The Malaga Big Wheel (Noria de Malaga) is a modern 70m-high big wheel located in Malaga port, near the city centre. Billed as Europe’s largest itinerant ferris wheel, it opened in September 2015 and will be in situ until September 2016, or possibly longer if the contract is extended again. The Big Wheel offers fantastic views over the port area, and over the tops of the buildings in the Plaza de la Marina area to the Cathedral and Gibralfaro. In the evening, the sun shines on the cabins when they’re at the top of the wheel, while those at ground level are in the shadow of the city centre buildings. The Noria is great for taking photos of the port area and selfies.
A ride on the Noria is 15 minutes long, during which time the cabins rotate three times. The wheel has 42 air-conditioned cabins, each of which holds eight passengers, giving a capacity of over 1300 passengers an hour. In practice, families, groups, friends and couples will often have a cabin to themselves.
Many new perspectives on Malaga from the big wheel ( Click to enlarge) ©Michelle Chaplow
Many new perspectives on Malaga from the Big Wheel (Click to enlarge)
The total weight of the Noria is 600 tonnes – this 70m extended version is the biggest such dismountable wheel in Europe – it took 25 trailers to deliver all the sections to Malaga