Luís I Bridge

Luís I Bridge, Porto

Planning to visit the Luís I bridge? Check out our information below!


Porto has a total of six bridges, but the Ponte de Dom Luis I is by far the most famous and is one of the most iconic sights in Porto. The Ponte de Dom Luis I is the great twin bridge over the Douro River. The bridge is 400 metres long and was designed/built between 1881 and 1886 by a student of Gustav Eiffel (the designer of the Eiffel Tower, from Paris). The bridge connects Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. The Ponte de Dom Luis I is a double bridge. On the lower part, cars drive and there is space for pedestrians, and on the upper part, trams drive and there is also a footpath.

The best view of Porto is from the Luis I Bridge. You look over the historic centre and over the wide Douro River; walk across the bridge especially during sunset, when the view is fantastic. Not only are the beautiful houses then coloured in endless hues, the sky also changes by the minute. We definitely recommend coming here again during the day and in the early evening!  

Opening hours:

The Luís I Bridge is a two-part bridge over the Douro River, which can be visited 24/7 every day of the year.

Photographer: Rui Alves by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips you should know before visiting Luís I Bridge!

  • The bridge has a lift that can take you to the upper and lower sections.
  • Visit the Luís I Bridge at several times and enjoy the stunning views!
  • The nearby eateries are on the expensive side.
  • If you plan to walk the stretch, watch out for the metro trains on the bridge.
Photographer: Gustavo Soares by Unsplash

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