World’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opens for public in Portugal

The world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge opened in Portugal.

The bridge is called 516 Arouca — because it’s 516 meters long and is in the town of Arouca, an hour south of Porto.

The bridge connects Aguieiras Waterfall and Paiva Gorge and is the latest adventure offering in the Arouca Geopark, known for its extreme sports.

It takes about 10 minutes to cross if you’re taking in the panoramic views of the waterfall, the gorge and the fast-moving river below.

The Tibetan-style hanging bridge is held up by steel cables and two huge V-shaped towers, and is 1,692 feet.

The River Paiva flows 176 meters below the pathway’s three-foot-wide open metal grid.

The railings are rigid netting, while the deck is constructed of 127 four-meter long modules.

Designed by Portuguese studio Itecons, it took three years to build, with construction completed in July 2020.

It’s in the eastern part of the Geopark, close to Paiva Walkways, Areinho and Vau river beaches, and the villages of Alvarenga, Canelas and Espiunca.

“This bridge aims at targeting the interest of different types of people: engineering lovers, nature connoisseurs, people who are fond of extreme experiences,” said the local council, Arouca Municipality, in a statement.

Arouca 516 has stolen the longest pedestrian suspension bridge title from the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland, which spans 1,621 feet and opened in 2017.