Marbella Chic visits Puerto Banús, Marbella – a celebrity hotspot in the Costa del Sol. Mixing with the rich and famous in the well renowned party town of Puerto Banús certainly gives you an insight to ‘how the other half live’. Puerto Banús attracts more than five million visitors each year. They come to enjoy the unique blend of year round sunshine, nightlife, designer shops and luxury yachts. Words: Jessica Fogarty
EAT AND DRINK TRAVEL Fly to Malaga airport from any Midlands airport for under £200 return. We found the best price with Ryanair from Leeds Bradford – £125pp. Take the train from Sheffield to Leeds city centre (40mins) then the airport bus from Leeds city centre to Leeds Bradford airport (30mins) - £17. The flight time is 2hrs 45mins. Once at Malaga airport you have various options to get to Puerto Banús – car rental (£58 p/week) / bus (8euros) / taxi (70 euros).
Puerto Banús is a food lover’s paradise. From Italian and Indian to traditional Spanish tapas bars — there’s menus for all tastes. Eating in the port can be expensive, but head to the hidden streets behind and prices will half.
WEATHER Puerto Banús is a haven for sun seekers who like to lounge in luxury. Summer temperatures will vary between 25°C and 35°C during the day and clear blue skies are virtually guaranteed.
Picasso’s is the busiest pizzeria in the Port — in summer you’ll see queues of expectant diners standing outside waiting for a spare table. Their plentiful portions and family friendly atmosphere make them a favourite with both locals and tourists.
Even in winter, temperatures in Puerto Banús can still reach 20°C throughout the day, but take a jacket for the evening breeze.
Hard Rock Cafe Marbella is another tourist hot spot. Soak up the Hollywood ambience on the beautiful terrace with its cascading waterfall, or step inside and cool off while you browse the world famous menu. - 44 -
The focal point of Puerto Banús is the marina — home to hundreds of yachts owned by the world’s wealthiest individuals. Behind the harbour you’ll be spoilt for choice on the streets lined with boutiques, restaurants, bars and nightclubs. One stretch is known as ‘The Golden Mile’, where the most expensive luxury boutiques are located. Be prepared for some hefty price tags in Lois Vuitton, Christian Dior, Gucci, and Prada. In the heart of the Antonio Banderas Square you’ll find one of the largest El Corte Ingles department stores in Spain — a more budget friendly place to shop.
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