Just follow the signs

Hiking La Concha

If you need a break from the beach and want to do something different a hike to the top of La Concha is a beautiful but also tough alternative. La Concha rise more than 1200m right ‘behind’ Marbella and is a part of Sierra Blanca, a mountain group just outside the limits of the Natural Park of Sierra de las Nieves. La Concha is a rough mountain with exposed ridges, vertical walls and a rocky summit, which offers many interesting routes to the more demanding mountain hiker. The route is marked and especially the last part is quite tough – some might call it dangerous. But there is no need to hike all the way out to the end of the peak to enjoy the spectacular view of Marbella and the Mediterranean Sea.

As mentioned it’s a tough hike and you must remember plenty of water (min. 2 l. pr. person) and set aside at least 6 hours for the full hike. The hike is almost 15 km long and the elevation is close to 1 km.

The hike starts at ‘Refugio de Juanar’ where there also is a small hotel, El Juanar, with a nice little restaurant serving traditional Spanish food. To reach Refugio de Juanar you need to take road A-355, which connects Marbella with Ojén and Monda. You will see a sign for a small mountain road (MA-469) leading to ‘Refugio de Juanar’. Here you’ll park your can and start the hike for the top. There’s also a number of other routes in the area for you to enjoy or you can just take a stroll in the area and have a nice traditional dinner at ‘El Juanar’. It might be tough Hiking La Concha but we promise it’s worth the effort.

Starting point

Hike info

Here’s all the details including the route. You might want to install Every Trail on your phone to follow our route.

Pictures

 

El Rocío – Marbella

Every year, in the weeks up to the seventh sunday after Easter (ending on Pentecost Monday) a small village in the Huelva- province named El Rocío is filled with millions of millions of pilgrims from all across Spain and abroad. It is the start of the biggest Pilgrim walk in Spain.

But since not everybody can go to the city of El Rocío, most towns and villages has its own pilgrimages, where they celebrate their own local Saint, Virgin or Local figure, today it is in Marbella (June 3rd 2014)

The festival is ending on Monday June 9th (2014) which is also known as Pentecost Monday.

If you want to read more about El Rocío in general and see the dates for each year, you can always look at this website .

In Marbella, the day started with cannon balls around  (or so it sounded) being fired over the Old Town of Marbella from around 08.00 am. We thought it was in honor to the old King Juan Carlos who had just abdicated the day before (June 2rd 2014) due to corruption and left the throne of Spain, to Crown Prince Felipe.

Around 11.00 am the “cannonballs” were so close that we could see the smoke from our windows, so we went outside to take a look – and it was not cannonballs, but an old man shooting firework (by hand!) up in the air. A few meters from us, was two beautiful police horses, who were very well behaved, as they did not move a muscle when the firework went off, again and again and again.

El Rocío Marbella

Shooting firework up in the air by a handheld device.

 

El Rocío Marbella

Two Spanish Police Horses

 

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Despite fireworks and hundreds of people, the horses were extremely well behaved!

 

El Rocío is one of the most colorful festivals in Spain, which are clearly seen in the dresses

El Rocío is one of the most colorful festivals in Spain, which are clearly seen in the dresses

 

Most of the stick that the people in the festival is walking with, is covered in silver and gold.

Most of the stick that the people in the festival is walking with, is covered in silver and gold.

 

The Bulls!

The Bulls!

 

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The man in front of the bulls, with the flat black hat is in control of “Las Carretas del Rocío” which is covered in Silver

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Amazing – and a bit scary!

 

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I wonder how much each bull weight?

 

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The carriage is beautiful and covered with flowers

 

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Turning down Avenida Miguel Cano towards the sea

 

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It is HUGE!!

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The smell of bull (cow) reminds me of my childhood on a farm, but I was never allowed this close to the bulls, so it was quite scary actually!

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But the bulls seemed to be very calm, just like Ferdinand the Bull :)

St. Patricks Festival in Marbella

In 2013 the Irish community of Marbella finally stuck their heads together and decided that Marbella should not be without a Saint Patricks Day Festival! When they can color the river of Chicago Emerald Green each year, Marbella can at least have a St. Patricks Festival, and so it happend that St. Patricks Festival in Marbella became a reality!

St. Patrick Days is always on March 17th, in 2014 it is on a monday, but as the Irish really can’t stick their heads together without a pint or two (just like us Danes!) St. Patricks Day will be celebrated with dance, music and entertainment for all age groups on Saturday and Sunday March 15 and 16th from 12.00 pm till 7 pm (each day) on The Terraces de Puerto Deportivo de Marbella.

On Terraces de Puerto Deportivo there is a huge playground for the kiddies to have fun and the pavement is great for rollerskating or skateboarding, so there is something for everybody, irish or not.

If you want to follow the Irish people of Marbella and keep track of all the green stuff they pull, you can like their Facebook Page here and remember to check back next year to see what will be going on in 2015 on Saint Patricks Day Festival in Marbella.

Ralli Museum, Marbella – Spain

Harry Recanati, the founder of the 5 Ralli Museums in the world, was born in Salonika, Greece in 1919. He made his fortune by becoming a banker at age 26, after his fathers death.

The first Ralli Museum was build in Punta del Este (Uruguay) the second in Santiago de Chile (Chile) After that the next Ralli Museums were build in Caesarea (Israel) and Marbella (Spain) and then a second museum in Caesarea (Israel) All Museums show contemporary Latin American art.

The 5 museums are all open to the public free of charge, to allow everybody to enjoy art as much as Harry Recanati did. The Foundation and the Ralli Museums are not supported by donations or subsidies from public or private institutions.

Opening hours

Sundays & Mondays CLOSED.

Tuesday – Saturday Open from 10.00 am to 2 pm. 

Before going to the Museum, we always encourage you to check the opening hours at The Ralli Museums Website. 

Location

Ralli Museum

Urbanization Coral Beach (between Puerto Banús and Marbella)
Rio Verde
Ctr. Nac. 340, km 176
Marbella

Telephone: (0034) 952 85 79 23
E-mail: marbella@rallimuseums.org

Tourist Informations in Marbella

There are several Tourist Informations in and around Marbella, here is a overview with map, addresses and opening hours (summer/winter) If you find that there are changes in the information we have provided, please leave us a comment so we can check up on it.

Tourist Information on The Oranges Square

Tourist Information Plaza de los Naranjos (Next to the City Hall)

Plaza de Los Naranjos s/n
29601 Marbella

Telephone: (0034) 952 761 197
Email: otnaranjos@marbella.es

Opening Hours – Summer Time

Monday – Friday: 8.30 am – 8.30pm
Saturday + Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Opening Hours – Winter Time

Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 8.00pm
Saturday + Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

Tourist Information on The Paseo of Marbella

Tourist Information on Playa Fontanilla

Glorieta de la Fontanilla s/n
29602 Marbella

Telephone: (0034) 952 771 442
Email: turismo@marbella.es

Opening Hours – Summer Time

Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 9.00pm
Saturday + Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Opening Hours – Winter Time

Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 8.30pm
Saturday + Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

Tourist Information Puerto Banús

Tourist Information on Plaza Antonio Banderas

Plaza Antonio Banderas
29660 Puerto Banús

Telephone: (0034) 952 818 902
Email: otbanus@marbella.es

Opening Hours – Summer Time

Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 9.00pm
Saturday + Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Opening Hours – Winter Time

Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 8.30pm
Saturday + Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

 

Tourist Information San Pedro Alcántara

Tourist Information in San Pedro

Marqués del Duero 69
29670 San Pedro

Telephone: (0034) 952 785 252
Email: otsanpedro@marbella.es

Opening Hours – Summer Time

Monday – Friday: 9.00 am – 9.00pm
Saturday + Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Opening Hours – Winter Time

Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 8.30pm
Saturday + Public Holidays: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

Weather in Marbella

One of the really good reasons for going to Marbella is the fact that the weather in Marbella is extremely mild, with average temperatures of 19°C all year-round as Marbella city stands between the coastline and the Sierra Blanca Mountains. While you stay in Marbella you will enjoy an appealing micro-climate, with lots of sun.

The buildings in Marbella store the heat during the sunny days, which makes Marbella a warmer place than the rest of the cities along the Coastal Region, as the houses and therefor the streets are warmer in the evening which makes the Marbella evenings the warmest, all year around.

Average Temperature

 

Average High and Low Temperature

 

Average Sea Temperature

 

Average Daily Sunshine Hours

 

Weather in Marbella right now

Airport bus stop

Transportation to Marbella from Malaga Airport.

If you fly into Malaga Airport (Airport Code: AGP) there are several ways to get airport transfer from the airport to Marbella – and of course the price varies depending of what kind of transportation you choose.

Airport Bus 

Airport bus stopThe cheapest way, is to take the Airport Bus. It is parked right outside the terminal where all passengers gets out, no matter what flight you have arrived with. When you come out of the terminal, there are benches on your right hand side, where people mostly sit and smoke. In front of you you’ll see the escalators to the top level of the airport and to the parking garages for cars.

Walk straight ahead, towards the escalators and you’ll see the bus stop for the Airport Bus. There are a few different busses, but it is easy to see which one you are going to take, as it clearly says “Marbella” on the front of the bus. If you still have doubts, ask the drive. Even if you do not speak Spanish, you can still say “Marbella??” and look like  a question mark in your face and the driver will for sure know what you mean.

It is possible to buy the tickets in advance, but often you won’t have much time between arriving and the bus departures – and it leaves on time, even thought everything else in Spain is not on time! But it also runs on a frequently schedule, so if you miss the bus, there will be a new one real soon.

The price is 8€ pr. person. The driver do not take credit cards, only cash and again he is not happy with 50€ bills or anything bigger than 20€ bills, so remember that when if you exchange money from home. Bring small bills or coins for the bus.

The Airport Bus from Malaga Airport, takes the toll highway, and do not make any stops on the way, so it takes around 20-30 minutes to get from the Airport to Marbella Bus Station, where the bus stops. From here it is a 5-7€ taxi drive to Marbella city center and to our apartments, depending on which one you have booked. Please be aware that if you have booked our apartment in the Old Town of Marbella, you’ll always have to walk the last bit, as there are no cars allowed inside the old town.

The taxis are parked outside the bus station at all hours, on your left hand side when you get out of the building. Now a days all taxi drivers take credit cards, or they should – so it is a good idea to bring some cash.

You can find the schedule and buy tickets at avanzabus.com

 

Taxi

Another way to get from Malaga Airport to Marbella is by taxi. There are plenty of taxies waiting outside the terminal where all passengers comes out, no matter what flight you have arrived with. When you come out of the terminal, there are benches on your right hand side, where people mostly sit and smoke.

Walk right, past the benches – or stop for a minute and have a smoke if you feel like it – and you’ll see all the taxies in line, at all hours right in front of you. If there should’t be any taxies there, for instant in the high season, just get in line and wait for one to arrive, it won’t take long.

Taking a taxi from Malaga Airport to Marbella is however quite an expensive way of transportation. First of all, the price is often between 85-100€ pr. taxi and second, you can only be 4 people in most taxies in Spain, so if you arrive a lot of people together, it’s going to be even more expensive. It is also not prohibited by law in Spain, that children should be in car seats or chair, so if you are bringing a child, they’ll have to sit alone on the seat or on your lap, which potential cold be dangerous, when going on the highway.

We do however have contact to one small taxi company from Marbella who does the trip a lot cheaper and who are in every way unique from other Spanish taxi companies. First of all they have special cars for disabled people with a lift on the back of the car, and room to take an electrical wheelchair into the back of the taxi. Even if you don’t need that, it’s a huge plus that someone have thought that far, as to buy the facilities to drive disabled people around!

Second, this company always drives around with children’s car seats or cushion for most ages, and if you book in advance, they’ll make sure to bring the size and amount that you need, to the airport when they pick you up. The company also have a car with room for 6 people, including luggage – and the trip, from Malaga Airport to Marbella (depending on where you are getting off) is 60€ – which in any way, is a lot cheaper than any other company that we know of. A huge bonus is that both drivers speaks a little English. The trip from Malaga Airport to Marbella, take around 30 minutes, depending on traffic.

A small but cheap and reliable taxi company in Marbella.

A small but cheap and reliable taxi company in Marbella.

Car Rental

Another way to get to Marbella from Malaga Airport is to rent a car, with one of the many many car rental companies that are all in some way located either in the airport or close by. If the company have office and pick up outside the airport, they always send a car to pick you up and take you, and your luggage to their offices.

It is therefor always a real good idea to check up on where your rental car company is located, before you arrive. If it is one of the big companies, they are probably located inside the airport and you will then just have to follow the “Car Rental Pickup” signs inside the terminals.

If you have rented from one of the smaller companies, they will either be waiting for you in the exit terminal with a sign with your name on or you’ll have to walk out to the area, where all rental companies pick up guests who have rented a car with them.

When you walk out the main terminal – where all passengers comes out, no matter what flight they have arrived with, you go to the right. Past the benches with the smoking people, past the taxi lines and follow the curves around till you see an endless line of small mini busses with different company logos on the sides. Find the company you have booked from, get in and let them take you to your car.

However, there is a BIG however no matter what company you have rented your car at – except if it is one of the huge American Rental Car services like AVIS and Hertz (who are always more expensive) In Spain there is this annoying culture where it seems like all rental car companies are trying to outdo each other, in cheating the customers, who are tourists, the most.

And you’ll never know, until you have arrived.

Imagine this, you are tired after a long day of transportation, flying, traveling etc. You have acing arms because of your luggage, it is 30 degrees outside, perhaps you are hungry and thirsty and perhaps you are bringing impatient children. Perhaps you arrive in the middle of the night. Either way, when you arrive the car rental company will try to cheat you into first, buying an extra insurance, as they will claim the one you have at home or the one you have already booked is not enough. Some places they won’t even give you the keys for the car before you pay, lets say 100€ extra, on top of what you have already paid for an extra insurance, as it is “company policy” – which you did’t know about before you arrived, as it is written no where or if it is written somewhere, then it is well hidden.

The other way they will try to cheat you for more money is one of the classic ones, that we ourself have tried every single time we have booked a car for friends or family. It never ever fails. Sometimes they even do both, take more money for insurance and then this one, gas money!

Gas money you might think? Yes gas money! We have never ever rented a car, where we did not have to pay for one full tank of gas, upon arrival to pick up the car. It is never stated in the papers when you book the car, but you’ll be presented with this extra bill, when you pick the car up. The price for one tank of gas, no matter the rental car is always minimum 100€, sometimes it is 120€ or 150€, but be sure, it will be at least 100€. (Unless you rent from Hertz or AVIS) And when you return the car, you have to return it with a full tank of gas (most of the times) which means that the company always makes gas money, extra on top of the rental price.

So imagine this, you have just arrived, it’s nearly midnight on a hot summer night in Spain. You got 2 children with you, who are so overdue on bedtime that they can hardly walk, as they of course had to stay awake during the entire exciting flight. Your significant other are there with you, and you both know that all you want to do now, is to go get the car and drive straight to your apartment, and go to bed. The car is booked and paid in advance so all you have to do is to pick it up.

At the counter you are first presented with the extra insurance that the company demands you to buy, perhaps you argue with them for a bit, but then gives up, as they either do not speak anything but Spanish or because your children are as tired as you are. Then, when you finally think “Okay I must have not seen that extra insurance thing before I booked, but let’s just get the car” the person behind the counter asks for your credit card again and want’s to swipe an extra 100€ (or more!) on top of the already paid for car booking, the booking fee and the suddenly extra insurance…

Your significant other will at this point be starring at you wheezing “I thought you had everything under control from home!”

And there is nothing you can do, except walk away with no car and no refund – as you most of the time book the cars through an affiliated site or through a broker, meaning a site not directly controlled by the car rental company, and that is not really an option at this point, is it?

So, what we suggest is that you either book through one of the big companies like AVIS and Hertz. They don’t cheat you, but they are expensive. Or that you use this small very see through car rental company that we ourself found, after many many overpriced episodes!

The company is so small, that they do not even have an office at the airport or near the airport. They are located in Calahonda, but they will meet you with a sign in the airport and walk you to your rental car, simply giving you the keys.

When you are going home, you simply park the car at one of the airports paying parking areas, leave the ticket for the parking inside the car, roll the window down a little, get out, lock the car and slide the keys through the open window. You then take a picture of the car and send on a text to the company, so they know where it is parked and they’ll take it from there. If your phone can not send pictures, you simply write a text saying what number the car is parked on and that’s it. Simple. Easy.

The company is called Fetajo  and just by reading the front page on their site, you can see that they are well aware of how other rental companies do business, and that they do not want to be compared with them. Normally you pay pr. day for renting a children’s cushion at other companies, a cushion that cost maximu 10€ in any shop. At Fetajo you pay a one time fee for the entire rental period.

It is very easy to book and use Fetajo and we can only recommend that you do not get attracted by other companies, because they seem cheaper – in the end you’ll end up paying more, because of the hidden “must pay” fees.

 

MarBella6 Car Rental

If you are feed up with cheating companies and the rental “Fiat Panda or similar” car lottery, you can book one of our Marbella6 Rental Cars. We got no hidden fees and the car you see on the pictures, is the car you are going to get. To see more click here

MarBella6 Car rental

We are probably the most unlucky people, when it comes to the rental car lottery!

Every single time it says “Fiat Panda or similar” we always get a old Fiat Panda with no engine and we are to this day still wondering what type of car a “or similar” is?

That’s why we have decided to offer you the opportunity to rent one of MarBella6’s cars. We got no hidden gas fees or extra insurance. What you see is what you rent and the price are as stated. All our cars have names, and a history behind, look below and decide which one suits your needs while on vacation in Marbella.

All our cars can be rented by drivers age 18 and up with a valid drivers license, there will however be an extra charge, from age 18 to 26 as that is what our insurance company demands.

Inga Egely aka Nissan Micra 1,3. 1997

IngaThis is our very first rental car – and we love her!

Inga Egely got her name because my mother-in-law have a car identical to this one, at home in Jutland, Denmark. Her car is named Greta after the previous owner who was an old woman. My parents-in-law lives on a farm called “Egely” which straight translated means “Oaks Shelter”. When buying a car, a identical twin car, we of course had to come up with a great name that would match the name of the twin car in Denmark.
150 years ago we figured a set of twin girls easily could have been named Greta and Inga. So, this is Inga Egely

She is burgundy colored, with a bit of sun burn. Her previous owner died and she had been left in the steaming sun for a year, when we bought her. Less than 24 hours after we had picked her up, we took her for a simple 35€ oil filter change – we got her back 2 days later with 4 new tires and a bill ringing 1700€ (!) so we just know she won’t quit on us anytime soon!

Inga’s Features

  • Radio with CD player
  • Automatic gear shift
  • Air condition
  • Heating
  • 35 Liter Gas tank
  • Drives around 14,3 km pr. liter
  • Runs on Petrol Unleaded 95
  • Power windows
  • Spare tire in the trunk
  • 4 New tires
  • New Breaks
  • New car mats front and back
  • New windshield wipers front and back
  • New back light glass
  • New Oil filter
  • 5 doors
  • Central lock
  • Passengers Capacity 5
  • Seatbelt for 5 people

Inga’s Prices

  • Price pr. day: 16€
  • Price pr. week: 100€
  • Refundable security deposit: 300€

All prices includes

  • Basic Insurance
  • 2 Drivers of the Car
  • Unlimited Kilometers
  • Free Airport delivery and drop off
  • 18% Spanish rental taxes

Drop her off after the rental period, with the same amount of gas as when you picked her up, and we are even. If you are between 18-26 years, there will be an extra fee from our insurance company, contact us with your details and we’ll check the fee price for you, as it various depending on your age.

To rent a car from us, we need a copy of a valid passport and a valid drivers license on the people who are going to drive the car, in the rental period, like you also need to sign the rental contract.

Children’s Car Seat & GPS Navigator

  • Children’s Booster Cushions (15 kg – 36 kg) 5€ pr. cushion pr. rental periode.
  • Car Seat (0 kg – 10 kg) 5€ pr. seat pr. rental periode.
  • Car Seat (9 kg – 18 kg) 5€ pr. seat pr. rental periode.
  • Portable Navigator GPS 20€ pr. rental periode.

The Orange Square in Marbella’s Old Town

Visitors who arrive to the Old Town of Marbella for the first time, might be really surprised when they see a the square and the quarters around. Not often is it possible to see a modern and viral city like Marbella making such a gentle combination with the old part of town. Turn the corner from Avenida Ramón y Cajal and walk up towards the old quarters and see that the street plan changes, to a irregular layout, characteristic for the Arabic era with very narrow streets covered with cobblestones, seashells and pebbles from the Mediterranean Sea.

On Los Naranjos Plaza (Plaza of the Orange Trees) you’ll find the famous Ayuntamiento (City Hall) of Marbella, which was build in the sixteenth century and expanded in the eighteenth century. Side by side you’ll see amazing old buildings with beautiful hand-painted tiles and wooden carved doors, but the Orange Square is famous for many things.

The square also consist of a numerous of establishments, mostly restaurants which is a tranquility of shade in the summer but always, despite the season have a buzz of tourists who often choose to sit here to streech legs and enjoy the sun. Plaza de los Naranjos have for thousand of years been the place to go, to meet and to be seen. First by the people of Marbella, but as the city got more famous for the clima and the spotless clean beaches around the world, also for the hundred of thousands of tourists who visit Marbella each year.

It is also here on the Orange Square that you’ll find one of the 2 Tourist Offices in Marbella, it is located right next to the City Hall

The Story about the Sevilla Orange Trees in Marbella

The Square is also famous for the many Sevilla Orange trees which blossom in Spring with a delicate scent defiantly worth a whiff. The trees bear fruit in March/April/May and the oranges are for everybody to pick and use, however sort (Sevilla) is known to be sour and bitter and not used for eating. Mostly they are picked and used for homemade marmalade, tea or to add into cake or chocolate and even cosmetics.

One of my friends, Francisco who are from Marbella, home to the most warmblooded Spanish people, told me a story about a group of football fans from Russia, back then called the Soviet Union. The fans went to Sevilla to watch the World Cup in 1982, but before returning home to Soviet Union (by car!) they visited Marbella.

On the Orange Square they discovered the Sevilla Orange trees full of mature Oranges, which anyone can pick – back then, in the Soviet Union oranges were very very rare. The Soviet football fans went ballistic when they saw all the oranges and found out they were free – so they picked some and started to eat them! The taste must have been awful as they are really sour, but the Soviet Fans happy eat their oranges while they squeezed their eyes and got chills all over due to the sour taste.

The locals, who had never seen anybody eat a whole bitter Sevilla orange before, told the Soviet Fans not to eat them, and that they were meant for cooking, but the Soviet Fans who had never seen so many free oranges anywhere insisted that the oranges were delicious. The locals then went to the nearby municipal market and bought hundreds of sweet oranges (Naranjos de Zumo) and gave them to the Soviet Fans – the story goes that the Soviet Fans filled up their car with oranges from the local before they left and quickly learned the difference between the sour ones and the sweet ones!

The Orange Square is the most photographed spot in Marbella

Google have recently created a heatmap overlay showing which shows the places people like, based on the number of panoramio photos at each place in the world. The dark areas have few photos, the red areas have more and the yellow areas have a large number of photos geotagged. On this map The Orange Square turns out to be the most photographed spot in Marbella and for a reason!

Check out the map below and click it if you want to see some of the pictures taken by your fellow visitors.

Plaza de los Naranjos - Sightmap

Monte Calamorro

You go with the cable car up the mountain, Monte Calamorro, where you find an eagle sanctuary at the top. The cable car goes from Benalmádena and if the weather is good it is important to remember a hat as it’s very hot and you are sitting right in the sun and watching the eagles show.