Parks and the Zoo, Lisbon
One of the best and largest aquariums with those of Barcellona and Seville in Spain.
Really worthwhile visiting.
Outside the centre of Lisbon on the Expo 98 site. Easiest is to go there by taxi (they are not expensive in Lisbon) but ask the driver to bring you the "Oceanografico" not just at the general entrance which is still far away from the Aquarium.
The "Oceanografico" is composed of five parts on three floors:
The Global Ocean in the centre of the building is an impressive 1.000 m2 and 5.000 m3 tank with a depth of 7 m with four massive 49 m2 (each!) acrylic windows on its sides and smaller windows at the corners. The water temperature is kept at a mild level so that about 100 species share this aquarium. Sharks, rays, among others are swimming around.
Quite amazing is the ocean sunfish, Mola mola, it is the heaviest known bony fish in the world. In French we call him Poisson Lune (moon fish).
There are four other parts: North Atlantic, Antarctic, Temperate Pacific and Tropical Indian each with their specific fauna and decor.
Summer – 10.00 h
Ticket office close – 19.00 h, Exhibits close – 20.00 h
Winter – 10.00 h
Ticket office close – 18.00 h, Exhibits close – 19.00 h
Entrance prices: normal 12 €; 4 - 12 yr 6€; seniors 6,50 €.
Photos allowed without flash.
The OCEANÁRIO has a restaurant ÁGUA E SAL which is comfortable and good.
Located at the end of "Parque Eduardo VII", the spot that currently houses the actual botanical garden, was abandoned and some gardner noticed it was facing south, so he decided to take advantage of this warm spot to grow plants that were vulnerable to the cold north winds. It was very successful and in 1930 it was turned in to a Botanical garden. The roof over the Estufa Fria (Cold Greenhouse) gives shade but no heat, hence the name. In the 1950s, the "Estufa Quente" (Warm Greenhouse) was built next to the original garden. Its walls and roof are made of glass to better allow capturing light and heat and there is also an artificial lake built to create a subtropical climate.
It currently occupies an area of about 10000 m2
This is the most famous botanical garden in Lisbon and one of my personal favourites. I visited it several times when I was younger.
It is open all year and entrance costs only 1 Eur.
Inaugurated in spring 1998 on the occasion of the Worl EXPO `98 is the largest of this type in the world. The original futurist building enclose auditorium that offers a visit into the virtual Oceanarium ( by means of steroscopic projection the events seems to move arround you),exhibition area and the main attraction:16 000 marine animals and plantsThe Oceanarium includes a central tank with salt water and four coastal habitats (marine life above and below water surface):Pacific Coast ,Atlantic Coast,tropical Indian Coast and Antarctic Ocean.You`ll be amazed in front of little ,sparkling coloured fish,amusing penguins,scary sharks and many ,many attractions.
The park surrounding the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum is full of cheating spouses, pre-pubescent lovers, and lots of strange art.
Here is an example of the fiiiine sculptures this park has to offer.
The museum, on the other hand, houses some of the finest art in the city. So don't take into consideration the wretchedness of the park.
This park can be found on the north end of the "Avenida da Liberdade", behind the "Marques de Pombal" roundabout.
Its original name was Liberty Park, but changed names at the time of the visit of the King of England in 1903 as a sign of respect and to strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
The "Pavilhão Carlos Lopes" (sports pavillion named after the Portuguese olympic champion) and the estufa fria (see tip) are located here. It is also a site for concerts, fairs (like the famous book fair) and exhibitions.
I would avoid this area at night as it is known to be quite dodgy...
The park Eduardo VII marks the northermost and highest point of Pombal's Lisbon. It is a beautiful park, with excelent views over Lisbon and the River.
There you may see the discussed (easy to understand why) monument of the 25 th April, the Estufa Fria, and the beautiful oldest sport pavillion of Lisbon.
Lisbon's Oceanarium is located within the new and modern area in the Northeast, Parque das Naçoes, developed for the World Expo held in the city in 1998. The Oceanarium was also built during this period, the largest in Europe and one of the largest in the world. This modern looking building lies along the Rio Tejo, containing more than 25,000 animals. Don't miss the sharks, manta rays, and penguins.
Set to recreate all 5 ocean habitats, the main tank holds species from all over the world. There are smaller tanks that recreate specific ocean habitats; the North Atlantic, the Antarctic Coast, the temperate Pacific, and the Indian Ocean.
There is also rotating exhibits of varying interests; currently there is one on the history of bacalhau, a salted cod from the Arctic, the fish used for the national dish of Portugal (much to the oddity that the fish does not come from Portugal).
Summer hours: 10:00-20:00
Winter hours: 10:00-19:00
Adults (13 years +) - 9 euros
Family package (2 adults and 1 child) - 22 euros
under age 3 - free
4-12 years - 5 euros
If you can i would certainly recommend a trip to the Zoo, giving yourself at least half a day to do so.
The animals almost seem within touching distance which is pretty cool, and as you can see by the pic they feed the crocs chickens, yum yum.
It costs 11.50 euros and you can buy a map for 25 cents extra.
There are numerous shows throughout the day, a timetable of which is on the map. The dolphin show seemed the most popular, but we missed that.
Plenty for kids to see and do, there was a funfair type place at the entrance.
Only thing i would say is that alot of the info, e.g about the animals is in Portugese only, no English translation which would've been helpful.
Still well worth a visit and the Estadio de Luz is only a couple of stops away on the metro.
The zoo is always a challenge. With a menagerie of 2,000 animals from more than 370 species, the Zoological Gardens is always a popular spot. Admission is pricey, but in addition to the usual habitats and enclosures there's a children's zoo, with miniature houses and small animals.
Built for EXPO 98, this huge aquarium is a marvel of conception, and a mandatory visit to every child (and adults also!).
More than the large collection, covering all the world, the way they reproduce the environmental conditions of each species, it's almost perfect.
Around it, the other remains of the exhibition justify several hours of strolling relax, with all kind of events nearby.
For many years taking advantage of Portuguese presence in Africa, the Zoo keeps being a nice place to an easy contact with many animals, kept in an adequate ambiance.
It's location, near central Lisbon and the ease of public transport help to assure the good frequency that it registers and justifies, pleasing children and adults.
Until around 1985 the Sciences College was here in the building at the entrance, now it's the Natural History Museum. The Botanical Garden of Lisbon University is a scientific garden, designed in the mid-nineteenth century. It's was "our" garden while students at the college. It's a National Monument since Nov 4, 2010.
The enormous diversity of plants collected by its first gardeners from the four corners of the world where there were territories under Portuguese sovereignty, represented the importance of the colonial power Portugal.
In the heart of Lisbon and in sharp contrast with its bustle, the colors and shades, smells and sounds of the Garden give peace and delight.
When to visit:
Summer (1 April to 31 October):
During the week: open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Week ends and holidays: open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Winter (1 November to 31 March):
During the week: open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Week- ends and holidays – open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Closed on Christmas and New Year’s day
How to get there:
Metro: Rato station, yellow line
Buses: 58, 92, 711, 790
In the center of Lisbon there's a beautiful garden named Parque Eduardo VII, refering to Eduard the VII - king of England.
It's a long (600 meters) and beautiful garden. At the end of the garden you have the statue of Marques de Pombal - a very important politic of Lisbon from the XVIII century who rebuilt the city after the big earthquake.
At the top of this garden there's an horrible statue of something I don't know. It's one of those modern stupid sculptures... But, behind that, there's another beautiful garden. You just have to cross the street. It's the Amália Rodrigues Garden. Amália Rodrigues was the biggest Fado Woman of ever. In the garden there's a very agradable esplanade where you can drink a coffee or something fresh in sunny days.
The centerpiece of Expo, the Lisbon Oceanarium, is a stunning glass-and-stone complex that rises from the river and is reached by a footbridge. It's the largest aquarium in Europe (containing 25,000 fish, seabirds, and mammals) and the first ever to incorporate selected world ocean habitats (North Atlantic, Pacific, Antarctic, and Indian) within a single environment.
It's said to be the Europe's largest Oceanarium, surely is a place not to forget when visiting Lisbon.
The Oceanarium opened its doors for the first time for the Universal Exposition in 1998. It was created to demonstrate the idea that the various seas and oceans on our planet come together to form one gigantic ocean.