You'd be forgiven for thinking you've somehow teleported to Miami when you visit the Serralves cultural centre. The bubble gum pink Casa de Serralves (aka Serralves Villa) and the sleek white contemporary art museum create a sharp contrast against the green gardens and blue skies that surround the grounds. But this unique site is actually located right in the city of Porto, and it's one of the best and most popular museums in all of Portugal. If you're doing a Porto city break or exploring all that the country has to offer on a Portugal road trip, don't forget to include Serralves on your trip itinerary.
Built in the Art Deco style, Serralves Villa was originally designed as a private residence by architect José Marques da Silva. It's a prime example of the Streamline Moderne architectural style which emerged in the 1930s (think rounded edges, porthole windows and smooth exterior walls).
The Villa presides over the park, its striking colour the first thing thing you notice when you visit Serralves. Step inside to see the villa's decorative details and elegant interior structure.
Opened in 1999, the Serralves Museum (Museu Serralves) houses collections of contemporary art from Portugal and countries around the world. Past exhibitions have included works by Jeff Koons and Anish Kapoor.
Perhaps the biggest draw to Serralves are the sprawling gardens, which offer a peaceful respite from the busy atmosphere or Porto proper. Take a walk and sit by the lake for a bit of a family-friendly activity. You can also have a browse around all the sculptures and statues dotted around the grounds. On a sunny day, there's nothing better than whiling away a few hours in this stunning space.
Travel tip: Admission to Serralves is free on the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 1pm
April 1st to September 30th
October 1st to March 31st
Entry to Serralves Museum (Park and Villa included)
Rua de Serralves