Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), Lisbon

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Now an elaborate and decorative waterfront square, Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco) was once home to the royal palace. Before the Great Earthquake of 1755, the royal family lived here. Today, the square acts as a port of entry to Lisbon. Meet with friends or begin your tour of the city at this central square, which houses the main tourism office on its west side. The square features a statue of King Jose I, a triumphal arch, and the Lisboa Story Center--an interactive museum. Explore the square and consider stopping in nearby restaurants and cafes, such as the famous 18th century Café Martinho da Arcada. Use our Lisbon trip planner to add Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco) and other attractions to your Lisbon vacation plans.
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  • August 19, 2017
    The photos speak for themselves.... restaurants, bars, wine tasting, beer museum, gelato or just people watching and taking selfies . A great place to hang out for free and enjoy views of the 25 April...  more »
  • August 19, 2017
    And a fabulous place. You can admire the beauty of the ocean in front of you. I'd recommend to come here at night, because you can watch the sunset.
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  • August 19, 2017
    Many people, shops and restaurants with a cheerful, bustling atmosphere. You should not see it and take an ice cream at one of its many cafes.
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  • One of the biggest open spaces I've seen. Great view during night time.
  • Great square often when different things going on. Worth eating and drinking in the surrounding bars as well
  • Very majestic and welcoming, a very meaningful square for the rebirth of Portugal after the 1755 earthquake.
  • Quiet sunning, it is great landmark for the old amazing town center.
  • A great location and a nice view of the waters

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Check into one of Lisbon's grand city center hotels to position yourself well to explore the central historical districts on foot. To avoid the potentially high prices of some of the Old Town's central upscale hotels, try staying in a hostel instead. While some hostels have an upper age limit for their guests, they're affordable and oftentimes offer access to attractions on par with or better than bigger hotels. In the upper town, opt for one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which provide affordable rooms and, as the name would suggest, include a meal as well.
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