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Ponte de Dom Luis I, Porto

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Bridge Tourist Spot
Traverse the iconic Ponte de Dom Luis I along its pedestrian pathway for beautiful views of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. When it was completed in 1886, this 172 m (564 ft) bridge was the longest of its kind in the world. Now the two-hinged, double-deck, arched steel bridge is beloved for the spectacular vantage points it offers. The bridge is comprised of a lower section for cars and an upper section for a light rail and pedestrians. If you walk across the bridge, you can take photos from the high above the Douro River. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Ponte de Dom Luis I and many more Porto attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Porto trip builder.
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  • Walk along the top tier of this iconic bridge for amazing views of Porto, then get the cable car down the hill (more importantly back up again!) which will take you into the Port wine houses of Vila N...  more »
  • A bridge of importance and a fun experience it ties the two sides of Porto together. Easily walked from one to the other you can choose to be enlightened at the many vineyards represented or the main ...  more »
  • Great place. Nice city. Good food and wines. Friendly people. Love Portugal. Great Light. Lovely sights  more »
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  • The area surrounding the bridge I would personally say is more interesting than the bridge itself. The architecture is beautiful and the river bank is bustling with shops, restaurants and bars. There's even boat tours you can take which take you up and down the river and provide even more wonderful views.
  • The Dom Luís I Bridge is a double-deck metal arch bridge that spans the River Douro between the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia in Portugal. It is the iconic image of Porto. We walked on the top level across the bridge, it is fantastic spot to see the charm of two sides of old town along the river. We rode the bicycles across the lower level of the bridge down the river edge on the beautiful bike way. The only problem is it is hard for cyclists to share the bridge with all the walking tourists, buses and cars.
  • Stunning view from top of the bridge! Some kids jumping for money from the middle part of the bridge and making a little show about it! I'm Just wondering what with the abandoned house on the other site of the bridge is. It would be such a wonderful house if somebody would buy it and renovate. That's kind of sad but give also an special flair to the area.
  • Iconic Bridge for Porto city. It takes a while to climb from the bottom to top alternatively you might want to take an elevator for additional fee. Fantastic view especially before late afternoon when sun starts to set and does not throw light directly on buildings and that is breathtaking. Night view is also fine but no worries if you missed that but still have seen morning view.
  • Wonderful piece of architecture during day or during night when it is clearly visible from the distance. Something you cannot miss if visiting Porto or surrounding area.

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Where to stay in Porto

Portugal's second city offers a healthy variety and quantity of accessible accommodations. The historical city center on the northern bank of the River Douro teems with hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, which often have shared rooms, to upscale, luxury hotels housed in larger buildings and packed with amenities. All of these options place you conveniently close to the town's main sights, including churches, historical squares, and more. On top of that, many hotels on the northern bank boast good views from their hilltop vantage points. If you want to save big on cost, it's worth considering a more low-key hostel or small hotel on the less-popular southern bank.
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