Lights, chestnuts and sunsets: Autumn is here and we have prepared a complete guide so that you can discover all the charms (and hiding places) of the undefeated city:
1. Explore the labyrinth of Jardim dos Sentimentos (Jardins do Palácio de Cristal)
Portrayed as one of the places not to be missed in the city of Porto, the gardens of the Palácio de Cristal have one of the best views over the Douro River, precisely in Jardim dos Sentimentos. From its highest point, it is possible to visualize a maze-like design, surrounded by animal life and nature, where the iconic 7 California palm trees stand out.
- Route tip from Moon & Sun Porto: catch a ride on Tram 18 at Carmo station, just a 3-minute walk from the hotel.
- Visits available every day: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
2. Eat the best roasted chestnuts in Praça Almeida Garrett (next to São Bento Station)
In addition to receiving hundreds of travelers and tourists every day, São Bento Station, as a famous monument in the north of the country, gains a special charm at this time of the year. With the arrival of the cold, the season for roasted chestnuts also arrives, which can (and should) be tasted right outside the door of the building filled with emblematic tile panels.
- Walking distance from Moon & Sun Porto: 8 minutes
3. Attend a candlelight music show at Ateneu Comercial do Porto (near Coliseu do Porto)
Until the 29th of October, Ateneu Comercial do Porto will host several Candlelight concerts, intimate and multisensory musical experiences that combine perfectly with the emblematic and artistic architecture of the space. Enjoy the candlelit evenings that are still available: from the Jazz Divas to the soundtracks of the best classics from the world of animation.
Walking distance from Moon & Sun Porto: 8 minutes
Cultural Program of Ateneu Comercial do Porto: https://ateneucomercialporto.pt/
4. Be dazzled by immersive exhibitions at Alfândega do Porto
The Congress Center in the historic center of Porto is home to multiple virtual and immersive shows, from stories of the city's urban myths to the artistic universe of Michelangelo and Da Vinci. These 3D exhibitions allow you to revisit the most iconic works of art through a sensorial and innovative experience. The exhibition “Porto Legends – The Underground Experience” is permanently at Alfândega do Porto, narrated by Pedro Abrunhosa and Jeremy Irons.
Walking distance from Moon & Sun Porto: 14 minutes
More information and tickets on the official website: https://www.porto.immersivus.com/
5. Take a blanket to watch the sunset at Miradouro das Virtudes
Known as one of the best places to enjoy the city of Porto, or simply to enjoy a glass of wine in its gardens, this viewpoint provides a great experience for all Porto residents and tourists, especially in the late afternoon. Take the opportunity to take a look at the Fonte das Virtudes, see the terraces that go down to São Pedro de Miragaia and have a complete perspective of the Douro river reflecting the golden autumn sunset.
Walking distance from Hotel Moon & Sun Porto: 8 minutes