The world’s longest pedestrian bridge opened on Sunday in Arouca, in northern Portugal. The suspension bridge spans 516 meters across a canyon of the Paiva river. It hangs on steel cables connected to two massive towers. Tourists who walk on the bridge can watch the fast-moving river over 170 meters below them.
The mayor of Arouca hopes the new bridge will be an additional attraction to the Arouca Geopark, a region where tourists experience all kinds of outdoor adventures, including hiking , rafting, biking and other activities.
The bridge cost 2.3 million euros and was completed in 2 years. The previous record for the longest pedestrian suspension bridge was held by Randa in the Swiss Alps.
- additional = extra
- canyon = deep valley with very steep sides that has a river running at the bottom
- completed = finished
- experience = here: something great that happens to you
- hiking = taking walks in the mountains
- massive = very large and heavy
- mayor = person who is the head of a city
- pedestrian= someone who is walking
- previous = earlier, up to now
- rafting = travelling in a raft on a fast-moving river
- span = distance from one side to the other
- steel = very strong metal
- suspension bridge = bridge that hangs from heavy steel ropes that are connected to towers