If there is such a niche in the travel industry as ‘bridge travel’ then the town of Arouca, Portugal is set to be the next big destination, with the world’s longest suspension bridge set to open this month. The massive bridge spans 1,693 feet across the roaring Pavia River which flows 570 feet below it. A fascinating feat of engineering, the bridge surely has to be seen to truly experience its mammoth scope. Visitors are enclosed by a metal shell that seals the walkway, while allowing for amazing views over the land and water below. NB: we have it on good authority that there’s something of a wobble to every step you take across it.
The bridge is suspended between two giant steel pillars, with tensioned steel cables holding the meshed metal of the walkway. People tempted to travel for the bridge will also find a series of trails that traverse the local landscape over 5 miles, taking in the river banks and surrounding woodland.