Vasco da Gama Bridge, Lisbon

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Stretching across the Tagus River, Vasco da Gama Bridge represents the longest bridge in Europe. Armando Rito designed this cable-style bridge to relieve traffic in Lisbon and transport visitors from other parts of Europe to Expo 98, which was held in Parque das Nacoes. Construction began in 1995 on the bridge--which is 17km (11 mi) long, much of which is above water, and contains six road lanes--and was completed by 1998. Drive across this bridge, named for famed explorer Vasco da Gama, or view its massive size from a park bench on either side of the river. Add Vasco da Gama Bridge and other attractions to your Lisbon trip itinerary using our Lisbon day trip website.
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  • This giant, snaking cable-stayed bridge is very impressive. At over 17km, it's the longest bridge in Europe - so long that it’s pretty hard to make out the end of it. It’s relatively new and was only....  more »
  • One of the most interesting bridges I have had the pleasure to cross. The Vasco da Gama Bridge was inaugurated on March 29, 1998. His name commemorates the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's...  more »
  • I drive over this bridge nearly every day. There is a beautiful and different view each time, in both directions driving 17 kilometres over water, feels like the ocean. Three lanes wide, smooth and modern. Very relaxing way to start and end a day. €2.80 toll going into Lisbon only. Have a nice ride!
  • Very photogenic bridge at sunset and sunrise. There are two good spots next to it with an amazing view.

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