Tour entirely devoted to some of the most beautiful Oporto gardens.
This tour aims to attract people who love nature and biodiversity, and want to have an overview of the best gardens of the Invicta City.
What to Expect
9.30 am: Pick up from the hotel
10.00 am: Visit to the Palácio de Cristal Gardens, João Chagas Garden (Cordoaria Garden) and Virtudes Park
The Romantic Gardens of Palácio de Cristal occupy an area of 8 hectares in Porto's center and were designed in the 19th century by the German landscape architect Émille David, in the context of constructing the building of Palácio de Cristal (Crystal Palace). Currently, the following still remain preserved in accordance with the original project: Jardim Émille David at the main entrance, Avenida das Tílias, the forest and the balconies' design over the river Douro. There are magnificent panoramic views over the river and the city, and the gardens are home to an Environmental Education Centre.
Better known as Cordoaria Garden, this garden has been called João Chagas Garden since 1924. This is due to the activity of the rope makers who stayed here for about 200 years. In the nineteenth century, the municipality decided to transform the Praça da Cordoaria into a public area. The project, by the German landscaper Emile David, was built in 1865/1866. There are statues of Ramalho Ortigão and António Nobre, and a set of sculptures by Juan Muñoz from 2001, as well as O rapto de Ganímedes (Kidnapping of Ganímedes). During Porto 2001, European Capital of Culture, this garden was re-modelled.
The Municipal Park of Virtues is located where the Porto Gardens Company was set before. Projected by José Marques Loureiro (1830-1898), it was bought in 1965 by the City Council of Porto and, in 1998, restoration works were carried out. One of the particularities of this garden is that it stretches out on the steep slope terraces, and therefore, from almost every part of it there's a splendid view over the Alfândega (Customs Building), the river Douro and Vila Nova de Gaia.
12.30 pm: Lunch at Árvore Restaurant
2.30 pm: Visit to the Botanical Garden
Created in 1951, the Botanical Garden belongs to the University of Porto, bonding it to the community. It currently comprises a historical garden, an area of greenhouses with tropical, subtropical, orchids and fleshy plants, an area of lakes with aquatic plants, and a park area with a collection of gymnosperms, beeches oaks, magnolias and tulips, among others. The enormous garden is composed of distinct areas separated by large camellia hedges.
4.30 pm: Walk in the City Park
The City Park is the largest urban park in Portugal, with an area of 83 hectares stretching out as far as the Atlantic Ocean, which is globally something of a rarity. It was designed by the landscape architect Sidónio Pardal, inaugurated in 1993 (1st phase) and finalized in 2002. The presence of stones is greatly evident here, with walls, relax spots, and paving creating a rural atmosphere. In 2000, it was selected by the Order of the Engineers as one of the `100 most remarkable works constructed in Portugal in the 20th century`.
6.00 pm: Craft beer tasting at the Soundwich Restaurant
7.00 pm: End of the tour
- Tour guide
- Entrance into the gardens
- Lunch and tasting
- Liability insurance and personal accident insurance
What's Not Included
- If you want to be transferred back to the hotel, please inform the tour provider
Know Before You Go
Vegetarian Friendly tour