Shopping in Puerto Banús
| 9th Nov
Shopping is to Marbella what paella is to Spain. Inseparable. And the best place to aim for in Marbella is the world-renowned Puerto Banús marina, where the rich and famous rub shoulders with us mere mortals united in a common aim – to find the best designer buys!
Over the years, Puerto Banús has become famous for its high fashion designer boutiques located primarily on the front line. Jimmy Choo, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Bulgari, Versace, Armani, Dior, Chanel and Escada are just a few of the big names you can see while strolling alongside the yachts and motor cruisers berthed here. You can also find a great variety of restaurants for when you need a retail therapy break, and like the shops, there is something to suit everyone’s budget, from family favourite Picasso’s pizzeria to El Gran Gatsby with its prime waterside location – and everything in between.
Away from the prestigious front line, the Marina Banús shopping centre is home to favourite high street brands like Zara, H&M, Massimo Dutti, Claire’s Accessories and Bershka, selling more accessible fashion to those who desire it. Easy parking, a children’s play area and a branch of Marbella’s popular Terra Sana (a café with a healthy food ethos) ensure that Marina Banús is a popular shopping destination for locals as well as tourists.
Nearby is El Corte Inglés, Spain’s top department store. Its five floors include perfumerie and cosmetics, fashion and accessories, footwear, home appliances, entertainment, baby accessories, jewellery, toys, travel agent, sports and many, many more. All the main brands and designers are represented at El Corte Inglés and there’s also a large supermarket on the ground floor selling everything through from teabags to gourmet cheeses, and offering an extensive wine selection to boot. There is a lot of parking space, various cafés and restaurants (including Starbucks and Haagen Dazs), a car maintenance section and valeting service. It can get very busy during the primary sales periods, which are high summer and January, but parking is rarely a problem. It’s well worth a visit also in the run up to Christmas, when the festive decorations for sale as well as those in store are a sight to behold.
Despite its reputation as an expensive and exclusive shopping location, these days Puerto Banús has much to offer everyone, whatever the budget. Its shops, particularly those on the front line, enjoy extended opening hours but even El Corte Inglés and Marina Banús shopping centre are open until 10pm. Generally speaking, shopping days in Spain are strictly Monday to Friday but stores are allowed to open on Sundays during August and December. Even if window shopping and people watching suits you more than actual spending, Puerto Banús is well worth a visit, if only to see how the other half lives.
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