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Ponte Vasco da Gama, Portugal

From series “Unbelievable and Magnificent Bridges and Viaducts”
Year: 1998. Lenght: 17.2 km.

The longest bridge in Europe is located in Lisbon and was named to honor the excellent navigator Vasco da Gama. The length of the bridge is 17.2 km. The bridge over the Tajo River was opened in 1998 and is characterized by the incredibly harmonious shape. The bridge was opened on 29th March on the occasion of the important historical event - the 500th anniversary of the discovery of a route from Europe to India. The bridge looks incredibly fine and impressive, especially at night when it is adorned with thousands of LED lights. The illumination system of the bridge is unique and has been developed according to modern ecological standards. So that the light did not disturb the inhabitants of the Tagus river at night, it is directed exclusively upwards.

Ponte Vasco da Gama, Portugal Despite the fine construction, the bridge is very solid and can withstand the wind blows up to 250 kilometers per hour. Given the incredible extent of the bridge and the complexity of its construction, it is hard to imagine that it was built in just one and a half years. 3 300 workers were employed in bridge construction.

Before the bridge opening, the 25th April bridge was the only land crossing through the Tajo River. The second bridge has optimally distributed the traffic load and made the crossing over the river more convenient. Today the tourists can not only drive on the longest bridge in Europe but also make a lot of impressive photos on their background. On the riverside the beautiful park zones were equipped with benches and hiking trails. As a rule, these picturesque places are most populous in the evening. Next - Ponte di Rialto

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'Avia Vale de Figueira' located in 9 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Moor Viagens, Lda' is located in 5.22 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Galp Energia - Área de Serviço Av. Berlim' in 5.47 km
Supermarket: 'Bioino- Mercearia Biológica' in 5.07 km
Parking: 'Parque de estacionamento Gare Oriente' in 5.43 km
Apotheek: 'Farmácia EXPOSUL' in 4.97 km
Police station: 'Esquadra Metro-Gil-Gare Oriente-Lisboa' in 5.38 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Restaurante Moinho da Praia' in 4.22 km
Railway station: 'Lisboa (Oriente)' in 5.34 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Portela Airport LIS - in 7 km
 »  Coimbra Airport CBP - in 162 km
 »  Portimao Airport PRM - in 183 km
 »  Talavera La Real Airport BJZ - in 192 km
 »  Covilha Airport COV - in 214 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Ponte Vasco da Gama

Expo Marina Lis

Located in 4 km from Ponte Vasco da Gama
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This soundproofed apartment includes 3 bright bedrooms, one with an en suite bathroom. All have access to the terrace. One of the bathrooms has a … More: photo, rates and booking
MyPlace - Lisbon - Parque das Nações

Located in 5 km from Ponte Vasco da Gama
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Rooms: 2
All accommodation includes a private bathroom with a hairdryer, sofa, satellite TV, free WiFi, DVD player and a fully-equipped kitchen. The units … More: photo, rates and booking

Located in 6 km from Ponte Vasco da Gama
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Rooms: 1
This self-catering apartment includes a sofa and cable TV in the living/dining room. The bedroom comes with a double bed and the bathroom includes a … More: photo, rates and booking
The Green House

Located in 7 km from Ponte Vasco da Gama
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Rooms: 1
The apartment features a décor based on a combination of retro and modern furniture. The living room has a sofa with chaise longue and dining table. … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Lisbon Oceanarium
4 km - Lisbon Oceanarium
There is a magnificent aquarium in the Parque das Nacoes in Lisbon, which is also one of the largest and most visited in Europe. An arrangement of the oceanarium is very amazing. It is equipped with five large aquariums, each of which represents a collection of one of …
Elevador de Santa Justa
10 km - Elevador de Santa Justa
One of Lisbon's landmarks is the old Elevator Elevador-de-Santa-Justa, which locals call Elevador do Carmo. This unbelievably beautiful old elevator, opened in 1901, connects one of the streets in the city district of Baixa with Largo do Carmo. The beautiful lift shaft …
Santuario de Cristo Rei
14 km - Santuario de Cristo Rei
The Christ the King or Cristo Rei situated in Almada, Portugal, is amazing too. This sculpture of Jesus Christ has a rather unique design. The main part of the portico is 75 meters high. The statue itself is 28 meters high, so the total height of the sculpture is 103 …
House Garden in Lisbon
16 km - House Garden in Lisbon
From the series 'Unique Living Houses'

You can see amazing green houses in big cities. An excellent example is a residence in Lisbon. Experts from Rebelo de Andrade studios have created this amazing building. Its facade is decorated with 4 500 plants of more than twenty different species. Authors of the …
30 km - Sintra
Portugal also has an amazing location that strikes with its fabulous atmosphere. That’s the old town of Sintra. Today, its colorful ambience is known all over the world. The ancient town was able to preserve the pristine architecture. There, you can see numerous …
Mafra National Palace
31 km - Mafra National Palace
Mafra National Palace isn’t another architectural sightseeing in Baroque, it is the biggest and the most beautiful King’s Palace in Portugal. The palace was built within 13 years and was finished in 1730. Originally this building was quite complex from the …

Top destination around Ponte Vasco da Gama - Lisboa Region

The most popular beach resort among locals is Costa-da-Caparica ; it is in the immediate vicinity of the capital. The total length of beach resort is 30 kilometers, but you can easily get to any beach by boat. Spacious beaches with white sand represent the main pride of the resort. Close to the coast thickets of eucalyptus and pine trees loom. Sereia and Morena are the busiest among beaches and resorts, as there are lots of nice bars and restaurants nearby. Lagoa de Albufeira, which has been long chosen by windsurfers, is also good for family vacations.

Travelers preferring to combine beach activities with sightseeing are attracted by Carcavelos resort. Some prominent historical attractions are right on the beach making the stay even more unusual. Carcavelos beach is a large-scale recreation center with a variety of gastronomic and entertainment venues, sports grounds and recreational areas. The world famous surf school can be found here. Carcavelos Surf School is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the country.
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