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A new Portuguese bridge not for the faint of heart



AROUCA, Portugal (AP) – It’s probably best to line up before looking down from the Arouca Bridge.

The narrow pedestrian bridge over a river canyon in northern Portugal is said to be the longest pedestrian bridge in the world and was officially opened on Sunday.

The Arouca Bridge offers a half-kilometer (almost 1,700 feet) walk along its entire section, along a metal path hung on cables. About 175 meters (574 feet) below, the Paiva River flows through a waterfall.

Arouca is located 300 kilometers (1

86 miles) north of Lisbon, the Portuguese capital. Locals took their first walk on the bridge last week. Many were excited – even as some admitted, it was a little embarrassing to feel so high and exposed.

The Guinness Book of World Records reports on its website that the world’s longest suspension bridge for pedestrians is the Kokonoe Yume Bridge in Japan, which opened in 2006 and extends to 390 meters (1,280 feet). But Charles Kuonen’s suspension bridge, which was opened in the Swiss Alps in 2017, challenges that value to 494 meters (1,621 feet).

The Arouca Bridge costs 2.3 million euros ($ 2.8 million) to build. Children under the age of 6 are not allowed to participate and all visits will be accompanied by guides.

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


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