A View from Vasco da Gama Tower, Lisbon’s Tallest Building

Lisbon is a gorgeous city with a glittering waterside location that is worth seeing from high up. You can now enjoy it from the highest level.

Vasco da Gama Tower is the tallest building in Lisbon (and Portugal), an 145-metre steel structure built for the Expo 98 event.

Designed by the architects Leonor Janeiro and Nick Jacobs, the building was inspired by the carrack, a sixteenth-century Portuguese vessel. Its viewpoint, inaccessible since 2004, can again be visited in Parque das Nações.

Courtesy of Vasco da Gama Tower, www.vascodagamatower.com

The viewing platform has reopened with a new concept, the Babylon 360º, a reference to the Babylon Gardens, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A vertical garden and a cocktail bar can be found at the top.

QR codes on the windows are used to pull out the history of Vasco da Gama on your phone, and to identify the main tourist attractions that can be seen from the top.

The tower is run by Sana group which owns the Myriad hotel below. Also below, the Fifty Seconds is a Michelin-starred restaurant run by chef Martín Berasategui.

Tickets can be bought from the ticket machine on site or online. Each costs €10 before 6pm (visit only) and then €15 (visit + a consumable value per person from the cocktail bar). The viewpoint is open daily from 10am until 2am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and until midnight the remaining days.