One of the best places in Lisbon for a fun family day out is Oceanário de Lisboa or the Lisbon Oceanarium. This popular family-friendly attraction also happens to be one of the best aquariums in Europe and one of the largest in the world. The Oceanário encourages learning about the undersea environment through a variety of entertaining exhibits which makes it the ideal place for kids and adults alike. It is divided into different ecosystems; North Atlantic, Antarctic, Temperate Pacific and Tropical Indian, and houses thousands of different aquatic species, including fish and other marine animals and birds. Surrounding the different habitats is a huge central tank; the Global Ocean which represents all of the oceans and features a variety of sea creatures, such as blacknose shark, cownose ray, sunfish and so on. While all of the habitats in the Oceanário are worthy of a visit, the Antarctic habitat houses playful sea otters and penguins, and therefore should not be missed.
Rates tend to vary. Check website for more information.
Summer: 10.00 - 20.00, last entry 19.00 Winter: 10.00 - 19.00, last entry 18.00
Around 2 hours or more
Adults, senior visitors, young adults, families, children
The different habitats
Muslims visitors to the Oceanário de Lisboa will not be able to find prayer facilities at the attraction. There are however a number of mosques and Islamic Centers in the city of Lisbon, such as the Central Mosque of Lisbon, Mesquita Aicha Siddika de Odivelas, Mesquita Benformoso and Masjid Baitul Mukarram.
The Oceanário de Lisboa has a few restaurants and cafés for visitors to choose from. While all of these dining establishments will have non-Halal items on their menus, Muslim visitors are sure to find suitable seafood and vegetarian dishes too. There are also quite a few Halal restaurants in the city of Lisbon which are known to serve a variety of cuisines.