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Bizkaia Bridge, a dream in iron

Bizkaia Bridge, a dream in iron

Bizkaia Bridge, a dream in iron
Also known as the "Hanging Bridge", the Bizkaia Bridge is an architectural jewel which reflects the industrial and maritime character of the Basque Country and something you’ll love to photograph.
Also known as the "Hanging Bridge", the Bizkaia Bridge is an architectural jewel which reflects the industrial and maritime character of the Basque Country and something you’ll love to photograph.

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Bizkaia Bridge

Located on the final stretch of the Bilbao’s Ría, just a stone’s throw from where it flows out into the Bay of Biscay, the bridge links Portugalete and Getxo and is therefore a perfect excuse to visit these two charming towns, the former with its winding mediaeval streets and the latter with its grand town houses.

A dream in iron

UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Site some years ago in recognition of its incalculable importance. It was the first metal transporter bridge in the world and is considered a masterpiece of engineering of its time, a “dream in rolled iron”. It was opened in 1893 and has been in operation ever since.

Whether from Portugalete or from Getxo, we recommend that you board its famous gondola, which you can even do by car, and cross over to the other side. You’ll see what an exciting experience it is. Don’t miss the stunning view of the Ría to be seen from the top walkway at a height of 45 metres. Also, if you’re curious, you can see the mechanisms of the gondola, the runners, motors and suspension cables close up to understand just how they work.

You should also try taking the ferry from one shore of the Ría to the other, just like the ordinary residents of the area who use it every day - you’ll get a great view of the bridge.
  • Portugalete's Bizkaia Transporter Bridge