Big wheels turning in Malaga
Open from August 2015 to April 2019, Malaga ferris wheel is now closed. Please note that information in this blog post is therefore no longer relevant. We’re disappointed to see an end to the latest attraction in Malaga and hope that it will be reinstalled in the near future. We will definitely miss the views from the 70m-high wheel promise to be spectacular – up to 30km on a clear day.
The ferris wheel in Malaga very nearly didn’t happen, but after a long tustle between Malaga Port authorities (very much in favour of the big wheel) and Malaga City Council (not so keen), Malaga’s very own ferris wheel has finally arrived. And amazingly, they put it up in little over a week.
Big wheels form part of many cities’ must-visits – the giants in London, Chicago, Singapore and Las Vegas are all big visitor draws and part of the worldwide tourism circuit. The new wheel in Malaga isn’t in same league as the London Eye or the Singapore Flyer (both much, much bigger) but a ride on this wheel will definitely count among the best things to do in the capital of the Costa del Sol.
The Noria de Malaga (as it’s known) stands 70m high – not as high as the Malaga Cathedral tower (84m, the second higher in Andalucia) or as the industrial chimney on the seafront (96m and once the highest building in Spain), but still tall enough to give you an almost bird’s eye of the city, Malaga coastline and the Mediterranean. This means you’ll be able to see Morocco as well as the east coast of Malaga as far as Benajarafe, the west coast along to Benalmadena and inland to the mountains. Plus Malaga city centre.
The Malaga Wheel has 21 pods, each with a capacity for 8 people. The best time to visit during the rest of the summer is probably early evening so you get the chance to see the sunset over the mountains to the west of Malaga. It’s also cooler then, although the pods are air-conditioned so a ride is doable at any time of the day. The ride takes around 15 minutes and includes 3 turns plus a few minutes static time so there are plenty of photo opportunities.
Its silhouette already forms part of the Malaga skyline especially at night when it joins the Gibralfaro Castle, Alcazaba Fortress and Cathedral in lighting up the horizon. Make your way to Muelle Uno for great views of this, particularly when the sun goes down – the best place to see the entire skyline is from the upper terraces.
We’ve been on the Malaga ferris wheel and it’s a great ride. Read about the best views of Malaga here. Pop this attraction in Malaga on your list of must-dos on your next holiday in Malaga.
Opening hours and admission
Daily 10.30am to 9.30pm (10.30pm Sat). €10 per adult, €6 pensioners, €6 children & €6 each if you’re a group of 4.
How to get to the Malaga Wheel
Enter Malaga Port from Plaza de la Marina and turn right to the base of the Wheel (easy to spot).
Watch our short video of the new Malaga skyline.