Things to do in Puerto Banus, where are the best bars, beach clubs, shopping and restaurants?
Capture and experience all the best places to go in this popular spanish tourist spot. In this Ultimate Guide of Things to do in Puerto Banus we will discover the best bars, beach clubs, shopping and restaurants in the area. The Marina is known as the millionaires playground and it is the perfect place to people, yacht and supercar watch. What can you do in the Costa del Sol’s luxury party place? Whether you are with the family, a group of lads for golf or with the girls for a hen night, Marbella has so much to offer and plenty of sun to go with it.
Scroll down for a map of Puerto Banus and what to do in the port.
Where is Puerto Banus?
If you go and stay in Marbella you will not necessarily be in Puerto Banus. Marbella is about away 7 miles away making Puerto Banús a completey separate town. If you are staying near Banus these areas are a short taxi ride away and these are the approx prices for taxis.
- Puente Romano €7-8
- Marbella €18-20
- San pedro alacantara €7-8
- Sallidillo Benemara €13-14
- Atalaya Isadabe € 11-13
History of Puerto banus
The origin of Puerto Banús goes back to the 1960s. The founder was José Banús who started to build a luxury residential area called New Andalusia. Puerto Banús marina was founded upon this concept of a Mediterranean village in an Andalusian style. The strip of bars, shops and restaurants along the port look out on to gorgeous yachts. There are simply so many things things to do in Puerto Banus, by day you can relax in a local bar and watch the buzz of the harbour and by night you can party under the stars. Lets take look at the best places to go in Puerto Banus.
What can you do in Puerto Banus?
There is so much to do in the port of Banus. You can dance the night away in one of its many bars, sunbathe on the beach or visit a beach club. There are many shops to tempt you as well as markets of all sorts. There are also many day trips from Puerto Banus including a great bus service and plenty of taxis. Take a look at my hi lights of the marina and all that it has to offer.
Nightlife and bars Puerto Banus
Puerto Banus nightlife is luxurious and buzzing. The dress code is glam and smart, women not look out of place in sequins or heels and men wear shirts and shorts. During the day expect to see people dressed in beach wear and shorts. There are a plethora of bars in Banus, quiet bars, cocktail bars, rooftop bars, piano bars and pubs. Expect to see lots of club marketing going on as you step out of the taxi with many touts offering free drinks. If this is not your scene walk on straight in to the port area. Here are some of the top bars in the area.
Astrals Coctelería bar
There are many places for cocktails, but the best place for cocktails in Puerto Banus is Astrals cocktail bar at the end of the marina. Astrals looks like a wooden ship and is an outdoor open air bar. You may be lucky enough to sit on the large revolving table whilst you sip cocktails made with everything imaginable. Astrals get very busy and there is normally a short queue to get in.
The Irish Tavern
The Irish Tavern in Plaza Antonio Banderas is an ideal place to sit for a beer with the family and it is right next door to the Zoco del Sol night market.
This is the first stop for drinks in the port on a night out or people watching during the day. If you come in the evening expect to see large groups of people spilling out in to the road. Sinatra’s is open until the early hours of the morning and also has a DJ playing throughout the night.
If you want to go somewhere with a slightly older crowd Joys bar is the place to go. Expect to see a mix of people here generally of the ages 30 and up. Joys Live bar sits proudly in the front line of the port of Banus and is open until the early hours. This bar is the place to go for live music including singers, electric violin players and piano singers. The atmosphere is buzzing with lots of dancing and Cocktails. Joys does not get busy until at least 12.30 am so eat dinner late!
Portside is a bar halfway down the port and is great for some pre-party drinks and people watching. This bar links the main marina to the road behind which can get a little busy and rowdy. Sit outside the back of Portside with a drink and watch people in and out of Linekers and the many other bars and clubs. Drinks are quite reasonably priced here.
Babilona banus is another funky bar which is always busy with music in the centre of the port.
Other night clubs include Seven, Linekers, Buddha bar and Tibu. I would advise on doing your own research on booking certain bars and clubs.
The casino is a nice place to go for an evening out you will find it just over the Ap-7. This palm fringed casino has all your regular slot machines and poker tables.
Rooftop bars in Puerto Banus
There is an abundance of roof top bars in Puerto Banus here are the best rooftop bars. Please note some rooftop bars close during the winter months.
The Sky lounge
The Sky lounge is in the Benebola apartments on the corner of the port. This cocktail bar with the best views of banus is open from 12pm to midnight. This is the perfect place to go just before sunset for beautiful views over the port. This bar is perfect for couples or familes. Ask at reception for a keycard to the roof!
Breathe is a new restaurant in Banus just over the other side of the main road AP-7. It is a short walk from the harbour and is stunning in design and food. Although at the pricer end of the market the Breathe rooftop cocktail bar is worth booking for a special occasion.
Newscafe is a bar and nightclub which sits right in the middle of the port. More suited to a night on the town and slightly younger generation but great views none the less. There are often touts in the port offering a free drink on entry. Suitable for groups and party people.
Pangea is a open air night club in Puerto Banus. This is the ultimate place to be seen and great for hen nights and group bookings. Sitting on the corner of the harbour is great for sipping cocktails and having a dance. Booths are bookable and it is advisable you book in advance.
Best restaurants in Puerto Banus
There are many restaurants all over the port with a wide variety of cuisines. Some stand out and are constantly good here are some favourite places to eat.
La sala Banus
La Sala Banus is a restaurant and bar with live music and DJs in to the early hours. They have the mix just right here with a selection of European, Spanish and Scandinavian food at reasonable prices. There is live entertainment in the bar and different bands in the live lounge. You can sit inside the restaurants main bar, live lounge or outside on the terrace. They even serve a Sunday lunch in the cooler months, also look out for ladies processo lunches. It is advisable to book in advance here all year round.
Picasso is a firm favourite in the port. It is always busy and there is a reason why. Picasso serve good quality pizza, pasta and selection of other dishes in huge portions for good prices. The food is always good you may need to share here! You can can not book in advance here but the queue always moves quickly. It is always a good reliable choice in the port.
Mumtaz is a great little Indian in the port which is always popular.
Oak garden and grill
The Oak Garden and Grill is a part of the La Sala chain offering steaks and meats cooked on the grill. Sit in an open terrace where they will even give you a blanket if it turns chilly, booking advisable.
Breathe is a newly opened Gastro restaurant and roof top bar in Puerto Banus. This venue has been designed by leading architects and landscape gardeners combining contemporary settings with culinary delights and cocktails. Breathe Marbella is at the more expensive end of the market and booking is essential.
Restaurants with a view.
For restaurants with lovely views head over to the corner of the port behind the Benebola apartments.You will find reasonably priced restaurants with the best views of the sunset. You can watch the occasional yacht come in to the harbour and on a chilli night they will supply a blanket. There are many restaurants in this area such as Piucaro, Restaurante La Bocana and El Torero.
As with ever changing restaurants it’s always a good idea to check trip advisor on your trip for the best restaurants.
Where to shop in Puerto Banus
The port itself is where you will find all of the designer shops. The harbour is glittered with expensive shops and glamourous ones at that. Expect to find designer shops such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior and Jimmy Choo along the portside. You will also find other good mainstream shops such a Havaianas, Superdry, Micheal Kors, Sunglasses hut and Filebrequin to name but a few.
El Corte Inglés
El Corte Inglés is Spain’s largest department store chain and there is one in the heart of Puerto Banus. Selling everything from home goods, clothes, makeup and a food supermarket.
Banus Marina Mall
Banus Marina Mall is a smaller shopping centre behind the port. Here you will find shops such as Zara, H&M, Pull and Bear, Berska, Calzedonia, Massimo Duti and some smaller boutique shops.
Markets in Puerto Banus
Zoco del Sol night market.
Zoco del Sol market in Plaza Antonio Banderas has stalls open until midnight. Stalls have a variety of clothes, Moroccan goods and gifts with trampolines for children too.
Nueva Andalucía Artisan Market and antique market in Banus
Nueva Andalucía Artisan Market in puerto banus market is held on Saturdays between and 9am and 3pm near the bull ring.
Beach clubs in Puerto Banus
La Sala by the Sea
La Sala by the Sea is a beach club in Puerto Banus which is perfect for a fun day of sunshine. They have beds on the beach, by the pool and cabanas around the club. It is a reasonably priced beach club that gets very busy. Food here is an Asian fusion and is delicious! Look out for events and special guests throughout the season. We love the single beds by the pool or the cabanas and we always book a table for lunch.
Ocean club is well known as being one of the best beach clubs in the area of Marbella. It is a beach club to be seen in and holds events each week or month. Expect to be sprayed in champagne at this venue. Ocean club hold a white and silver opening party in the spring and a black and gold closing party in the autumn. This is a extraordinary evening to attend prices for tickets start at €220 but expect a full on show, fireworks, dancers, DJs and orchestras all night. You can expect canapés, and free flowing cocktails, wines, beers and Veuve Clicquot all night.
Nikki Beach is not in the port but a taxi ride to the other side of Marbella. This beach side luxury club also has opening and closing parties and is more pricer for a day out.
If its the beach you want to be on then Mistrals is ideal and situated just along the beach from the main beach clubs this beach bed only chiringuito is ideal for a day of sunshine.
Costa water park
Visit the beach for the Costa waterpark in the sea. A complete fun zone in the water with slides and trampolines.
Aurora beach club
Head over to Aurora beach Banus for a day in the sun and a delicious burger. Aurora beach club is further down the marina beyond the port and gets fabulous reviews.
Safety in Banus
As with anywhere in the world be aware of pickpockets and hold on to your drinks in clubs. The back strip of the port can be a bit messy late at night so stick to the main port or main roads.
Day trips from Puerto Banus
Take a Ferry to Marbella
Take a day trip on catamaran from the port to Marbella and visit the beach or Old Town. You can get a ferry from Fly blue.
San Pedro is the next town down and is typically more Spanish and cheaper. It is a €2 bus ride, a €6 taxi or a 15 minute walk down the beach. Come here for tapas restaurants, boutique shops and cheaper but good beach bars our favourite being the Chiringuito Guayaba Beach.
Walk to Marbella
Take a walk along the promenade to Marbella passing by glorious beaches, bridges and palm trees. Sample cuisine along the route and take a rest at the numerous bars.
Visit Benhavis and one of its many restaurants.
This traditional white washed Andalusian town is in the mountains and it well known for its concentration of excellent restaurants. Take a taxi up in to the winding the streets and find a unique restaurant for something special.
This upscale beach resort area is frequented by the rich and famous. Here you will find the Puente Romano Hotel and some other luxury restaurants and hotels such as The Sea Grill and the Marbella club.
When is the best time to go to Puerto banus?
Banus is open all year round for restaurants and bars. Beach clubs are typically open from the end of April through to the end of September. Outside of these times is better for golf or exploring many of the outdoor activities in the area as it can be very hot. However it is not unusual to have sun all year round and even in the winter you can often sit outside with a glass of wine. The weather in Puerto Banus ranges of highs of 30 degrees in the summer to lows of 17 degrees in the winter.
Puerto banus parking
Where can you park in the port of Banus? There are a few multi story and underground car parks in Puerto Banus you can find the Av de José Banus parking Garage at the top of the port. It can be expensive to park so If staying just out side of the area the bus service is extremely easy and cheap and there are an abundance of taxis all day and night.
See the map below for taxi points, bus stops and parking.
Puerto Banus Map of the Town
Take a look at this google map of things to do in Puerto Banus map with all of the best places to go where to park, shop and eat.
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