Puerto Banus is widely regarded as the jewel of the Costa del Sol. This is the ideal place to watch the world go by, especially on the Marina where the rich and famous moor their spectacular yachts. You can also treat yourself in one of the world famous fashion houses and boutiques. The Puerto Banus nightlife is wonderful, with alfresco bars, piano clubs and discos open from dusk until dawn. Puerto Banus also boasts beautiful sun drenched beaches, perfect for those looking to relax.
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Puerto Banus offers a diverse amount of cuisines, starting with some traditional Spanish restaurants favouring tapas and paella. You can also experience some fine dining here with plenty of options of international cuisines.
Puerto Banus has long attracted travellers who are looking for a vibrant night-life. It offers a wealth of bars, nightclubs and beach clubs. The majority of the bars are located along Calle Ribera and along the second line, open until late at night. There are also several other clubs in locations around Puerto banus. Don't be surprised if you see a reality TV star or two dancing the night away!
Funny Beach Marbella
Far more than a go-karting venue, Funny Beach is the ideal venue for lovers of speed, adrenaline and sheer fun. As well as go-karting both for adults and kids, there are trampolines, bumper boats and electric vehicles, not to mention an array of water sports and a beach club in the summer months. It’s located right on the beach between Marbella and Elviria.
Located just 500 metres from the beach at nearby Elviria, this superb adventure park is just the ticket for anyone up for a challenge. You’ll find six amazing forest adventure circuits, complete with zipwires, rope ladders and climbing walls at various levels to suit all ages from 4 upwards and all levels of fitness. Safety harnesses are provided, along with plenty of advice and encouragement from the park staff and your entrance ticket offers three hours on the circuits of your choice.
Not your typical water park, Aqua Arena is in fact a huge inflatable assault course moored in the sea just outside Marbella at Golden Beach, Elviria, during the summer months. Fabulous, supervised fun for children and adults alike, the course offers a chance to challenge friends and family to leap, bounce, slide and splash your way to the finish. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult and sessions last an hour.
At the heart of Marbella’s Old Town is the delightful Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Tree Square), its charming alfresco restaurants shaded by leafy orange trees. The surrounding buildings are full of character, many dating from the 15th and 16th centuries and with a blend of Arabic, Gothic and Renaissance architecture. From here you can wander down numerous cobbled streets to discover dozens of individual boutiques, taps bars and cafés.
Iglesia de Santa María de la Encarnación
This magnificent cathedral dates back to 1485 and was beautifully restored after being damaged during the Spanish Civil War. With three naves, numerous smaller chapels, a breathtaking gold altar and stunning arches, this is a wonderful place to visit, especially if you are lucky enough to hear the spectacular grand organ, one of the largest in Spain, in action.
Avenida del Mar
This broad pedestrianised area between the old town and the beach is laid with attractive yellow marble and devoted to ten magnificent bronze sculptures by Salvador Dalí, including Don Quixote, Greek legend Perseus and the Roman god Mercury. There are also two sculptures by Eduardo Soriano along with some beautiful fountains and benches where you can sit awhile and admire the art.
This lovely coastal promenade, lined with palm trees, stretches all the way between Puerto Banus and Marbella old town, with some 2 kms of the pathway paved with marble. There are bars, boutiques and restaurants offering all manner of cuisines along one side while walkers, cyclists, joggers and skate-boarders get to savour the wonderful sea views, especially at sunset, on the other. You’ll find free exercise areas, children’s trampolines and playgrounds and often street musicians and sand sculptors along the way.
Puerto Deportivo, Marbella
Located on Marbella’s paseo maritimo (promenade), Puerto Deportivo is a delightful place to sit and watch the nautical comings and goings of sleek yachts and motorboats moored at the marina. It’s packed with restaurants, bars, cafés and even a children’s playground, so whether you’re visiting with a young family or on a night out with friends, you’ll find plenty of choice. You can catch the catamaran ferry from Puerto Banus Marina to Puerto Deportivo, offering a great view of the resorts from the water.
From its spectacular mountain location and 11th century castle, it’s easy to see why the village of Benahavis was once a vital strategic base during the battles between Arab kings in Andalusia ? on a clear day you can see over 100 kms along the coastline. Renowned for its many high quality restaurants, it’s a wonderfully picturesque place and a paradise for golf lovers with 12 courses nearby. You can drive up to Benahavis in just 25 minutes from Puerto Banus.
Ocean Club Marbella
At the very heart of the Costa del Sol’s sizzling party scene, Ocean Club Marbella is the place to see and be seen. With the ultimate in contemporary all-white sun beds and a magnificent salt water infinity pool taking centre stage, the club oozes luxury and beachside chic. Famed for its mouthwatering cocktails and champagne spray parties, there’s also a highly regarded restaurant serving a range of exquisite seafood and pan-European delicacies, a VIP zone, massage area, designer boutique and beauty salon. The club occupies a 9,000 square metre spot just next to the marina in the centre of Puerto Banus.
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