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516 AROUCA - TAKING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT TO NEW HEIGHTS

'516 Arouca' is a 516-meter long suspension bridge hanging at 175 meters above a river. It is part of Paiva Walkways, on which people can explore nature 'untouched' and immerse themselves in the region's biodiversity.

Urban regeneration project walks the walk

A footbridge perched above the Paiva River, the 516 Arouca Footbridge offers a new, sustainable way of travelling through the Portuguese countryside. Initially, the plan was to construct a bridge above a ground-level walking path, with boardwalk steps descending into the canyon. To pull it off, a team of mountain climbers was consulted for the bridge construction, which was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The suspension bridge is a tourist destination in itself, along with existing hiking trails and nature activities in the area.

Anna takes the green high road

Anna takes on one of the longest footbridge spans in the world! Through an amazing tour, she has a clearer view of how people can move through rural areas - stay connected - without harming the natural environment.