The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge is opening in Portugal.
AROUCA, Portugal — 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 seen through the open grid beneath your feet.
Four if you're saying your prayers and making a dash for it.
The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge is set to open in Portugal this fall, and if you're not in one of the countries currently able to visit, that just gives you more time to build up your nerve. An official opening date hasn't been announced yet, nor ticket prices.
516 Arouca, so called because it's 516 meters long and is in the town of Arouca, an hour south of Porto, will connect Aguieiras Waterfall and Paiva Gorge and is the latest adventure offering in the Arouca Geopark, known for its extreme sports.
Check out a video of the bridge here:
It's a Tibetan-style hanging bridge, held up by steel cables and two huge V-shaped towers, and is 1,692 in feet. The River Paiva flows 176 meters (576 feet) 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.
Arouca 516 has taken the title of longest pedestrian suspension bridge from the
Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland, which spans 1,621 feet and opened in 2017. That bridge boasts views of the Matterhorn, Weisshorn and Bernese Alps.
longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the United States is the SkyBridge in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, which stretches 680 feet across a valley in the Great Smoky Mountains.
It opened in May 2019, but was shut down briefly in June this year after a reckless visitor tried a
baseball-style slide across the glass panels, cracking the floor.
The world's tallest glass-bottomed suspension bridge is Zhangjiajie Glass Bridge in China, which allows visitors to bungee jump off its 853-foot-high platform.
Here are some photos of bridges from around the world from Lee Enterprises' Destinations Photo Contest Spotlight:
Multnomah Falls is one of the most popular waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge, just east of Portland, Oregon. The water drops 620 feet from top to bottom. The stone bridge and lush greenery makes it look like a scene from a fantasy novel. When the water levels are low, the water seems to disappear as it falls -- it turns into a mist before it hits the bottom. In the winter, this waterfall sometimes freezes either in part or entirely. (photo: @snowglobal)
Looking up from the Charles City, Iowa, suspension bridge. (photo: @BBImages)
Gone with the wind
Sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge (photo: @ ChrisRuud)
Parking in Amsterdam
Bike parked on a bridge over a canal in Amsterdam (photo:
Evel Knievel may have tried to jump this bridge span in 1974, but we chose to kayak under it. The Perrine Bridge crosses the Snake River in Twin Falls, Idaho. It was one of the highlights of our trip in June, 2016. (photo: @
The Pittsburgh Skyline
The Roberto Clemente Bridge fronts the Pittsburgh skyline (photo: @Jackel)
Zion Canyon Bridge
This is the Emerald Pool Trail Bridge over the Virgin River in Zion National Park, UT. (photo: @
Leaving Incheon, South Korea
Our ship pulled out at dusk from Incheon, South Korea and passed under this beautiful bridge. (photo: @carolo)
Minneapolis at night
The Stone Arch Bridge at night in Minneapolis, MN. (photo: @
Süleyman bridge (aka "Büyükçekmece bridge"), an arch bridge located in Büyükçekmece district of Istanbul, Turkey. The bridge creates a beautiful backdrop for the fisherman boats and is used for pedestrian traffic and small motorized vehicles. (photo: @
Millenia of sand and wind have carved this exquisite rock bridge in southern Jordan, captured in the high drama of the midday sun (photo: @mcfa)
Historic Bow Bridge
Hadley, New York (photo: @
The Rio-Antirrio Bridge
The bridge is officially called the Charilaos Trikoupis Bridge after the statesman who first envisioned it in the early 1880's. It crosses the Gulf of Corinth near Patras, linking the town of Rio on the Peloponnese peninsula to Antirrio on mainland Greece by road. Photo taken 6/15/2016 from the Antirrio side of the bridge. (photo: @mmjii)
This 30-acre Japanese garden was dedicated in 1917 as a tribute to Hawaii's first Japanese immigrants who worked in the Hawaii Island sugar cane fields. Wife, Kathy standing on top of one of the bridges in the gardens. This beautifully landscaped park features arching red bridges over fishponds, rock gardens, pagodas, Japanese stone lanterns and a teahouse. (photo: @mtosel)
Shinkyo Bridge, Nikko, Japan
The Shinkyo Bridge (Shinkyo, "sacred bridge") stands at the entrance to Nikko's shrines and temples. The bridge is ranked as one of Japan's finest bridges. The current Shinkyo was constructed in 1636, but a bridge of some kind had marked the same spot for much longer, although its exact origins are unclear. Until 1973, Shinkyo was off limits to the general public. It underwent extensive renovation works in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and visitors can now walk across the bridge and back. The photo was taken just after the bridge re-opened to the public. (photo: @Park)
This bridge divided a beautiful hot spring where one side is white and the other a rich orange. Out on a national park road trip, this one was at Yellowstone. (photo: @
Walking into the mist
Golden Gate Bridge shrouded in fog - taken from the Marin Headlands (photo: @freshphoto)
Sydney Harbour at night. (photo: @
The infamous Brooklyn Bridge is a sight to see (photo: @breezz77)
Night view of Rotterdam's Erasmus Bridge (photo: @PYPPhoto)
This is a bridge between Vietnam and Cambodia on the Mekong River. (photo: @Hite)
Multnomah Falls Bridge
Bridge over Multnomah Falls, Oregon (photo: @HarryGreat)
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