This is a cable car operation next to Tivoli Park entrance in Benalmadena (Benalmadena-Arroyo de la Miel). The cable car goes up the Calamorro Mountain which is 771m above sea level. An adult return costs €13.25 while a kids return is €10. An adult single costs €7.40 while a kids single is €5.30. Single tickets exist as it is possible to walk the 2,750m route to the summit. In fact going up I did see one intrepid traveller heading down. However, I would recommend giving this serious thought before attempting. The person I saw had boots, poles, and backpack. And the temperature on the day I went up (in the cable car) was mid thirties.
Anyway, the ride up took around 15 minutes. The cars themselves seem quite new and well maintained. They seat two with plenty of room, and would seat four comfortably. Automatic doors. Multi language voice tours. Small windows for ventilation. Going up you get amazing views of Benalmadena, all the new villas and apartments that hug the base of the mountain, and the Costa del Sol motorway.
Once you reach the cable car station and disembark you have a few options. Most people however will have come for the Eagle Valley Environmental Education Centre which has two daily Falconry displays at 1300 and 2000. This centre also has a Birds of Prey breeding program and there are various species on display. There is also the obligatory souvenir shop. I also saw some kind of horse dressage ring, stables, and a horse being groomed. This show seems to also be run twice a day after the falconry displays. Both exhibitions are included in the cable car ticket price. Although from what I could see donations are welcome
I did not wait for the falconry display. Instead I chose to take the walk to the summit proper. Which took around 15 minutes going up and the same time coming down. I managed to get some nice photos of the falcons in flight anyway on the way up. The path up is roughly paved with cobbles and stones, fairly steep, but has a handrail. Again, this might be an issue if you have very small children or breathing/joint problems.
However, if you do get to the top then you are rewarded with magnificent views of the Costa del Sol coastline. You can also see Malaga, Malaga Airport, Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, and part of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. It really gives you an amazing view of the geography of a huge area.
And then basically its up to you. Spend as much time as you want on the various paths, panoramic views, and exhibitions, before heading back. I was there from around 1230 - 1430. You could go at dusk in time to see the 2000 falconry show and maybe catch a sunset coming back. I would imagine this would be pretty amazing and certainly cooler.
A few other little things. It felt a lot hotter being up this high so would advise you to bring suncream/headwear. I spotted some buggies at the top so presume you can bring them. Also two local brand bottled drinks cost me almost €6, so bring some with you. Likewise, food was very expensive there. If you are bringing kids it would be worth popping to a local supermarket beforehand and bringing a carrier bag of drink and food with you. There are plenty of shaded picnic benches at the top.
All in all, this was one of the highlights of my holiday in Benalmadena. Well worth the price.
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