Fear of heights is a real fear for many people in this world, and Portugal’s new bridge is certainly not for the faint of heart. At the very least, those traveling across this bridge who have an aversion to heights should absolutely not look down. That’s because Portugal is opening the world’s longest suspension bridge that can be walked by pedestrians.
According to The Sun, the bridge, called 516 Arouca, will be opened to tourists and will become the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the whole world, beating out the current holder of that title, the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge, located in Switzerland.
If you thought that that’s something to talk about, we still didn’t mention that the bridge will be 575 feet above the ground, between the Paiva Gorge an Aguieiras Waterfall.
The bridge will be made of steel cables and a metal grid, which is good news for those who are more afraid of glass-bottom bridges that can be found in China. The longest of those glass-bottomed bridges spans across 1726 feet and is located above the Liangiang River in the Huangchuan Three Gorges Scenic Area in the southern region of China.
516 Arouca will suspend between two concrete towers that will be v-shaped on either side of the bridge and will slightly sad in the middle. According to The Sun, the time it will take pedestrians to cross the bridge will range from five to ten minutes across, without stopping along the way, of course. For those who are brave enough to make the trek across the bridge, they’ll be rewarded with some of the most stunning sights the world has to offer.
Located about an hour away from Porto, the bridge is conveniently located for tourists who are thrill-seekers. 516 Arouca has been under construction since 2016 and is estimated to be finished by 2021. An opening date has not been announced yet.