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Puerto José Banús, more commonly known as Puerto Banús is a marina located in the area of Nueva Andalucía, to the southwest of Marbella, Spain on the Costa del Sol. It was built in May 1970 by José Banús, a local property developer, as a luxury marina and shopping complex. It has since become one of the largest entertainment centres in the Costa del Sol, with 5 million annual visitors, and is popular with international celebrities.
Developed around a coastal village in the Mediterranean architectural style, Puerto Banús contains expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars around the marina. It is also scene to many exotic cars that are owned by international celebrities and wealthy owners that also own large yachts. Luxury cars like Rolls Royces and high end sports cars like Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Mercedes Benz are a common sight in the summer months around Marbella and Puerto Banus.
Many visitors to Marbella choose to stay in villas near Puerto Banus, giving them quick & easy access to the port – whether it’s to be close to their yacht or to make it as easy as possible to visit the many fabulous shops and restaurants that the area has to offer.
Puerto Banus is well known for its glamour and luxury. The port is full of multi-million pound yachts, and the streets are lined with designer shops and in the summer it’s the must visit place for celebrities and Marbella’s wealthy guests. There numerous excellent restaurants in Puerto Banus, plus it has a great nightlife scene with bars and clubs open until the early hours of the morning.
Puerto Banús is located on the Costa del Sol of southeast Spain, 6 km (3.7 miles) southwest of Marbella, 64 km (40 miles) southwest of Malaga and 782 km (486 mies) south of Madrid. The climate of the area is protected in its northern part by the Coast Mountain Range of Cordillera Penibética. It has a microclimate that produces a mean annual temperature of 18 °C (64 °F).
The Malaga Airport is 60 km (37 miles) away. There is a good network of roads and transport services connecting Puerto Banús with adjacent towns and suburbs.
Its streets are lined with expensive luxury boutiques like Christian Dior, Gucci, Bvlgari, Versace, Dolce & Gabbana, and others. One stretch is known as “The Golden Mile“. Apart from the chain of restaurants, boutiques, in the heart of the Antonio Banderas Square is one of the largest El Corte Ingles department stores in Spain, including the up-scale hypermarket, Hipercor.
The Boulevard de la Fama de Puerto Banús was created to pay tribute to individuals who have promoted Marbella nationally or internationally through their professional work.
A three-ton statue of a rhinoceros by Salvador Dalí was placed in Puerto Banús in 2004. Officially known as Rinoceronte vestido con puntillas (“Rhinoceros dressed in lace”), Dalí created the sculpture in 1956 following the filming of his surrealist movie La aventura prodigiosa de la encajera y el rinoceronte (“The prodigious adventure of the lacemaker and the rhinoceros”) in 1954. Another impressive statue sculpted in bronze and copper by the Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli is that of “La Victoria”, which stands tall at 26 metres (85 ft) height over a granite pedestal. Unveiled in 1994, it was a gift from the Mayor of Moscow
For more info on Puerto Banus visit: www.puertobanusguide.com