175m high suspended bridge to open to public in Portugal
A 175m suspended pedestrian bridge named ‘516 Arouca’ is set to open to the public this October in Arouca, Portugal – the Metropolitan Area of Porto.
The attraction is expected to become the latest must-see for those visiting the north of Portugal. Suspended 175m above Rio Paiva and lasting for 516m, the bridge is designed with a transparent base which mimics the feeling of walking through the air with the River Paiva right beneath your feet.
The giant suspension bridge is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers with a unique design combining elements of a pure Tibet-style footbridge with no towers and a sagging deck with a more conventional tower supported span with a flat deck. The bridge connects the escarpment of the Aguieiras Waterfall and the area of the Paiva Gorge, two of the 41 geosites of the Arouca Geopark.