Puerto Banus - The Place
Puerto Banus opened in 1970 following its design and construction by founder Jose Banus. Located 6km from its neighbouring Marbella, 'Banus' is now infamous globally as a playground for the rich and famous.
Everywhere you look in the town there are reminders of the wealth and decadence that it is so famous for. The port itself houses some 900 boats including a number of luxury super yachts belonging to some of the world's wealthiest people.
If you are a car enthusiast then you won't be disappointed as along with all the boats you can be sure you will see cars to match. Ferraris and Lamborghinis are the norm along with any number of Bentleys and Range Rovers that adorn the harbour walls.
Elsewhere you have got one of Spain's biggest department stores, El Corte Ingles, which is located just off of Antonio Banderas Square which it the main square in the town. World famous restaurant chains, TGI Fridays and The Hard Rock Cafe, also have outlets in Banus.
If you took a drive around the main streets of the town you will come across a number of pieces of interesting artwork. One of these is a massive 3 tonne statue of a Rhinoceros which was created by the famous artist Salvador Dali and was unveiled in 2004 and is called 'Rinoceronte Vestido con Puntillas' which translates as Rhinoceros dressed in Lace. The statue was created by Dali in 1956 following his movie La aventura prodigiosa de la encajera y el rinoceronte ("The prodigious adventure of the lacemaker and the rhinoceros") in 1954.
Another piece of Banus architecture is the statue 'La Victoria' which was inaugurated in 1996. Measuring a massive 25 meters tall the bronze and copper figure is mounted on a granite column. The statue was designed by the famous Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli and was a gift from the mayor of Moscow.