travel diary, back in porto – plenty sunshine (last day)

What a day I woke up!!!! Blue-blue sky I could see from the bed and that meant; Sunshine.

Since my visit last year I wanted to return to the Museu Serralves, for its magnificent park. Because last year that oven-hot Saturday, I took shelter inside the museum … but the heat was too strong for me to walk around in the park.

Museu Serralves, includes a Contemporary Art Museum, a Park and a Villa, each one an example of contemporary architecture, Modernism, and Art Deco architecture. The Museum, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, is now the most visited museum in Portugal (more than 300,000 visitors per year) and one of the most relevant in the contemporary art circuit in Europe, opened in 1999.

So I had to figure out how to get there …. so I jumped on bus #901 at “my bus stop” that took me to Trindade and from there I took Metro D (yellow) to Marquês – after 15 min looking around to find the stop for bus #203.

Wasn’t easy to find the stop, because I went in the total wrong directions, because the streets around the square were all one direction .. and in the end, it turns out to be the closest.

It took me about 60 min to get to the destination and guess what???? The park was closed because they were preparing for Serralves em Festa, a 50 hours none stop music event during the weekend coming up. So there I was again, not able to visit the park.

When asking the reception for another park to visit, I was told that Jardim Do Palacio Do Cristal would be a nice substitute. So I had to walk done to the main street and jumped on bus #201 that took me to the entrance of the park.

I felt very proud of myself to be able to travel on public transport without any map at all … felt like a native!! *laughing.

At first glance, the park didn’t look that impressive, because the new pavilion was of course under refurbishment and closed. I landed by the pond, got myself a nice cup of cappuccino and a nata. Suddenly the wildlife was all around me: 7 rosters, 2 peacocks and 1 goose wanted a piece of my nata. It was so funny. The most popular person in the whole park at that moment … and they were all male. *laughing It looked like on of the peacocks and the goose was pales.

There was plenty of peahens, but they were very shy … and afraid. Saw only one hen with one single chick, so I don’t understand what the 7 rosters have been up to???!!! *laughing It looked like they were having some kind of club, all for one – one for all. 

After a visit to the washroom …. a long walk … I thought walked the other direction of the park and landed in the rose garden with a fantastic view over the Duro and the city.

Jardim Do Palacio Do Cristal occupy an area of 8 hectares in Porto’s centre and they 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). The park contains  Jardim dos Sentimentos (Garden of Feelings), Jardim das Plantas Aromaticas (Garden of Aromatic Plants) and Jardim do Roseiral (Garden of Roses). All these splendid sights are the work of Emilio David, the landscape gardener who designed the park (for a short period of time, the park actually bore his name.

The original Cristal Palace ( 1865 – 1951 ) was a building that existed in the old field in  Massarelos in the middle of the city. Opened in 1865, the original Crystal Palace was eventually demolished in 1951 to give way to the Pavilhão dos Deportes, now Pavilhão Rosa Mota.


The Crystal Palace, by the English architect Thomas Dillen Jones, was built in granite, iron and glass, with the London Crystal Palace as the model. It measured 150 meters in length by 72 meters in width and was divided into three naves

The new pavilion ..Pavilhão Rosa Mota is an arena opened in 1954 and holds 5,400 people. The pavilion was previously known as Pavilhão dos Desportos but in 1991 it was renamed after Rosa Mota, a Portuguese, European, World and Olympic champion in marathon running. It is primarily used for basketball. The building in the form of a semi-spherical canopy, design by the architect José Carlos Loureiro.

From the rose garden did I see a very nice roof cafe/bar (Miradouro Ignez) on Rua da Restauração, below the garden … and I thought (not the only one) that I could reach the street from the garden, so I climb all the way down to find there was a very secured fence around the whole garden. That meant that I had to climb all the way back again in the midday sun. Tough work.

Returning back up to the pavilion I went the other direction because there was loads of high tree = shade. There in the blasting sun was a fantastic viewpoint of the city, Torreão do Jardim do Palácio, a tower with loads of steps … and no shade, so I carried on my path.

Well back at the bus stop … I didn’t have a clue what bus to take, loads of choices … but nothing close to the apartment. Then a little green bus stopped #303 and a quick check at the other stops schedules I noticed it have São Bento station as a stop. Halleluja!!!! From there it is only downhill.

And I couldn’t pass my favourite ice cream cafe, Cremosi without getting myself a large portion of their fantastic ice cream, 4 scoops.

Was back at the apartment around 3pm … and my feet were begging for mercy, so I stayed in for the rest of the afternoon to prepare my packing … and just giving my poor feet a break.

For my last dining adventure at “Adega São Nicolau” was it only 4 min downhill walk, so I had plenty time to relax.

After dinner, I felt a lot better and it was hard not to take a walk along the riverfront in the warm pleasant evening – I even walked up to the bridge and from there I took bus #906 back up the hill. My card told me that I have 4 journeys left for next year. 

“In every end, there is also a beginning.”
Libba Bray

15 thoughts on “travel diary, back in porto – plenty sunshine (last day)

    • Yes, it turned out pretty good, it was a bit hot to climb up the park. … and now I have the other park do next year. Thank you so much for your support.

  1. I would love to go back. Not that I could walk anywhere these days. Only thing we did was visit the Port caves. By the way it is peahens. Peacocks and Peahens.

    • Porto Caves, I have to look into. Thinking about visiting a vineyard in Pinhão next year. Yes, Port is tough on both feet and legs. Thanks, for the help with the hens. Will change it straight away.

    • Manja, yes … the park better be open. *smile – the “wild things” were very funny … all wanted to share. *smile Thank you so much much!

    • Mrs Jones … I forgot to smell them, but I’m sure they do. You’re so right … I don’t need a reason to go back!!!! *smile – Porto is just Porto, good reason and I have you to thank for that.

  2. Poor old Porto- you’ve worn it out, Vivi! 🙂 🙂 I’m so glad you had a lovely time, even though things didn’t always go to plan. (when does it ever? 🙂 ) Thank you so much for my postcard. It was waiting here when I got back from Poland. Have your feet recovered a little? I know it’s an ongoing problem. Hugs, darlin!

    • Jo, I try to do my best to get so much as possible out of my destination … but my feet are slowing me down, thank god for the buses. *smile – I have recovered well, still very warm over here even if we got a few drops of rain today.
      Tomorrow Ann Christin and her hubby … and ME going to Fanø in Denmark (an island) – Lars is our private chauffeur. We will visit the Int. Kite Fliers Meeting. They come from all over the world to fly with their kites. 3 nights and some booze shopping in Germany before returning home on Sunday. Very exciting.

      • Sounds brilliant. 🙂 🙂 Nottingham for me tomorrow, home Sunday evening and then to my ‘other’ home in the Algarve for 8 days. Just to make sure it’s still there. 🙂 🙂 Nothing much happening with house sale here. Take care, darlin- and have fun!

      • Jo, same to you!! Sorry about the house situation. Have talked to Ann Christin and when you have moved … will we come. *smile Delight yourselves.

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