I was incredibly lucky as a kid to be able to spend whole summers at a time in the foothills behind Marbella. Given my childhood was now decades ago, the area had not yet been infiltrated by high heeled orange people, though it was already known as a millionaire's playground. Indeed, the golf course on which our abode was situated was also home to Sean Connery. I have returned every year since my first summer trip there and, despite the obvious changes it has seen, I still love the place. Yes, it can almost verge on tacky in parts, but those parts are few and far between - regardless of what the gossip pages of the Daily Mail may suggest.
With that in mind, my photos this week are an attempt to show the non showy side of the area. They were taken off season, which helped and would help any holiday maker trying to get some easy autumnal/winter sun. Weeks outside the summer holidays mean that the beaches are quieter, the sea is cleaner and the roads are notably less busy. It becomes a much sleepier place with a more traditional Mediterranean feel.
That being said, I don't want to be harsh on the funseeking crowd. It would be hypocritical of me to do so. I have never had a bad night out in Puerto Banus. And I have had many. However, with swathes of people visiting a place, prices can be high (10€ for a bog standard gin and tonic) and often food in touristy traps is poor to average - and at the same high prices. I have had plenty of time, however, to collate a few places that I ensure I visit whenever I am lucky enough to travel there. Please see below!
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Aloha Golf Club - consistenly offers the best paella I have ever had.
Guey - good quality food that is worth the money
Los Bandidos - one of the few restaurants I would eat at in the heart of Puerto Banus Marina
El Gran Gatsby - a new restaurant with fantastic views and a good standard of food.
Pangea - attached to El Gran Gatsby. Again a great view with good music and excellent people watching. Try to get a table
La Sala - off the strip, but plays good music in a multi roomed venue
Ocean Club - a day club with a huge pool and prices to match. But always fun and a good excuse to indulge your inner Towie lover
News Cafe - quite the institution in the Port and a very relaxed door policy. Have a few drinks at Sinatra's or Salduba first.