SLIDESHOW-Portugal: inauguration of the longest suspension pedestrian bridge in the world

SLIDESHOW-Portugal: inauguration of the longest suspension pedestrian bridge in the world

International tourism

At 175 meters above the Paiva River, the longest suspension pedestrian bridge in the world opened on Thursday, April 29 in northern Portugal, surpassing with its 516 metres the record set in 2017 by the Charles Kuonen footbridge in the Swiss Alps.

Connecting two granite escarpments located in the municipality of Arouca, the bridge is composed by 127 mesh trays with metal railings with a width of 1.20 meters, connected by steel cables to the “V” – shaped pillars erected on each side.

“Although the construction of the bridge has been completed for a while, this inauguration is important because it allows us to resume our tourist activity“, told AFP the mayor of Arouca, Margarida Belem, welcoming the opening of a” fundamental attraction ” for the region. Before the official inauguration on Sunday and the opening to tourists the next day, the local population was able to discover in preview the bridge named ” 516 Arouca”, with reference to its record length.