May 13, 2021

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Portugal’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge at 516 meters in the world

"Arouca 516" suspension bridge

The "Arouca 516" suspension bridge cost about 2.3 million euros and took two years to complete. (Reuters)

In the town of Arouca in northern Portugal, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has recently been completed.

The suspension bridge is 516 meters long, 175 meters from the Paiva River below, and 0.91 meters wide.

It is located in the Arouca Geopark recognized by UNESCO, so the location and length are named “Arouca 516”. The bridge cost about 2.3 million euros and took two years to complete.

On Thursday (April 29), local residents had the first experience to walk on the suspension bridge, and the bridge would sway a little with every step.

Xavier was the first person to cross the suspension bridge. He said: “This is an extraordinary and special experience, which makes adrenaline up.” (Reuters)

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