Vasco de Gama Bridge, Lisbon, Portugal (with Map & Photos)

Vasco de Gama Bridge in Lisbon was built in the context of Expo '98 as an emblem of the exhibition and also as a partial solution to the traffic jams caused by the 25 de Abril Bridge to enter and leave Lisbon. It is currently considered the longest bridge in Europe.

Vasco de Gama Bridge
Vasco de Gama Bridge

With its almost 17 km in length, it connects Lisbon with Setúbal crossing the so-called Mar de la Paja, at the mouth of the Tagus, a natural estuary in which the construction of the Vasco de Gama Bridge had a great environmental impact, which caused some controversy.

Vasco de Gama Bridge
Vasco de Gama Bridge

The bridge was named after Vasco de Gama, the famous Portuguese explorer who was the protagonist of the Age of Discoveries, on the 500th anniversary of his arrival in India.

Its structure reaches 150 meters in height and is designed to withstand the impact of an earthquake up to four times greater than the one that struck Lisbon in 1755 or of a large ship, as well as gusts of wind of up to 250 km / h.

Vasco de Gama Bridge
Vasco de Gama Bridge

Emblem of modern Lisbon, this bridge, from which you access the Parque de las Naciones area, commemorated its 15 years of existence in 2013. It is impressive to cross it at night.

Vasco da Gama Bridge Map