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The night lights fill each corner of Pontevedra with charm. The illuminated bridges that are reflected in the waters of the River Lérez are striking. Undoubtedly the bridges are great protagonists in Pontevedra, a city crossed by the river, and a beautiful landscape to enjoy a few metres from the city center. Every day you can see the light show offered by our bridges, in autumn and winter it takes place at 8:00 p.m., in spring and summer at 11:00 p.m.

Burgo Bridge

The history of Pontevedra is inseparably linked to that of the Burgo Bridge. Its old Roman remains, “Ponte Veteri” gave the city its name. This infrastructure is a symbol of the city and is part of its coat of arms. The oldest clue in reference to the Roman past of this bridge is Hadrian’s milestone, dated 134, used to give continuity to the XIX road. The deterioration of this bridge would have given way to its new construction in the 12th century.

The bridge of El Burgo underwent many changes throughout its history. Although it currently has eleven semicircular arches, excavations carried out in 2006 uncovered another four arches that were buried underground.

Illumination of the Burgo Bridge

Since the 16th century there have been several reforms, due among other things to the deterioration of the bridge and a great flood that almost swept it away, it also widened in the mid-20th century, giving rise to its current appearance. The latest reform has turned the Burgo bridge into a pedestrian bridge for the enjoyment of pedestrians and cyclists. Its lighting includes a set of LED lights that illuminate the section of the Camino de Santiago, in addition to the play of lights that enhance its arches. Every day you can see this light show, in autumn and winter it takes place at 8:00 p.m., in spring and summer at 11:00 p.m.

Puente Burgo Luces

Illumination of the Burgo Bridge

Tirantes Bridge

Following the course of the river, towards the Illa das Esculturas, another one of the city’s most representative bridges can be found. This structure also set a turning point in the city’s architecture by presenting a modern and unique design, known as the Tirantes bridge.

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Tirantes Bridge illuminated

Leonardo Fernández Troyano and Javier Manterola left their mark on this construction that introduced a Brand new aesthetic to the city in 1995. The structure has a 63-metre-high concrete tower from which a total of 17 pairs of cables support the deck and rest on two concrete bases. These bases act as a counterweight balancing out the stress of the tower. When night falls over the river Lérez, the lighting on the bridge allows you to see its reflection across the river’s waters, making it a magnificent image to complete an interesting day out in the city of Pontevedra.

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View from the Tirantes Bridge

Corrientes Bridge/ Bridge of the Currents

It is the newest “great bridge” in the city, built in 2012 it was chosen by citizens and experts through an open competition.

Its design combines aesthetics and functionality, as it has a combination of platforms for different traffic: four lanes for cars, one for bicycles and two pedestrian-only covered in glass.

In addition, the pedestrian crossings of Domingo de Fontán and Urugay continue under the bridge allowing you to see the river through the methacrylate panels.

Its aesthetic stands out for its simple shapes, mostly curves, which give this bridge a special beauty and personality. Its typology is arched, to be in line with its neighbors the Burgo Bridge and The La Barca Bridge. It should be noted that it does not interfere with the course of the river, since the supports that sustain it are located on the banks of the river.

Regarding its lighting , although it is white most of the time, the Corrientes Bridge joins the colored light show that takes place on the Burgo Bridge for 5 minutes each night, so they show a similar appearance.

Corrientes Nocturna

Corrientes Bridge/ Bridge of the Currents

Illa do Cobo pedestrian walkway

As its name suggests, it is a bridge for people only, small in size but neat in design. This bridge, located in Illa do Cobo, was designed by the engineer Hugo Corres.

The plank of the gangway, with a curved shape, allows the passage of small boats. Regarding its lighting, it is more static and soft, since it is located in a more natural and protected area of ​​the river. The straps have lighting by LED cords, and the arch with projectors, which facilitate the passage of passers-by.

Pasarela Nocturno

Pedestrian walkway

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