IN IMAGES: Tightrope walker crosses Barcelona from the air

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IN IMAGES: Tightrope walker crosses Barcelona from the air
French tightrope walker and artist Nathan Paulin walks on a rope above the Plaza de Catalunya square in Barcelona, with the Sagrada Familia basilica in the background, as part of the GREC festival, on July 2, 2023. (Photo by Lluis GENE / AFP)

French tightrope walker Nathan Paulin has crossed central Barcelona from the air, walking for 700 metres along a metal cable at 70 metres above ground level, to the astonishment of passers-by.


There’s no denying that Barcelona is an exciting city, and on Sunday locals and tourists were treated to a nail-biting spectacle that wasn’t for the faint of heart.

As a crowd of thousands gathered down below, Paulin tentatively walked along the 350-metre metal cable, from Plaza de Catalunya to Passeig de Gràcia, and then back again. 

The Frenchman, who holds ten slackline world records, began his tightrope walk from the top of the Telefónica building and turned around when he reached the Generali building. 

It took Paulin 40 minutes to complete his walk in the Barcelona sky, having previously completed similar exploits involving the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and other famous landmarks.

The spectacle served to kickstart the Grec Festival, an international theatre, dance, music and circus festival in the Catalan capital.


It also commemorated the 200th anniversary of the Passeig de Gràcia, regarded as the most expensive street in Barcelona and in Spain.


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