I love bridges and seen many of them when I travel to different countries, such as the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, Bixby Bridge (California, USA), Shimanami Kaido Bridges (Shikoku Japan), Lisbon imitation Golden Gate called Ponte 25 de Abril and many more. Bridge connecting places and people and I love looking at the bridges when I travel around the world. You will find some very unique architecture and very beautiful creation.
During my Spain-Portugal tour, I was lucky enough to experience the longest bridge in Europe called The Vasco da Gama Bridge. In case you like to know who is Vaco da Gama, he is the greatest Portuguese explorer and the first European to reach India by sea. You get to see his name appeared in many places in Portugal. Portuguese are very proud of their sea power and sea culture so they named the longest bridge in Europe as Vasco da Gama Bridge.
The Vasco da Gama Bridge is located in Lisbon, capital of Portugal. It is the longest bridge in Europe with a total length of 17.2 km. We spent about 15 mins to drive across this bridge which is seemingly endless. It is quite an impressive sight how it spans the river.
The bridge has 6 lanes in total, and toll fees are collected through a toll plaza in the south bank of the Tagus at Euro 2.70 per car.
The view on both sides of the river was cool.
Vasco da Gama Bridge was built (1998) because Ponte 25 de Abril Bridge (the imitation of Golden Gate Bridge) was unable to handle the volumes of commuters and too much traffic jam. It only took 18 months to complete, can you believe that?
Fishing Boats in Tagus River
Tagus River at low tide
Tagus River is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula, it flows from Spain and Portugal. If you travel to these two countries, you will hear of Tagus River often.
Glad to experience the Vasco da Gama Bridge, the longest bridge in Europe since I am a fan of bridges. It is impressive and very entertaining when the drive is at the top of the bridge, middle of the span.