For our fourth hike in the Costa del Sol, we decided to take it easy.
Very easy, in fact, since we took a cable car from Benalmádena to the peak of Mount Calamorro, the highest point in the area, and then hiked down. If hiking isn’t your thing, you can certainly take the cable car both ways.
Thanks to my husband Kuba for letting me share his photos in this post.
At the peak, we found a little café, chickens roaming freely, as well as several viewing points of the cities below. Also, if you’re like me and always need to know where the next toilet is, you’ll find one inside the café.
Check out Kuba’s vlog to see the chickens, as well as the cable car ride and the rest of our hike. 🙂
There’s also a wild bird exhibit at the peak but we avoided it. Instead, we climbed a bit higher on the marked paths to other viewing points before starting our descent. Leaving the peak was easy since we chose the simplest option of following a paved path as long as we could. Soon we departed this path and chose our own, one that took us back to Cañada del Lobo.
We had lunch here and then continued down a familiar path. We hiked this same path in our last hike which also took us to Cañada del Lobo. We retraced our steps in reverse.
We got a bit turned around near the end of the hike and came across this underpass. We weren’t too far off from our planned route but we must have missed a turn somewhere. Thankfully, we found a hole in the fence nearby and continued on our way home.
It was nice not having to climb the mountain but the descent was tricky in its own way. I feel that going up a mountain is easier than descending since it’s easier to slip and fall down than it is to fall up!
Also, there are several other ways down the mountain, depending on how much time you have and how far you want to hike. The cable car ticket office provides paper maps of hiking routes, but to be extra thorough, I recommend researching the hikes beforehand.
The Téleferico de Benalmádena is just a few minutes walk away from the Benalmádena / Arroyo de Miel train station. It’s right next to the Tivoli World amusement park. Just look for the cable cars going up the mountain and head in that direction. You can’t miss it!
I recommend purchasing cable car tickets in person. The sign might not have one-way tickets listed (it didn’t when we were there) but you can definitely purchase them. Just ask the ticket attendant for a billete solo ida and you’ll be good to go.
For more information about the cable cars, check out Téleferico de Benalmádena online.