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Is this bridge anywhere near any Camino routes in Portugal?

trecile

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Would you go out of your way to walk across this bridge? Or run for the hills?!

It's the world's longest suspension pedestrian bridge - over 1/2 km long.


 
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Would you go out of your way to walk across this bridge? Or run for the hills?!

It's the world's longest suspension pedestrian bridge - over 1/2 km long.


Arouca is 54km nw of Viseau which is on a camino .
See this thread
 
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It’s also about 28 km from either Oliveira de Azemeis or Sao Joao da Madeira, both of which are on the Central Camino Portugues.

Would you go out of your way to walk across this bridge?
I would go out of my way to get far away from this bridge. 🤣 That’s not what the locals are hoping to hear, of course.

But it is pretty amazing.
 

Albertagirl

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This reminds me of a suspension bridge for pedestrians over a river gorge in the Canadian Rockies: much shorter, but in its own way, just as challenging. The supports were similar: long metal twisted wire, fastened to towers on each end. It was possible to hang on to wire hand rails, which ran along the bridge at about waist height on each side. This was just as well, as the only support under my feet was wooden slats, some of which were missing. It was an adventure, and impossible to avoid to get where I was going. I never went back.
 

mspath

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This reminds me of the
pedestrian bridge which carries pilgrims high above the auto-route east of Leon.
When I got there in 2010 the wind was so terrific that at first I could NOT MOVE! Seeking help but seeing no other pilgrim I backed down the ramp and calmly walked into a nearby car showroom. After I explained that I needed assistance to cross the slightly astonished but very elegant manager put on his coat and took my arm. Eventually we both made it across, wind-blown and breathless! With a casual 'Adios' he noted
that he had never walked the Camino and if it was all like that crossing he certainly never would! ...Later years whenever I successfully crossed that bridge I always smiled remembering that intense earlier relief!!
 
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I would pay more than 12 euros. I have passed several points "con patio" (Spanish expresion that means vertigo) in the Pyrenees and Picos and think that the "vertigo sensation" is quite addictive if you can put up with it.
 

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I would pay more than 12 euros. I have passed several points "con patio" (Spanish expresion that means vertigo) in the Pyrenees and Picos and think that the "vertigo sensation" is quite addictive if you can put up with it.
I assume you have been skydiving and if not it must be on your bucket list. 😅
 
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Tai Chi

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I've been looking at this too. Want to go there when I do the Portugese Camino. So far I've got the following info:
- Closest camino town is Sao Joao de Madeira (south of Porto); it is 34 km east to Arouca, and another 13 km to the bridge. I might walk this route and overnight in Arouca.
- From Porto, the end of bus route 9 takes to you to Baloiço da Serra da Boneca. It is 42 km (shortest route) from there to the bridge. For this option, I might take a taxi to the bridge from the Bus stop.
Would welcome other ideas on logistics.
 

David61

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Would I go out of my way? In an instant! I have a terrible fear of heights which due work I have always struggled with. (I am talking metres here lol!) But a couple of years ago my friend and I toured France and Spain on motorbikes and I planned the route. One stop was at an English owned B&B (Ridersrest if anyone is interested, superb!) and while there the owner mentioned the Millau viaduct. I had heard of it and was not keen to say the least but we agreed to "go see". On the very long run up to it I expressed concern and told my mate I would get off at the next exit. He replied he was going over and would see me on the other side. Another exit, then another then last exit before...... I begged him not to leave me as we rode onto it. A few minutes later I passed him and left the bridge punching both hands into the air at ***mph!! Then I asked if we could do it again! But time constraints ( we had gone well off course to do the viaduct and had five hours to go before a bed for the night) meant no. The moral being always say yes, you can never regret it
 

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