The longest suspension bridge is set to open and crossing it will require all your courage
Posted on 12/10/2020

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The longest suspension bridge is about to be opened to the public but the real question is who would dare cross this bridge of terror? Portugal actually began a massive project to build the longest pedestrian suspension bridge back in 2017, and it has finally been completed. Traversing this 516 meter-long bridge will not be easy, and if you're afraid of heights then this may not be your cup of tea. But the views you will see are spectacular and totally worth all the jitters!

516 Arouca

516 Arouca
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This bridge is called the 516 Arouca, because it is 516 meters-long and is located in the Arouca Unesco Global Geopark, which is almost an hour away from the city of Porto. It is an excellent place to go hiking and tourists often spend the whole day exploring this valley of Portugal.

516 Arouca is now the longest suspension bridge in the world, beating the world-record of the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland. The bridge hangs across the valley, standing 175 meters above the Paiva River and it passes over the Aguieiras waterfall. The Arouca Geopark and Paiva Walkways were already major attractions for tourists, but this bridge adds an extra oomph. For those who are brave enough to cross it, it should take no longer than 10 minutes to get from point A to point B.

A technological marvel

This walkway was designed by Itecons, an Institute for Research and Technological Development, in 2016, and the construction began in 2017. The style of the bridge was inspired by Tibetan hanging bridges that use steel cables to ensure sturdiness since there are no towers in between. The flooring is an open metal grid that allows the pedestrians to see the view beneath them. According to the local council, Arouca Municipality, this bridge was created to attract different kinds of travellers, from nature lovers to adrenaline junkies, and it was also designed to draw in engineering enthusiasts - since it is a technological marvel.

The bridge was completed this July, and although the official opening date has not been announced yet, it is expected to open by the end of October. The council has announced it won't be free, but the price of the ticket is yet to be determined.