Palacio de Cristal, Porto

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Roam through tended gardens and ponds with views of the Douro River, Porto, and the Arrabida Bridge, at Palacio de Cristal. The original crystal palace building in the park was demolished in the 1950s, so come for the gardens and not for the building, which has seen better days. The park provides an ideal location for a picnic or peaceful relaxation. Watch for the colorful peacocks that roam the grounds, and for a snack, grab an ice cream from one of the kiosks on site. Take a look at our Porto trip itinerary maker to schedule your visit to Palacio de Cristal and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Palace is a little away from the Center, but it's a beautiful place, quiet, without the massive crowd of tourists. There's a gazebo with a lovely view and various places to you stretch a cloth and make a picnic. Perfect place for the evening to enjoy the sunset with a nice wine.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Quiet place in the city centre of Porto, from where you have beautiful views of the River Douro. Deserves more attention and care with the preservation, but still retains its natural charms.
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  • August 18, 2017
    A little disappointed as misinformed, we s expected one see a beautiful Palace of Crystal with a lot of mirrors etc... Once there it is just a very large garden well decorated
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  • A fairly large part with a decent amount of variety. The gardens on the south side (swing a left around the dome from the entrance) are quite pretty; other than that the landscaping and horticulture are nice but nothing extraordinary. There are a couple of nice views of the river and one of the bridges as well, though you'll likely see better in Porto. Worth a visit if you're in the area but I wouldn't go out of my way to see it.
  • Beautiful! Go on a nice day and it's really very lovely. We went in the late afternoon and had the garden entirely to ourselves. Also, there are roaming peacocks - they're cute!
  • Nice park with views. Worth it for a stroll on a nice day and there's a little cafe spot for a drink and snack. DO NOT try to exit the park on the side by the river -- you will find many dead ends and have to climb back up the hill each time. The only exit is on the opposite side.
  • Lovely park and gardens, providing some misterious spots and breathtaking views to the river and city. Its usually animated with artists, concerts and other activities turning the place in a very enjoyable and scenic park.
  • Beautiful garden. Great escape from the city life. It has beautiful view on the river. U can visit a library or simply have a rest on the grass and observe the nature. Place is very popular among students and locals.

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