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Madrid — By Nellie Huang on May 29, 2010 at 6:39 am
Filed under: Attractions, featuredarticle, Outdoors & Recreation

Madrid’s Skyline from a Cable Car

90399564_24b396d6ba Many are surprised to know that there is a cable car line operating from the green lungs of Madrid to its historical city center. The scenery along the way provides an interesting perspective of the city and makes for some of the best views in town. Surprisingly, not many know about this secret, but once you hop on to the cable car, you’ll know what you’d been missing out on.

From the Arguelles district, the cable car ascends above its skyscrapers, and flies over the bustling center of the metropolis. Atop the cable car, you’ll be treated to aerial views of the city’s famous landmarks such as Egyptian Temple of Debod, Plaza de España, the Royal Palace, the dome-shaped Almudena Cathedral and the royal garden of Campo del Moro.

Flying over Madrid is quite an experience, especially if you’ve been in Madrid for awhile and looking for something refreshing. The cable car gives you that exact feeling, of showing you a different side to the city.

Route

Standing at 627 meters above sea level, the cable car station is situated at Paseo del Pintor Rosales (map), near Arguelles metro station. From there, the cable car glides over Parque del Oeste and the Rosaleda where beautiful green patches light up the skyline. Continuing on to the Principe Pio Railway station, a 19th century train terminal converted to today’s modern shopping mall, the cable car starts gliding into the city center. From this point onwards, you’ll have to get your cameras ready as the city’s famous landmarks unfurl before you.

Towards the end of the ride, the cable car crosses a river, Rio Manzanares, before crossing the green lungs of Madrid, Casa de Campo. The ride becomes some sort of nature walk as you snake through oak trees, chestnut trees and vegetation of different colours and scent. You’ll also catch a glimpse of the lake in the park and the nearby theme park and zoo. The journey comes to an end at Plaza de los Pasos Perdidos (map), where you’ll find a restaurant and plenty of parking.

Background

Since its inauguration in 1967, the cable car has been providing an eco-friendly mode of transportation where tourists can avoid traffic and take in an aerial view of the city. With over 80 cabins, you never need to be in line. Each cabin has room for five people, and the route brings you through a distance of 2457 meters. Constructed by a Swiss company, the cable car has been kept in top conditions since its inauguration, ensuring safety of the passengers.

Prices

Here is a list of ticket prices according to the passenger’s age:

Children 0-3 Years old: Free
Infant 3-7 Years old: 3€ Single 3,80€ Return
Passengers 7-65 Years old: 3,25€ Single 4,65€ Return
Retirees: 3€ Single 3,20€ Return

Opening hours

During the summer season (first week of April to second week of September), it is opened from 12pm to 2pm and 3pm to nightfall on weekdays; and 12pm to nightfall on weekends. In winter, it is only opened on weekends and holidays from 12 to 6pm.

Details of Teleferico Madrid:

Website: http://www.english.teleferico.com/

Address: Paseo del Pintor Rosales, Madrid 28011 (map)

Email: terosa@teleferico.com

Photo credit: Flickr creative commons by R.Duran.

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