From the Oceanarium, a cable car takes visitors to the futuristic Vasco da Gama Tower.
The Vasco da Gama Tower (Portuguese: Torre Vasco da Gama, is a 145 m lattice tower in Lisbon, Portugal, built over the Tagus river. It is named after Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama, who was the first European to arrive in India by sail, in 1498.
The tower was built in 1998 for the Expo 98 World’s Fair. At the 120 m, there was an observation deck and, just below it, a luxury panoramic restaurant.
At the base of the tower was a three-story building that served as the European Union Pavilion during the expo.
At the top is a viewing platform (inspired by a topsail basket, reached by three spectacular panoramic glass elevators) that provides a grand view over Lisbon, the river, and Vasco da Gama Bridge.
Both the observation deck and the restaurant were closed in October 2004. While they were open, the tower was the tallest structure in Portugal open to the public (excluding bridges).
The base building was to be leased for office space after the closing of the expo, but never found tenants. Instead, it was used for one-off events, like the world premiere of the new MINI car in 2001. In 2006 the tower was climbed by Alain Robert, a solo urban climber. He was sponsored by Optimus, a Portuguese mobile phone company, that used the climb as part of a marketing campaign for a recently released product.
At the moment it is not possible to go up, as the tower is undergoing work to build a Dubai-like luxury hotel into it.
Opposite the tower is Sony Plaza, an outdoor arena that often hosts concerts, with a giant screen showing music videos or sports events.