Ponte 25 de Abril
Rio do Tagus
+351 21 031 2700(Tourist Information)
NileGuide Expert tip:
For the best views of the bridge take your camcorder to the top of the Cristo Rei monument on the south bank of the river.
A ubiquitous city landmark, the 25th April Bridge was originally called the Ponte Salazar after António Salazar, the dictator who commissioned its construction in 1966. It was renamed to commemorate the peaceful revolution of 25 April 1974. The 2 km (half a mile) steel suspension bridge connects central Lisbon with the south bank of the River Tejo and is a major road and rail link. Its design resembles that of San Francisco's Golden Gate in the United States; it was the American Bridge Company that built it and strengthened the structure in 1999 when railway platform that runs underneath the six-lane upper tier was added. The bridge is tolled northbound, with the pay booths located on the south bank. There is no toll charge southbound or during the busy holiday month of August. This is not a visitor attraction, although it's possible to jog across the span during the annual Lisbon half-marathon event.