Marbella is universally known as the capital of luxury on the Costa del Sol. The famous 'Golden Mile' is a stretch full of impressive mansions that leads from the city to the mythical marina of Puerto Banus, one of the most sophisticated and premium enclaves of Mediterranean Europe.
But what many of the prestigious visitors to Puerto Banus do not know is that the place was originally a small fishing village. This was so until, in 1963, José Banús, a successful real estate developer in the Pilar district of Madrid, began the construction of what he called Nueva Andalucía. The urbanisation was destined to be a complex made not only for a few rich people (Marbella was already visited by exclusive characters and noble families), but for a great majority of people with potential.
However, the vision of the person who would become the most important developer of tourist resorts on the Costa del Sol went much further. Thus, in 1970, José Banús and Noldi Schreck, (who, by the way, had participated in the design and construction of Beverly Hills), had the vision to project, as the culmination of their work, one of the most exclusive ports in Europe, built on a scale never before conceived - in fact, it continues to be one of the largest in the Mediterranean.
Right from the start, Puerto Banus was spectacularly well received: its inauguration party alone was attended by 1700 guests including the owner of Play Boy Hugh Heffner, Doctor Christian Barnard, a pioneer in heart transplants, and Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Today, this spectacular area is home to the largest number of yachts, sports cars and exclusive boutiques in Spain, as well as the most prestigious hotels and restaurants, making it the second largest destination in Spain for the sale of luxury products. It's perfect for shopping or browsing among the celebrities and glamour, as some of the most fashionable boutiques in the world can be found here.