Holding the title of the largest indoor aquarium in Europe is Lisbon Oceanarium, situated in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. It was opened in 1998, in the same area where the ‘Expo 98’ event was held in the city. The building's design is thought to resemble an aircraft carrier, it was designed by architect Peter Chermayeff. The oceanarium has 450 different species of marine life and 16000 animals in its care. There are a number of different tanks that replicate different areas of the sea such as the North Atlantic, Pacific and Tropical coral reefs. Meaning that different species can feel at home and live in the tanks. Sharks, Rays, Seahorse and Penguins are amongst the favourite animals for visitors to see.
The oceanarium is situated in the Parque das Nações area of the city. It has an advantage that it is situated a 5-minute walk away from a major transport hub of the city, ‘Oriente Station’. The station is accessible by both the underground and bus network. Travelling by underground, take the red line to ‘Oriente Station’. If travelling by bus, take the 5, 25, 28, 44, 708, 750, 759, 782 or 794 buses to ‘Oriente Station’ and walk from there.
Opening Times and Admission
The oceanarium is open daily, 10am-8pm with last entry set at 7 pm. Admission for adults is set at 18 euros with children entering for 12 euros, infants enter for free.