A stroll by the Portugalete bridge

A stroll by the Portugalete bridge

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Bilbao, apart from its nature, gastronomy and personality, is a place full of charming buildings, original and really striking for the visitor. To the style of the public buildings and many museums such as the Guggenheim, you should add the traditional design of the flats and apartments (with their coloured facades and tiles) and the bridges.

Bilbao is divided in two by the presence of the river, which means that one pays special attention to the bridges and their design because these are the only connection between the two halves. Which are the most important and original? The La Salve Bridge or the Portugalete Bridge, our protagonist for today.

Declared of World Heritage, the Portugalete Suspended Bridge (also called the Biscay Bridge) is a “not to be missed” visit in order to understand the essential history of Bilbao. A point of interest is the perfect location for those who choose the Hotel Petit Palace Tamarises (10 minutes away by car) and a little further away for those clients staying at the Petit Palace Arana Bilbao.

The Portugalete or Biscay Bridge dates from the end of the 19th century and was built with a very clear objective: to unite the two shores of the city without disturbing maritime traffic. With a total of four iron towers, the bridge is more than sixty metres high (yes, impressive) and a total of 160 metres long. Please note that the structure was erected by welding iron girders which with the passing of time had to be reinforced.

Different to traditional bridges which are crossed directly (whether on foot or by car), the Portugalete Bridge has the peculiarity that both cars and passengers are transported in a type of “gondola”, a hanging, mobile platform which covers the distance in less than one minute.

For its history and aspect, a visit is highly recommended so have no doubts and enjoy this experience either in your car, by bicycle hired from our hotel or on foot. Using any of these three ways you will be able to spend a wonderful few hours with incomparable views of the Basque capital.

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