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Pairing Lisbon with Porto on a culture and wine-filled break

Porto and Lisbon make a great pairing for oenophiles and culture lovers alike, as Franki Berry discovered when she visited pre-lockdown with Iberian Escapes

Crippling acrophobia coupled with a foolhardy enthusiasm for new experiences has landed me in multiple avoidable scrapes over the years, and as I find myself being harnessed up, ready to scale a 270-metre-wide bridge archway in Porto, I begin to wonder what on earth I’ve signed up for.


“It isn’t too high, is it?” I nervously ask no one in particular as the friendly guide straps me in. “People do this every day, no problem, right?”

 

The Porto Bridge Climb experience offers small groups of thrill-seeking clients the chance to climb to the crest of Arrabida Bridge – which once held the world record as the longest reinforced concrete arched bridge in the world – over the Douro river.


Once I overcome the initial butterflies and our group makes its way to the peak of the arch, it’s impossible not to appreciate the beauty of Porto stretching out below.


The bridge climb is just one of the many activities I enjoy on a pre-lockdown trip to Porto and Lisbon created by Iberian Escapes, a specialist luxury tour operator formerly called Algarve Lifestyle, before business growth demanded a rebrand.

 

While travel restrictions are back in place for 2020, the destination could make a great option for clients looking to take a city break next year.

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