Parque das Nações

Parque das Nações, in Lisbon, is the youngest parish in the country. Created in 2012, with parts of the territories of Santa Maria dos Olivais, Sacavém and Moscavide, it occupies a 5 km strip parallel to the Tagus River, with more than 21,000 inhabitants , of which, of the 5.44 km² of territory, one third are spaces green areas and unique infrastructures.

Once, an area characterized by urban disorder and where punctuated warehouses, industrial buildings and polluting activities punctuated, the holding of Expo 98 Fair brought a new life to the area , thanks to an integrated urban requalification project.

Today Parque das Nações is one of the most cosmopolitan areas of Lisbon , sought after by middle class families and foreigners, who choose to live here to live with quality. There are several reasons that arouse interest in this area of Lisbon: contemporary architecture , playful and social spaces , the offer of trade and services , living with the River Tagus thanks to its proximity and the infrastructure created there, the good road access and public transport , the diversified offer of restaurants and multiple leisure and cultural spaces .

There are many points of interest at Parque das Nações, among which it is important to highlight:

  • Gare do Oriente , with its famous vaults designed by the famous architect Santiago Calatrava;
  • The Portugal Pavilion , designed by the Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and which earned the Valmor Prize.It is easily recognized by the prestressed concrete visor, which invokes the idea of a sheet of paper resting on two bricks;
  • The Pavilion of Knowledge , a modern science and technology museum with several interactive exhibitions;
  • The Lisbon Oceanarium , one of the largest aquariums in the world, the second largest in the Iberian Peninsula and was considered by TripAdvisor's Travelers Choice as the Best Oceanarium in the World , in 2015, 2017 and 2018;
  • The cable car that transports visitors to the Expo's riverside area, 8 to 12 minutes on a 1230 meter route, hovering over the Tagus River at 30 meters high;
  • The Altice Arena (formerly known as Pavilhão Atlântico) is a multipurpose room for hosting music and other shows, with a capacity for 20,000 spectators;
  • Vasco da TorreGama, the tallest building in the country (140m high).It works as a hotel "Myriad by SANA" and on the top floor, in the restaurant, you can enjoy one of the best views over the Tagus and Parque das Nações;
  • The Church of Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes , completed in March 2014;
  • Marina Parque das Nações , with 600 moorings for recreational vessels, is prepared to host major nautical events;
  • The Parque das Nações Senior University ; etc.

In addition to the residential and recreational component, Parque das Nações also constitutes a space of attraction for various companies and institutions.

Parque das Nações is currently considered one of the safest neighborhoods in the city of Lisbon.

Updated on: 
27. September 2020
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