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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  • The Crystal Palace is currently closed, I believe for reform. Visit the gardens around, we found a little abandoned, but the view of the Douro River is very beautiful.
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  • Crystal Palace park is really quite nice! Located on a vantage point from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the city. The uniqueness of this place lies in seeing animals free to the Park, something really very impressive and fun. Here you will find dining options where you can have a coffee or a snack. Come to this park to lie on the grass or rest in the shade after a day of sightseeing in the city. Stage compulsory for those who switch from Porto. Highly recommended!!!
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  • Great walk to admire Porto upstairs and downstairs. You could spend hours. Very well maintained garden.
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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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