516 Arouca, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world
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516 Arouca, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world

516 Arouca Bridge,Portogallo

516 Arouca, the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world

Suspended at a height of 175 meters and over a third of a mile long, the 516 Arouca Bridge wins the title of longest suspension pedestrian bridge in the world, a record previously held by the Charles Kuonen, in Switzerland. This innovative engineering feat overlooks the Paiva River in Portugal, in the beautiful town of Arouca, renowned for its priceless natural heritage and home to a 2009 UNESCO recognized Geopark.



The bridge is surrounded by a backdrop of extreme beauty - the perfect place for sports enthusiasts as there are plenty of activities such as climbing, canyoning and kayaking in the area. Designed by the architecture firm Itecons and financed by European funds in 2016, the 516 Arouca saw the start of construction in 2017. It took 3 years and a change of location due to geological problems which made it difficult to finish the work as originally planned. The bridge however is finally finished and ready to welcome its most daring customers.



The structure boasts a depression in the center, typical of Tibetan-style bridges, and is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers about 35 meters high. A walkway just over a meter wide, made with cables and metal nets, allows pedestrians to cross the suspended 516 meters above a void, a thrilling experience that lasts an entire 10 minutes – a bit of a challenge for those afraid of heights! For more info and reservations visit the website: www.ponte516arouca.com



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