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Palacio de Cristal

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Address: Rua D. Manuel II, Porto 4050-345, Portugal
Phone Number: 225 430 360
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A really nice peaceful walk can be had here, the gardens even though we visited in November are very beautiful and can only imagine what they'd look like in bloom. We visited... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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305 reviews
107 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A really nice peaceful walk can be had here, the gardens even though we visited in November are very beautiful and can only imagine what they'd look like in bloom. We visited early in morning and the most was rising from the Douro through the trees and the sun was burning the mist off. Very nice :) the building while... More 

Thank SGP83
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160 reviews
60 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the perfect place for a stroll on a sunny day. We didn't make it inside the palace but the surrounding grounds are impressive and provide many nooks for a relaxing moment or picnic.

Thank TomCost
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Palacio de Cristal means Cristal Palace, since there use to be a Palace which had a lot of glass. There's actually no Palace today, it is just an enormous (and not nice) thing built once for a roller hockey tournament. Do don't even think in going there to see this. BUT surrounding it, you have the Gardens, Jardins do Palacio... More 

Thank Audrey M
San Francisco, California
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159 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Definitely don't make a special trip to city this fading building which is overhyped. The gardens and setting of the building is very unique and inviting. You can't beat the views of the Douro River from the park, but the actual "Palace" is nothing special. They do have some funky birds strolling around though.

Thank Traveller1496
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Almost located in the centre of Porto, the crystal palace in the middle of a beautiful park. The walk in the park in morning is a great feeling. You can also see quite a few peacocks with their feathers up.

Thank Subin M
Porto, Portugal
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

A very Special park in the high centre of Porto, a mix of interesting architectural elements, harmonic landscape architecture and gardening with rare plants, amazingly high Palm trees and rare species of plants.

Thank Hoppes48
Montolieu, France
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015

A great place to take kids to wander around on a sunny day. Plenty of gardens and waterworks to run through and some wildlife to see...

Thank Charles C
Norfolk England
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96 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015

The building itself is tired & run down but the walk to get there was pleasant. It is set inside a park which is a haven for joggers & is in the art museum district. A quiet retreat away from the hustle & bustle of the city.

Thank 324NorfolkEngland
London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We visited this park on a tour by 'The Worst Tours' and its a lovely place to be on a sunny day. Its a nice park dominated by green domed exhibition hall that was apparently built for Hockey matches. It stands on the site of the original Crystal Palace that looked remarkably the one in South London. The park itself... More 

Thank Rusty B
Porto, Portugal
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

It´s the most central park in Porto. Quite big, with lovely alleys, views of the river Douro, a modern public library at the north entrance, and peacocks wondering around. The "mushroom", as Porto habitants call it, is a multiuse pavillion. It substitutes the old Crystal Palace that was destroyed in the 1950s. The gardens are well kept, with very different... More 

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