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Palacio de Cristal

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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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Rua Dom Manuel II, Porto 4050-345, Portugal
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All reviews crystal palace public library the river book fair surrounding gardens peacocks wandering full bloom lovely park sunny day different levels walk around dome palacio ducks mota douro trees
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Arguably this provides the best view of the river valley , a lovely park and "free" . Unfortunately the actual Palacio was being refurbished do we were unable to enter the building , but we were content to explore the expanse of the park. Hint...More

Thank 344chris
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant grassy and shaded areas for waking around the main arena building itself. Tall trees provide tranquil areas.

Thank Andy L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The large concrete building that replaced the original Cristal palace is currently undergoing refurbishment , nevertheless the gardens and 'PORTO; sign are worth a look

Thank Andrew R
Reviewed September 30, 2018 via mobile

The UFO building is currently under renovation and the gardens are rather ramshackled. The views of the river make it worth visiting. Just don’t make our mistake of thinking you can walk down to the river - you get half way down only to discover...More

Thank Archie A
Reviewed September 11, 2018

The palace building is closed for renovation but there is a cafe and an outside book fair when we visited. Unbeatable views of the Douro, bridges and the water front.

1  Thank Liza W
Reviewed September 9, 2018 via mobile

This park is an oasis after a day spent in the hustle and bustle of the historic downtown. Lawns for relaxing on, peacocks with their chicks meandering about and stunning views of the river framed by the trees. Very relaxing. Early evening is a great...More

Thank Rhonda123itsme
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Building itself is still under renovations but is interesting and really jumps out at you. The gardens are very pretty and must be stunning when in full bloom. July/August probably not best time to visit with the heat.

Thank Chinapjs
Reviewed August 25, 2018

Don't expect too much of the gardens themselves, I was quite underwhelmed. They do however offer nice shade away from the summer heat and amazing views of the river/Gaia. There's lots of nice quiet spots, different levels and peacocks.

1  Thank NadieK1187
Reviewed August 25, 2018 via mobile

We loved the gardens and the views. We couldn't go in because it's being renovated or something but we really loved the surroundings. It's all really beautiful!

Thank jonaissy
Reviewed August 23, 2018

This is a lovely place and there are nice gardens with views of the Douro. Some of the gardens could do with being tended better. You cannot go into the Crystal palace building at the moment as it is under renovation. The Congo death porto...More

Thank Jean N
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May 5, 2018|
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Response from klepkens | Reviewed this property |
I spent already some walking hours in this park; I never saw any wedding party! Call the Town hall of porto!
Sergio C
April 25, 2017|
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Response from 2good4ever | Reviewed this property |
Since, you have to work your way down by Palacio de CristalI, it is a bit impractical. You can find though lots of parking space near the entrance to the garden (on top), and then you'd need to come back to the car, or park... More
December 31, 2014|
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Response from Icedrop | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know dogs are allowed on leashes as long as you clean up after them.