A green oasis just
next to the centre

Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

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Why locals love it

The former Crystal Palace is no longer there, but luckily its gardens remain. The park is compact, but so incredibly diverse that it seems to be many parks into one. Besides that, it offers some wonderful (and sometimes dramatic) views to the city and the river Douro, and it also houses a handful of very photogenic peacocks.

Why you should visit it

You may not be into Botany or gardens, but this is a wonderful place to relax from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. Furthermore, it's location just by the cliff makes it a natural balcony - the views are amazing, spanning all the way from the Dom Luis Bridge to the Arrábida bridge.

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3 Comments

Pretty and great to escape the city for a while
An Inactive User
Local
November 14, 2019
Funny, one may see similarities between Porto and Madrid: we got a Glass Palace too, still alive inside the Retiro Park; a portion of same river Douro, Duero we say :) and... I love myself peacocks too, here named Royal turkeys as only at Royal Palace'gardens, Enjoy
Paloma
Traveller
May 8, 2018
Great place to walk around, have a picnic or even visit the gallery of the library - which has changing exhibitions al year long.
Radu & Andre
Local
March 20, 2018
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