WORLD’S LONGEST PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE
Portugal’s highly-anticipated, record-breaking suspension bridge opened to the public last week, with steel-nerved adventurers making the first wobbly treks across.
The new 516 Arouca Bridge (in the town of Arouca, about an hour’s drive away from Porto) opened to adventurous locals last week. The bridge is staking its claim as the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge — and it also happens to be one of the most terrifying.
The bridge is a 1,693-foot (about a half-kilometer) narrow, steel pathway suspended between towers more than 570 feet above the fast-flowing Paiva River. The trek across takes anywhere from five to 10 minutes — and is not for the faint of heart. The bridge wobbles a bit with each step and has vertiginous canyon views.
The current Guinness World Record-holder for longest pedestrian suspension bridge is the Kokonoe Yume Bridge in Japan, which spans 1,280 feet. However, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, which opened in Switzerland in 2017, measures longer at 1,621 feet.
Portugal is in a “country-wide State of Calamity” due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the embassy, and some restrictions remain in place. U.S. citizens are still not permitted to enter the country for non-essential reasons.
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