With an attractive riverside location, Parque das Nações easily fills a day if you visit the attractions as well as wander about.
From the impressive Santiago Calatrava Oriente station onwards, the whole area has been regenerated for the Expo98 event.
You’ll find contemporary buildings by some of the world’s best known architects, including the Pavilion of Portugal by Álvaro Siza, the Oceanarium by Peter Chermayeff, the Feira Internacional exhibition centre by Barreiros Ferreira, and the Vasco de Gama Tower by Leonor Janeiro and Nick Jacobs.
The Oceanário is Europe’s largest aquarium – a must-see for all ages – whereas the Pavilion of Knowledge is more aimed at kids. Follow our guide, and use the map below to locate the attractions.
1. Gare do Oriente
Arriving by metro or bus, admire the vaulted structure known as the Gare do Oriente (Oriente Railway Station), designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Gare do Oriente is Lisbon’s hub for train services, including a departure point for coach and bus companies, and a metro station.
2. Pavilhão de Portugal
Admire the impressive undulating concrete roof of the Pavilhão de Portugal (Pavilion of Portugal) built for the Expo98 event. It’s a brilliant example of contemporary architecture in Lisbon by the Portuguese architect Siza Vieira.
Be pleasantly surprised at Lisbon’s Oceanarium, with sea life swimming around you. It offers an impressive visit, even for those who don’t have kids, or don’t fancy zoos and aquariums. Read More
4. Pavilhão do Conhecimento Ciência Viva
Next to the Oceanarium, small scientists can have fun at the the interactive Pavilion of Knowledge experiencing the gravity on the moon, constructing electric circuits, and defying the laws of gravity on a highwire bicycle 6m above the ground. Read More
For a fun ride over the riverfront walkway, check out the Telecabine cable car. It glides 30 metres above the River Tejo edge between the Oceanarium and the Vasco da Gama Tower. www.telecabinelisboa.pt
6. Torre Vasco da Gama
The 140m high Vasco da Gama Tower is Lisbon’s tallest structure. The steel structure representing the sail of a caravel was designed by Leonor Janeiro and Nick Jacobs for the Expo98 event. Next to it, there’s now the luxury Myriad Sana Hotel, and the tower is closed to the public. However, you can still admire it while strolling along the riverside.
7. Parque do Tejo
Spanning 80 hectares, this riverside park includes gardens with several trees. If lucky, you’ll catch a glimpse of bird species from the Tejo Estuary. Take a relaxing stroll or move faster by cycling, skating or skateboarding along of the riverfront walk.
8. Ponte Vasco da Gama
The walkway by the river takes you underneath the 17km (11mi) long Vasco da Gama Bridge. It’s Europe’s longest bridge to drive across, designed to carry traffic for 120 years. The bridge is expected to withstand 250km/h winds and earthquakes over four times stronger than the 1755 earthquake, the strongest ever to hit Lisbon.