Get us in your inbox

ponte pedonal arouca
Photograph: Município de Arouca / Joel Oliveira Santos

Are you brave enough to walk over Portugal’s terrifying new bridge?

It’s the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge and an absolute nightmare for anyone with a fear of heights

By
James Manning
Advertising

A third of a mile long and suspended 570 feet above a foaming river, the longest suspension footbridge in the world is about to open in Portugal – and it’s not for the faint-hearted.

Named 516 Arouca (after its length in metres and the local district), the new bridge crosses a canyon on the outskirts of Porto. It takes between five and ten minutes to walk across the narrow walkway – which, by the way, is see-through. You’ll get incredible views of the River Paiva directly below your feet, as well as spectacular countryside for miles around.

Thrill-seekers: check out the pictures below and add it to your travel list immediately. Acrophobics: you’re good to just skip this one entirely.

516 Arouca bridge in Portugal
Photograph: Itecons
516 Arouca bridge in Portugal
Photograph: Itecons
516 Arouca bridge
Photograph: Itecons


More for adventurers:

England is getting the longest coastal path in the world

Spain’s new hiking trail is inspired by ‘The Lord of the Rings’

Norway’s Vöringsfossen waterfall now has a spectacular ‘step bridge’

Latest news

    Advertising