If you can’t decide whether to take a holiday in a historic destination or stay in a modern environment, why not do both? When you take a holiday in Spain, you’re combining the old and the new, as clearly evidenced by the spectacular bridges of Catalonia. Here are some of the region’s oldest, and newest, crossings.
Catalonia’s Historic Bridges
Believed to have been built sometime between the 11th and 14th centuries, this unusual L-shaped arch bridge crosses the Fluvià river and is one of the most photogenic bridges in all of Spain. This medieval, castle-like bridge looks even more amazing at dusk when it lights up with hundreds of twinkling lights.
Old Bridge of Vilaller
Located in the Province of Lleida, this is a classic three-arch bridge, although only one remains today. Built in the 17th century, two arches collapsed in August 1963, falling into the Noguera Ribagorçana. If you’re wondering why it hasn’t been rebuilt, the bridge is now a protected local cultural heritage site.
Pont del Diable
Also known as ‘Devil’s Bridge’, this unusual arch bridge was constructed in the 13th century at the site of an old Roman structure. The views of the Llobregat running underneath are fantastic, but the real amazement is how the bridge is a massive contrast to the modern flyovers and overpasses of Martorell.
Catalonia’s Modern Bridges
Sant Feliu Bridge
If you rent a villa on the Costa Brava, be sure to check out this modern bridge, built in 1998. While the steel frame isn’t much to look at, it has been nominated for a number of prestigious engineering awards. The bridge connects Sant Feliu Square with Deveda Park, which is one of the best parks in Catalonia.
Sant Boi Bridge
Crossing the high speed railway between Barcelona and Madrid, this bridge is located close to the airport, so you may see it if you stay for a night at the airport before or after your holiday in Barcelona. Measuring 870m in length, this bridge crosses the Llobregat and has an eye catching steel frame.
If you book a Spain holiday in Girona, it’s well worth taking some time to visit Vilafant and its bridge. Constructed in 2011, this is one of the most contemporary bridges in Catalonia, made from stainless steel and incorporating geometric shapes. It crosses the train line between Barcelona and France.