It’s one of Marbella’s most recognisable landmarks. The Cable Tower, just off the beach at the eastern end of the town, is one of the few monuments to Marbella’s industrial heritage in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when the town was an imnportant centre in the mining of iron ore.
The tower was at the end of a conveyor belt that stretched up to the iron ore quarry on La Concha and ships would dock there to pick up their cargo. Since the decline in the industry, however, the tower had fallen into disrepair and several years ago there was talk of demolishing it completely.
Now, however, its future seems safe. Marbella Town Hall has reached an agreement with the Coastal Authority, and has plans to clean up the tower as a historical monument.
Marbella Mayor José Bernal commented “We are fulfilling a commitment that we made to preserve all of the historical and identity elements of the town,” He also thanked the Marbella Activa action group, who had campaigned for the tower to be saved.
Work on restoring the tower will begin in early 2016 when it will cleaned, painted and dangerous items will be removed. After making the announcment, Mayor Bernal took part in a kayak trip out to the tower, and unveiled an information board about the structure’s history on Cable Beach.