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Vasco da Gama Bridge

This elegant cable-stay bridge is one of the longest in Europe and is flanked by the green spaces and entertainments of Parque das Nacoes on one side.

Vasco de Gama is one of the longest bridges in Europe. The huge overpass crosses the River Tagus for 10 miles (17 kilometers) from Lisbon to the municipality of Montijo. 

The bridge was named after the Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who discovered the sea route to India in the 15th century. It’s so long that the bridge’s architects had to account for the curvature of the earth in its construction. It was built to ease the congested traffic south of Lisbon and was completed for the opening of the World Fair in 1998.

More than 3,000 people and four engineering companies were involved in completing the bridge, with a different engineering firm hired to handle four different sections. It was finished within 18 months. 

Enjoy views of the River Tagus and the Vasco da Gama Bridge from the viewing platform of the 575-foot (145-meter) high Vasco da Gama Tower. The tower is the tallest skyscraper in Lisbon and is shaped like a sail. Bars, gelatarias and restaurants line the waterfront nearby. Shop for perfume, fashion and accessories at the Vasco da Gama shopping center. 

Make the most of Lisbon’s great weather with a cruise along the river. Take a sailing lesson or rent a canoe to paddle under the bridge. 

Enjoy more views of the bridge from the Parque das Nacoes, one of the most modern areas in Lisbon. The park showcases striking contemporary architecture, from the Oriente train station with its tree-like glass and steel canopy to the Portugal Pavilion, which has a concrete roof shaped like a ship’s sail. Volcano-shaped fountains decorate the park. 

Reach the Vasco da Gama Bridge and surrounding attractions via metro. A cable car and miniature train connect the attractions in the Parque das Nacoes.


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Myriad by SANA Hotels

Myriad by SANA Hotels

Cais das Naus, Lote 2.21.01, Lisbon
4.8
of 5, from 300 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Parque das Nacoes, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Vasco da Gama Tower and Lisbon Oceanarium. Atlantic Pavilion and Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Tivoli Oriente

Tivoli Oriente

Av. D. João II, n.º 27, Lisbon
4.1
of 5, from 830 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Lisbon hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre and Lisbon Oceanarium. Knowledge Pavilion and Lisbon Casino are also within 10 minutes.

ibis Lisboa Parque das Naçoes

ibis Lisboa Parque das Naçoes

Rua do Mar Vermelho Lote 1 07 2 2, Lisbon
4.4
of 5, from 331 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Parque das Nacoes, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Atlantic Pavilion and Lisbon Oceanarium. Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre and Lisbon Casino are also within 10 minutes.

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In Lisbon With Internet, Lift, Parking, Washing Machine

R. Nova dos Mercadores 02, 1990-221, Lisboa
0.0 out of 5.0

This apartment building is located in Lisbon (Parque das Nacoes), close to Knowledge Pavilion, Lisbon Oceanarium, and Lisbon Casino. Also nearby are Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre and Atlantic Pavilion.

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TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel

Avenida D. Joao II, Lisbon
4.3
of 5, from 901 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Parque das Nacoes, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre and Lisbon Casino. Lisbon Oceanarium and Castle of Sao Jorge are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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VIP Executive Art's

Avenida D. João II, 47, Lisbon
3.9
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4.5 out of 5.0

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Olissippo Oriente

Olissippo Oriente

Avenida Dom Joao II, Lote 1.03.2.2A, Lisbon
4.4
of 5, from 577 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Parque das Nacoes, this boutique hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Lisbon Casino and Lisbon Oceanarium. Knowledge Pavilion and Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre are also within 5 minutes.

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Apt In Lisbon Marina Tejo Apartments - Parque das Nações

Rua Nova dos Mercadores 2, Lisbon
4.5 out of 5.0

This apartment building is located in Lisbon (Parque das Nacoes), close to Knowledge Pavilion, Lisbon Oceanarium, and Lisbon Casino. Also nearby are Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre and Atlantic Pavilion.