Playa Nueva Andalucia and Playa del Rio Verde both boast a blue flag by the European Union for their excellent facilities and high standards of cleanliness.
You will be spoilt for choice in Puerto Banus with many great restaurants and eateries scattered throughout the port and surrounding areas. Our recommendation for visitors to Puerto Bnaus seeking an authentic meal would be the beach Chiringuito’s. Our favourite 3 are linked below.
The splendid golf courses in the Marbella area are a big attraction. Golfers can choose from Aloha Golf, Los Flamingos, Dame de Noche and Las Brisas to name a few. You will not have to look far for a world class round!
Horses are at the heart of Andalucia so it is not surprising that the area offers an above average number of riding schools plus livery facilities for residents with their own mount. Marbella boasts the Marbella Horse Riding, one of the top places to ride on the coast and Riding Fun in the Sun is an excellent choice for keen trekkers.
Puerto Banus offers some excellent boutique shopping for fashion, shoes and interior decoration. It has a weekly market on Saturday that is one of the largest on the coast and the port has a small Sunday market packed with jewellery and everything under the sun. It’s a great place to spend a Sunday morning.
The area also has numerous shops and large stores like El Core Ingles, plus the local supermarkets Mercadona and Supersol. Locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables are available at markets and in small corner shops in the town, and you’ll find locally-sourced fish in both the supermarkets and the fish shops. Meat is available in the supermarkets and at butchers.
The Marbella bus station is situated 1 km north/inland from the centre of the old town of Marbella crossing over the A-7 coast road. The local buses pass through the town centre before terminating at the bus station. Coaches from Malaga or Gibraltar only stop at the main bus terminals and you can board any connection to the routes below.
Routes that operate from Marbella bus station to the following destinations:
Malaga Airport (AGP), – Algeciras – Almería – Benahavís – Benalmádena Costa – Cádiz – Coín – Córdoba – Estepona – Fuengirola – Granada – Costa del Sol Hospital (from center) – Jaén – La Línea – Málaga – Nueva Andalucía – Ojén – Ronda – San Pedro (from bus station and center) – Sevilla – Torremolinos – Madrid