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Last week, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge officially opened in the tiny town of Arouca in Northern Portugal.
Hidden among mountains and lush greenery is the UNESCO-recognized Arouca Geopark, where the bridge hangs 175 meters (574 feet) above the River Paiva.
The landscape, with flowers all around, may be picturesque, but crossing the bridge isn’t for the faint-hearted. While it is held up by steel cables and two huge towers on either side, the see-through metal grid pathway of the 516-meter-long (1,693-foot) bridge wobbles with every step.
Starting today, visitors can book a trip on the bridge. Locals of Arouca hope the attraction, which cost approximately US$2.8 million to build, will help attract tourists to the region.
“It is a breath of fresh air for our land because it will attract more investment, more people,” local tour guide Emanuel told Reuters.
Portugal Opens World's Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge (1,692 feet), suspended 175 meters (574 feet) above a river. Yes, it's frighteningly beautiful. pic.twitter.com/ayk5Y0PRWd
— J. Roque Dias (@roquedias) May 2, 2021
Not for the faint-hearted: The world's longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened in Portugal at 175 meters over a river valley. pic.twitter.com/JMsE6wWJCF
— DW News (@dwnews) May 3, 2021[via Reuters, cover image via Amazing Travels / Shutterstock.com] http://www.designtaxi.com/news/413978/Walk-Along-World-s-Longest-Pedestrian-Suspension-Bridge-Now-Open-In-Portugal/