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. Using our international travel planner, Porto attractions like Palacio de Cristal can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 very good garden with so many beautiful things. Here I could find from a little castle -really looked like a fairy tail one- to some amazing views of the river. Interesting animals walking around, used to people so they don't even get scared of you. Good environment too.
  • Beautiful place. Some parts need renovation, but are still beautiful. You can meet many peacocks in this garden.
  • Great spot for a walk and differnt views of the city and the river. It is popular with locals, but it might be too far from the touristy centre for people on a short visit. I enjoyed the Pavos Reales 🦃
  • The well kept gardens offer an opportunity for an afternoon stroll. The modest children's park has a climbing net-like structure, a slide, a couple of swings and a teeter-totter.
  • It’s a great place to have a wonderful view of the arrabida bridge and the Douro. Its also good to walk, sunbathe, read a book, have a picnic. It's worth the visit! p.s plus, you can see beautiful peacocks, ducks and other birds

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Portugal's second city offers a healthy variety and quantity of accessible accommodations. The historical city center on the northern bank of the River Douro teems with hotel options, ranging from budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses, which often have shared rooms, to upscale, luxury hotels housed in larger buildings and packed with amenities. All of these options place you conveniently close to the town's main sights, including churches, historical squares, and more. On top of that, many hotels on the northern bank boast good views from their hilltop vantage points. If you want to save big on cost, it's worth considering a more low-key hostel or small hotel on the less-popular southern bank.
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