Luís I Bridge

Address: Pte. Luiz I, 4000 Porto, Portugal

For a trading centre, a bridge is an essential infrastructure apart from a pier. It connects riverbanks and facilitates logistics. There are iconic bridges for every port city, for example, the Tsing Ma Bridge in Hong Kong, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Luís I Bridge in Porto.


Built in the 19th century, the Luís I Bridge spans the River Douro between Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia. The 172m-long metal arch bridge, which encouraged Porto’s traffic with the towns nearby, was the longest of its kind in the world by then. The bridge is distinguished by its double-deck structure, with the upper deck for trams while the lower for cars and pedestrians. There are several ways of viewing the Luís I Bridge you can choose from. Some would take a sightseeing cruise to admire the spectacular bridge from the River Douro. Or you can enjoy lovely dishes by the river, and have the view of a sparkling bridge in sunset. If you can’t get enough of this glamorous scenery, why don’t you take it to the next level by climbing stairs to the upper deck? Or you can take a cable car ride and view the bridge from mid-air. There on the upper deck, the views of jet skis, yachts and cruise ships sailing here and there on the majestic River Douro are amazing. Where is the most frequently visited shooting location of the bridge? That has to be the Monastery of Serra do Pilar in Vila Nova de Gaia, the other side of the bridge. Overlooking from the square in front of it, you are going to capture the captivating view of the city, the river and the bridge. Everything glows when night falls, which gets even more enticing.