There are two sides to every town and Puerto Banús is no exception. This is more evident than ever during the summer months, although night-time Banús may belong to the younger generation of clubbers, by day and early evening, it’s all about families.
Early in the morning, before it gets too hot, kids on trikes, skateboards, rollerblades and scooters can be seen dragging their parents along the beautiful paseo (promenade) that stretches from Puerto Banús to Marbella. It’s a safe and wide area, popular with walkers and cyclists, from where you can enjoy the sea views without getting too sandy! There are play areas and exercise zones dotted along it as well as chiringuitos (beach bars), ice cream kiosks and water fountains.
The beaches around Puerto Banús are wide and sandy. Marked areas offer watersports for all ages, from jetskis to pedalos and banana boats, and it’s easy to rent sunloungers and parasols. If your children are very young or nervous in the sea, the beaches to the west of the marina are particularly sheltered. Mistral Beach, for example, is protected by a cove so the sea is very calm and shallow. Fewer rocks and warmer water make this the perfect family location.
Late afternoon or early evening is a great time to stroll around the shops in Puerto Banús. During the summer, an outdoor market is set up in the central square, Plaza Antonio Banderas, and is a good spot for picking up gifts to take home with affordable jewellery, shoes, clothes, ornaments and other handmade craft items. At the south end of the square, a children’s play area includes giant trampolines – perhaps best to try them out before dinner!
The restaurants in Puerto Banús are varied, ranging from fast food joints to high-end luxury á la carte dining establishments. Children are generally welcome in any Spanish restaurant, but there are some which you may find easier on your pocket and more child friendly with their menus. Particular favourites include Italian restaurants such as Picasso’s for pizza. American style diners tend to hit the spot with most kids as well, so why not try the new Route 66 or perennial favourite, Hard Rock Cafe. Go hungry though, as the portions are not small!
Before the crowds arrive to party the night away, take a walk around the marina itself to admire the super luxury cars cruising around and the even more incredible yachts berthed there. They seem to get bigger and more impressive each year! This area is lined with designer shops so you never know who you might see popping off their luxury cruiser and into Louis Vuitton!