Serralves Bets On Tree-Lined Walkway ♦ The structure allows climbing the trees to see, from the bird’s perspective, the rich biodiversity of Serralves Park. The treetop-level horizontal walkway, with a length of 260 meters, is a unique work in Portugal. The sun’s rays penetrate the green tracery of the pine, eucalyptus and leafy crowns of the oaks, in a setting harmonized by the chirping of the robins and the magpie. Secrets From Portugal will let you know all about this amazing adventurous new hit place in town.
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Down on the lake, the mallards walk and the frogs jump, both observed from 25 meters high by the curious look of the walkers, leaning on the viewpoint placed in the new Serralves Park snaking footbridge. “It is to enter, walk and absorb this calm.” The invitation is from Carlos Castanheira, responsible for erecting the “Treetop Walk”, open to the public from this Saturday and with a system of entry limit for 250 simultaneous visitors.
The air of hearts is Serralves’ trump card, presented this Friday to the media during a guided tour of the new Valencia. After the inauguration of the Manoel de Oliveira Cinema House in June, it is now the turn of the Foundation to explore the tree path in a year in which it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The 260-meter-long itinerary allows you to see and touch the Park’s biodiversity. “It has the particularity of having three stopping points: a gazebo with a vertical view of the lake, an auditorium and another, deeper, where you can see, on good days, a sea gusset”, praises Carlos Castanheira.
The walkway, unique in Portugal, was built of wood – essentially reused from fires – and has a height to the ground that oscillates between 1.5m and 25m. “It was very surgical work, with good topographic and volume surveys,” describes the architect. The course also allows “to enhance the role played for many years in the preservation and conservation of nature”, stresses Ana Pinho, president of the Serralves board of directors.
Treetop Walk visits are free this Saturday and for the remaining days will cost 10 euros, with the ticket also giving access to Serralves Park.