The Vasco da Gama Tower – Lisbon’s newest scenic viewpoint is now open. The Vasco da Gama Tower re-opened to the public on May 22, 2023, 25 years after the building initially opened for Expo 98.
At 145 meters in height, the Vasco da Gama Tower (Torre Vasco de Gama) is the tallest building in Portugal. And you can go to the top!
Visitors take a 55-second elevator ride to the top where they will enter a space known as Babylon 360°. The name refers to the hanging gardens of Babylon – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. The Vasco da Gama Tower has its own vertical garden.
The viewing deck also includes a signature cocktail bar, Babylon 360° where the 12 specialty cocktails served are based on spices Vasco da Gama found on his eastern voyages.
The elevator itself has panoramic views of the river, and through the use of QR codes, guests can learn about the history of Vasco the Gama‘s voyages to India between 1497 and 1498.
The QR codes also help visitors figure out the different sites that they can see from the miradouro (Portuguese for golden viewpoint).
The interior of Babylon 360° is lit with bright frames and lots of glass, allowing for some of the best views of Lisbon. Each afternoon and at sunset the DJs will entertain.
Also at the Vasco da Gama Tower, visitors can find Michelin-star restaurant 50 Seconds by chef Martin Berastegui.
Vasco da Gama Tower opening hours
The Vasco da Gama Tower is open every day from 10 AM and on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Sunday it is open until midnight. On Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays, the miradouro is open until 2 AM.
Tickets for the Vasco da Gama Tower viewpoint
You can purchase tickets directly at the ticket office, or online through the Vasco da Gama Tower website. Official site: Home – Vasco da Gama Tower
Until 6 PM tickets are €10 for adults and five euros for children up to 12 years old after 6 PM the price rises to €15. There is an automated ticket booth next to the entrance of the Hotel Myriad.
How to get to the Vasco da Gama Tower
Cais das Naus, Lote 2.21.01 (Parque das Naçoes)
GPS Coordinates: 38.77498450580897, -9.092010729837359
What else is near the Vasco da Gama Tower?
- Parque do Tejo – Parque do Tejo is next to the Vasco da Gama Bridge and offers fantastic views of the bridge. There is a riverside promenade as well as a boardwalk where you can take pictures of the bridge. The park also features a skatepark. Also, check out the 33-foot-tall bronze sculpture of Queen Katherine of Bragança, designed by American sculptor Audrey Flack.
- Parque das Nações – Here you will find some of the best Modern and contemporary architecture in the old city of Lisbon
- Lisbon Oceanarium – For more information on the Oceanarium, see my article, Lisbon Oceanarium | Plan Your Visit to the Oceanário de Lisboa
- Oriente Metro Station – This beautiful transport hub was designed by award-winning Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Across the street from the metro / train station is the Vasco da Gama Shopping Mall.
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