Serralves Foundation

Serralves Foundation: Our most recommended tours and activities

Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

1. Porto: Serralves Foundation Entry Ticket

Explore Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art and its grounds with your entry ticket. See why the entire landscape and architectural heritage were classified as a National Monument in 2012.  Enjoy different parts of the museum, which consists of the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Casa do Cinema Manoel de Oliveira (both designed by the architect Álvaro Siza), Serralves Villa (a unique example of Art Deco architecture), and the 18-hectare Serralves Park, which was recently complemented by the pioneering Treetop Walk: an elevated walkway close to the treetops. Visit the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, which was designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, a Pritzker Prize winner. The Museum of Contemporary Art presents exhibitions by leading Portuguese and foreign artists, concerts, dance shows, and performances, among other activities. Enjoy the 18-hectare Serralves Park, designed by Jacques Gréber, is a unique example of Portugal's landscape heritage. It consists of a wide range of spaces: formal gardens, woods, a traditional farm and the Treetop Walk. Try something different with the Treetop Walk — designed by the architects Álvaro Siza Vieira and Carlos Castanheira — an elevated walkway in the treetops, which enables impressive observation and study of the biodiversity of Serralves Park. Experience the Manoel de Oliveira House of Cinema, designed by Álvaro Siza Vieira, which shows off the work of Portugal's most-famed director with exhibitions, film series, and conferences. The Serralves Villa is a unique example of Art Deco architecture with leading European furniture designers such as Émile Jacques Ruhlmann, René Lalique, and Edgar Brandt contributing to the interior of Serralves Villa.

Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

2. Porto: Hop-on Hop-off Bus with Cruise & Wine Cellar Options

Explore the districts of Porto at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket. Learn about the sights you see with an included audio guide. Upgrade to include an optional river cruise ticket and/or a visit to port wine cellars. Visit the perfect combination of historic landscapes, River Douro, and learn the highlights of the port wine tradition. With this ticket, you can visit the cities of Porto, Gaia, and Matosinhos via sightseeing buses or a heritage sightseeing cruise. Also, learn about the historical and cultural significance of producing port wine along with a free wine tasting if you choose the optional upgrade to wine cellars. 

Porto: Serralves Em Luz Immersive Light Show Entry Ticket

3. Porto: Serralves Em Luz Immersive Light Show Entry Ticket

Serralves em Luz transforms Serralves Park into an impressive light exhibition. See how the park changes after dark as you explore the designs that use different technologies to create a truly immersive experience across 24 installations and a 3km route. Make your way around Serralves Park and discover this large open-air exhibition that uses color and light to create a magical atmosphere. As you explore, see how the natural and architectural features of the area have been transformed by the light designs of Nuno Maya and the Serralves Park team. Take a guided tour to gain added insights or improve your skills during a photography workshop. The various illuminations are designed to highlight different elements of the park and transport the viewer to different seasons. Admire the lights that have been designed to simulate natural phenomena like the sun, moon, rainbows, and northern lights.

Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

4. Porto: 3-Hour Bike Tour

See the sights of Porto by bike on a 3-hour sightseeing tour of the city's memorable monuments. Access areas that other vehicles can't reach and go further than you could on foot. Discover sites of interest in the Old Town and pedal along the bike paths of City Park. Along the way, see the former customs house of the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre and admire the span of the Arrábida Bridge and the remains of São João da Foz castle. Cycle past the fine sand beach of Matosinhos, look for birdlife in Calém Garden and reach the magical mouth of the Douro River. Discover where the Port Wine Museum, Tram Museum and Museu Serralves (Contemporary Art Museum) are located. Visit the remains of São Francisco do Queijo (Cheese Castle), get back to nature in the Douro Estuary Natural Reserve and gaze in awe at the breakwater of Foz do Douro.

Porto City Full Day Minibus Tour, Lunch & Wine Tasting

5. Porto City Full Day Minibus Tour, Lunch & Wine Tasting

This guided tour of the city of Porto begins in the historic center, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Cathedral, the São Bento train station, known for its beautiful tiles representing important moments in the history of Portugal, and stop at the Lello bookstore. During the full-day tour you’ll learn about the streets, squares, and sites in the historic center, including the Praça da Batalha, Santa Catarina Street, Majestic Coffee House, Bolhão Market, and Aliados Avenue. Later in the morning you’ll visit a port wine cellar, learn how the wine is made, see some of the rarest bottles that currently exist, and enjoy a port wine tasting. Stop for lunch a restaurant in Ribeira, and take in the magnificent views while dining. In the afternoon you’ll see the city from a different perspective on a 1-hour cruise, and you’ll also have a chance to see all of the bridges that connect Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia. Lastly, you’ll see Boavista, Serralves, and Foz as you travel to Castelo do Queijo, where you’ll take a break, have a snack or drink, or just enjoy the magnificent views of the sea.

Porto City Tour with River Cruise and Wine Tasting

6. Porto City Tour with River Cruise and Wine Tasting

Enjoy an 8-hour tour that takes you to see the main attractions of Porto. In the morning you’ll travel by car to see important monuments such as the historical Café Majestic, Clérigos Tower and Church, Lello's Bookshop, Sé Cathedral, São Bento Station, Boavista and Aliados avenues. You’ll also take in the Serralves Museum, Bolhão market, Foz do Douro, the Crystal Palace, the Ribeira region, and more. Head to a Port wine cellar for a tasting in the afternoon. Afterwards, board a Douro river boat for a 50-minute cruise that takes you under the city’s six bridges: St. John, Arrabida, St. Luís, St. Maria, Freixo, and Infante.

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What people are saying about Serralves Foundation

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 439 reviews

I had booked at very short notice and was therefore alone with the tour guide. She was very nice and explained many things. The weather was nice and the trip to the sea was very nice! Escape the totally crowded city.

Informative charming guide VJ. Interesting to cycle to coast and back through the park. We would not have found our way back without a guide.

The bus took me to all the stops I needed. It even took me to the beach. It was a smooth ride and a must to see more of Porto

Helped in the first days of the vacation to figure out where each place is and the distances.

Tourist bus with stops at key points of visits to main monuments, cruise ships and wineries