The Lisbon Oceanarium (Oceanário de Lisboa) is the second largest aquarium in Europe, after L’Oceanogràfic in Valencia. More than 15,000 living creatures of more than 450 different species coexist in its habitat.
Its building is one of the most eye-catching in the Park of the Nations. It is “floating” in the water, and can be accessed by crossing a footbridge. During the Expo it was called the Oceans Pavilion (Pavilhão dos Oceanos), and was one of the most popular attractions.
The Oceanarium has two floors, and everything rotates around a huge central aquarium. If you go round it in the specified order you’ll see marine species from different oceans. On the upper floor you’ll see surface animals and plants, while on the lower floor you’ll find the marine species from the depths.
The central aquarium is probably the one that most catches the eye in the Oceanarium, as here there are hundreds of species living together: sharks, stingrays, manta rays, and tropical fish are some of the inhabitants.
If you’re travelling with children the Oceanarium is an essential stop. Family tickets are available, which give you a small discount.
Esplanada D. Carlos I, Park of the Nations.
Summer: 10am to 8pm.
Winter: 10am to 7pm.
Child (4-12): €9.
Senior (65+): €9.
Child (<3): free entrance.
Metro: Oriente, Red Line.
Bus: 5, 25, 28, 44, 708, 750, 759, 782 and 794