Have you ever heard about the history of “Funicular dos Guindais”?
The original “Funicular dos Guindais” was projected by the portuguese engineer, Raul Mesnier, known to have built many lifts and funiculars in Portugal.
The funicular was inaugurated in the 4th of June, 1891, however, two years later, ended up closed, due to a serious accident that occurred.
After human and mechanic failure, the funicular ended up practically discarded alongside a platform on the lowest tray of the “D.Luís I” bridge. Fortunately and although the scenario, it didn’t caused deaths, just some injuries. However, the “Parceria dos Elevadores do Porto” announced the suspension of the funicular for two months, necessary time to initiate the repairs and begin the activities.
So, the funicular was completely redesign by Raul Mesnier, focusing on restore the funicular functioning, something that never quite happened until nowadays.
In 2001, arises a proposal for the replacement of a new funicular in the same spot, and a century after the original opening (19th February 2004), opens a new funicular!
It is located between “Guindais” and “Rua da Batalha” street, and its currently operated by “Metro do Porto” company. With an unique view, you have access to two vehicles with a capacity of 25 persons each. The landscape is unique and extensive, with a view to the “D.Luís I” bridge, Vila Nova de Gaia and Ribeira bank, and of course… the Douro river!
If you didn’t try yet, enjoy the sunny days to do it!