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Tallest, steepest and fastest zip-line in Spain opens...and aims to beat world speed record
18 March 2021 @ 15:33

IF YOU'RE brave enough and you live in the Huesca-province town of Fiscal, you're just in time for a free 'go' on the brand-new zip-line that opened this week, as Thursday, March 18 is the final day for residents to try it out without charge.

But if you're brave enough and don't live in Fiscal, you can still go for a 'slide' from this coming weekend at a cost of between €33 and €38.

Over two kilometres long and capable of reaching speeds of up to 160 km/h, the new zip-line is not quite the fastest in Europe, but is working on that. (Photo: Jorge Rabal)

And for those who are among the majority – too scared to even entertain the idea – it's still fun to watch, given that it's the longest, fastest and highest-up in Spain, reaching speeds not far off the current world record.

This is held by a zip-line in Italy, where daredevils have managed to get to 172 kilometres per hour (just under 107mph), but the newly-unveiled structure in the Ordesa y Monte Perdido National Park in the Pyrénées of Aragón travels at between 130 and 160 kilometres per hour (81 to 99.4mph) as a matter of course. 

Specialists are set to try it out wearing a parachute to see if they can get into the Guinness Book of Records by sliding down it at more than the hitherto highest-reached speed of 172 kilometres per hour.

Costing €800,000 – but expected to claw this back pretty quickly once national and international tourism is up and running again – the zip-line in Fiscal has a 20% gradient, a 400-metre slope and runs for 2,036 metres (1.27 miles).

The existing 'extreme' zip-line in the province of Huesca – in Hoz de Jaca in the Tena Valley – which is 950 metres long, or just under a kilometre, with a 115-metre slope and directly above the Búbal reservoir to make it look even more scary, was previously the biggest, highest and steepest in Europe until the Fiscal one launched on Tuesday, and remains the longest and highest 'adapted' dual zip-line.



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