The 21st century Parque das Nações (pronounced park das nassɐ̃w), literally “Nations Park”, offers a riverfront of gardens, art installations, outdoor dining options and the impressive Oceanarium.
Even if it may seem a bit off the centre, it’s actually only a short metro ride away. 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 this futuristic neighbourhood of ocean-themed buildings.
Whether by metro or bus, you will arrive 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 Vasco da Gama Tower, which is Lisbon’s tallest structure.
This area also offers one of Lisbon’s best cycle and walking tracks along the river.
Top Attractions in Parque das Nações
- Gare do Oriente (Oriente Station)
- Pavilhão de Portugal (Portugal Pavilion)
- Pavilhão do Conhecimento (Knowledge Pavilion)
- Teleférico (cable car)
- Vasco da Gama Tower
- Tejo Park
- Vasco da Gama Bridge