Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus is located 6 km away from downtown Marbella. It was developed by Jose Banus, who had bought a large estate in Nueva Andalucia to build a marina. He hired two architects, Noldi Schreck from Switzerland, and Marcos Sainz from Mexico. They decided to build a typical Andalusian fishing village along the marina. The combination of beauty and functionality made this marina famous around the world when it was inaugurated in May,1970, and the jet set flocked to it because of its originality and beauty. There are 915 docking posts for berths ranging from 8 to 50 meters, and two beaches on either side of the marina. One can see some of the most impressive yachts in the world in the marina, many owned by the king and princes of Saudi Arabia.

Puerto Banus has many hotels, but is more famous for the stores that are in the development. It has a very large shopping center and many international boutiques by famous designers. Many of the stores are the most luxurious in Spain, with many jewelry stores. There are many restaurants along the marina and in the shopping center. The apartment buildings around the marina have beautiful architecture, such as the Benabola Building. The marina is also famous for its nightlife, with many bars and famous discotheques. It is estimated that Puerto Banus gets 4,400,000 visitors a year. Prominent people from all over the world have visited this development and entertainment center, among them kings, queens, and movie stars. Puerto Banus is considered one of the premier Mediterranean resorts.

There is a Walk of Fame there, which honors celebrities like Julio Iglesias, the Duchess of Alba, and Tita Cervera. It is located in the median of Avenida Jose Banus. Instead of having a star on the floor, there is the figure of a starfish.

There is a very popular street market on Saturday mornings.  It starts in the wide Boulevard de la Fama - where the stars are - and here the central area has artists selling their wares.  If you go across (under! Don't try crossing the road) the main road, walk 100 metres to the little roundabout, you'll see the stalls jam-packed in the Avenida Pilar calvo.  You can't miss it!

It has typical street-market items for sale - clothes, souvenirs, watches, bags, hats, glasses, etc. 

The market continues up to the shopping centre, where the stalls wind around inside and outside.  There are numerous bars and restaurants here, and usually a stall selling plants for your balcony pots, and a couple of craft stalls too.

This is very popular, very crowded - watch out for pickpockets, keep a tight hold on your bag.

In fact, despite its attractive location, that is generally wise advice for any visit to Puerto Banus, which is recognised by the Marbella Policia Local as a street-crime hot-spot.  You are warned!