Bridge over the river **sigh**

There s a lot that is memorable about this city, but maybe number one are the Porto bridges that cross the Douro, the city’s wine-artery river. This is the Eiffel Tower of Porto: almost literally, because one of the bridges was built by disciples of the great Eiffel, and you can marvel at its design and character just as you can with Lisbon’s elevators and Scotland’s Forth Rail Bridge (also from the Eiffel school of iron civil engineering).

Porto is the city of Six Bridges, and they are:

  • Luis I Bridge – linking Gaia and Porto this 1886 bridge was designed by Eiffel associate Théophile Seyrig – known for its spectacular arch
  • Maria Pia Bridge – this was the mummy of em all built by Eiffel in 1876
  • Arrábida bridge  – in its day the longest concrete bridge in the world,
  • Infante D. Henrique bridge
  • São João bridge  – the new one spanning 250m
  • Freixo or “double”bridge.

Which will be your favourite? Take a tour and you’ll see why they are so captivating.

Porto bridges are the perfect landmarks and icons for this fantastic city

Whether you are travelling across one, sailing or walking underneath – even abseiling one. You’ll look up from below, or gaze down in (wine-soaked …we trust!) admiration from one of the hills of the city, and you cannot fail to be taken aback by these elegant structures. From close by you’ll also hear the roar of cars and trains as they make their way across the bridges, continuing the industrious hum of this prosperous Portuguese city.

Even if you don’t know a cantilever from a chouriço * there is something about looking up to see these iron structure towering above and just governing somehow. We love these enlightenment structures, a testament to human design, industry and achievement.

*That’s a very tasty Porto sausage by the way – try it!

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