Every year, TripAdvisor announces its Travelers’ Choice Awards, highlighting the top picks in all things travel with categories such as destinations, hotels, landmarks, attractions, vacation rentals, experiences, airlines, beaches, and more. Below, we’re highlighting Oceanario de Lisboa which is ranked 1st on the list of Top 10 Aquariums in the World. See the full list at our Travelers’ Choice Awards page on TripAdvisor!
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Oceanario de Lisboa
Opened in 1998, the Oceanário was the centerpiece of the XXth Century’s last World Fair, themed “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future”, and eternally binds Lisbon to the Oceans.MissionThe Oceanário’s mission is to promote knowledge of the oceans and bring up the public about the duty of protecting natural heritage, through changing their daily habits. While walking through impressive and unforgettable exhibits, visitors are encouraged to learn fascinating things about the oceans and, more importantly, how to make decisions in their daily lives that actively promote the conservation of nature.
What Reviewers Say:
“I had heard great things about this place but admit to being totally amazed at the sheer scope of it. It is H U G E! Each new viewing angle brings new surprises. Each corner has different fish swimming in it, and it is different on the upstairs viewing platform than it is on the downstairs. For someone who thought she was pretty in tune with conservation efforts and how climate change can affect the ocean and all that lives in it, I still learned a lot. This is a great place to visit (kids too), especially on a hot summer day. Highly recommended!”
“Really great aquarium, great experience. The 18-month-old loved it, she could see the fish so clearly as you can stand right by the glass. The collection of animals is impressive and the place is kept in excellent condition and feels very modern. All the explanatory notes etc are in English as well as Portuguese. The onsite restaurant offers very good food at low prices.”
Top Hotel Pick near Oceanario de Lisboa (0.4 miles away)
Tivoli Oriente Hotel
With a stunning view out over the river and Parque das Nacoes (former Expo site), this 4-star Lisbon hotel reflects the energy, technology, art and friendliness of Lisbon today. Excellent for business meetings or weekend breaks, the Tivoli Oriente can be easily reached from any part of the city or further away by using the Gare do Oriente train station, and it is 5 minutes from Lisbon airport. Take time out to enjoy the magnificent features of this stunning Parque das Nacoes hotel, close to MEO Arena, including the indoor swimming pool and the welcoming Tivoli Caffe Oriente.
What Reviewers Say: “This hotel has everything going for it. Excellent staff, excellent location, rooms were nice, the bed was comfortable. The pool and hot tub were relaxing. Breakfast was good. The hotel was near the waterfront and walking trail so nice to get away from the busy city. Major shopping mall across the street. Lots of restaurants in the area.”
Lisbon, the capital city of Portugal, has become an increasingly popular place to visit in recent years, with a warm Mediterranean climate in spite of its place facing the Atlantic Ocean. Full of bleached white limestone buildings and intimate alleyways, Lisbon’s mix of traditional architecture and contemporary culture makes it the perfect place for a family holiday. Things to do in Lisbon As Portugal’s capital, there is a lot to see and do in Lisbon. Even exploring the city centre will take a few days out of a family holiday as there is no real central district, although Praça do Comércio is a good central place to start, in Baxia, or Rossio, the city’s main square which has a sort of Trafalgar Square feel to it. Or you might try climbing up the Cristo Rei, a huge statue of Christ with spectacular views across the whole city. The Castelo de São Jorge also offers great views and isn’t quite such a steep climb. A short tram ride to the west of Lisbon will also bring you to Belem, where you can explore attractions like the Belem Tower and the Belem Cultural Centre, which features a fantastic art collection including works by Dali, Picasso, Warhol and Magritte. In downtown Lisbon, you’ll also want to visit the Gulbenkian, which has to be Portugal’s answer to the British Museum full of fascinating cultural artifacts and with some superb gardens on the grounds. It’s possible to have a fascinating educational family holiday in Lisbon, and there are also plenty of great beaches to work on your tan.