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Puerto Banus Tourist Information
by Gary Marshall
The glamorous marina of Puerto
Banus is one of the best-known attractions on the Costa del Sol. Situated
to the west of Marbella, this marina was the brainchild of Madrid-based
property developer, Jose Banus, who wanted to create something that would
attract the international elite. Puerto Banus was designed by architects
Marcos Sainz and Noldi Schreck, who took their inspiration from traditional
Andalucian fishing villages. The result is an attractive harbour lined
with bars, cafes, restaurants and expensive boutique-style shops.
its official opening in 1970, Puerto Banus soon began to attract the rich
and famous as its creator had originally intended. Huge mega-yachts, owned
by the likes of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd, and Monaco's Prince Rainier and
Princess Grace, were often moored in the marina. More recently, actor Antonio
Banderas and his wife Melanie Griffiths have both been spotted here.
Puerto Banus is especially
renowned for its bars, restaurants and nightclubs. Situated at the entrance
to the port is the small Sinatra's bar, which has become a popular meeting
place in the resort. Next to Sinatra's is the more laid-back Salduba Pub.
A popular daytime haunt is Portside which, as its name suggests, is situated
right alongside the marina. This is a great place to go to if you want
to sit on a terrace, sip a glass of wine and watch the world go by (a popular
pastime in Puerto Banus).
are plenty of late-night bars to choose from in Puerto Banus. One of the
favourites, especially with a slightly older clientele, is Old Joy's Pub,
which usually features a pianist and singer. Another Puerto Banus institution
is the small but casual late-night drinking bar, News Cafe. Other popular
venues on the Puerto Banus circuit include El Cubanito, which has a thatched
roof, the Irish bar O'Grady's, and the cocktail lounge Astral.
One of the best-known nightclubs
in Puerto Banus is Dreamers, which regularly attracts top DJ's and has
a very youthful atmosphere. If you are looking for something more nostalgic,
then Disco Inferno which plays 70's and 80's tunes is the place to go.
Other nightclubs in the area include Oliva Valere and La Comedia.
Puerto Banus has a dozens
of cafes and restaurants to choose from. There are the usual fast-food
outlets such as McDonalds, plus several popular pizzerias, in particular
the reasonably-priced Picasso's which has an extensive menu. Other good
restaurants for kids include TGI Friday's and Jack's. A relative newcomer
to the Puerto Banus dining scene is the Lonestar Brasserie, which boasts
a simple Caribbean-style menu. There are several more excellent restaurants
in nearby Nueva Andalucia, such as Khan's, Rudy's East, and the exclusive
Italian restaurant, Regina's.
Puerto Banus is well placed
for Marbella, which is situated about 4 miles (6km) to the east. There
are several excellent golf courses within easy reach, including Las Brisas,
Aloha and Los Naranjos. A few miles inland from Puerto Banus is the small
village of Benahavis, which is renowned for its high concentration of top-class
restaurants and has been dubbed the dining table of the Costa del Sol.
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