On my recent trip to Porto, I focused on visiting museums related to art and which offered free or reduced entry with my Porto Card.
Casa Oficina Antonio Carneiro fitted the bill. It’s located in the house/workshop built in 1920 for the painter Antonio Carneiro. The building was also used by Antonio’s sons, the painter Carlos Cameiro, and the composer Claudio Cameiro.
The house/workshop was purchased by the City of Porto, opening to the public in 1973.
I was a bit annoyed upon arrival as the museum is free to enter. I thought that it was a bit naughty of Porto Tourism to imply that it was only holders of a Porto Card that got in free of charge.
The museum attendant was a really friendly lady who kept apologising about her poor English. As I can’t speak any Portugese, I was grateful that she could speak a little English. There were information cards in English.
Below is a selection of my favourite pieces in Casa Oficina Antonio Carneiro.
The closest Metro station to Casa Oficina Antonio Carniero is Heroismo. It took me around ten minutes to walk to the museum from the Metro station.
You’ll need to plan your visit carefully, as the museum is shut on Saturday and Sunday. On weekdays it is open 10.00 to 12.30 and 14.00 to 17.30.
Serravles Park is located to the west of the city centre. The Serravles Museum of Contemporary Art is located on the site. Adult admission to the museum and park is 10 Euro. If you only want to visit the park, it costs 5 Euro for an adult entry.
The first sculpture which I encountered in Serralves Park was the giant Plantoir by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen.
I loved Dan Graham’s Double Exposure which reflected the surrounding trees.
I was disappointed that Serralves Villa was closed on the day of my visit. It would’ve been great to see the interior of the 1930s Art Deco building.
The villa’s front door was impressive.
The garden is beautiful, with a series of water pools bordered by circular hedges, which lead to a larger pool and fountain at the bottom of the garden
Further down the park is the lake.
For a New City by Maria Nordman is a utilitarian table with four individual seats, with shade offered by the surrounding trees.
I liked Fernado Gomes’ untitled rope installation, reminiscent of a huge spider’s web.
The Draped Bather (The Seine) by Aristide Maillol sits in the Rose Garden.
Close the museum is An Opaque Wind Park in Six Folds by Haegue Yang. It’s like a cross between a sculpture and a garden.
I really enjoyed walking around Serralves Park,
When I was in Porto in mid June it was far hotter than I’d anticipated, well over 30 degrees Celsius almost every day. I thought that it’d be a good idea to head for the Atlantic coast and hopefully a cooling breeze. As my Porto Card included rail travel as far south as Espinho, I chose it as my destination.
It looked like a good destination for surfers, due to the large waves.
I certainly wasn’t tempted to swim in the sea. However there is a beautiful 1940s outdoor swimming pool on the prom.
There were lots of colourful small tents on the beach. I wasn’t sure of their use. Maybe as wind and sun shelter?
I had a walk along the prom to admire the long golden beach. But even with the breeze, it was soon too hot for me to be in the sun.
I recommend Esphino for a day trip from Porto. The train journey from the city centre took around 30 minutes. I believe it costs around 2 Euro each way if you don’t have a Porto Card. There’s a good selection of cafes and fish restaurants.
When I visited the Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis in Porto this morning, I enjoyed the Photography Exhibition About Huni Kuni People. The poster at the musuem foyer said that the exhibition ran from 13 – 16 June 2017, but it was still there on 18 June 2017.
Below is a selection of my favourite photos.
I looked online and The huni Kuni are an indigenous people of Peru and Brazil.