World’s Longest Pedestrian Suspension Bridge Opens Up High Above the River Paiva in Arouca, Portugal

Pointe 516, the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge has opened up high above the River Paiva in Arouca, Portugal. The bridge stretches for an incredible 516 meters (1,693 feet) across at an elevation of 175 meters (574 feet), offering picturesque views of the valley below.

516 Arouca bridge is the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world and is located in Arouca, in the Aveiro district, Portugal. With a length of 516 meters and an elevation of 175 meters, it connects the banks of the river Paiva. Crossing the bridge, you will have an impressive view of Garganta do Paiva and Cascata das Aguieiras, both geosites of the territory of the Arouca de la UNESCO Geopark.

Construction of the bridge began in May 2018, cost about 1.7 million euros ($2,050,000), and was inspired by Incan designs that spanned the Andes Mountains. The local government is hoping to bring visitors to the area with this record-setting bridge.

The new bridge, under construction since May 2018, is inspired by the Inca bridges that spanned the Andes mountain valleys. …According to the mayor of Arouca, Margarida Belém, to NiT in 2019, the pedestrian bridge suspended over the Paiva river “is an essential tourist infrastructure to reinforce the tourist attractiveness of the municipality and its position in the nature tourism market”.

Tickets are available for purchase through the Pointe 516 site.

If you don’t suffer from the heart, this adventure is for you! At 175 meters high, 516 Arouca bridge is not for the faint of heart. Make your visit now and let yourself be involved by nature and the adventurous spirit.

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.