Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis
Jardim do Palácio de Cristal
Sitting atop bluffs just west of Porto’s old centre, this leafy park is home to a domed sports pavilion, the hi-tech Biblioteca...
Museu do Vinho do Porto
Down by the river in a remodelled warehouse, this modest museum explores the impact of the famous tipple on the region’s history in a...
Igreja do Carmo
Almost adjacent to the Cordoaria stands this striking azulejo -covered church, and one of Porto’s best examples of rococo architecture.
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...
Restaurante O Verde Vegetariano
This uncluttered little self-service restaurant has a varied selection of vegetarian dishes and an elegant, minimalist dining area that...
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Museu Nacional Soares dos Reis information
A short walk west of Cordoaria lands you at the town’s most comprehensive art collection, which ranges 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 Soares dos Reis (see especially his famous O Desterrado, The Exile ) and António Teixeira Lopes, and the naturalistic paintings of Henrique Pousão and António Silva Porto.