The area of the Parque das Naçoes is situated in the eastern part of the city, going up again the river stream. This huge district has been totally renovated after the Expo of 1998.
In fact, after the dismantling of the big exhibition halls, the free space was converted into recreational facilities, offices and residences.
Numerous administrative offices and ministries moved in the area.
The spectacular and cutting-edge station Gare do Oriente is part of the project.
It was designed by the famous Spanish architect Calatrava, and is today a station for trains, underground and buses.
The Vasco de Gama Bridge was also completed, joining with its stunning 18 km arch the two banks of the river Tejo. The old degraded industrial estate has also been recovered and converted into a modern district, with services, shops, sport facilities, cultural and scientific attractions, cafés and restaurants. The Parque appears as a successful example of lively and challenging urban architecture.
However you choose to get here, the first thing you will see is the avant-garde architecture of the Gare do Oriente.
Opposite the station lies the Vasco de Gama Centre, a huge commercial mall with cinemas, restaurants and parking. Opposite the centre stands the Pavilhão Atlântico, a modern multifunctional complex used for concerts, congresses and sport events.
Not to miss is a visit of the Oceanário de Lisboa, the second biggest aquarium in the world. Built on two levels, it hosts 10.000 specimen of animals and plants coming from all oceans. The visit can result very entertaining for adults, and kids will love it!
The Pavilhão do Conhecimento is a centre which hosts the Science and Technology Museum, with temporary and permanent exhibitions.
The Pavilhão Jorge Vieira is a centre for contemporary art exhibitions, architecture and photography. The huge bowling close to the centre hosts bars, pizzerias, bowling and billiard-room.
Absolutely not to miss is the superb panorama from the top of the Vasco da Gama Tower (140 mt). Unfortunately it is often closed in winter, but, in case, you can compensate the non-visit with a ride on the spectacular cableway which connects the Oceanario with the Tower, right above the river embankment.
If you plan to visit more attractions inside the park, we suggest to purchase the Cartão do Parque, which offers some discounts and reductions, and results very convenient respect to the single tickets.
Summertime: 10 am-20pm; last admission 19 pm
Wintertime: 10am-19pm; last admission: 18pm
New Years' Eve: 12 am-18pm
Tel.: 21 891 7002; 21 891 7006
Full rate (people between 13-64): ? 11,00
- adults over 65: ? 6,00;
- children between 4-12 : ? 5,50;
- Families (up to two adults with kids under 17): ? 26,50.
Groups (upon booking): full (between 13-64): ? 10,00; reduction for adults over 65: ? 5,50; reduction for kids between 4-12: ? 5,00.
Free admission for kids until the age of 4, disabled people and holders of the Cartão do Parque Card.
Pavilhão do Conhecimento
Saturday and feast days: 10am-19pm
Last admission for groups 16:30pm
Closed on Mondays and on 24th, 25th and 31st December and on 1st January
Tel.: 21 891 7100
Full: ? 7,00
- young people between 7-17 years and adults over 65: ? 4,00;
- disabled people with assistants, teachers, university students, Young Card holders: ? 3,50
- children between 3-6 years: ? 3,00;
- members of the National Geographic : ? 5,60;
- Families up to two adults with children under 17: ? 15,00.
Free admission for children until the age of 2 and for holders of the Cartão do Parque Card.
Free admission on the 18th May (International day of museums), 25th July (anniversary of the Pavilhão do Conhecimento, 24th November (international day of scientific culture).
Saturday and Sunday.: 10am-20pm