Portuguese Bridges Among The Most Beautiful In Europe ♦ Every year, European Best Destinations chooses the most relevant points of interest on the European continent. European bridges are sometimes works of art, and for that reason, they have selected for you the most beautiful ones in Europe. Join Secrets From Portugal and discover the Portuguese bridges that make part of the amazing top 15 European bridges.
At the top of the 15 most breathtaking bridges in Europe, it is the 25th of April Bridge that appears first, with the Luís I Bridge in 6th place and Vasco da Gama Bridge in 14th place.
25 de Abril Bridge
The 25 de Abril Bridge is a suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon, capital of Portugal, to the municipality of Almada on the left (south) bank of the Tejo river. It was inaugurated on August 6, 1966, and a train platform was added in 1999.
This bridge is often compared to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, USA because it is a suspension bridge and has similar coloring. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 23rd largest suspension bridge in the world. Until 1974, the bridge was named Salazar Bridge (Ponte Salazar). The name “25 de Abril” commemorates the Carnation Revolution.
Luis I Bridge
Designed by the engineer Teófilo Seyrig, this bridge was inaugurated in 1886 and comprises 2 overlapping iron decks. It is 395 meters long and 8 meters wide, and its arch is still considered to be the world’s biggest one in a forged iron. Nowadays the upper deck is used by the Metro of Porto, connecting the area of Porto’s Cathedral to the Garden of Morro and to the Avenida da República in Vila Nova de Gaia.
You should take a boat trip under this amazing bridge or take a walk to appreciate this grand feat of engineering. Take the lower deck to reach Vila Nova de Gaia and its cellars and the upper deck for a perfect view of the town.
Vasco da Gama Bridge
The Vasco da Gama Bridge is a cable-stayed bridge flanked by viaducts and range views that spans the Tagus River in Parque das Nações in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. It was the longest bridge in Europe (including viaducts), with a total length of 17.2 km (10.7 mi). With a length of 18.1 km the Crimean Bridge it is now considered to be the longest bridge in Russia and Europe.
Construction began in February 1995 and the bridge was opened to traffic on 29 March 1998, just in time for Expo 98, the World’s Fair that celebrated the 500th anniversary of the discovery by Vasco da Gama of the sea route from Europe to India.
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