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So what are the best parks and gardens in Porto?
There are many parks and gardens in the city, but I decided to write about the ones with a medium – large size, and exclude the tiny ones that exist in the city centre and those are not so nice to go for a walk.
Rua D. João de Castro 210, Porto
Parque da Cidade
Rua D. João de Castro 210, Porto
The Crystal Palace Gardens
Rua de Entre-Quintas 20, Porto
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Jardim das Virtudes
Passeio das Virtudes 14, Porto
What I absolutely love about this garden is that as it was built in terraces down the slope, from pretty much any spot you get a fabulous view towards Ribeira, the Douro river and Gaia.This unpretentious garden in Porto, very well located at the city centre, is a premium spot to make picnics (I have down a few myself). Moreover, it is 10min walking distance from Taberna de Santo António (an easy going tavern) and the romantic Árvores restaurante.Therefore, Jardim das Virtudes is definitely one of the top gardens in Porto in terms of scenery and convenience.How to get there: there are many bus connections to this garden: 200, 201, 207, 208, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 501, 507, 601, 602, 703, 801 and ZM. You can also take the trams 18 and 22. Last but not least, the subway station Aliados (yellow line) is 15min walking distance.Tickets to Jardins das Virtudes: Free entrance.
Botanic garden of Porto
Rua do Campo Alegre 1191, Porto
Even though the botanic garden is expectably one of the top gardens in Porto, it is not very popular among the locals. My theory is that this happens because this garden is not at the city centre and it is not easy to park closeby.Still, this is definitely one of my favourite gardens in Porto. I first went there to write about the beautiful camellias of Porto and I immediately fell in love with the decadent charm of this garden, where you can find centenary trees, cactus and succulent plants, several greenhouses and lakes as well.It is usually a quiet garden, except the fact that you can hear the noise of the highway that is behind its walls.Tickets to the Botanic garden of Porto: Free entrance.
Parque de São Roque
Rua São Roque da Lameira, Porto
Parque de São Roque is by very far one of the most beautiful parks in Porto.Most locals don’t go there because it is not in the city centre, even though it is 10min walking distance from the subway station Estádio do Dragão (go figure… sometimes people are weird).Nonetheless, at this amazing park in Porto you’ll find not only many different types of trees and flowers but also interesting human constructions such as fountains, a humble chapel, some stairs covered in tiles, a haze, and even a grotto! There are also granite tables that are very suitable for picnics, and large sidewalks where it is easy to ride baby strollers.Visiting this beautiful park in Porto is definitely a great plan for families with kids, couples and runners.How to get there: take the subway to the station Estádio do Dragão, which is 15min walking distance from this park. There are also many bus connections – bus 401, 700, 800, 801, 806 and V94.Tickets to Parque de São Roque: Free entrance.
Quinta do Covelo
Quinta do Covelo, Porto
I don’t regularly go to this park in Porto but I definitely should.Such as the botanic garden, Quinta do Covelo is very close to highway but you don’t actually hear much noise. Inside, you can find beautiful trees, large sidewalks for runners and even a BTT lane. There is also a playground for kids.In the middle you’ll find a chapel and a manor house, which remain in ruins since the Siege of Porto, in 1832 – 1833.How to get there: this park is 10min walking distance from the subway station Marquês (yellow line). There is also a bus connection (bus 204 and 603).Tickets to Quinta do Covelo: Free entrance.
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