May 1, 2021 - World

Portugal opens world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge

Picture of two women walking on the world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge
Photo: CARLOS COSTA/AFP via Getty Images

The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge will open to the public on Monday in Arouca, Portugal.

Details: The bridge is called the 516 Arouca due to its length, 516 meters (or approximately 1,692 feet). It is suspended 175 meters (or around 574 feet) above the Paiva River, and connects both of the river banks.

  • Children younger than 6 are not allowed on the bridge. All visits must be with a guide.
  • The project has been under construction since May 2018 and "is inspired by the Inca bridges that spanned the Andes mountain valleys," according to a release.
  • "The hanging bridge is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers, and reportedly takes about 10 minutes to cross. Its floor and side railings are made of metal grids, providing a largely unobstructed view of the lush mountains and river gorge," NPR writes.

The bridge opened to local Arouca residents on Thursday, per NPR.

What they're saying: "I was a little afraid, but it was so worth it," Hugo Xavier, the first member of the public to cross the bridge, said, per the Guardian.

The bottom line: "If you don't suffer from the heart, this adventure is for you!" the bridge's website says.

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