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Parque das Nações
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Former Expo'98 site turned 'city within a city'.
Parque das Nações, Lisbon, Portugal
+351 (0)21 891 9020
Lisbon's Nations Park evolved from the very successful Expo '98, the last world exposition of the 20th century. Before that, the whole site was an abandoned oil refinery. Regarded as a shining example of imaginative urban redevelopment, Parque das Nações – located east of the city centre near the Vasco da Gama road bridge – is a veritable "city within a city". Visitor attractions abound. The centrepiece Oceanário de Lisboa is Portugal's most popular tourist draw. The Pavilhão Atlântico hosts big name music concerts. There's a theatre and casino, a huge shopping mall and a plethora of cafés and restaurants. A riverfront cable car affords picture-postcard views of the skyline. Lush botanical gardens and water features embroider the landscape. Commercial zones are characterised by eye-catching contemporary architecture. Sleek hotels compete for business. A new marina welcomes an international yachting fraternity. And a network of footpaths, cycle tracks and a skate park keep the active occupied.