Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour, Lisbon

Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour, Lisbon

Parque das Nações, often referred to by locals as “Expo”, is a commercial and residential area in Lisbon which gained popularity and underwent tremendous transformation in the late 1990s as a site of the World Expo 1998. Many attractions were built here during that time, including the Oceanarium (the world's biggest), Science Museum, Vasco da Gama Tower, Vasco da Gama Bridge and others. Decades on, Parque das Nações still continues to draw attention of visitors and locals alike as a cultural and entertainment hub of the Portuguese capital. With so much to see here, it's no wonder!
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Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Parque das Nacoes Walking Tour
Guide Location: Portugal » Lisbon (See other walking tours in Lisbon)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km
Author: ray
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The Oceanarium

1) The Oceanarium (must see)

To celebrate the cultural relationship of Lisbon and Portugal with the sea, the Oceanarium was built for the World Expo in 1998. It is dedicated to teaching the public about aquatic creatures and their conservation.

The Oceanarium’s conceptual design, architecture, and exhibit design was led by Peter Chermayeff. It is said to resemble an aircraft carrier, and is built on a pier in an artificial lagoon. Chermayeff is also the designer of the Osaka Oceanarium, one of the world's largest...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Science Museum

2) Pavilhão do Conhecimento – Science Museum (must see)

Pavilhão do Conhecimento is an interactive museum of science and technology. Open to the public since July 25, 1999, it is part of the Viva Network of Science Centers. Its main objective is to stimulate scientific knowledge and dissemination of scientific and technological culture among the people. The visitors are allowed to explore many different exhibits in an active, relaxed and playful way.

Why You Should Visit:
Very reasonably priced, excellently maintained and hours of fun for the...   view more
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Casino Lisboa

3) Casino Lisboa

Casino Lisboa is a casino located at Parque das Nações (Park of the Nations) in the city of Lisbon. It was inaugurated and opened to the public on April 19, 2006. The casino, at the time of opening, had around 700 slot machines (expandable to 1,000), 22 gaming tables, 4 bars, 3 restaurants and a theater seating 600. The casino took up the former Pavilhão do Futuro (Pavilion of the Future), one of the main attractions of the World Expo of '98, which was extensively rebuilt for its new...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Portugal Pavilion

4) Portugal Pavilion

The Portugal Pavilion was built to host Expo ‘98 the world’s largest trade fair that was held in Lisbon in 1998. The design was based on the theme, ‘ocean and heritage’ and the intention was to present the culture of the country to the world.

The Portugal Pavilion was designed by Pritzker Award winning architect, Alvaro Siza Vieira. The striking feature of the building is a sagging roof representing the billowing sails of a ship reflecting the maritime theme of the structure and its...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gare do Oriente

5) Gare do Oriente

The Gare do Oriente is one of the world’s largest transit stations and the largest and busiest transport hubs in Portugal. It was built for Expo ’98, the world trade fair held in Lisbon.

The Gare do Oriente is a magnificent structure designed by Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava. The roof is made of glass and steel and the design resembles a row of trees. The glass roof offers views of the other structures made for Expo ’98. At night Oriente Station looks magnificent when the...   view more
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MEO Arena

6) MEO Arena

MEO Arena (formerly Pavilhão Atlântico) built for Expo’98 in Lisbon is a large indoor hall with the capacity of seating 20,000 people. The external appearance looks like an upturned boat or a horseshoe crab and to some, like a flying saucer. It is the largest indoor arena in Portugal.

MEO Arena was designed by Portuguese architect, Regino Cruz. The façade faces the south to maximize sun exposure during winter and minimize exposure to direct sunlight during summer. Ventilators on the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Vasco da Gama Tower

7) Vasco da Gama Tower (must see)

The Vasco da Gama Tower is a 145-metre (476 ft) lattice tower with skyscraper in the civil parish of Parque das Nações in Lisbon. Built on the north bank of the Tagus river, it is named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama (the first European to arrive in India by sail, in 1498).

The tower was one of the many buildings constructed for Expo ’98, the world trade fair held in Lisbon. The inauguration celebrated the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama’s historic voyage. It was...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Vasco da Gama Bridge

8) Vasco da Gama Bridge (must see)

This cable-stayed bridge was inaugurated during Expo ’98 the world fair held to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the historic voyage of the Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama that opened trade routes by sea between Europe and Asia. It is the second longest bridge in Europe after the Crimean Bridge with a total length of 12.3 km (7.6 mi), including 0.8 km (0.50 mi) for the main bridge and 11.5 km (7.1 mi) in viaducts.

The bridge was designed by Armando Rito and constructed under the...   view more

Walking Tours in Lisbon, Portugal

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Create Your Own Walk in Lisbon

Creating your own self-guided walk in Lisbon is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums

Self-Guided Tour of Lisbon Museums

As expected of any European capital city with a rich history, Lisbon has numerous museums. They offer excellent insight into the past and have a rich collection of art: sculpture and paintings. Among the many popular museums and galleries in Lisbon, some are quite unique and not to be missed. Take this tour to visit the most important museums in Lisbon.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

Alfama & Baixa Souvenir Shops

It would be a pity to leave Lisbon without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Lisbon, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit. Take this tour to explore Alfama and Baixa districts souvenir shops.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 km
Amoreiras Walking Tour

Amoreiras Walking Tour

Amoreiras is a modern comfortable and beautiful Lisbon District, located in the north-western part of the city. Take this tour to walk along the Rue das Amoreiras and enjoy the bairro sites and attractions.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
City Orientation Walking Tour

City Orientation Walking Tour

Lisbon is renowned for its architectural splendor presented in many of the old and modern buildings, as well as recognized cultural heritage carefully preserved in museums and art galleries. This tour will help you explore three most centrally located districts of Lisbon: Chiado, Baixa and Bairro Alto. These “bairros” or neighborhoods carry great historical, cultural and social significance and are the best places to see the Lisbon life in vivo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Madragoa Nightlife

Madragoa Nightlife

Lisbon is a great place for partying and is one of Europe's best clubbing cities. You can choose from the eighties hip-hop to hard rock, from dancing to house or to the tunes of a live band. The usual practice in Lisbon is to go pub hopping, have a fulfilling dinner and then move on to the dance floor. The club scene really starts around 2 am and continues until dawn. This guide introduces you to some of the best dancing clubs in Lisbon Madragoa bairro.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama Walking Tour

Alfama is the oldest district in Lisbon, whose name derives from the Arabic “Al-hamma” and means "hot fountains" or "baths". The district is a home to numerous historic attractions, including former royal residence - the medieval São Jorge (Saint George) Castle, as well as numerous churches, of which the most prominent is Lisbon Cathedral, oldest in the city, and the Santa Engrácia Church, nowadays converted into a National Pantheon for important Portuguese personalities. There are just as many Fado bars and restaurants in Alfama, as well. Whether you're culturally-motivated, or simply looking for fun, there's plenty of entertainment awaiting you in this part of the Portuguese capital!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km

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