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Vadim wrote a review Jan. 19
Murmansk, Russia19,598 contributions2,416 helpful votes
When Guy de Maupassant was asked what place in Paris he liked best, he replied-the Eiffel Tower. Because it's the only place in Paris where you can't see it. The Ponte de Dom Luís I, which was built by Eiffel's disciple Théophile Seyrig, is good when you look at it and when you look from it. It is no accident that the bridge was included in various ratings of the best bridges in the world and together with the nearby monastery was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. But the main thing is that the bridge is the best viewing platform in Porto. From here you can enjoy wonderful views of the Ribeira and Vila Nova de Gaia quays, the Douro River and the whole city. The bridge has two tiers. By the way, Eiffel lost the competition to his student and companion due to the fact that he proposed a single-tier bridge, which even then in 1886 didn`t match the demographic growth of Porto. Pedestrian paths are available on each of them. Each of them is not without its drawbacks.The path on the lower tier is separated from the traffic by a fence, but it is very narrow - the width of a person. Of course, the best views are from the upper span of the bridge. However, here the pedestrian path is not separated from the roadway in any way. Fortunately, only high-speed trams run here. You can walk freely on the bridge in both directions. Interestingly, the bridge was paid until 1944. Now selfies from the bridge are free. The main thing is not to drop the smartphone in the Douro...…
Date of experience: February 2020
Rafał PL wrote a review Dec. 2020
Adorable place, especially in the evenings (we caught absolutely stunning view of the moon from there). One of the must see places in Porto!
Date of experience: November 2020
The_Loup_Garou wrote a review Oct. 2020
Phoenix, Arizona157,878 contributions2,357 helpful votes
A Beautiful Architectural Marvel This is one of the most iconic bridges, that I have had the pleasure to observe, and even travel across. In November, we were back to Vila Nova de Gaia, and were again blessed with a view of the Ponte de Dom Luis I bridge from our room. It was gorgeous both night and day, and we awoke to it, and also went to be to it. On this abbreviated trip (work truncated the visit on both ends), we only crossed it once, and that was to dine in Porto, across the River from us. The structure is magnificent, and its unique structure is beautiful during the day, but it really comes to life in the evening, with the lighting, which reflect in the waters of the Douro below. It serves three purposes, all aimed at crossing the mighty Douro River: it’s a pedestrian bridge (though we have never walked it), a railway bridge, and then an automobile traffic bridge. This is a must do, when in Porto, or Vila Nova de Gaia, and we were blessed to be able to see it at all hours of the day.…
Date of experience: November 2019
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June A wrote a review Oct. 2020
Surrey, United Kingdom2,037 contributions579 helpful votes
This is an impressive structure and architectural masterpiece spanning the River Doura and close to the Ribeira waterfront. It is easy enough to find - just follow the signs and the views are pretty good too.
Date of experience: November 2019
Lorraine T wrote a review Oct. 2020
Calgary, Canada38 contributions21 helpful votes
Well worth a visit....as long as you aren't afraid of heights. wonderful views back toward the city.
Date of experience: October 2020