Driving along the Autovia AP-7 from Malaga airport to Fuengirola, you pass many a tourist destination. The signage points to Marbella as a distant terminus for the ‘Brit Abroad‘. North of Malaga you find that little part of Spain that is forever England – not Gib for heaven sake I talking about Bernidorm!

Travel south and you pass Torremolinos & Benalmadena. Its near impossible to distinguish these centres as they have merged into an over developed tourism spiders web – welcome to the Costa del Sol.

One feature that you don’t see everyday is the cable-car that precariously tangles in the breeze like an Autumnal leaf above as you drive the 120kph stretch at Benalmadena.

Inland you spy Monte Carramolo. A mountain of the Mijas range 771 meters above sea level. Open to visitors either via cable car or for the adventure seeker, the hike (or even bike ride) to the summit.

The cable car journey begins at Tivoli World – a theme park of sorts. Thankfully the park was closed when I visited and I must confess it looked somewhat tired. No doubt it will be spruced up in preparation for the 2020 summer season & the hordes of young families who will enjoy the various rides and waterslides.

The cable car is pretty reasonably priced (I paid just over €10) however the cars are quite small with a maximum occupancy of 2. This means they are light and the sea breezes this time of year can be somewhat of surprise. Dangling mid air in the wind waiting to arrive at the summit was quite moving for the constitution. Apparently staff were assisting another traveller to escape the confines of their torture chamber. I guessed it was more of a clean up operation.

There is a conservation park at the summit & regular demonstrations of Falconry. The views along the journey are breathtaking and are well worth the panic attacks (assuming you don’t like heights).

I would advise you telephone at 11am on the planned day to ascertain whether the service is running & coax an honest weather report from the friendly staff.

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