Posted August 8th, 2012, 09:24 AM
Interesting that they shut down the mid-station. When we used it last (about 3 years ago) it was only open on the downward leg (it did not stop on the way up). But if they are trying to speed things up and reduce lines that is a good thing
Yes, Hank, closed April-September.
Faded memory I know, but I'm sure there didn't used to be apes at the top, though there are now - perhaps introduced there as well as the original den when they decided to limit the opening of the mid-station.
Diff'rent folks, diff'rent strokes, but we've discussed the taxi/van vs cablecar before:
- cablecar is a 30-35 min walk or a taxi ride from the ship, or the Number 4 bus from outside the coach park about a 10 min walk from the ship. Versus a taxi/van on the quayside - and the taxi/van can bring you back to the ship at the end of the tour if you choose.
- cablecar often involves long lines, esp after about 09.30, tho' some posters have said they've not experienced long lines. (number of ships in port is fairly irrelevant, thousands of day-trippers cross from Spain, mostly by coach)
- cablecar service is suspended (pun intended) in moderately high winds.
- cablecar involves a long walk if you want to visit the Great Seige Tunnel/Galleries, or to visit St Michael's cave when the mid-station is closed.
- taxi/van is ideal for those nervous of the apes, since you can remain in the vehicle if you wish (they'll climb onto the vehicle)
- cablecar allows you freedom to choose where to go & how long to take (altho' taxi/van allows the right amount of time at each stop for the average tourist)
- cablecar is ideal for those who want to exercise their legs, tho' they don't have to.
- cablecar goes to the very peak, taxis only go to a lower part of the ridge (though with views over the Atlantic & Mediterranean from that ridge)
- occasional taxi log-jams at the stops, though you can walk up the line to the stop (eg apes den) & your taxi/van will join you there.
Cost is about the same, taxi/van can drop you at the bottom of Main Street & cablecar lower station is only a short walk from the top of Main Street.
Hank is pro-cablecar, I'm pro-taxi/van, many others on CC have a preference for one or the other.
No right or wrong, each to their own
ps - Earlier this year we visited the WW2 tunnels (not to be confused with the Great Seige Tunnel). Quite disappointing, not a lot to see & no serious attempt to turn it into an experience