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. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Lisbon holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Price do Comercio is reputed to be Europe's largest square and is located opposite the beach. Like many square's it is a meeting place for young and old, this spills over to the promenade opposite whe...  more »
  • Charming pedestrian streets crowd into this fascinating area where you can shop to your hearts content. Excellent choices and great prices with the added bonus of charming historical sites at every tu...  more »
  • It's great for a stroll at any time of the day in the shadow of the great Arch of Augustus. There are restaurants and the night I was there a free concert by the Gulbenkian Orchestra. It's a good depa...  more »
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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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