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Key Info

Ponte Luís I

Price & Hours

Free

Details

Sightseeing, Free Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend
4.8scorecard
  • 5.0Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 4.0Atmosphere

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 Luís 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, according to recent travelers. "This bridge has got to be one of the most amazing pieces of architecture," swooned one TripAdvisor user. "Be sure to walk both top and bottom levels if you can, views are excellent!" 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.

You'll find the Dom Luís I Bridge's entry points on the southeastern edge of Porto and the northern edge of Vila Nova de Gaia. The nearest metro stops are São Bento in Porto and Jardim do Morro in Vila Nova de Gaia, both on the D (yellow) line.

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