17 Best Things To Do in Puerto Banus, Marbella [2024]

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17 Best Things To Do in Puerto Banus, Marbella [2024]

Puerto Banús in Marbella is a hotspot for luxury, leisure, and parties that extend way beyond the summer months.

Whether you’re seduced by the allure of posh beach clubs, never-ending parties, or simple pleasures like spotting luxury cars, this guide for the best things to do in Puerto Banus will offer something for everyone.

As someone who visited Puerto Banus many times, as I live right next to Marbella, I will also offer some practical tips and insights that will help you get the most out of your visit to Marbella.

Let’s get started!

luxury boats in Puerto Banus Marina
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17 Best Things To Do in Puerto Banus, Marbella

Here is the complete list, followed by my tips on where to stay and practical travel tips. If you want to expand your options, you can also check my list of things to do in Marbella here.


1. Stroll Along Puerto Banus Marina

Luxury yachts and boats in Puerto Banus Marina, Marbella
Luxury yachts and boats in Puerto Banus Marina, Marbella

Start your visit with a leisurely walk along the marina.

Admire the array of opulent yachts, take in the spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea, and enjoy the people-watching.

The marina is lined with chic cafes and bars where you can relax and soak in the luxurious atmosphere.


2. Indulge in Designer Shopping

Luxury boutiques and shops in the marina of Puerto Banus, Marbella
Designer shops galore in Puerto Banus marina

Puerto Banús is a shopping paradise, particularly for those with a penchant for high fashion.

Stroll through the streets lined with designer stores like Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Dolce & Gabbana. Even if you’re not looking to buy, window shopping in this glamorous setting is an experience in itself.


3. Relax on the Beach

Beer on a beach in Puerto Banus, Marbella.
Enjoy a cold local beer in one of the chiringuitos or beach clubs of Puerto Banus.

No visit to Marbella is complete without some beach time.

Puerto Banús boasts beautiful beaches like Playa Puerto Banús, also known as Playa de Levante, where you can sunbathe, swim, or indulge in water sports.


4. Enjoy the Nightlife

As the sun sets, Puerto Banús transforms into a nightlife hub.

The area is home to some of the best nightclubs and bars in Marbella, offering everything from chic cocktail bars to pulsating dance clubs.

If you fancy exploring the night scene with a local guide, this guided walking tour will take you to the best bars and tell you everything you need to know about the area.


5. Taste the Local Cuisine

tapas at a local restaurant in Marbella
Discover the art of tapas in Puerto Banus

Sample the local culinary delights at the numerous restaurants around the marina.

From traditional Spanish tapas to international cuisine, the dining options cater to all tastes.


6. Visit the Saturday Market

For a more local experience, visit the Puerto Banús street market held every Saturday near the bullring. Here, you can find a range of items, from clothing to handcrafted goods, perfect for souvenirs.


7. Take a Boat Trip

Experience Puerto Banús from a different perspective by taking a boat trip. In addition to renting your own boat, there are a few popular boat cruises and trips you can book via the links below:

Sailing and Dolphin watching cruise with snacks and drinks – this cruise runs even in the winter months and you can choose to book it either as a group trip or a private cruise.

This sunset sailing cruise from Puerto Banus is one of the most popular options, allowing you to enjoy and capture a stunning sunset, with a bottle of wine or cava included in the price.

This private sailing cruise from Puerto Banus is perfect for those who want to plan a private trip. It’s suitable for up to 7 passengers and runs also in the winter months.

All of the above tours come with free cancellation up to 24 hours before the trip, and the option to book now and pay later.


8. Explore the Art

If you’re an art enthusiast you need to visit the Ralli Museum, located near Puerto Banús. The museum houses a significant collection of Latin American and European art and is a great way to spend a quiet afternoon.


9. Play a Round of Golf

The area around Puerto Banús is famous for its excellent golf courses. Whether you’re a seasoned player or a beginner, you’ll find plenty of options to enjoy a game under the sunny skies.

Here is a list of the courses nearby – check the individual websites for details on fees and location.

Golf ResortDescription & Link
Real Club de Golf Las BrisasLocated in Nueva Andalucía, close to Marbella, known for its championship course designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr. More Info
Rio Real Golf ClubRenowned course in Marbella, designed by Javier Arana, featuring the Rio Real River. More Info
Los Naranjos Golf ClubIn Nueva Andalucía, designed by Robert Trent Jones Sr., known for its wide fairways and undulating greens. More Info
Aloha Golf Club18-hole championship course in Nueva Andalucía, near Marbella, known for its strategic layout. More Info
Marbella Golf & Country ClubOffers a challenging layout and natural beauty, located just 5 minutes from Marbella. More Info
Real Club de Golf GuadalminaSituated in Guadalmina, near Marbella, featuring two stunning 18-hole courses. More Info
Marbella Club Golf ResortLocated in the hills above Marbella, known for its tranquil setting and luxurious amenities. More Info
Santa Clara Golf MarbellaKnown for its strategic design and captivating views, located in Marbella. More Info
La Quinta Golf & Country Club27-hole course in the heart of the Golf Valley near Marbella, set among Mediterranean flora. More Info
Los Arqueros Golf & Country ClubDesigned by Severiano Ballesteros, known for its challenging layout in Benahavís, near Marbella. More Info

10. Relax at a Beach Club

For a luxurious day, visit one of the exclusive beach clubs in Puerto Banús. Offering plush sun loungers, pools, and excellent service, it’s the perfect way to unwind in style.

Here are a few of the most popular ones:

Beach Clubs in Puerto Banus

Beach Clubs in Puerto Banus, Spain

Beach Club Description & Link
SLVJ Marbella Restaurant & Beach Club Stylish beach club in Playa del Duque, offering international and Mediterranean cuisine, with sun loungers, a pool, and live music. Visit Website
Ocean Club Marbella Famous for its large pool, luxurious sunbeds, live DJs, and vibrant atmosphere. A popular spot for daytime parties. Visit Website
La Sala by the Sea Beachfront club with a restaurant and bar, featuring a large pool, sun loungers, live music, and DJ sets. Visit Website

11. Book a Guided Bike Tour

Bikes on Marbella's golden mile in southern spain
Paseo Maritimo and Marbella’s Golden Mile stretch between the city and Puerto Banus, perfect for scenic bike rides!

If you like to spend your time more actively, why not book a guided bike tour!

This local guided tour will take you from Puerto Banus along the coastline towards Marbella, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful scenery while learning everything you need to know about the city.

The tour comes with free cancellation up to 24 hours before the trip, in case you need to change your plans.


12. Plan a Day Trip to Gibraltar

View from the skywalk in Gibraltar.
View from the skywalk in Gibraltar.

Fancy exploring beyond the borders of the city?

The good news is you don’t even need to drive! A day trip from Marbella to Gibraltar is one of the most popular local tours that runs all year round, and at very affordable prices.

You will get picked up in Marbella, and the day trip also includes a tour of the local Nature Reserve.

You can book your tour here with free cancellation up to 24 hours before the trip.


13. Enjoy a Day at a Spa

Indulge yourself with some me time in one of the luxurious spa hotels in and near Puerto Banus. Here is the full list!

Hotel Name Description & Link
Marbella Club Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa Lovely Andalusian-style Hotel in exclusive beachfront location, facing the Mediterranean Sea. More info
Puente Romano Beach Resort Beachfront Hotel reminiscent of Andalusian village, located in residential area; 2 km from center or Puerto Banus Marina. More info
Eurostars Oasis Marbella This 68 room property, built in 2023. More info
Alanda Hotel Marbella Modern Art Deco spa hotel located in the heart of the Costa del Sol and just a 5-minute walk from the beach. More info
Hard Rock Hotel Marbella Self-contained Convention & Resort Hotel located 4 miles from town center. More info
Hotel Vasari Vacation Resort An Aparthotel located in Puerto Banus-Marbella – 50 kilometer away from Malaga airport – Modern rooms with garden view. More info
Iberostar Marbella Coral Beach Attractive Mediterranean-style Hotel surrounded by well-landscaped grounds overlooking the sea in the “Golden Mile” area. More info
Nobu Hotel Marbella This 49 room property, built in 2017. More info
Sisu Boutique Hotel Puerto Banus Located just few steps from Puerto Banus, boutique hotel has chic decor suites overlooking the pool – 47.7km from Malaga Airport. More info
Aloha Gardens Located in the heart of Nueva Andalucia – 6 km from Puerto Banus and Marbella town and 42 minutes from the Malaga Airport. More info

14. Walk the Golden Mile

The golden mile beach promenade in Marbella, Spain
My son on a late afternoon taking a stroll on the Golden Mile.

Take a stroll from Puerto Banus towards Marbella, and you will walk through the famous Golden Mile – a stretch of the coastal promenade with some of the most expensive real estate on Costa del Sol.


15. Go Shopping

Whether you need a plan for a rainy day, or a bit of retail therapy, La Canada shopping mall offers over nearly 300 different shops, with restaurants and cafes to keep you busy all day.

It’s located just outside of Puerto Banus, a short car or taxi journey away.


16. Go Car Spotting

luxury cars parked near the marina in Puerto banus
The standard mode of transport in Puerto Banus.

Sit down in a local cafe and watch some of the most luxurious cars in the world cruising the streets of Puerto Banus. The area of the marina is particularly good spot for this!


17. Conquer Your Fear of Heights at Caminito del Rey

caminito del rey spain 58
The pathway on the side of the El Chorro gorge.

Caminito del Rey (Pathway of the King) is the most popular natural attraction in Malaga region, and it would be a shame to miss your chance to visit!

You can drive there on your own with a rental car, or book a local tour that has tickets and expert guide included.

The pathway stretches alongside the El Chorro gorge, offering stunning views and a truly memorable experience. I don’t like heights myself, but did not struggle to walk the path at all. It’s not physically challenging at all, but suitable shoes are required.

Book your tour here, with tickets included and also free cancellation up to 24 hours before the trip.

Where To Stay in Puerto Banus

The red bridge of Puerto Banus in Marbella, Spain
The red bridge just behind Puerto Banus has great views of the La Concha mountain.

Puerto Banus is not a massive area, but there are hotel and apartment options for nearly every budget. Keep in mind it will be quite a bit more expensive than the hotels and properties closer to central Marbella.

Here are a few options for every budget.

Luxury Hotels

Hotel Gran Guadalpin Banus: This 5-star hotel offers direct beach access and stunning views of the Mediterranean. With a variety of dining options, a lavish pool, and exquisite rooms, it’s perfect for travelers looking for luxury and comfort.

Hotel Benabola: Located right in the heart of Puerto Banús, this hotel boasts beautiful views of the marina and is a stone’s throw away from the area’s famous nightlife and shopping.

Boutique Hotels

Boutique Hotel B51: This stylish hotel offers modern and sophisticated rooms with a focus on comfort and design. Its location is ideal for those who want to be close to the action but also enjoy a peaceful retreat.

Park Plaza Suites Hotel: Situated by the marina, this hotel provides a unique blend of luxury and a cozy atmosphere, perfect for those who appreciate a more personalized service.

Budget-Friendly Options

Aloha Gardens: Located a bit further from the main marina, this is a great option for those who don’t mind a short commute in exchange for lower rates.

Practical Travel Tips for Puerto Banus

Cafe at puerto banus marina, Spain
One of the cozy safes at Puerto Banus Marina, is perfect for people-watching!

Now that you know what to do in Puerto Banus and where to stay, let’s cover some practical travel tips that will help you have a wonderful stay in Puerto Banus.

Best Time to Visit Puerto Banus

First things first, timing is everything.

The peak season in Puerto Banús is from May to September. This is when the weather is at its best, but it’s also when it’s most crowded. If you prefer a more relaxed vibe, consider visiting in the spring or early fall. The weather is still lovely, and the crowds are fewer.

Transport from the Airport to Puerto Banus

The closest airport to Puerto Banus is Malaga Costa del Sol Airport (AGP), which is about 50 mins taxi or car drive. You can rent a car directly from the airport and drive, the local transport options are pretty limited, but you can check my guide here for the airport transport.

The other option is booking your airport transport in advance – I recommend using Get Transfer for this. I have lots of personal experience with them, and the service makes the airport commute a breeze.

Put your travel details in the form here, and they will source quotes from local transport companies, giving you the best prices available.

Renting a Car in Puerto Banus

Puerto Banús is pretty compact, so getting around is a breeze. Walking is often the best way to explore and soak in the sights. If you want to venture further, there are plenty of taxis, and they’re reasonably priced, and also uber operates in Marbella.

If you want to explore beyond the city borders, which I highly recommend, getting a car is a must.

To get the best deal on your car rental, or find some pretty cool car options (like luxury vehicles), you should use Discover Cars. They source car rental options from local and international companies, giving you the most options to choose the perfect car for your trip.

You can use filters to quickly find a car you like, or filter by price to see the cheapest deals. Add your trip details here and get dozens of car rental options in a matter of minutes.

Respect Local Customs

Remember, you’re a guest in a different culture. Siestas are common, and businesses often close in the afternoon. Also, Spanish people are generally warm and friendly, but being polite and respectful goes a long way.

Final Thoughts

Puerto Banús is all about enjoying the finer things in life. Take your time, soak in the sun, the sea, and the vibrant atmosphere. It’s a place to relax and indulge, so make the most of it!

Hope these tips help make your trip to Puerto Banús a blast. Safe travels and enjoy every moment!

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