Parque das Nações at a Glance

The 21st century Parque das Nações (pronounced park das nassɐ̃w) offers a riverfront of gardens, art installations, outdoor dining options and the impressive Oceanário.

It may seem a bit out of the centre but actually it’s only a short metro ride, and it easily fills a day if you visit the attractions as well as wander about.

The Expo 98 was responsible for converting an ugly industrial area into a futuristic neighbourhood of ocean-themed buildings.

Arriving by metro or bus, you will get out at the vaulted structure known as Gare do Oriente (Oriente Station), designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.

Take a look around the nearby Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre that has some top-floor eateries and a terrace, or just head straight to the riverfront, and its main attractions. Many of the buildings are worth a visit, for example the Pavilhão de Portugal by Siza Vieira, or the Torre Vasco da Gama, which is Lisbon’s tallest structure.

This area also has one of Lisbon’s best cycle and walking tracks along the river.

Attractions

1. Gare do Oriente 4. Pavilhão do Conhecimento 7. Parque do Tejo
2. Pavilhão de Portugal 5. Teleférico 8. Ponte Vasco da Gama
3. Oceanário 6. Torre Vasco da Gama
 

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