The best five “green” spaces you have to visit in Porto

             As you probably know, Porto is a captivating and exciting city, that is quicly becoming one of Western Europe’s most appreciated tourist destinations. The city has a lot of fascinating tourist attractions and an energetic nightlife.
 Porto also has tons of green spaces. These are locations where you can lay out your rug for a picnic, you can run, sunbathe or simply breathe in some fresh air.
In order to increase your desire to visit us, our team selected some of the most beautiful green spaces in Invicta.

Crystal Palace Gardens
Resigned in the 19th century by German landscaping architect Émile David, the Crystal Palace is a great place to visit if you appreciate breath-taking views. The gardens consist of eight hectares off greenery, romantic corners and belvederes, with views over the river. Here you can also find the Quinta da Macieirinha Romantic Museum, which is worthy of a visit, and the Porto Municipal Gallery, whose expositions are outstanding and free.

Picture by Tatiana Dinis

Porto’s Botanical Garden
Porto's Botanical Garden is a location where three dimensions meet: recreation, history and botanics. It is not a very big garden, perhaps it may contain specialist plant collection such as cacti and other succulent plants, herb gardens and plants from particular parts of the world. The house the property is now managed by the Faculty of Sciences (Porto University) but were previously owned by the Christ Order and after that by João Salabert. Lastly, it belonged to the Andresen family, who sold it to the State of Portugal in 1949.
Picture by Invista Azul e Branco
Quinta de Villar D’Allen
Villar d’Allen is a survivor of recreational farms in the 19th century. This beautiful place preserves the “French style” garden created by Simões, the “parterre gardenesque” designed by João Allen in 1839, the romantic gardens, created in 1860 by Alfredo Allen, with artificial lakes, and sculptures by Nicolau Nasoni. This green place also has guided tours and organizes family, cultural or business events.
Picture by Gustavo Carvalho 
City Park 
The City Park, with 83 hectares, is probably the largest green "lung" of Porto and the principal urban park in the country. The park starts near the end of the Boavista Avenue and extends to the Atlantic Ocean. It was designed by architect Sidónio Pardal and inaugurated in 1993. In green place you will find a rural and rustic landscape where you can picnic or play football with your friends. This peaceful setting contains about 10 miles of trails, lakes and it has a connection to the beach.

                Picture by Eduardo Mata                

            Serralves Foundation                                                                                                                          
Park has 18 hectares and is formed by a wide-ranging variety of wonderful interconnected spaces: old-style farm, formal gardens and woodlands. All this was designed by the architect Jacques Greber in the 1930s.
A visit to the Park, through any of the circuits, involving different roads, is a great occasion to come into contact with nature and appreciate the widespread diversity of trees and plants, constituted by 200 species and a variety of ornamental exotic plants. Beyond this, the gardens and the park also create a museum setting: the visitors in the park will come across sculputes from the Serralves Collection, that are always on display.

Picture By Lucília Monteiro

By reading this article, we hope to give you some inspiration and motivation to visit Porto!