Among the many tourist attractions of the Portuguese capital there is one that sometimes goes unnoticed, but that is worth knowing. We take you to the Lisbon Oceanarium, a highly recommended spaceespecially if you are traveling with children.
The Lisbon Oceanarium is the second largest aquarium in Europe, only behind the Oceanographic of Valencia. Peter Chermayeff was the architect in charge of its construction, within the works of Expo’98.
The building is surrounded by water, simulating a kind of floating port. Besides, is located in the most modern and cosmopolitan area of Lisbon, known as the Park of the Nations. We tell you all the details you need to know to enjoy this experience.
What to see in the Lisbon Oceanarium
The Lisbon Oceanarium houses more than 16,000 specimens of 450 different species, distributed in different spaces that reproduce marine habitats from all over the planet.
In any case, the most spectacular place is its central tank. It has a capacity similar to that of four Olympic swimming pools. In it you can see a hundred different species, including barracudas, rays and sharks, among others.
They say that this huge tank was built with the idea of showing that species from different oceans could coexist in the same space and, without a doubt, they have succeeded.
Around this huge aquarium there are four smaller ones.. These make up four different habitats: the rocky coast of the North Atlantic, the coastline of the Antarctic, the Temperate Pacific and the coral reefs of the Indian Ocean.
But without a doubt, the inhabitants of the Oceanarium that attract the most attention are the funny otters. They will amuse adults and children, with their walks and their poses before the cameras of the visitors. There are also specimens of clown fish, which will remind us of the most famous in the world, Nemo.
How to get to the Lisbon Oceanarium
As we have said before, the Oceanarium is located in the Parque de las Naciones. This area was an old suburb. However, today it is the modern, and we could even say futuristic, area of the Portuguese capital.
This transformation is due to the Universal Exposition held in the city in 1998. The Oceanarium was built at the same time. Why an aquarium? Because the theme of that expo was the oceans.
And it is not the only thing that can be enjoyed in the Parque de las Naciones. It is a quite attractive area that creates a very interesting contrast with the rest of the city’s neighbourhoods. For example, there is the Vasco de Gama Tower, from where you can see fantastic views.
Also you will see the endless bridge that bears the name of that same Portuguese navigator. It is the longest in Europe, with its more than 12 kilometers. Another visit can be to the Water Gardens, where you can see different interactive inventions. And in addition, there is a cable car to see the park from above.
Specifically, the Oceanarium is located on the Esplanada Dom Carlos I, s/n. To get there there are two options. The first is by taking the red metro line to the Oriente stop. The second is by taking the bus lines 5, 25, 28, 44, 708, 750, 759, 782 and 794 to the stop of the same name.
Other information of interest
The schedule is, during the winter, from 10 in the morning to 7 in the afternoon. In summer it is extended, it opens from 10 in the morning to 9 at night. Remember that the last access is one hour before closing time. Open every day of the year, including December 25 (from 1 pm to 6 pm) and January 1 (from 12 pm to 6 pm).
The price of the adult ticket (people between 13 and 64 years old) is 18 euros. Children under 12 years of age and retired people must pay 12 euros to enter. Children under 3 years enter free. If you have the Lisboa Card you will benefit from a 15% discount.
It is worth spending a few hours to discover this fabulous aquarium. The Lisbon Oceanarium invites you to enjoy a very educational tour for all those treasures that our seas hold. Do not miss it!