Nautical tourism, a key to bringing Puerto Banús back to life

Maintenance on a boat docked in Puerto Banús.
Maintenance on a boat docked in Puerto Banús. / Josele
  • With crowds and sharing spaces with strangers not advised, renting a boat could become one of the most popular activities this summer

With the coronavirus pandemic wiping out more usual streams of income, Puerto Banús is turning to nautical tourism as a way to boost activity in the absence of the usual influx of visitors this high season.

Marinas de Andalucía, the association that brings together the marinas of the region, believes that sailing will be a particularly popular activity this summer as it avoids overcrowding or sharing spaces with strangers and in Banús they are keen to join the group's initiative to promote boat rental.

A catalogue with the boats available for rent (motor and sail boats), with most belonging to those with a berth in the port or others nearby, is currently being put together. The boats will be available for a minimum of four hours (up to several days) and packages can include crew and also catering from restaurants in the port.

Depending on the length of the boat, renting a yacht for up to 12 people for eight hours can cost between 1,850 and 20,000 euros. Weekly rentals can reach up to 115,000 euros.

Sailing boats, which can be rented with or without crew, have lower rates.