516 Arouca Footbridge

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516 Arouca Footbridge
Ponte 516 Arouca
Arouca, Aveiro, Portugal
(574) feet high / (175) meters high
1,693 foot span / 516 meter span
2020

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Image by Andrea Fonso.


Located across the spectacular canyon of Portugal's Paiva River, the 516 Arouca Footbridge was the world's longest pedestrian bridge span with a tower to tower length of 516 meters. Later in 2020 the Baglung Parbat Footbridge in Nepal surpassed it with a span of 567 meters and then in 2022 it was surpassed by the Sky Bridge 721 in the Czech Republic and the Canillo Footbridge in Andorra. The Arouca suspension bridge is supported by two V-shaped concrete towers that are 35.5 meters tall and 32 meters wide. The 1.2 meter wide walkway is approximately 175 meters high.

The unique design combines 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 V-shaped angling of the suspender cables may have been inspired by China's Zhangjiajie Glass Footbridge.

The 516 Arouca Footbridge connects the banks of the Paiva River in the vicinity of Cascata das Agueiras and the Throat do Paiva. A number of boardwalk steps descend to the bottom of the canyon. The project was co-financed by the ERDF PROVERE programme (European Regional Development Fund) - North 2020.


World's 30 Longest Footbridge Spans

1. Sky Bridge 721, Czech Republic - 721 meters

2. Tibetan Footbridge of Canillo, Andorra - 603 meters

3. Gandaki Golden/Baglung Parbat, Nepal - 567 meters

4. 516 Arouca, Portugal - 516 meters

5. Wanjiazhai Dam, China - 500 meters

6. Charles Kunonen, Switzerland – 494 meters

7. Kushma Bungy, Nepal - (490) meters

8. Huangchuansanxia Glass, China - 460 meters

9. Rappbode Dam, Germany - 458 meters

10. Tianyundu Glass Footbridge, China - (450) meters

11. Daqingshan Glass Footbridge, China - 450 meters

12. Longguwan Glass Footbridge, China - (445) meters

13. Hongyagu Glass, China - 445 meters

14. Sochi Skybridge, Russia – 439 meters

15. Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass, China – 430 meters

16. Yinzuotianmeng, China – 420 meters

17. Ulleong Sogeumsan, South Korea - 404 meters

18. Highline 179, Austria – 402 meters

19. Mishima Grand, Japan – 400 meters

20. Kokonoe Otsurihashi, Japan - 390 meters

21. Ryujin, Japan - 375 meters

22. Skywalk Sattel, Switzerland - (374 meters)

23. Bega-Banduk, Nepal - 365 meters

24. Geierlay, Germany – 360 meters

25. Kushma-Mudhikuwa, Nepal - 359 meters

26. Baiheshanzhuang Footbridge, China - 358 meters

27. Bailihuang Glass Footbridge, China - 350 meters

28. Triveni Garas, Nepal - 350 meters

29. Bunwajorghat, Nepal - 350 meters

30. Shuiyuan Footbridge, China - 342 meters


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516 Arouca Footbridge satellite image.


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516 Arouca Footbridge location map.


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