Jardins do Palácio de Cristal: Our most recommended tours and activities

Porto: City Highlights E-Bike Tour

1. Porto: City Highlights E-Bike Tour

Feel like a local and explore Porto’s top highlights, its different neighborhoods, and hidden spots on a guided tour riding an electric bike. Ride in class and comfort on an electric bike which is perfect for discovering hillier parts of the city, such as Clérigos and the Palácio de Cristal gardens. See and feel Porto differently as you cruise along iconic streets like Aliados Avenue towards areas such as Ribeira, Duoro, and Gaia. Along the way, visit many famous sights like São Bento Station, with its breathtaking blue interior, and discover architecture marvels like Luis I bridge and Porto Cathedral.

Porto: Private Half-Day as a Local Experience

2. Porto: Private Half-Day as a Local Experience

Your experience begins as your driver picks you up in a modern and comfortable vehicle with a capacity for 4 people. From there, start your tour of up to 5 hours through the Boavista area with a stop in Foz to enjoy beautiful views of the sea and river. Whilst there, choose to spend your first break out on a terrace. Set your own pace with a visit to the Ribeira area, where you can visit a beautiful port wine cellar. Following that, your tour continues to the Monastery of Serra do Pilar where you can enjoy magnificent views over the historic area of the city. Later, pass by the beautiful Avenida dos Aliados, crossing the famous Torre dos Clérigos area on the way. Throughout the day you are free to take breaks wherever you want, but your guides propose a mandatory break in the beautiful Gardens of the Crystal Palace. Following your amazing half-day out, your driver will take you back to your hotel. Although we have a pre-defined Program, you can adapt it to your needs according to your preferences.

Porto: Private Charming Sailboat Tour on the Douro River

3. Porto: Private Charming Sailboat Tour on the Douro River

Embark on a private sailboat tour along the riverside of Porto and Gaia. Pass some of the most appreciated attractions in the cities of Porto and Gaia, such as the Dom Luis Bridge, Crystal Palace Gardens, Porto Cathedral, and Clérigos Tower. Starting at the Douro Marina, meet your certified crew and savor a sparkling or Porto wine as a welcome drink before sailing calmly between the Dom Luis Bridge and the mouth of the Douro River. Simply sit back, relax, and listen to music while admiring the sights from the water.

Porto: Full-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

4. Porto: Full-Day Private Tuk Tuk Tour

Make the most of your time in Porto by exploring it on 3 wheels. This full-day tour mixes riding with some walking to take you to some of the most beautiful sites in and around this Portuguese city. The day starts with a visit to the Sé do Porto, a cathedral that dates back to the city's medieval origins. Admire the cathedral from the outside before venturing into the surrounding Sé district – the oldest in the city – which remains faithful to Porto's traditions and customs. Continue to the São Bento train station, one of the most beautiful in Europe, to appreciate the approximately 20,000 hand-painted tiles lining its interior. Next, pass the commercial Bolhão area, home to a traditional market with local products, shops of all kinds, and the busiest street in town, Rua de Santa Catarina. Here, the guide will point out Café Majestic – the most luxurious café in Porto. Photograph the emblematic Liberdade Square, the Avenida dos Aliados and the Carmo and Carmelite churches. Then, cross the Praça dos Leões to make a brief stop at the Lello bookstore. Built in 1906, this shop is a must-see and is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. Reach new heights at the Torre dos Clérigos, an 18th-century tower offering 360-degree views of the city center and surroundings. Explore the verdant Cordoaria garden before breaking for a tasty lunch. After the break, head to the Palácio de Cristal Gardens, a botanical garden with unique views of the Douro River. Explore the narrow alleys of the iconic Miragaia and Vitória neighborhoods before proceeding to the Praça do Infante, home to the Palácio da Bolsa, São Francisco church, and the old Ferreira Borges market. Photograph the buildings in the Ribeira neighborhood before crossing the Dom Luis I bridge to enjoy a glass of Port wine with a view at the Serra do Pilar monastery. Continue along the Douro to the Atlantic ocean to see surfers and fishermen enjoying the waves near the Parque da Cidade.

Porto: Mysteries, Legends, and Crimes Walking Tour

5. Porto: Mysteries, Legends, and Crimes Walking Tour

Get off the beaten tourist track and discover a side to Porto that you won't find in guidebooks on this walking tour. Learn about the unsolved crimes, disappearances, and bizarre happenings that have taken place in Porto over the years. Visit the old prison and Miradouro da Vitoria. Start your tour in Rua das Flores, the scene of Porto's most notorious unsolved crime. Help your guide uncover the truth as you learn the background of this horrific crime. Continue your tour with a visit to one of the city's best viewpoints, Miradouro da Vitoria. Not everything is as scenic as it looks here, as the viewpoint is home to one of the darkest periods in Portuguese history. Next, pay a visit to the old prison (if open) and discover some of its bizarre stories. Then head to a beautiful romantic garden that hides a dark past behind its picturesque exterior. Continue to the Carlos Alberto Plaque to learn about the horrors of dictatorship and the heroic actions of the Portuguese Army. Head outside the city center to finish your tour at the Palacio de Cristal Gardens, where you will learn about the violent history behind the name of Vila Nova de Gaia and the meaning of the Portuguese word saudade.

Porto: Passeio Privado de Barco no Rio Douro (max 6 px) 1h

6. Porto: Passeio Privado de Barco no Rio Douro (max 6 px) 1h

Saindo da Douro Marina, o percurso realizado entre a Afurada e a Ponte D. Luís I, permite observar as zonas ribeirinhas das cidades do Porto e de Vila Nova de Gaia. Durante 1 hora fique a conhecer as margens do rio até à Ponte D. Luís e deslumbre-se com os locais que podem ser observados a bordo da nossa embarcação. Poderá observar a partir do barco locais como o Palácio de Cristal, Edifício da Alfandega, Ribeira, Caves do Vinho do Porto, Serra do Pilar, Torre dos Clérigos, Muralha Fernandina e a mítica Ponte D. Luís. Um passeio que vai ficar para sempre na sua memória.

Porto’s Hidden Gems With A Local: Private & Custom Tour

7. Porto’s Hidden Gems With A Local: Private & Custom Tour

Embark on an enthralling journey through Porto's hidden side with a passionate host, who will guide you beyond the familiar tourist paths to unveil the city's best-kept secrets. Brace yourself for surprises as you uncover mesmerizing treasures hidden in plain sight near popular attractions! Immerse yourself in the enchanting Ribeira district, where winding streets, vibrant houses, and charming riverside cafes transport you back in time. But, if you crave a more modern atmosphere, let your host whisk you to the trendy Cedofeita neighborhood, teeming with local boutiques, captivating street art, and innovative eateries. Delve into lesser-known historical and cultural gems, such as the magical Jardins do Palácio de Cristal or the serene Fontainhas viewpoint. For wine aficionados, indulge in Porto's rich wine-making heritage as you're introduced to the city's hidden wine cellars and exclusive tasting rooms. Seek tranquility in the lush, tucked-away oasis of Passeio das Virtudes or traverse the captivating, street art-laden alleys of the Miragaia neighborhood. The cherry on top? We'll tailor the experience to your preferences, crafting an unforgettable, uniquely yours adventure!

Best of Porto - Private Tour from Lisbon

8. Best of Porto - Private Tour from Lisbon

Enjoy visits Porto, Portugal's second largest city and afford a rewarding 10 hours Private Tour experience. Porto Historic Centre was classified as Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco in 1996 and is one of the most delightful cities. Oporto's, built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro River, forms a millennial urban landscape where the diversity of civil and religious architecture bears testimony to a Historic Centre dating back to Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque and Neoclassical times. Across the Douro River, you can visit the port wine caves of Vila Nova de Gaia and take the most popular tours in Porto-The 6 Bridges Cruise. After, you will have the opportunity to discover the historic centre of Porto, Clérigos Tower and Cristal Gardens Palace one of the best view point of Porto city. Then is time to relax and return to Lisbon.

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What people are saying about Jardins do Palácio de Cristal

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based on 73 reviews

This boat experience was absolutely amazing. Ricardo is an incredible guide showing us some of the most beautiful scenes of Porto. We were offered wine and snacks which was a bonus. I would highly recommend this experience to anyone.

Our guides were very accomodating and kind. They were understanding with the kid within our group and provided us with snacks and refreshing green wine and port wine :)

This was a great experience! Thank you Ana for showing us around and telling us these crazy stories. The last spot was amazing!!! We'll definitely recommend this tour.

Highly recommend the bicycle tour. 3 hours went like a breeze. Best way to check out Porto with an electric bike. Antonio can never make the tour boring.

excellent, highly recommended to know the city, tour guide Rudolfo was very pleasant & accommodating. Superb experience