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Fifty-metre big wheel planned for San Pedro boulevard

A computer-generated image of the location of the wheel.
A computer-generated image of the location of the wheel. / SUR
  • Marbella town hall has started the tender process for the project following an offer from a private investor

Councillors in Marbella have set in motion the tender process for a concession to install and operate a 50-metre-high ferris wheel in San Pedro Alcántara.

The move comes after a private firm submitted a project for the attraction that would involve an investment of one and a half million euros.

The wheel would be set up at the western end of the wide pedestrian boulevard created after a tunnel was built for the main road that previously ran through the town.

The project already has the go-ahead from the central government's Ministry of Public Works, explained the mayor of Marbella, Ángeles Muñoz, who revealed details of the project at the end of last week, along with deputy mayor of San Pedro, Javier García, and the president of the local small businesses association, Ana García.

According to the plans submitted by the firm Sunset Beach View, the 50-metre-high wheel would have 30 passenger cabins, with a capacity for eight people in each, and occupy 800 square metres of the boulevard.

Muñoz said that the wheel would become an iconic tourist attraction and boost the local economy. Its proposed location is ideal as it would offer views of San Pedro and La Concha mountain, the mayor explained.

The administration process to grant the concession will take around four months and the wheel will take around six months to build, so it could be in operation by the summer of next year, said the mayor.