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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  • Wonderful square, with historic monuments. Many lovely restaurants. Easy access to metro. Stroll the waterfront.
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  • This was my second visit to Lisbon and this is the place to start any walking tour of this lovely city. It is a large square on the waterfront surrounded by beautiful old buildings. It gives way onto ...  more »
  • Wonderful. Guard details of Portuguese history and by consequence, of Brazil. Don't miss the sunsets, stunning!
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  • Beautiful square in front of the river, with an excellent view from above the arch of Rua Agusta. A place where climate and food are fantastic and very friendly people that puts you in all situations at ease. In this square there is the tourist information office and several trams and buses go from here to the main sites including Belem and the National Museum of Azulejos. Lovely view of the bridge XXV Aprile and the great Christ overlooking Lisbon. Always crowded, tourists and locals. Rebuilt after the devastating earthquake. Not to be missed.
  • One of the best places in Lisbon. Amazing views and good restaurants nearby. I suggest you take a chance to go to Martinho da Arcada Restaurant.
  • Amazing view. Live street music. A good place to chill.
  • Probably one of the best known landmarks in Lisbon, one of the best spots to watch the sunset while sitting right by the river. Always crowded, expect lots of random people trying to sell all sorts of flashy knick-knacks.
  • Because the convenient location of the Tagus river, this huge open space was the site of the royal palace for 400 years. After 1755 earthquake destroyed the first palace, the new palace occupied the three sides of the square, one side open to the river. After 1910 revolution, these building were converted to government buildings. Cruise ship landing close by, the location is convenience for tourist, some attractions and restaurants are close by.