If you’re looking for great views and pleasant gardens for an afternoon stroll, then the Jardins do Palácio De Cristal (Crystal Palace Gardens) are your cup of tea. Situated on a bluff overlooking the Douro River, not too far from Porto’s historic centre, these gardens offer a break from urban life. From the pond, which contains a small island with water cascading down the side, to the Concha Acústica (an acoustic stage shaped like a conch shell) and the Biblioteca Almeida Garrett, there’s plenty to keep you occupied in this green expanse.
The palace (no longer standing) was modelled after London’s Crystal Palace. The Portuguese steel and glass version of the Crystal Palace was replaced in the 1950s with the Pavilhão Rosa Mota. It’s a domed pavilion hosting concerts, fairs and sporting events.
Roam the grounds with the peacocks, Portoenses and tourists. The views from the miradouro make this spot a must on your Porto ‘to do list.’ There’s a parking garage below the gardens, with an entrance on an adjacent street to the east.
Location: Rua D. Manuel II, Puerto
Opening hours: April - September: 8:00 to 21:00. October - March: 8:00 to 19:00.