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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  • Nice place to take a walk. Feels very safe day and night. Lots of shops and place to eat. Check out some of the side streets.  more »
  • The staff were very friendly and helpful. In addition to shopping, there are many restaurants and cafes, suitable for the first day of the trip to Lisbon. Of course, the end of the street is the seaside, at dusk many tourists in the vicinity of the stone ladder, not leisurely.
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  • A very impressive place by the water and nicer than a regular square. Many shops, cafes, eating places and....many, many people, but not too crowded  more »
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  • It's difficult to rate a large plaza like this, except to say that you will almost certainly visit it if you are in Lisbon. At the end of the pedestrian zones, you will find this large, empty square with colonnades on 2 sides, tram stops, a small beach and pier with 2 columns, which may have a Masonic significance, as so some of the designs in the plaza itself. Part of the plaza is sometimes transformed into a free public theater with a giant screen for spectacles such as sporting events. The cafes along the arcades are large and reasonably priced for the area. If this review was helpful, please click Like!
  • Definitely happy to see this landmark. Easy access to the water. Even can dip our toes if you wanted to. Great central location to start your tours.
  • I liked it a lot😀. Close to the sea. Nice buildings on all sides. Fine restaurants and nice weather. What more can you ask for😀😁😂🤣😃😎😊
  • Great view, good selection of restaurants. Lisbon Story Center was a hit with my kids. Access to the waterfront, as well.
  • Very nice place to spend some free time in one of its bars or just sitting in the stairs in front of Tagus river or in the sand. A very relaxing place, seeing the seagulls flying, getting some Sun or just contemplating the Sunset. On special days when there are large sailboats at anchor or passing by in front of it is even better. On some occasions it is a bit crowded but that is not a big issue as the plaza is huge.
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