Brave hikers can take on a new suspension bridge hanging 574ft above a gorge

A new bridge is offering spectacular views of its surrounding gorge, but it’s not one for the faint-hearted.

In fact, the suspension bridge hangs 516m (approx 574ft) above the ground below. Oh, and did we mention it has a metal-grid base so you can see the void beneath you when crossing it?

Great for the views, not so great if you’re terrified of heights.

Still, daring hikers who take on the new 516 Arouca bridge will get to enjoy some pretty epic views, provided they can keep their eyes open.

The suspension bridge is set to open at the end of October 2020, and is located near the town of Arouca in Portugal, just south of Porto.

Would you dare take it on?

The walk itself measures 516m (approx 1692ft) in length – making it the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world. It’s estimated that it will take visitors approximately 10 minutes to cross. 

The Tibetan-style hanging bridge has been designed to offer up the best views of the surrounding Paiva gorge and its river.

A view of the walkway

The bridge is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers on either end, complete with flat decks.

The new attraction connects the escarpment of the Aguieiras Waterfall as well as the Paiva Gorge, both within the Arouca Geopark.

Ponte 516 Arouca in Portugal

The new attraction took three years to build, with construction having been completed earlier this summer.

There will be an admission price for those hoping to cross the bridge, although currently no price has been confirmed.

You can find out more about the attraction on the 516 Arouca Facebook page.

The new bridge hangs 574ft in the air

Unfortunately, Brits will need to wait a while longer before they can check it out for themselves.

At the time of writing the Foreign Office advises Brits against non-essential travel to mainland Portugal (this does not include Madeira and the Azores).

You can check the latest FCDO Portugal advice for more information.

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