Friday, 17 June 2011
Crossings of the Duoro River - Dom Luís Bridge, Porto
Possibly the most famous landmark in Porto, the Dom Luís Bridge over the River Duoro casts a magnificent arch across the gorge in which the city sits. It completely dominates the city centre, and is probably the highlight of any visit. Linking the Porto with its southern suburb of Vila Nova de Gaia, it was completed in 1886 by the same people behind the Eiffel Tower.
Getting to the bridge is easy, as there are two decks. The lower deck carries normal road traffic, but if you want those views across the river, then there is a more cunning way to get up there to the upper deck. You can take Line D of the Porto Metro or you can walk up from Sao Bento station, past the Cathedral to the upper deck, to get those marvelous views...
And it is a romantic place to take a stroll! If you have a loved one, someone special who you want to share a view with, well, this is probably one of the most beautiful parts of Porto (along with the Museum of Romance) to come and take a stroll. Sunset is a particularly stunning time to see the vista of the city from the Dom Luis Bridge.
It does not take long to take the bridge and to be honest, like the crossing, my holiday in Porto was over far too soon. I really want to come back to Porto. It was simply just a great place to visit. Fantastic food, great sights, a beautiful setting and shockingly cheap. Wonderful locals and a culture that is rich to the senses. What more does anyone want from a holiday? And the best way to crown my trip to Porto was by crossing the mighty Duoro over the Dom Luis I bridge. One of the world's truly great landmarks, a wonderful piece of human engineering, and an iconic piece of Porto that I was lucky to see!