The Patapat Viaduct of Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte is a 1.3 km elevated concrete coastal bridge highway by 31 meters above sea level constructed along winding mountainside in the northernmost section of Ilocos Norte. As per record, it is the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines where the longest is the 2.2 km San Juanico Bridge which connects Leyte to Samar. It is 16 kilometers away from Pagudpud town proper. If you happen to be here at Patapat Viaduct, then, you should not miss to experience Saud beaches.
This highway is footed on the rock seashore just several meters along the picturesque mountainsides which gives motorists a spectacular view of the Pasaleng Bay. Its construction has solved the problem of landslides in the area which before was a peril to the motorists.
I still remember that wayback on October 3, 2003 when I rode in a commercial bus heading to Aparri, I asked the bus driver and the passengers that I be allowed to have a picture along the Patapat Viaduct where they all gave me a resounding “Yes” since I was only traveling that time alone. The bus conductor was the one who took the picture. This was the time after I just had my Batanes Trip and heading for Aparri heading for my Camiguin de Babuyanes Trip.
In my recent trip, we drove along this impressive in order for us to reach Saud Beach of Pagudpud, dubbed as the Boracay of the North. Prior to this, we spent the whole morning touring at Cape Bojeador Lighthouse and Bangui Windmills. We settled in Saud Beach for a refreshing beach swim.