The Patapat Viaduct is a 1.3 km long concrete coastal bridge that's 31 m above sea level making it the fourth longest bridge in the country. It can be found in the municipality of Pagudpud in Ilocos Norte to connect the Maharlika Highway in Laoag to the Cagayan Valley region.
This bridge, built during the 80s, is around 16 kilometers from Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte. That's between 30 minutes to 1 hour of travel depending on the speed of your vehicle. Pagudpud, on the other hand, is around 570 kilometers from Manila. But the computations would be different because we all know the traffic congestion coming out of Manila is devastating.
Not surprising, the bridge has become a tourist attraction not just because of its length or snake-like shape, but also because of the scenic surroundings as it is situated between the greenish mountain and the bluish sea.
Since the country is composed primarily of several islands, bridges are necessary to help everyone to easily commute or travel greater distances when the means of flight is not accessible or necessary. Traveling by road, though longer, is of course more affordable.
For tourists, road trips can also be fun as you get to spend more time bonding with your friends or families and we also get to enjoy the scenery along the way. I guess it's the best way to appreciate the world around us instead of flying to our destination where most people won't get to enjoy the view from below.
This bridge is built on the side of the Cordillera mountains and overlooks the Pasaleng Bay. It is also called the “The French Riviera of the North.”
Partner Photographer: Collin Sarthou Yap