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Address: Rua D. Manuel II, Porto 4050-345, Portugal
Phone Number: +351 225 430 360
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Stunning views and peaceful atmosphere

It was very quiet on a Monday in November, in fact the place looked a bit abandoned but it added to its eerie charm! Would definitely recommend it followed by a walk to the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bydgoszcz, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Palacio is an ugly run-down building, but is surrounded by beautiful park that offers stunning views over both cities - Porto, Vila Nova

Thank Adrian K
Putignano, Italy
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61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Palacio de Cristal would be nice when used, it looks great from a distant but it was closed for ever and empty. Better is to visit the para, beautiful, but the palacio. Let's forget it

Thank petervandenbroek2014
Riga, Latvia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Palace's gardens are so beautiful and serve wonderfully as an escape from the city (while still being in the city). Well taken care of, peaceful area that overlooks the city. Peacocks chasing the food you're eating (still find that quite exotic) and pretty green leafy areas. I could only imagine how dreamlike the area used to be with its original... More 

Thank maijasukute
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It was very quiet on a Monday in November, in fact the place looked a bit abandoned but it added to its eerie charm! Would definitely recommend it followed by a walk to the tramcar museum further west on the riverside.

Thank Sila S
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103 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really nice park/gardens to take a stroll in, nice peaceful atmosphere, lots of peacocks and hens walking around and best of all some fantastic views of the river. Also a nice photo opportunity in the big letters spelling out PORTO at the main entrance.

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Thank Lee G
Malacca, Malaysia
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277 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Was surprised to learn that this place is called Crystal Palace...there is no palace...Be that as it may, the garden is simply amazing and beautiful. There are peacocks strutting in the garden freely among the various flowers. Love especially the huge word "PORTO" that is in the middle of the garden.

Thank sheronlee
Lyon, France
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here to see the gardens. Well the gardens are not very impressive. But the views from several places here offer very best views to see the river Douro.

Thank dominique_hwang
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As someone born and raised in Porto, I can tell you this: the name of the site is quite misleading to tourists. You will find no palace, let alone one made of crystal (there hasn’t been one since 1951). With that in mind, you should definitely visit this place. Not the pavilion (unless there is some interesting exhibition going on... More 

Thank Diana F
Norwich, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

The gardens are a chance to relax and enjoy the views. Peacocks are to be seen everywhere and although they are not the most formal gardens there are beautiful views over the town and river.

Thank notdave2016
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3 attraction reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Its a half-demolished, once upon a time, pleace te be. Only when its hot, maybe the park is nice.....

Thank mirjamijsseldijk

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