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High jinx: New Portuguese bridge not for the faint of heart



A narrow footbridge suspended over a river gorge that claims to be the world’s longest pedestrian bridge has been officially inaugurated in northern Portugal

AROUCA, Portugal ̵

1; It’s probably best if you surround yourself before looking down from the Arouca Bridge.

The narrow footbridge, which hangs over a river gorge in northern Portugal, claims to be the world’s longest pedestrian bridge and was officially inaugurated on Sunday.

The Arouca Bridge offers a half-kilometer walk across its span along a metal walkway suspended by cables. About 175 meters below, the Paiva River flows through a waterfall.

Arouca is located 300 kilometers north of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. Local residents got a first walk on the bridge last week. Many were excited – even as some admitted, it was a little nervous to feel so high up and exposed.

Guinness World Records says on its website that the world’s longest suspension bridge for pedestrians is Japan’s Kokonoe Yume Bridge, which opened in 2006 and spans 390 meters (1,280 feet). But the Charles Kuonen suspension bridge, which opened in the Swiss Alps in 2017, challenges that marking at 494 meters (1,621 feet).

The Arouca Bridge cost 2.3 million euros ($ 2.8 million) to build. Children under the age of 6 do not have access to it and all visits are accompanied by guides.

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HOW TO GET THERE: Open to the public from Monday, the Broadway costs between 10 and 12 euros ($ 12-14) and must be booked through a local website.


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