The Travel Book – Vizcaya Bridge, Bilbao, Spain

When you go abroad you always want to find something that is different and unique to anywhere else that you have been. There is one thing that always stands out in my mind when I think of time in Bilbao and that, of all things is a bridge.

The bridge however isn’t your standard sort of bridge, it is suspended and moves over water on a hanging suspension. That is why I always remember it as I have never seen anything like it before.

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The Vizaya Bridge is located in the outskirts of Bilbao between the towns of Portugalete and Getxo, it crosses over the Nervion. The bridge is made out of Iron and it is the world’s oldest transporter bridge in the world. It was built in 1893 by a disciple of Gustave Eiffel called Alberto Palacio. It was constructed to resolve the transportation between Portugalete and Getxo. The bridge is designed as a transporter bridge so that big ships can go through and it can move out the way.

When I visited Bilbao, our hotel was quite close to this and I was really impressed at the structure and had no idea initially as to what it was. We ended up going on it and whilst it may of not been the most exciting journey across it is at the same time because it is such a historical landmark, the construction involved in it is so clever and way before its time that it is hard not to admire it.

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