Do you have a fear of heights? Well, Portugal’s newest spot for thrill-seeking adventurers might not be for you!
516 Arouca is set to open this fall as the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, and it’s easy to see why it will take some guts to cross it.
Hanging 575 feet above the ravine which hosts Paiva River at the bottom of it, this new bridge is held by only two concrete V-shaped towers on either side of the ravine. This means that the footpath sways and rocks with the wind and with the motion of people crossing it!
Measuring at 1,692 feet long, depending on how scared you are, it will take about five to 10 minutes to cross in its entirety.
Part of the Arouca Geopark, a paradise for nature lovers in Portugal’s north-central Aveiro district, you’ll be able to see panoramic views of the Paiva River, the mountainous terrain, and the Aguieiras Waterfall if you’re brave enough to look anywhere but forward as you cross!
The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed its opening, but the new bridge is all tested and ready and set to open before Christmas this year!
A 12 euro admission ticket will grant you access to the bridge as well as the Passadiços do Paiva hiking route in the park. If you find yourself in Portugal and looking for a thrill, this unique attraction is a must-visit.