‘Don’t look down’: The world’s longest suspension bridge opens in Portugal

At 516 meters long and 175 meters high, Portugal’s new Arouca Bridge has just set the record for the longest suspension bridge in the world.

The bridge, known locally as Ponte 516 Arouca, hangs above the fast-flowing River Paiva. Crossing it is not for the faint-hearted.

Two towering metal towers hold up the see-through metal grid pathway, which wobbles with every step.

Arouca Geopark. Portugal

Arouca Bridge took two years to build and cost about $3.58 million. It opens to the public on May 3.

Portugal hopes the “striking” new bridge will be a huge drawcard for tourists to visit the UNESCO-recognised Arouca Geopark in the northern Aveiro District.

The region is well known in Europe for hiking, stunning waterfalls and rock-strewn mountains.

Arouca tour guide Emanual said the once-popular region was rapidly ageing as many young people moved to the city.

“It is a breath of fresh air for our land because it will attract more investment, more people,” he told RTE News.

“It will bring a new dynamic to Arouca.”

Arouca Bridge Portugal.

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