25 de Abril Bridge in Lisbon, Portugal

25 de Abril Bridge connects the capital of Portugal, Lisbon to the municipality of Almada. It is an imposing suspension bridge; build in 1966 by the same American company that built the Golden Gate Bridge, in San Francisco, USA. The bridge crosses the Tejo River at its narrowest point and it has become one of Lisbon’s most impressive landmarks.

About 25 de Abril Bridge

The bridge built in 1966 cost Portugal $32 million dollars but due to the tolls and taxes, in the course of 25 years the costs have been covered. Initially, it was proposed that after the costs are covered, the bridge will be toll free, but with the addition of a train line below the road level in 1999, that could not happen. Fear not, the toll is only when you’re traveling northbound into Lisbon and it is only € 1.45 for cars (there is no toll when travelling southbound). More good news: no toll for the month of August!

The impressive bridge was first called the Salazar Bridge but after the revolution of 1974 its name was changed to 25 de Abril Bridge. The bridge’s length is 2.3 km and it is suspended 70 m above the Tejo River. It’s good to know that it is the second tallest structure in Portugal; the main towers are 190 m!

What to see near Dom Luis I Bridge:

Lisbon is one of the most beautiful capitals in Europe, with its Subtropical-Mediterranean climate there’s no bad time to visit Lisbon – the winters are mild and the summers warm.

You can decide to visit the Lisbon Oceanarium, thought to be one of the best Oceanariums in the world. Very child friendly, with very exciting shark and sea-turtle exhibits, it is great fun for you and your children.

If you like art, the Gulbenkian Museum is the place you must visit! Egyptian sculptures, paintings by the Old Masters and a large collection of Persian art will really open up your eyes to the wonders of the times that have passed. There are also spectacular gardens for you and your loved ones to admire!

But if all you want to do is take a walk and breathe in the local atmosphere, then Belem is the perfect neighborhood for you to stroll through. It has got great restaurant, serene parks and also the Tower of Belem which is absolutely breathtaking.

Accommodation near 25 de Abril Bridge.

Vila Galé Ópera is a four star hotel with prices starting from € 52 and it’s only one kilometer away from the bridge. The heated indoor pool, fitness center, air-conditioning and restaurant will most likely satisfy your needs for a comfortable stay.

If luxury is what you desire, then the five-star Pestana Palace Hotel & National Monument offers spa and fitness, both indoor and outdoor pool, massage, hot tub, steam bath – everything you need to unwind after a day of sightseeing.

The 25 de Abril Bridge does more than facilitate transportation to Lisbon; it brings people together in the wonderful capital of Lisbon and opens the door to great opportunities of fun for you and your family!

 

Posted in: Bridges on November 22, 2011. This beautiful post was written by paul

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