By Dee McMath
The Benalmadena Cable Car was opened in 2003 and became one of the main tourist attractions on the Costa del Sol. The modern Telecabina (or Teleférico) is part of the Selwo Adventure Parks group, which also has Selwo Aventura in Estepona and Selwo Marina in Benalmádena port.
The Telecabina takes you on an amazing 15-minute journey in a four-person cable car right up to the highest point on the Málaga coast at an altitude of almost 800m above sea level. From this superb vantage point, you not only have the most magnificent views of the Costa del Sol, but also the awesome panoramic vistas of the Sierra Nevada mountains (white with snow in the winter months), the Guadalhorce Valley and on a clear day you can see Gibraltar and the coast of Africa. A great location to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the Costa del Sol and on a crystal clear day right over to North Africa.
The first time I took a trip in the Telecabina, I couldn't understand why they asked if I wanted a single or return ticket! I thought they were joking. Was I never coming back down again? I soon realized that many people opt to walk down on the special footpath and others even take mountain bikes in the cabin and cycle down. A significant number of annual season tickets are sold to keen cyclists who use the Telecabina for the thrill of cycling back down the mountain. If you take your bike, you have the cabin exclusively for just you and your bike for the price of a one-way ticket.
Once at the top, there are clearly marked signs leading to specific viewpoints: Cima Calamorro (the Calamorro Mountain Peak) and Sur (south) and Oeste (west), included in the price you can also see a demonstration on how the birds of prey live alongside humans and watch the speed and feeding habits of a peregrine falcon or the majestic flight of the eagle. So successful is the bird of prey sanctuary on the Calamorro Mountaintop that four rare Royal Owl chicks were successfully bred there recently, news that hit the local papers. There are more than sixty birds of different species, including vultures, royal eagles, peregrine falcons and white-headed vultures as well as the Royal Owls. All of this makes the cable car ride exciting, educational and enjoyable for the whole family.
Late Feb and Mar: 11.00 - 18.00 hrs
Apr & May & June: 11.00 - 19.00 hrs,
Jul & Aug 11.00 - 23.59 hrs,
Sep: 11.00 to 19.00 hrs
Oct: 10.00 to 18.00 hrs
Nov & Dec & early Jan 10.00 - 17.00 hrs
Closed mid Jan to Mid Feb
Buy Cable car tickets
Ticket office on the day
Adult Single 9.90 €
Adult Return 16.90 €
Child (3 to 10 yrs) Single 7.90 €
Child (3 to 10 yrs) Return 12.90 €
Suburban train (Cercanías): Line C1 to Arroyo de la Miel
Bus: Lines 121 (Torremolinos-Mijas), 126 (Torremolinos-Benalmádena Pueblo), L1 or L2 to Tívoli
Avenida del Tivoli, 2, 29631 Benalmádena, Málaga