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Ponte da Misarela

The Misarela Bridge – Ponte da Misarela is is a medieval bridge located over the Rabagao River, about one kilometer from its mouth in the Cavado River, in the parish of Ferral, municipality of Montalegre district of Vila Real, in Portugal. It connects the parishes of Ruivaes, in Vieira do Minho, to Ferral, in the municipality of Montalegre.

Implanted at the bottom of a steep canyon, resting on the cliffs and with some altitude in relation to the riverbed, it is supported by a single arch with about 13 meters of span.

Built in the Middle Ages and built in the early nineteenth century, it has been classified as a Public Interest Building since 30 November 1993.

Access : Coordinates: 41.691944, -8.019722 /
The Misarela Bridge is located over the Rabagao River, about one kilometer from its mouth in the Cavado River, in the parish of Ferral, municipality of Montalegre district of Vila Real, in Portugal.

Highlights :

  •  Legend has it that this bridge was built by the Devil. The believing people attribute to him the “Legend of Fertility”. When mothers were afraid that their child would be born dead, or because others had died, they would go to the bridge; the children received a pre-baptism there: if he was a boy his name was Gervasius, if he was a girl his name was Lady.
  •  The locals call it “Bridge of Hell” or “Bridge of the Savior”. It is a solid granite building that rises voluptuously about fifteen meters above a narrow canyon of the Rabagao River.

Activities : sightseeing / Architecture Photography / trekking , landscape observation / Scenic Driving- Auto Touring

Go next : Braga , one of the five largest cities of Portugal, situated in the Minho region in the North of the country / Guimaraes , a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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