Also known as time travelling as you arrive in Portugal 59 minutes earlier than when you left Spain! As I was in the area of the Spain-Portugal border I decided that zip-lining from Spain to Portugal with LimiteZero was the only way to go!
Limite Zero cross border zip-line
Limite Zero have been operating their zip-line from the Spanish side of the Guadiana river to Portugal for 5 years. The river serves as the border between the 2 countries and also the time zone – hence my time travelling!
I pre-booked a slot online before we got there – but when we turned up early they easily shifted me to an earlier ‘flight’.
When you arrive at their river side office you step into your harness and then they drive you the hill. The zip-line starts from a hut right near the fort at the top of the hill.
Getting ready to ‘jump’
Once out of the jeep you collect a ‘handle’ and walk up to the hut. Here they go through the instructions one by one. When the line is confirmed as clear they let you through to hook you up.
A test inside the hut and a last tightening of the harness then you are free to go! Legs up as you go out of the gate then sail away down the line (rather than the river!)
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The zip-line is 0.7km long but it doesn’t feel that far – the journey is over too quickly! At the opposite end they have an automatic braking station to slow you down before you are released from the harness.
Once back on solid land the only thing that remains is to decide if you want the commemorative photo of the occasion! (They have a photographer capturing pictures before you finish – yours for €5, a definite bargain)
Heading back to Spain
Then it’s a short walk back to the quayside to get your ferry back to the Spanish side (the nearest bridge is a long way away!) The ferry ride is included in the LimiteZero ticket price of €18. They say to allow 40 minutes for the whole thing as you may have to wait for a ferry. I just managed to jump on one as he was leaving the quay!
You can also spend more time on the Portugal side and have lunch or drinks – ferries run to 9pm.
I think the LimiteZero zip-line was a great diversion if you are in the area. It’s approx 30 mins drive from the A49 and the rural drive is lovely too. However don’t expect a lot of things going on in the villages either side of the river. Some lunch and an ice cream/beer is about as much as is going on!