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The Ultimate Area Guide to Puerto Banús Property

Puerto Banús is a glamorous marina filled with upmarket bars, restaurants, and a high concentration of super yachts and luxury cars in Marbella. It is considered to be one of the top resort destinations in Europe.

This area guide will take a closer look at Puerto Banús, its history, and what makes it unique.

Where is Puerto Banús? 

Puerto Banús is in Southern Spain, Malaga, and is part of the Marbella municipality on the Costa del Sol. Situated to the southwest of Marbella, mid-way between Marbella town and San Pedro de Alcántara. It is on the sea, and you can walk from either Marbella or San Pedro via the Paseo Marítimo boardwalk.

From Málaga airport, it’s about forty minutes, and transport options include car rental, taxi, or bus. It is reached via the motorway A-7 with the opportunity to take either the toll A-7 or the coast road the N.340.

Puerto Banús History

The marina was built in 1970 by José Banús, a local property developer and friend of Prince Alfonso de Hohenlohe of the Marbella club. Initially, the plans were to make skyscraper blocks. However, Jose Banús wanted to create a luxurious paradise for millionaires and celebrities worldwide.

At the time, Marbella was one of the favourite destinations of the International jet set, with the world’s most famous stars holidaying in Marbella. The inauguration guests included the Aga Khan, and Prince Ranier Princess Grace of Monaco, with Julio Iglesias singing for 1,700 guests.

It was developed with Mediterranean architecture, a sophisticated Andalusian village, and a marina. Puerto Banús has shopping malls, restaurants and bars built around the marina.

José Banús became one of the most important developers of residential tourism complexes on the Costa del Sol. The port took his name, and it soon grew beyond the two streets and the original harbour. These days it has several tree-lined streets with a central ‘plaza’ or town square named after Malaga-born Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas.

What makes Puerto Banús special?

Puerto Banús has something for everyone; from luxury shopping malls to exclusive casinos and nightclubs, there’s no shortage of things to do here. Its beautiful beaches are perfect for sunbathing or swimming in the warm waters of the Mediterranean Sea.

Plus, if you’re looking for a great place to eat out or socialise with friends, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and bars around the marina area. It signifies wall-to-wall glamour, from the designer boutique-lined streets to the superyachts berthed in the harbour.

It has become one of the most important attractions in the Costa del Sol. Estimated to have up to five million annual visitors and is popular with international celebrities.

What kind of property will I find in Puerto Banús?

Puerto Banús has some of the most exclusive and luxurious real estate in Spain.

The Puerto Banús marina has few freehold properties, most are used for commercial or rental. However, it does have some extremely desirable waterfront apartments that have been beautifully renovated.

From beachfront villas to apartments overlooking the port, many luxurious properties are available in Puerto Banús. So whether you’re looking for a holiday home or an investment property, there is something for everyone.

Puerto Banús has many luxury apartment complexes behind and to either side of the marina. The Playa del Duque urbanisations, with its stunning landscaped gardens, is on the boulevard approaching the port.

On the eastern side and directly on the beach, we find the exclusive complexes of Los Granados I and II with spectacular grounds and swimming pools. In addition, these complexes’ ground floor and duplex penthouses have private pools.

West of Puerto Banús, Laguna de Banús and Malibu are prime beachfront apartment complexes with superior penthouses and apartments. Set on tropical grounds and have excellent facilities for residents, such as indoor pools, spas and gyms etc.

Some exclusive villas are close to Puerto Banús, within walking distance of the marina and beach.

Other residential urbanisations include La Alcazaba, Playa Rocío, Marina de Banús, Benabola, Gray d’Albion, Medina Gardens, El Embrujo, Ventura del Mar, Villa Marina, La Isla, Las Mimosas, Bahia de Banús, Jardines del Puerto or Terrazas de Banús.

The typical properties are apartments, but there are several villa areas such as Villa Marina, La Alzambra, Atalaya de Río Verde or Cortijo Blanco.

As one would expect, given the location, the properties offer super facilities for their owners. Including heated swimming pools and spas, gyms, private security, parking, garden areas or direct access to the beach.

How much does a property cost in Puerto Banús?

Puerto Banús is a luxury destination, and the prices reflect this, but the prices vary substantially depending on the property type and location. As a general guideline for price points. The starting price for apartments in Puerto Banús is around 400,000 euros.

However, there are few listings in this price range.

Prices start from five hundred thousand euros to million-dollar listings.

  • Apartments in the Los Granados urbanisations start from two million nine hundred and fifty thousand euros to five million for a duplex penthouse.
  • Apartments in Playas del Duque from eight hundred and twenty-five thousand for a three-bedroom apartment to two million +
  • Two-bedroom Apartments in Embrujo Playa from five hundred and twenty-five thousand Euros
  • Villas close to Puerto Banús start from three million five hundred thousand euros upwards, depending on their location

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Why visit Puerto Banús?

Puerto Banús is a luxury vacation destination with something for everyone, so whether you’re looking for luxury shopping, exquisite dining, nightlife, or relaxing by the Mediterranean Sea, it caters for everyone.

Puerto Banús was created with sophistication, celebrity and exclusivity in mind.

As a result, Puerto Banús is famous for its stunning waterfront views, luxurious houses and yachts, and numerous attractions.  It is very family-friendly, with lots of options for everyone.

If you’re looking for a luxurious lifestyle with all the amenities close by, this is worth considering when searching for your luxury home in Spain.

Shop until you drop!

If there is one thing, Puerto Banús is famous for its shopping!

Most world-famous designer brands have flagship stores in Puerto Banús, the top boutiques known for their style, quality and collections.

Shop until you drop in Luxury Boutiques such as Dolce & Gabbana, Hermes, Versace, Loro Piana, Gucci, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, to name just a few of the International designer boutiques in Puerto Banús. As you stroll around the marina, it’s hard to know where to stop.

It’s not just for the ladies. The fashion-conscious man can lose himself in Tom Ford, Salvatore Ferragamo, Billionaire, and DSquared, as well as the men’s section in the nearby department stores.

In addition, the El Corte Inglés department store opened in 1992 and is a luxury emporium destination in its own right. It is one of the highest-performing stores in Spain, with an abundance of super brands and a luxury food emporium on the upper floors.

Marina Puerto Banús houses most Inditex brands, including Zara and Massimo Dutti, as well as H&M, Calzedonia, and smaller independent boutiques.

What watersports are available in Puerto Banús?

Puerto Banuús is known for its stunning marina of luxurious yachts and bustling watersports activities. In addition to seeing these boats and enjoying the thrills of jet skiing or banana boating.

Yacht hire is available for one-day excursions, and sport fishing is also available.

On either side of the marina, the beaches have watersports hire concessions. They have everything you can think of to enjoy hours of fun in the sea – SUP, kayak, banana boats, jet-ski, electric surfboards, fishing and dolphin expeditions. Or relax in the sun on some of the best beaches around.

All the beaches have a choice of beach bars and sunbeds for a fabulous beach day.

What is the nightlife like in Puerto Banús?

Puerto Banús is known for its party lifestyle both day and night. Beach clubs such as Plaza Beach, Ocean Club, and La Sala by the Beach offer daytime parties in one of the most glamorous areas of the Mediterranean. It’s a trendy destination for groups of young people enjoying their holidays or weekend breaks.

Night-time is when Puerto Banús comes into its own, however, as the bars and restaurants fill up.

One of the most famous bars has to be Sinatras on the marina front. Open for several decades, is still the place to start the night and is great for people-watching. Astral Bar by the east side of the marina with its pirate ship décor and outsize chairs – and outsize cocktails to go with them!

The night continues into the early morning hours in Puerto Banús, with clubs offering DJ sets throughout the summer. The super club Dreamers, a mecca of Tech music, has reopened after a break and will undoubtedly attract a massive following as they bring in the top DJs.

Five minutes from the port, you’ll find the famous superclub Olivia Valere, a dining and nightclub venue where the night starts and ends late!

What are the best restaurants in Puerto Banús?

Puerto Banús has an extensive choice of restaurants, from classic Spanish fish to Lebanese, Italian and Indian. Whatever your taste, you are sure to find something to suit. Some lovely restaurants, including Amore y Fantasia, are near the control tower, where the superyachts are berthed.

Of of the most renowned restaurants and a must for many is Los Bandidos. For meat lovers, try El Gaucho or Tango for the best Argentinian grill selection.

Families are also well catered for, with Jack’s Smokehouse serving bbq right on the waterfront, or the old favourite, Picasso, for pizza – you may have to queue. Still, it’s worth it for this Puerto Banús institution. There are many more but also excellent ice cream joints and cafe bars.

Finally, we have two of the most popular restaurants in Marbella. Just a few minutes’ walk from Puerto Banús.  Breathe is a new concept restaurant based on sustainability and clean air, with fresh, healthy food and many plant-based options. La Sala is famous for its fabulous nights out, with both lunch and dinner menus with live music. It is very popular with golfers and weekend party groups.


With luxury designer shops, exclusive casinos, stunning beaches and waterfront views, Puerto Banús is one of Europe’s most glamorous ports. Its luxury lifestyle and numerous attractions make it the perfect destination for tourists looking to experience all Marbella offers.

Thanks for reading, and we hope this guide to Puerto Banús has been informative and helpful. MPDunne Properties is a leading luxury property specialist in Marbella and Puerto Banús, and we would be delighted to assist you in finding your dream home in our corner of the world.

Puerto Banús is unique and offers something for everyone. We’d love to show you around and find a property to suit your needs. Contact us to arrange a visit.

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