Terrifying new 1,692ft-high bridge attraction to open in Portugal

A TERRIFYING new attraction is opening in Portugal this month, which lets you walk across a 1,692ft see-through-bottomed bridge.

The bridge is suspended 575ft above ground, with a sheer drop into the river and cliffs below – and is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world.

A terrifying new bridge attraction is opening in Portugal this month

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A terrifying new bridge attraction is opening in Portugal this monthCredit: Facebook/516arouca

Just over an hour from Porto, the ‘516 Arouca’ (named so due to being 516m in length) will open to the public later this month, connecting Aguieiras Waterfall and Paiva Gorge.

The bridge is built using steel cables and a metal-grid base, which lets you feel like you are walking on nothing along with a view of the River Paiva below.

Similar tourist attractions can be found in China, although this is one of the few in Europe open to the public.

Supported by two V-shaped concrete towers at either end, the bridge is built in a Tibet-style with no towers and a sagging deck, instead of a flatter deck style.

Only the brave should attempt it, taking between five and 10 minutes to walk from end to end, but with stunning panoramic views along the way.

The bridge is just over an hour from Porto

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The bridge is just over an hour from PortoCredit: Rex Features
Constructed of steel cables, walkers can see through the bottom metal grating

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Constructed of steel cables, walkers can see through the bottom metal gratingCredit: Rex Features
The bridge is 1,692ft long, and is connected by two concrete towers

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The bridge is 1,692ft long, and is connected by two concrete towersCredit: Rex Features
It is suspended 175m above the ground

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It is suspended 175m above the groundCredit: Rex Features

Of course, mainland Portugal is off the cards for British tourists, with a two-week quarantine back in the UK.

No official date has been given for when it will open to the public, nor have ticket prices.

Plans for the attraction were first announced in 2016, with construction starting the following year.

It beats the longest pedestrian suspension bridge, which is the Charles Kuonen Suspension Bridge in Switzerland spanning 1,621ft (494m).

Stretching across the valley between Grächen and Zermatt, it opened in 2017.

In 2018, China opened a £15bn bridge stretching 34 miles from Hong Kong to Macau – which is the longest sea-crossing ever built.

Constructed over nine years, the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZM) can withstand a magnitude eight earthquake and a super typhoon.

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