• 10/13/2020 1:30 PM
  • João

Go big or go home! World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opening in Portugal

More than half a kilometer long, 175 meters above the ground, an incredible panoramic view around… and below your feet – that’s how you can describe the pedestrian bridge that will soon open in Arouca, in Northern Portugal. The newest tourist attraction in the Aveiro district is the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge!

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This spectacular structure was built in Arouca, around 1h from Porto, and its name is thee combination of the location and the length of the bridge – 516 meters. The 516 Arouca extends along the river Pavia and offers an incredible view of the gorge and the Agueira’s Waterfall.

For many of us, this bridge will not only be a tourist attraction, but also a pretty good test for the fear of heighs . The entire “floor” of the bridge is made of a metal grid, which means that it will be possible to see exactly what is under our feet…175 meters down.

The usable width of the brigde will be 1.20 m. The floor will consist of an open metal grid. This type of pavement also has the great advantage of not offering great resistance to wind, making the structure more stable in strong wind conditions – Arouca Local Government

Anyone who has walked in this type of bridge (or, for example, in glass bridge) at least once or has been on a similar platform, knows that the heart says something and the head says something completely different. And it is likely that even the most intrepid visitors may experience an increase in their heart rate.

516 Arouca was built in Tibetan style. It is supported by two V-shaped concrete structures that give the illusion of hovering freely over the gorge. In the initial project it was planned that the structure would only be around 480 meters long. Ultimately, however, it was decided that the length of the bridge should be extended due to the terrain where it would be built. As a result, the 516 Arouca is the longest structure of its kind in the world. The exact opening date – estimated at the end of this month – and ticket prices are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Main photo: 516 Arouca
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