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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
As I have already written several times here, my very favourite park in Porto is definitely Serralves.
This park is quite large and it was designed in such a way that there is always a tree blossoming at any time of the year.
It has lakes, clear paths were you can ride a baby stroller and… horses, sheeps and cows! 🙂
Another great thing at Serralves in that, besides the beautiful park, it has a magnificent contemporary museum designed by Siza Vieira. Inside this museum, you have spacious art galleries but also a bookshop, a café, a library and a large restaurant with a view towards the park.
With so many different spaces within the same place, I believe that spending an afternoon at Serralves is one of the best things to do in Porto for couples as well as for families with kids.
How to get there: Bus 201, 203, 502 and 504.
Tickets to Serralves: You can get an online ticket for 10€, which gives you access to the museum and to the park. It’s pretty convenient – you don’t need to print the voucher, just show it on your mobile! Don’t forget that children [13-18] and adults >65 years old get 50% discount on the online ticket to Serralves 😉
Parque da Cidade
Rua D. João de Castro 210, Porto
Parque da Cidade is not only the largest park in Porto but probably the most popular as well.
I don’t fancy it so much precisely because it is so big, and I prefer more intimate parks and gardens in Porto. Still, I recognise that Parque da Cidade is a great spot to make picnics, play group games like football and walk the dog.
It also has several restaurants (mostly at the boarders) and several entrances.
How to get there: there are several entrances to this park. The Western entrance, close to the Atlantic ocean, is close to the subway station Matosinhos Sul (blue line). You can also take the buses 200, 203, 205, 500, 502 and 504.
Tickets to Parque da Cidade: Free entrance.
The Crystal Palace Gardens
Rua de Entre-Quintas 20, Porto
Now here’s one of my favourite gardens in Porto. I already wrote about the interesting story of the palace itself, so I’ll focus entirely on the park now.
Even though the Crystal Palace gardens are not as wide as the city park, they have much more variety. Besides the beautiful trees and other plants, there is a discrete garden of feelings, a romantic garden of roses and a beautiful lake where you can find swans and ducks swimming all the time.
The Crystal Palace gardens have a large avenue called Avenida das Tílias where there are regular fairs, music concerts and activities for families. Moreover, from there you can get a fabulous view towards the Arrábida bridge, which is particularly beautiful at sunset.
It is definitely one of the most beautiful gardens in Porto!
How to get there: this garden has many bus connections: 200, 201, 207, 208, 300, 301, 302, 303, 501, 507, 601, 602, 801 and ZM.
Tickets to the Crystal Palace gardens: Free entrance.
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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.