No other bridge has moved me quite like the Alcántara bridge did.
It’s yet another true feat of engineering that crosses the Tajo river at 71 meters above the water, making it one of the tallest bridges in the world.
If you compare it to the aqueduct in Segovia, which is only 28 meters above the ground at its highest point, you can see how big the bridge really is.
The Romans were proud of themselves for constructing the bridge, making a plaque that will make your hair stand on end as you read it. In addition to dedicating it to the emperor Trajano and the Gods, you can read the famous sentence “PONTEM PERPETVI MANSVRVM IN SECVLA MVNDI,” “the bridge that will stand for all the centuries of time.” And almost two thousand years later, there it is.
Its name comes from Arabic: Al-Kántara. It means, of course, “the bridge.” Anyone who comes to see the bridge leaves with a feeling of true admiration towards those who built it.
It’s worth going to Alcántara just to see the bridge. But if you also consider the environment and architecture of this medieval town, the view are spectacular.