Tait Mansion beautiful views and gardens
Right next to the Romantic Museum, in the same environment of Massarelos’ rural hillsides, you’ll find Casa Tait (or Quinta do Meio). It’s a beautiful mansion from the late 19th century, that still preserves all the same unique environment and atmosphere from the days of its first owner, the millionaire William Tait, a wealthy English merchant, heir of the Port Wine fortune.
The house is open to the public and is free of charge. In its romantic gardens, among fragrant orange trees and the magnificent camellias, you can see the most beautiful views of Arrábida Bridge and Douro in all the city. Although it is open for over 100 years, the mansion remains a little secret that only a few locals know about. So, you should really go there, at least, to take a few pictures.
This is where the Municipal Museums and Cultural Heritage headquarters are installed so it is a good starting point to plan your visit and tours in Porto. Get all the info you need about the museums you want to visit and the city maps you need to walk around. They’ll be happy to help you.
In the house itself, there are periodically organized art exhibitions and some official receptions. It is likely that during your visit you’ll find a nice exhibition or another social event taking place.
You’ll also be close to the Arts District, where you can find art galleries, local designer stores, vintage shops and traditional small stores. Of course all this walking around will open your appetite, so, if you’re into burgers, try the delicious gourmet burger restaurant, Bugo Art Burgers.
Open from Monday to Friday from 10am to 12:30pm and from 2pm to 5:30pm.