Suspension bridge

Suspension bridge

The longest pedestrian suspension bridge in Portugal

At 516 metres long, the suspension bridge offers breathtaking views of the beautiful Paiva River and the lush greenery of the surrounding landscape. Walking across this bridge is an experience apart.

But don’t worry, the bridge is built to withstand winds of up to 200 km/hour and can carry 375 people across at a time.

Located in the Arouca Geopark, in northern Portugal, the bridge is an impressive feat of engineering that spans the beautiful Paiva River. The bridge’s design comes from architect Ivo Martins.

Safety regulations and guidelines

As expected, there are some safety regulations that visitors must follow to ensure they stay safe. For example, visitors must wear appropriate clothing and shoes and must not consume alcohol or drugs before entering the bridge. They should also follow the guides’ instructions and not climb on the railing or damage the bridge.

The best time to visit the suspension bridge

The Arouca suspension bridge is open all year round and can be visited at any time of the year. However, the best time to visit the bridge is during spring or autumn, when the weather is mild and nature is at its best.

In summer, the bridge can be very crowded. But visitor numbers are regulated because you have to buy a ticket in advance. In winter, it can be very cold on the bridge, so it is important to wear warm clothes.

It is necessary to buy a ticket in advance. Tugar has three options, we can arrange only the tickets, we can arrange the tickets and provide a transfer to take you back to the starting place. Or we can accompany you on the hike and arrange the transfer for you.

Other activities in the area

Besides the suspension bridge, there are many other activities to do in this area. One is the wooden footbridge, an 8-kilometre trail along the Paiva River.

If you buy a ticket for the suspension bridge, you will also have access to the wooden walkway.

It is also possible to canoe raft, canyoning, do a river trekking or river tubing. And there are plenty of hiking opportunities, both guided and autonomous. In winter, it is possible to go rafting.

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