Ponte de Dom Luis I, Porto

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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. See Ponte de Dom Luis I and all Porto has to offer by arranging your trip with our Porto travel route planning app .
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  • Ponte d. Luis I call Cais da Ribeira Gaia. Bridge has 2 levels. The upstairs is where metro line D, which ends up becoming also an attraction. Coming to Gaia, has two attractions: viewpoint of Serra do Pilar Monastery and the cable car. You can go first to the viewpoint and then take the cable car down in the Ramos Pinto. Visit caves, if you like, and take the lower level of the bridge is where the cars.
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  • Be in Porto and not walk on this bridge and insane. The beauty of the port lies in the fact that you can see the river and the Ribeira from many points of view and that's the most important. At sunset and highly recommended!
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  • Excellent work of a disciple of Eiffel where the kids jump into the River on hot days. Place to visit whenever you come to port. ..
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  • I don't know how old it is. But it's old. All in iron. Rusted and beautiful in its uniqueness. It's the vein that connects the besting heart of the city of Porto to the City of Gaia. You can take great photos with it in the background or from it (in the top passage) of both cities. The view from there is unforgettable.
  • Stunning view and beautifully situated. Not a too long walk from the city centre, but with some ups and downs on the way. Well-lit also during the evenings. Offers good photo opportunities and i a landmark for an evening stroll along the river Douro and around.
  • This bridge is a stunning site within Porto. I would definitely recommendation going in the evening as the bridge being lit up with the building next to is is absolutely beautiful. You can walk along the top and hop on the cable cars to get a better view of the city.
  • Well worth a walk across - some lovely views and good photo opportunities - we walked across both the lower and upper ways - Upper is the one for the views, but lower is great to see the bridge architecture. It allowed us to count just how many port houses are! Can get very busy so would recommend doing at beginning or end of day.
  • Stunning Bridge Built by Eiffel. Fantastic views over the city and valley, from the upper section which the light rail goes across, two rail stops 1 at either end. The lower bridge is a road bridge great to walk across to see the sheer scale of the design and engineering Pics of and from the Bridge

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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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