A Catalan firm has been contracted to prepare feasibility studies on plans to build the world’s longest zip-line in Nerja. The project is the brainchild of local businessman Jonathan Méndez who says the “novel and avant-garde” sports attraction would be “totally respectful” of the environment.
A zip line consists of a cable mounted on a slope which enables goods or people attached to a pulley suspended on the cable to descend at speed from top to bottom using gravity. The world’s longest zip-line at present is in Dubai and is 2,850 metres long, but, at 3,125 metres, the planned installation for Nerja would become the world beater. It would descend some 700 metres in the Collado de los Apretaderos area, flying over the course of the Chillar River and entirely within the natural park of the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama.
Sr Méndez says the €500,000 project is presently the subject of technical studies which will be presented to Nerja’s Town Council in due course, and then to the regional government. He says that operationally it could be combined with existing tourist attractions in the municipality, such as the famous caves at Maro from where vehicles would depart to reach the zip-line. As for the price of a breath-taking ride high above the countryside, Sr Méndez says that will depend on the outcome of the feasibility studies.
Spain’s longest zip-line runs for 950 metres over the Búbal reservoir in Aragón, while the 720 metre long zip-line at Sanlúcar de Guadiana in Huelva is the only one in the world on an international border crossing over the River Guadiana from Spain into Portugal.
Sr Méndez says the €500,000 project is presently the subject of technical studies which will be presented to Nerja’s Town Council in due course, and then to the regional government.