Girona is a city that is steeped in history and culture. Girona has quite a few bridges but the most famous of them all is this one, built by Gustave Eiffel’s company before embarking on the construction of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The Iron Bridge, Pont de les Peixateries Velles, or Pont de Eiffel as it is known is famous for its red color and use of metal. It was built by Eiffel’s company in 1876 and connects the heart of the old city with the new city.
The bridge crosses the Onyar River from Calle de Santa Clara and the Mercadal area towards Rambla de la Libertad and Calle de la Argenteria.
The building project took almost two years to complete and cost about 22,500 pesetas in February 1877. Since then, it has undergone some improvements, including new paving installed, strengthening work, replacement of the wood flooring from the 1990s, and more recent restoration work was done in 2008.
The Eiffel Bridge is by far one of the most emblematic of the bridges in the city.