As if the city isn’t exciting enough, Málaga has a new attraction on it’s skyline – a giant observation wheel. The giant ferris wheel is located at the entrance to the port, parallel to Muelle de Heredia.
Here are ten facts about the ride you probably don’t know, but might be interested to find out:
1. La Noria de Málaga (as it will be known) stands 70 metres tall – that’s just short of 230 feet.
2. Weighing in at 600 tons, the Mirador Princess ferris wheel is Europe’s largest transportable attraction – yes, it’s moveable!
3. There are 42 air-conditioned cabins, each accommodating up to eight people.
4. Each cabin offers 360 degree panoramic views across the city, port and Mediterranean Sea and, on a clear day, vistas of up to 30 kilometres.
5. Maximum capacity is 1000 visitors per hour.
6. An operating licence has been granted for an initial period of eight months.
7. The wheel is LED illuminated, offering a stunning after-dark show.
8. La Noria de Málaga is suitable for disabled passengers
9. A full turn of the wheel takes four minutes.
10. It takes 25 special trailers to transport the wheel between sites, and 25 men working for two weeks to put it together on arrival, with a little help from a 300 ton crane.
If you’re inspired to ride on La Noria de Málaga, the observation wheel is open daily from 11am to 11pm (1am at weekends).
While you’re here, you might also be interested in:
My detailed “Cost of Living in Málaga” report
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what a delight! Hope the locals enjoy a special rate
No special rates for locals, Ruth 😦
I just saw it the other day. We will have to ride on it soon…….. When there are less tourists methinks…….. Curious that they are air-conditioned, one year we nearly fried to death riding on the cable cars in Benalmadena.
I’m hoping to go on soon – so glad about the a/c 🙂
Hi Marianne, when Maggie gets back from the UK we will have to try it. Maggie forwarded you post to me.David
Hi David – yes indeed – let me know how you get on! 🙂
I bet it looks pretty at night, you must be itching to have a ride!
Yes I am, Gilly. Hopefully will get to take a ride very soon 🙂
I love the idea of the air-conditioned cabins – awesome 😀
I guess they are a necessity in the Spanish heat. Looking forward to taking a ride on the wheel to see the views 🙂
Hope it`s there at xmas as i hope to spend a week there then
It will be 🙂
Marianne, you are so fantastic! The Wheel is hardly open, and you already have the best, most informative write-up on it that I have read! You are playing at the top of your game! Many thanks and best regards, Ron
Awww … you are so kind, Ron. 🙂 I was just sad that it still wasn’t open when I was there the other day. I’ll be heading back very soon, to get some shots of the views from the top! 🙂
Wow, that’s quite an observation wheel, Marianne! Did you ride on it? 🙂
No I didn’t, Cathy, as it still wasn’t open when I was there on Tuesday. It finally opened to the public on Friday …. but I’ll be taking a ride next time I’m in Malaga, very soon 🙂
Great, can’t wait to see your pictures from the top!! 🙂
Sounds very exciting, and what wonderful views it will have.
Yes, I think the views will be amazing – can’t wait to ride it! 🙂 Thanks for your comment, Joan 🙂
Well!! you learn something new every day!!! Sounds like a brilliant photo group outing?
Only if we get to ride on it, though!! 🙂