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Our Complete Guide To Holidays In Puerto Banus In 2023/2024
Holidays to Puerto Banus in 2023 & 2024 can be full of the glitz and glamour you'd find in Marbella but perhaps not such a high pricetag. It can still be a little more expensive than other part of the Costa del Sol but there are some fantastic accommodation options ranging from self catering holiday apartments through to beautiful, five-star spa resorts, and you can also enjoy staying around the marina or the beach, or a littler further inland around one of the many golf courses available in the area. Whether you're after a fun, family holiday or a couples luxury retreat in the sunshine, Puerto Banus is definitely a destination worth considering.
Getting to, from and around Puerto Banus
Located halfway between Malaga and Gibraltar, Puerto Banus is within an hour's drive of both airports, meaning you've got even more choice in terms of flights options from the UK, with airlines including British Airways, easyJet, Jet2, Ryanair and TUI all offer flights to this part of Andalucia from across the UK, including regional airports like Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and Belfast.
The journey to Puerto Banus can take between 45-60 minutes depending on your route and traffic if you're in a taxi, private transfer or hire car. If you're booked onto a shared coach transfer from either airport, this can take longer due to the lower journey and potential additional stops at other resorts and towns along the way.
Once you've arrived in Puerto Banus, walking is a great way to get around and explore the town on foot, however, taxis are available at popular tourist spots and you may want to think about taxis or a hiring a car if you're a bit further away from the action. A hire car is also a great way to travel around the region, visiting some of the smaller towns along the coast and in the mountains.
Buses are another great option and very affordable if you want to explore further afield, with many buses stopping along the A7 motorway, so a day trip up to Marbella or down to Estepona can be a fun and cheap day out.
Things to do in Puerto Banus
There are some great things to enjoy and discover in and around the Puerto Banus area, including day clubs on the beach to excursions and baot trips. Here are a few of our favourites:
Puerto Banus is home to several excellent golf courses including Club de Golf Aloha and the beautiful Los Naranjos, designed by Robert Trent Jones and taking advantage of the impressive backdrop of the mountains behind. It's easy to see why so many golfers escape the British cold and head to the Costa del Sol to enjoy the sunshine.
The port or marina is a fantastic spot for a bit of people and yacht watching. Whether you fancy a little stroll around the boats, or to jump into a cafe for a cheeky drink, it's a lovely place to visit. There's is where you could also organise a local boat trip, heading out into the Mediterranean to enjoy the seclusion and sunshine.
Head to Puerto Banus' main commercial centre to find all the shops you'll need, from sports stores and designer shops to pharmacies and supermarkets. The shopping centres here can be both a great chance to grab a bargain, as well as escape the hot summer sun, plus there's a large El Corte Ingles department store offering upmarket brands like Dior and Armani. There are also places dotted about the town to get your pre-travel Covid test too.
If you're like us, there's nothing better than enjoying a cooling cocktail on the beach and there are plenty of great beach bars in this part of the Costa del Sol to visit. Some of the best beach clubs include places like Mistral Beach, Plaza Beach or Levante Beach Club, just a couple of the options on offer to take a break from the afternoon sun.
There are loads of restaurants and bars in Puerto Banus just waiting to be tried, both dotted around the marina and shops, and scattered amongst the hotels and holiday villas. If you fancy a late one, many bars will stay open until 1am or 2am like the the popular ASTRAL Cocktail Bar close to Playa Puerto Banus. For some real clubbing, you might want to venture into Marbella.
A day trip to Marbella can be a fun and exciting activity away from the pool. Jump on the bus and head into the heart of the city, discovering Marbella Old Town or the marina, before taking a stroll along the promenade and enjoying some delicious gelato. The bus journey can cost less than €2 per person each way.
Where to stay in Puerto Banus
You'll generally find that the hotels closer to the marina will be at a bit more of a premium due to the location but there are still some fantastic and affordable places to stay. Hotels closer to Playa Puerto Banus and Playa Rio Verde are great options if you like to be near the beach, so check out places like Melia Marbella Banus or the Iberostar Selection Marbella Coral Beach.
Head across the Autovia del Mediterraneo A7 motorway and you'll find hotels like the H10 Andalucia Plaza, while dotted around the various golf courses you'll discover a variety of villas and apartments.
Self catering can be a great way to keep the cost of your holiday down too. There is an abundance of accommodation allowing you to cook your own food, from Airbnb holiday lets to hotel rooms with kitchenettes, and there are plenty of supermarkets and mini-markets dotted about the town as well.
Holiday options in Puerto Banus
One of the first things we always recommend when booking holidays to Puerto Banus, is to book your flight and hotel together as part of an ABTA or ATOL protected package. This can give you great reassurance in terms of financial protection.
Puerto Banus is great for a number of different holiday types, from all inclusive escapes for at family friendly resorts, to a few nights break in the sun for 2 adults at a quiet apartment overlooking the golf course, and there are definitely some savings and discounts to be had too. The Costa del Sol is well known for it's great deals with many hotels offering free kids places or last minute offers to help fill rooms.
There are several hotels and resorts here which offer all inclusive stays, perfect if you don't want to have to worry about the extra cost of food and drink. This can also be a great option if you're having a family holiday, as there is often a dedicated children's buffet section in the main restaurant, and snacks throughout the day.
Private and holiday villas are a great option for a group holiday. The extra space and comfort of your own private home can make all the difference, especially when it comes to sharing the space like on a group holiday with friends or a hen do. Villas can be booked either separately through personal friends and family (if you know anyone), or via an accommodation only website like Booking.com or Airbnb. You can also check out the latest villa holidays on offer with brands like Jet2Villas and TUI.