O Vao Footbridge
Well-known passage over the river, since it is next to the thermal area of Outariz and Burga de Canedo, the biggest and most popular one in the city. We will have to cross after parking our car in the Pozas de Maimón parking lot (on the left bank) to reach the thermal baths. In the short walk we will observe a spectacular view of the river through the two arches that form it. It is usual to find in it the “love locks” that couples have been tying to the bridge in recent years.
It is the lightest construction we will find over river Minho, a structure of intertwined metal pipes resting solely on two concrete pillars. It offers a nice walk connecting the commercial area of the city with the neighborhood of A Ponte. Its name (“ford” in English) refers to the fact that here was formerly the only ford to cross the river on foot, only possible in summer.
The last footbridge to be built, it has a curve design in which stand out its two masts, 45 metres high. It connects A Lonia (the neighborhood, but also the mouth of the tributary) with the Oira track, where we will find the Nature Hall. It is more than 100 metres long, and has no support on the river.