Places of Interest
Puerto Banusis only a few kilometers west of Marbella and a 10 minutes drive from the resort. Famous for its picturesque marina filled with multi-million dollar yachts, Puerto Banus also boasts a beach that stretches for one kilometer - the golden sands are a major attraction to this town that was once a traditional Spanish fishing village decades ago.As with any resort associated with the rich and famous, Puerto Banus has more than it's fair share of pubs, clubs, restaurants, world-class shopping and casino facilities. Designer names can be found on all the main streets, but if you prefer to browse smaller, more traditional Spanish shops and boutiques then there are plenty of these too. Alternatively, a visit to the weekly market held in the bullring each Saturday morning is a great way to buy both local products and holiday souvenirs!
Puerto Banus nightlife is as good as it gets and holds a world-class reputation. It can carry on until dawn if you want it to, or if you prefer something a bit more sedate then you can settle for a quiet drink and tapa in any one of the countless local bars spread throughout the town. If you do get the urge to have a taste of Tinsel Town, there are numerous cocktail and wine bars spread around the Marina and seafront areas, known as the Muelle Rivera - incidentally these are great areas for doing a bit of 'star spotting'!
San Pedro de Alcántara is in an ideal situation, just 10 kilometres west from all the glitz and glamour of Marbella, yet just a few minutes drive away from the natural beauty of the Sierra de Ronda mountain range. An ancient farming community, once famous for sugar cane, today San Pedro is a refreshingly unspoilt pueblo with an appeal all of its own. Be sure to head for the central plaza here with it's gracious parish church and surrounding narrow streets which are packed with intriguing small shops, sidewalk cafes and bars. A pleasant walk is from the centre of town to the beachfront along the Avenida del Marques del Duero which is a particularly attractive wide avenue flanked by palm trees. And the modern wide promenade is ideal for continuing your stroll with several superb chiringuitos (beachside restaurants).
Marbella this vibrant town has much to offer all year round and has become the home to the rich and famous. Marbella has so much to offer the regular holidaymaker, beaches, restaurants, shops and great leisure facilities all year round along with some of the best Golf Courses in the world. No wonder people flock from all over the world to holiday and live in the vibrant and exciting town of Marbella.
Estepona is the Costa del Sol's most westerly town and is about 20 minutes by car from Marbella and at the foot of the Sierra Bermeja mountains. Originally a fishing village Estepona has developed as a mainly Spanish resort and has managed to avoid too many high rise buildings. It has a much more authentic atmosphere than many of the other towns of the Costa del Sol with typical Andalusian whitewashed houses and balconies decorated with flowers. The houses are whitewashed and iron gates painted every year to maintain the feeling of a cared for town.
Benahavís To many Andalucíans, native and expatriate alike, Benahavís is synonymous with food. It has the highest concentration of high class restaurants in the region and draws visitors by the thousand who come simply to savour the cuisine. It’s Moorish heritage is emphasised by the existence nearby of the ruined 11th Century castle of Montemayor. As it’s name implies, this Arab stronghold squats on top of the highest mountain in the locality, and anyone wishing to make the climb to visit the ruins and experience the truly sensational views of the coastline should be prepared for a strenuous but rewarding effort.
Today, Benahavis is seldom quiet during the tourist season, but the greatest problems are finding a place to park, and choosing a restaurant. Even the old stone Arab walls around the town hall have been converted into one.Its restaurants are its glory, and it celebrates the fact by describing itself on the road signs that guide you there as the gastronomic corner of Andalucía.