Porto Bridge Climb#20 in Best Things To Do in Porto
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The Porto Bridge Climb offers spectacular views of the surrounding area from a distinctive perspective. When the Arrábida Bridge spanning the Douro River was completed in 1963, it stood as the longest concrete arch bridge in the world. While it no longer holds that record, its 885-foot arch remains one of the world's largest, and it is the only structure of its kind in Europe open to the public. Indeed, only a few bridges in Australia and New Zealand offer a comparable experience. Travelers are in a harness that connects to a cable, which runs the length of the bridge's arch. Visitors will be led by a guide up the stairs along the arch and have a handrail they can hold on to along the way.
Bridge-climbers report that the outing is less strenuous than one might expect and that the views of the sunset and the river made it something not to miss.
The starting point of the climb can be reached via Sociedade de Transportes Colectivos do Porto (STCP) bus 500 or by tram line 1 to the Ponte Arrábida stop. Travelers can also get to the attraction on foot by walking along the river to the bridge. Groups are limited to 13 people and participants must be 12 and older; tickets cost 17.50 euros (approximately $19) per person for groups of one to four and 16 euros (about $17.50) per person for groups of five to 13. Fees include a tour guide, who recent travelers generally deemed as helpful and informative, and safety equipment. Walks occur several times a day, with the first at 2:30 p.m., every day except for certain holidays. For additional information, visit the website.
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#1 Dom Luís I Bridge
This iconic arching iron bridge straddles the Douro River, connecting Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Though Porto is known for having quite a few bridges, the Dom Luis I Bridge is especially renowned because it was designed by a student of Gustave Eiffel, the mastermind behind the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Plus, at the time of its completion in 1886, this bridge was the longest iron arch in the world. The bridge accommodates cars on its lower level and Porto's metro on its upper level; pedestrians can walk along the bridge on both levels. Stroll along the upper deck of the bridge and you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the edifices built into the hillside cliffs that line the river.
Admiring the bridge's composition and the views it offers is something all visitors to Porto must do, travelers consistently attest. A visit here would pair well with a stop at some of Porto's nearby wineries across the bridge in Vila Nova de Gaia. Another option would be to hop on a Douro River cruise or boat tour, which would allow you to see all six bridges in one go.
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