Have you ever wanted to cross the river in a unique way? Then the Vizcaya Bridge is the bridge to check out.

The Vizcaya Bridge is an incredible engineering task that you should visit and know about. The bridge is located in Bilbao, Spain. This bridge takes you from one side of the river to another without having to wait for a boat or take a long walk. You can also cross it by foot but then you need to use the elevators at each end.

Vizcaya Bridge sunset bathing in Spaint

So, what is Vizcaya Bridge? Is it a bridge, or what?

The biggest answer can be seen in the pictures of it as the one above. As you can see it is a very unique way to cross a river. It doesn’t require much for transporting, but the size of it is and how it transports people and cars over is for sure a unique sight.

Vizcaya Bridge connects Two sides with a moving Platform

The bridge links the towns of Portugalete and Las Arenas (part of Getxo) in the Biscay province of the northern part of Spain which sits north of Bilbao. This unusual bridge crosses the mouth of the Ibaizabal River.

Also, if you want to see the view. At each end, there are lifts so you can be taken up and walk over the bridge.

This bridge is on the UNESCO list because it is so unique. On July 13, 2006, the Vizcaya Bridge has declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is the only Basque monument on the list.

The Map of Where to Find Vizcaya Bridge


On the map above you can see where Vizcaya bridge is located in the northern part of Spain. Taking the platform by foot or car is an experience for life. You will then visit the town Portugalete and Las Arenas. So, be sure to have a look at this UNESCO bridge. It is unique!

How to reach Vizcaya Bridge?

You have lots of options as it is not far from Bilbao city center. You can take transit options like the Metro line L1 to Areeta (underground station) towards Plentzia or Metro line L2 to Portugalete (underground station) towards Kabiezes. The metro lines from Bilbao run to lots of towns and areas outside of the city, so do check it out.

Also, you can take the C-1 train to Portugalete (overground station) towards Santurtzi. The train station is just before a tunnel so you won’t see the bridge from the train.

Vizcaya Bridge is a beautiful bridge located in the city of Bilbao, Spain. It spans across the impressive canal and was designed by Santiago Calatrava. The bridge has been used as a symbol for both the city and its people since it opened in 1997. If you’re visiting this part of Spain, I really recommend you to visit this iconic landmark!

What sort of Amazing bridge have you seen?