Parque das Nações

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Alameda dos Oceanos, Lisboa

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The Parque das Nações - Park of the Nations – was developed primarily for Expo 1998, the area has since adapted to residential, commercial and tourism use. The futuristic architecture certainly makes an interesting contrast to the backdrop of old Lisbon. Generous theme parks and landscaped spaces make it a popular destination for tourists, as they leisurely explore five kilometres of Tagus River waterfront in eastern Lisbon (either walking or on board of a cable car). It makes a grand statement in terms of the possibilities for urban renewal in previously dilapidated industrial wastelands. Parque das Nacões has blossomed into one of Europe’s largest redevelopment projects. Many visitors arrive by metro at the Oriente Station straight to the attraction that appeals them most. Attractions range from the alluring Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre to the dramatic Oceanarium. Mix with the rich and famous as you stroll through the beautiful marina, or stop for a while at the casino if you want some fun. For food, there are choices aplenty, with a variety of restaurants and bars, from which you can view one of the world’s longest bridges as it spans the Tagus. The stunning twin towers, named São Gabriel and São Rafael after da Gama’s ships, help to create the sea environment that surround this area and look like enormous sailing boats themselves.

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