Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis
Jardim do Palácio de Cristal
Sitting atop a bluff, this gorgeous botanical garden is one of Porto's best-loved escapes, with lawns interwoven with sun-dappled paths...
Igreja das Carmelitas
Blink and you might miss that this is a church in its own right, snuggled as close as it is to the Igreja do Carmo. The twin churches...
Rota do Chá
This proudly bohemian cafe has a verdant but rustic back garden where students and the gallery crowd sit around low tables sampling from...
Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis Cafe
The museum's tranquil cafe is a fine spot for a lunch special (there's always a vegetarian option) or come to linger over a coffee and...
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Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis information
Porto's best art museum presents a stellar collection ranging from Neolithic carvings to Portugal’s take on modernism, all housed in the formidable Palácio das Carrancas.
Requisitioned by Napoleonic invaders, the neoclassical palace was abandoned so rapidly that the future Duke of Wellington found an unfinished banquet in the dining hall. Transformed into a museum of fine and decorative arts in 1940, its best works date from the 19th century, including sculptures by António Teixeira Lopes and António Soares dos Reis – seek out his famous O Desterrado (The Exile), and the naturalistic paintings of Henrique Pousão and António Silva Porto.