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Address: Rua D. Manuel II, Porto 4050-345, Portugal
Phone Number: 225 430 360

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Beautiful views and gardens

The surrounding gardens and green space are the real attraction. Pretty meandering paths leading to intricate formal gardens, fountains, nice views over the river and Porto. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

The surrounding gardens and green space are the real attraction. Pretty meandering paths leading to intricate formal gardens, fountains, nice views over the river and Porto. The Dome itself is interesting architecture but in my opinion not reason enough to check it out but walking around and exploring the interesting pockets are certainly worthwhile. The garden visually peaks in Spring... More 

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Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Nice gardens and free to visit, but a little way out. The large dome is a sports complex and largely closed to the public. Not recommended

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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I agree with the reviews about the Palacio. We went in but didn't need to stay long. The gardens, ponds, statues and views are definitely the best part of the visit. With each turn there were new things to discover. Although it wasn't the best time to see all the plants in full bloom you could tell that in a... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

While I cannot say much about the building, the gardens are amazing and extensive. Every time I thought I had seen it all I kept finding more of its hidden corners. Completely different from the usual structured European gardens but beautiful none the less. In addition the gardens provide amazing views over the city and the river. It is also... More 

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We went there on lazy weekend afternoon and it was a very peaceful experience. Quite corners of the adjoining gardens provide serenity, great views over the river and city, shadow and even fun spots for kids. Loved it!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Beautiful garden with peasant walking around. Unique! One has opened the tail! See my picture! Great plants, cute little bridge, most enjoyable.

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Papendrecht, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The 'palace' itself is not what you go for when you visit the place. The sports hall in the middle is barely even worth looking at. It's the garden you come for, and those are definitely worth the time. The gardens of the palace are large and diverse, and some points offer gorgeous views over the Douro and Ponte de... More 

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Zagreb, Croatia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

When you enter the Parque of Palacio de Cristal you are amazed by the wonderful gardens and the sun shining on them... Wonderful. I wish I could come here every day

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Kent, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Having walked up the hill from the river the Palacio and grounds were a little disappointing. There was a pond with ducks, peacocks and a chicken around the café for a bit of interest. The building was unkempt, but the views over the river and the peace in the grounds would make it worthwhile on a sunny day. Not sure... More 

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Pontevedra Province, Spain
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We had a nice long walk to get to this place and it was shut , the gardens are ok but nothing spectacular, there are better places to visit.

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