Our exploration of the coast took us to the mouth of the Nervion River, close to the city of Bilbao, the Basque Country economic hub. At the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, this region of the Basque Country has been subject to intensive industrial development. The Bridge of Biscay (Puente de Biscaya) is a reminiscent of this prosperous era. The elegant and spectacular bridge linking the two banks of the mouth of the Nervión River was the first steel-made shuttle bridge built in the world. It was originally designed to shuttle pedestrians and goods. The bridge, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is still operating and allows pedestrians or cars to cross the river in a two-minute ride in a suspended pod. This original concept was chosen in order to link the two banks of the mouth of the river Nervión without hindering the shipping of good from the port of Bilbao.
Learn more in the film THE BASQUE COUNTRY: A NATION WITHOUT BORDERS.