Oceanário de Lisboa
One place we recommend going outside the city center is the Lisbon Aquarium (Oceanario de Lisboa – https://www.oceanario.pt/en/). It was just a short ride out on the metro and totally worth it. As you see in this pic, even the walk from the Metro station to the aquarium is quite beautiful.
World’s Best Aquarium
Voted world’s best aquarium by Traveller’s Choice in 2018, Oceanario de Lisboa’s main tank holds 5 million liters of seawater and the aquarium features 8,000 organisms from 500 different species.
There is a nice range of permanent exhibitions, including a few species of birds, invertebrates, amphibians, rescued sea otters, and plants and algae. You can learn more about the exhibitions at https://www.oceanario.pt/en/exhibitions/permanent-exhibition/
They also had a temporary exhibit called Florestas (Forests Underwater) created by the late Takashi Amano. This exhibit shows the delicate balance of forest and oceans with the use of wabi sabi and Japanese gardening techniques. You don’t realize it when gazing into the tank, but there are 78 tree trunks, 25 tons of volcanic rocks and 10,000 freshwater fish in there.
We don’t typically go to animal exhibits or shows. However, both of us walked away very impressed with the Lisbon Aquarium. It is extremely well-done, clean, and the space for the animals is large. It’s definitely worth spending a few hours here if you visit Lisbon!
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