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BENALMADENA CABLE CAR

One of the most amazing views of the Costa del Sol – covering some 300km from Gibraltar to the Sierra Nevada mountains in Granada province – is to be enjoyed from the top of the Calamorro mountain, which can be accessed via the Teleférico cable car from Benalmadena.

You can get to Benalmadena very easily by train from Fuengirola, or it’s just a short, 15-minute drive from CLC Club La Costa World. The lively town centre and busy marina both have plenty to offer for a day or evening out, but the cable car is a holiday experience all of its own!

With its entrance and ticket office situated adjacent to the popular Tivoli World amusement park, the Teleférico cable car ride takes about 15 minutes to ascend to the summit of Calamorro, which is only 769m above sea level – but it feels like the ‘top of the world’.

During the smooth, comfortable ride in modern cable cars with seating for four people, the densely populated towns of Arroyo de la Miel and Benalmadena Costa are spread out far below and there’s an excellent bird’s eye view of the Tivoli World park. Higher up, the views change to take in the rugged mountain scenery and continue to transform as the panorama encompasses more of the spectacular Malaga coastline.

The top station of the cable car may be the end of the line in terms of the ride, but there’s plenty on offer once you get your feet back on ‘terra firma’.

A 2,750m network of well maintained and clearly signed footpaths opens up the entire top of the mountain and leads to a number of different viewing points – or miradors – at varying heights on the summit. Taking in the 360º aspect, with even more stunning inland views to the north, takes some time but is always well worth the effort.

Looking south over the Mediterranean, Malaga city and the busy airport lie to the east (look left), while further away on the mountainous horizon the ski resort of Sierra Nevada can often be identified by its snow-capped peaks.

To the west (look right) and the massive Rock of Gibraltar is usually clearly visible, while, if conditions are ideal, it is also possible to pick out the mountains forming the coast of Morocco – and that’s in northern Africa!

Once you’re done with the views and the amazing souvenir photographs, The Valley of Eagles falconry show offers a wonderful chance to get up close and personal with some impressive birds of prey including eagles, falcons, owls and vultures. The daily free-flying exhibition is awesome, with red kites and eagles demonstrating their power, skill and sheer beauty as they soar and swoop around the mountain top, while the handlers give a rare insight into the breeding and conservation programmes for these often severely endangered species.

Of course, there is also a well-stocked café bar available for refreshments – with some stunning views on offer as you relax and enjoy your drinks and snacks.

For the seriously hardy, a one-way ticket can be purchased to the summit and there is a choice of trekking and hiking routes available for those who prefer to walk back down to the coast. The paths are well marked and follow routes through stands of rare pinsapo pines with a wealth of native Mediterranean mountain vegetation to be identified along the way, including rosemary, thyme, rock rose, wild lilies, spearmint, cantuero and marjoram.

The Teleférico is a great day – or evening – out for Members and guests staying at CLC Club La Costa World and a fascinating experience that will live on forever in your holiday photos.  Rides start at 11am every day throughout the year, while closing times vary by season.

During the peak holiday season of July and August the cars continue running until midnight, affording you the chance of a stunning sunset or twilight trip to one of the highest points anywhere on the Costa del Sol.