While walking to the marina in Puerto Banús we visited El Corte Inglés and behind that department store is Plaza Antonio Banderas. It is a big square named after the famous actor, Antonio Banderas, who was born in Malaga. On this particular day there was an outside market in tents with a lot of interesting clothes and gift items for sale.
Now, this is something, here you can see the cream of the cream of luxury yachts. Some of them are as big as ships and almost all af them have security guards on board. It is worth taking a stroll by the marina to see both the luxury cars and the extravagant yachts. I must say that instead of being blown away by this extravagance I almost got mad at the unjust distribution of wealth in the world. Or maybe this world crisis is just getting to me.
The only stores at the Marina are designer stores so where ever you look you will see Fendi, D&G, Armani, Pravda, Valentino, Jimmy Choo etc. So bring your credit-card or just go window-shopping if you are a relatively "poor" VT-er like I - or just don´t want to spend your money on designer clothes and would rather spend it on travelling ;)
Either by day or by night, walk the boulevard facing the sea, and see what Puerto Banus is. You will see luxurious yachts, I don’t think that you will see so many Bentley’s, Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Porches together, as you see in Puerto Banus. Take the walk to the jetty to see the view of Puerto Banus from the sea.
The statue is known as La Victoria or Victory (also Levante Statue), it is 25 meters high and made of bronze and copper on a granite column. It was designed by Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli of Tbilisi. The statue was inaugurated in 1996, a gift from the mayor of Moscow.
The beach by Puerto Banus does get busy in the summer months, but to be honest I think that there are better beaches in the Costa del Sol. The beach is in itself clean. Also if you are looking for a beach with entertainment try Nikki Beach Club at the Playa Hotel Don Carlos, which is around twenty minutes drive from Puerto Banus.
A trip to Gibraltar is great and only an hours drive away by car! There is also an express bus that goes to La Linea (the Spanish side at Gibraltar) see: www.ctsa-portillo.com
If you drive, then it's a good rule to park on the Spanish side and walk over the border. From there you can catch a bus to the centre. -See my Gibraltar page for more tips.
On the picture you can see the Gibraltar straight with Africa to the left and the Rock of Gibraltar to the right.
One thing that struck me very visibly about PB was the vast number of stag and hen parties taking place here.
These range from the civilised to the downright bizarre.
In fairness to the restaurants and bars, they are very accomodating of these events and of the large groups.
I felt rightly sorry for one poor guy, nicknamed Ginger by his pals, who had been dressed in a gingerbread man suit by his friends and was forced to hook up to a type of bungee device and perform for everyone. The temperature was 30 degrees or more and that suit must have made it considerably hotter for the poor guy. Just look at the pic.
This festival takes place in the Puerto Banus/Marbella areas in June of each year.
Absolutely everyone gets into the spirit of things. Women sashay sexily in flamenco gowns and even the tiny kids get dressed up for the occasion. Believe it or not, I saw a tiny dog dressed in a little flamence dress complete with head dress! There's a picture of this on my Puerto Banus Homepage. It was clear that it's not just the professionals who get dressed up.
Some of the authentic local restaurants close their doors to ordinary business and are booked out for special flamenco nights.
the streets are decorated with garlands and stalls selling local drinks and foods dominate the main square in the old town of Marbella, selling their treats at rock bottom prices.
It's a visual feast - don't miss it.
Sand carvers are another type of busker. They create the most amazing sculptures from sand and hope you'll throw a few euro into the tin.
Sadly, kids (or more than likely stag party people) smash them as the evening wears on and the busker has left.
In the meantime, some of them are quite spectacular. They line the beachfront in Puerto Banus.
Almost everywhere in the world that you go these days, where there is available money to spend, you will find some kind of street theatre or another. These "buskers" are great professionals in their own right and provide cheap entertainment for most, and free entertainment for others.
I spotted these beautifully made up "effigies" on the prom in Marbella. We threw them a few coins and they moved graciously, giving a tiny gold cross to my Mum.
There are many similar sights along the seafront.
Inaugurated in 1970 PUERTO JOSE BANUS has a capacity for 915 docking posts for berths ranging from 8 m to 50 metres. This marina has some of THE most impressive yachts in the world. Vincent, Hans and I strolled along the sidewalk just looking in amazement at the beauty of these massive yachts. Many folks were just sitting on their decks enjoying the beautiful sunny day. Probably many of them hardly ever even set sail. Just used as a weekend "Cottage" not that they would ever worry about the high cost of petrol.
Even if it was not a great day, due to the horrible weather we had suffered the last weeks, I always liked to walk around this other promenade out of the typical Puerto Banus visit.
Jose Banus, this man created this port....
I still remember when all Nueva andalucia was a orange trees zone, no buildings around.... looking at it now. I wonder what happened and when that none of us realised the change now
What can I say, if you want to see the cream of the cream in luxury cars then Puerto Banús is the place to visit. Have a look at my photos and judge for yourself.