Neighbourhood of Parque das Nações
Take the metro to Parque das Nações from the city centre and spend a day here, there is plenty to see, do and eat. Take time to look at the Oriente Train Station, a beautiful building designed by the great Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. When you leave the station through the Vasco de Gama shopping centre, you will find the Tourist Information Desk, where you will be informed about cultural and event programming in this recent but bustling neighbourhood.
Parque das Nações is the eastern Lisbon area where the world exhibition Expo 98 was held, and today it is a leisure area for the people of Lisbon. Its most famous attraction is the Oceanarium but there are many other attractions, thematic gardens, exhibition centres, shows and events. You can ride a cable car and walk for 5 kilometres on the banks of river Tagus. There is also the modern Vasco de Gama shopping centre, with a wide range of shops and restaurants.
Another emblematic construction that has changed the face of Lisbon is the Vasco de Gama bridge, by far the longest in Europe with more than 17 kilometres. It makes a wonderful scenario for any pictures and is already an Instagram buzz.
The Oceanário is the unmissable place. The impressive building displays more than 25,000 marine species. The most visited is its central tank, the largest in Europe, where you can see spectacular views of sharks and other fish. In other sections, there are interesting reconstructions of marine ecosystems.
The Science Center is great for children, with its holograms and technological exhibitions. It also has a cybercafé. Next to this centre is the Jardim de Água, the Water Garden, where not just children can have fun getting wet.
Directly on the river is the Camões Theater, with great theatre, opera and ballet performances.
A short walk takes you to the cable car, which flies you over the Jardim Garcia de Orta, a botanical garden with flowers from Portuguese speaking countries in Africa, America and Asia. The Vasco de Gama Tower, with its Myriad Hotel and Fifty Seconds Restaurant on the top floor, offers an unparalleled panoramic view of Lisbon and its surroundings.