In my first years in Lisbon this was "forbidden area" - Ugly industrial complexes, ugly and dirty streets and alleys, precarious habitations, common small and big criminality.
A few real estate developments in the second half of the century, meant some improvements, but it was EXPO 98 project the decisive push to recover the area.
Now, Parque das Nações is a top scale quarter, and the riverfront shows the best image of modern Lisbon.
There is not much tourism around , but Madre de Deus is a ver interesting stop nearby.
If you admire modern architecture, modern gardens, modern art and modern people, Parque das Nações (Expo 98) is for you.
The site of the 1998 exhibition has been restructured as a new neighborhood, preserving most of the common areas and commercial services.
There are several attractions in the area, with a predominance of young costumers (and foreigners).
Expo 98 benefits
The eastern part of Lisbon was awful, a true shame for all. The needs to embellish the area to receive EXPO exhibition, gave a "face-lift" to a large area, and some old and degraded buildings were recovered.
Now, travelling in Marvila it's a true pleasure to those that once knew the area and confirmed that, when man wants everything has a solution.
Even at a price...
Garcia de Horta garden
Gare do Oriente
One of the jewels in the modern area of Parque das Nações (Expo 98), the station, is an outstanding project of the Spanish Santiago Calatrava.
It fits perfectly in the modern buildings that surround it, and besides the important role if plays in actual public transport network, it became an attraction on itself.
Address: Av. Dom João II, 1990 Lisboa
Built for EXPO 98, this huge aquarium is a marvel of conception, and a mandatory visit to every child (and adults also, of course!).
ore than the large collection, covering all the world, the way they reproduce the environmental conditions of each species, it's almost perfect. Around it, the other remains of the exhibition justify several hours of strolling relax, with all kind of events nearby.
Address: Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº,1990-005 Lisboa
Phone: +351 21 891 7002
Tile Museum - Madre de Deus
Unless you are studying Portuguese tiles, or visiting Madre de Deus church, or having plenty of time, I think you could skip this museum.
It's interesting and well organized, but Lisbon is, for itself, a large tile museum, and standing so apart from everything...
However, don't misunderstand me:
its a serious institution, and if you're a tile lover it may be your place.