Half a dozen new things to try on your next trip to Porto
If your last visit to Porto was before the pandemic, you may have missed the opportunity to experience some of the new things the city has to offer. We list you 6 suggestions for an upcoming visit.
Serralves treetop walk
This wooden walkway is a new way to visit Serraves Garden. With a length of 260 m and a height that varies between 1.5m e os 15m, it offers a tour next to the tree canopies, that allow total immersion in nature and the park biodiversity and is undoubtedly a different way to visit Serralves Park.
It’s a course accessible to all ages, flat – the difference in heights is related to the ground slope and not the walkway itself – with rest and observation spots that allow glimpses of the park that are not otherwise observable. The access to the walkway is included in the general Serralves ticket or the partial ticket of the Park.
This project was launched in early 2020 and its purpose was to join the various gardens of the Porto University in a single park, requalifying the spaces of the several gardens of the Science College of Porto University. To the 1500 specied presente at the botanical garden, join more that 500 other, distributed in the Silvestre Garden, Mediterrâneo Garden, Fosso Garden, Pinhal dos Cedros, Casa Primo Madeira Garden and Burmester Garden. All these spaces combined are now the new Botanical Park. It has to be visited in parcels but the access is free. All spaces are open from Monday to Friday, from 9 am to 6 pm, except Casa Primo Madeira. This visit has to be pre-arranged. The botanical garden can also be visited on weekends and this is the only garden where you may have a guided visit. All other gardens don’t have this option however, the species are identified and there are informative signs on site.
The first of this kind in the Iberian Peninsula, the Holocaust Museum of Oporto is run by Porto’s Jewish community whose parents, grandparents and family were victims of the Holocaust. It intends to teach the public and the youngest in particular all about the Holocaust, ensuring that it never happens again.
In addition to the movie spaces, where this and other small educational vídeos may be viewed, the museum recreated the dorms of Auschwitz concentration camp and a room with the victim’s names. The galleries try to tell the story of the Holocaust through photos, vídeos and other documents left behind by the many refugees that pass through Porto during world war II.
The museum is presently open on weekdays from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The entrance is free until the end of June. True to the motto of educating young people on the topic, the entrance should remain free for under 30, even after this date.
Inaugurated in the final months of 2019, it is possible that the opportunity to watch a show here, may not have presented itself yet. There are already several shows booked here for the current year to choose from.
You may also want to try the recently inaugurated 360º visit. Conducted by Porto Secret Spots, tells you the story of the venue and in the end, you may climb to the top of the building, to a 360º balcony and enjoy a unique view over the city.
There are several escape rooms througout the city but none other is located on Estádio do Dragão, the home of Porto Football Club. In a join venture between the Futebol Clube do Porto Museum and Porto Exist Games, this escape room was design to please fans from both games.
Porto Exit Games is one of the oldest and most recognized reference in the concept of escape room games in Porto and in this association with FC Porto, they designed a game featuring the football scenario but with the usual escape room ingredients, where the participants run for the job of assistant coach of a football team and have to prove to “mister” – an AI robot – that they are capable of coaching the main team. This opening game will start on June 4 and there is a special campaign for club members and the general audience with special discounts until July 31.
It is not exactly in Porto but in the Gaia docks (close enough!). It is a cultural block where you may visit 6 museums – Wine, Cork, chocolate, Fashion & Fabric, one about the history of Porto and The Bridge Collection where you may go through the history of mankind through drinking vessels. You may also visit an art gallery, that has currently a Francis Bacon exhibition or choose one of the wine workshops available in different hours and languages.
If you prefer, you may visit the central square, whose access is free and enjoy one of the 10 bars and restaurants that the district offers. For a more complete experience, there are several combine tickets to visit the museums and the gallery.