Parque das Nações

This region os Lisbon, which hosted the world exhibition of 1998 (Expo 98), offers much to suit varied interests. Contrary to historical center, Parque das Nações attracts its visitors with its 21st century modern architecture. The best examples are Portugal Pavilion by Siza Vieira and Gare do Oriente (Oriente Railway Station). To attract and shuffle visitors to and from the site, a new artistic Metro line (Red Line, last station-Oriente) was built.

In the entrance of the Park, Vasco de Gama Shopping Mall is located. For those who can’t do without shopping is a good option. You can also see films in this shopping mall. Several attractions are located through out the park but if you don’t like to walk through those attractions, there is a teleferico (Lisbon Cable Car) connecting from one side of the park to the other. The biggest attraction is Oceanarium, the biggest oceanarium of Europe designed magnificently by American architect Peter Chermayeff. It offers live displays, environmental sounds capes and interactive media for its visitors). The city’s tallest building Torre Vasco de Gama is also located here, providing spectacular views over the city and the Tagus. On the other side of the dock is Pavilhão de Portugal (Portugal Pavilion). Designed by Siza Vieira, it hosts several exhibitions. Designed in a futuristic fashion, next door building is Pavilhão Atlantico (Atlantic Pavilion). Designed by Regino Cruz, it hosts a great variety of events from musical performances to ice spectaculars. The south of Ocenario is the Teatro Luis de Camões. The theater is home to the Companhia Nacional de Bailado and hosts classical music concerts.

Beyond the Parque das Nacoes is the Ponte Vasco da Gama. Opened in March 1988, it was Europe’s longest bridge before the link between Denmark and Sweden was built.

The gardens are another great attraction in Expo. Many Lisboetas crowd here at weekends, not just to shop or to see a film but to relax. As the gardens extend north from the Oceanário through a larger park to the new Ponte Vasco da Gama and beyond, it is not surprising that this is the only place in town where you can relax without the noise of passing cars or train. The Garcia de Orta Garden and the Water Garden shouldn’t be missed out in this part of the city. Ending your day by having dinner in the restaurants area of the Park is also highly recommended.

The other attractions in area include an interactive science museum - the Knowledge Pavilion (Pavilhão do Conhecimento), bicycle rental and open-air concerts in Sony Square (Praça Sony).