Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)

Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)

Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)
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One of the biggest squares in Europe, this stylish area in downtown Lisbon often displays beautiful works of art and sculpture, and is a great place for a leisurely stroll.
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Neighborhood: Baixa, Rossio & Restauradores
A pending candidate to become a World Heritage Site, Lisbon's downtown (the "Baixa Pombalina", or simply "Baixa") is a perfect example of anti-earthquake construction, having been rebuilt following the 1755 earthquake by the famous Marquês de Pombal (hence its name). Its offer is vast: restaurants and cafes in Rossio and Restauradores, outlets and shops in the Áurea, Augusta, Prata and other famous streets, the imponent Praça do Comércio and its Arch, the luxury shops along the Avenida da Liberdade, this is the beating heart of the city center. The Baixa also grants easy access to trains leading to Sintra, the trams that go around the Castle hill, old neighborhoods or even take you to Belém, and Lisbon's traditional restaurants and cafes. Considering a visit to the Fashion and Design Museum (free entrance) and don't forget to try the famous liquor, "ginjinha"!
How to get there
  • Terreiro do Paço • 2 min walk
  • Baixa/Chiado • 7 min walk
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  • Nicole D
    9 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    I've now been here a few times and I really love it. Make sure to go by the water. You can also climb up to the top of the Praca do Comercio (I didn't but you can). If you have a quick trip to Lisbon, make sure to come here to take a picture.
    Visited May 2023
    Written June 12, 2023
  • AnselmColom
    Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom2,887 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big public square overlooking the water
    A very large public square that appears to be full of activity and a great place to start in Lisbon before heading off in a relevant direction. Lots of points of interest, full of history and great for taking pictures. Also a lot of over priced shops nearby and idiots trying to sell you tat. But That aside probably the one place every tourist will go to at least once in Lisbon
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 22, 2023
  • Dutchtraveller007
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands292 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Center of History for Lisbon
    Even through the square is limited in sights the architecture alone is stunning and if you are lucky you can catch the local craft market on weekends. The arch way is stunning in detail and design and even though the square was under construction while I visited it is still a great sight. A must visit when in Lisbon
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 14, 2023
  • JYarba
    Huntsville, Alabama214 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous Architecture, Not A Lot To Do
    This plaza used to be the center of Lisbon's commerce back in the era of exploration, now it's more just a cool place for tourists to gather and take selfies in front of the outsized archways and statues. Nothing wrong with that! But if you're looking for something with a little more depth in its history, you might be disappointed here.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 30, 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,424 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth Seeing
    We walked to the plaza from the Ritz, Four Seasons. It was a long walk but to well worth it. It was April so not as hot as summer, but still hot nonetheless and very crowded. The architecture is truly spectacular. We walked over to the water and watched a man making huge sand sculptures. Very busy over there as well. The square is huge with no protection from the sun. When we walked through the arch we found so many men selling knock off handbags, literally right on top of each other. It really takes away from the experience and is annoying as well. It definitely is worth seeing.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • Oana P
    Targu Jiu, Romania32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Lisboa
    It is an amazing spot of beauty. You can step on the stairs and go close to the ocean, you can buy souvenirs cause Augusta street is packef with shops, you can enjoy a delicious Portuguese meal at Gambrinus restaurant and then an icecream on the street. Just enjoy it!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 6, 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia2,631 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive plaza - one of Europe's largest.
    As plazas go this one is very impressive. There is a central statue mounted on a large, carved marble base and the surface of the plaza is covered with the wonderful pavement found throughout the city. Otherwise the plaza was empty apart from the usual tourist hordes (including us). It would be a great venue for a massive party or military parade. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 19, 2023
  • İrem O
    Istanbul, Türkiye4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive architecture and stunning waterfront views
    I visited Praça do Comércio on a sunny day and was blown away by the grandeur of the architecture and the stunning views of the Tagus River. The square is massive and filled with very nice restaurants and shops. It's a great place to take a stroll or just sit and people-watch. I particularly enjoyed the arches and the statue of King Jose I in the center of the square. It's a must-visit when in Lisbon!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 26, 2023
  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland7,120 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Parade ground
    On June 10th this vast area is full of military and citizens celebrating the Portugal Day. The palaces on both sides were built to house governement officies dealing with the import of goods that brought the city its wealth. Now they are full of tourist attractions.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 14, 2023
  • goodguyjas
    London, United Kingdom1,146 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astonishing use of space closed in by monumental architecture and grand decor.
    Surely the centrepiece of Lisbon when it comes to places to visit and to be overwhelmed by the dramatic setting and the overall use of space. This area is a magnet for people to enjoy and be engulfed by the ornate decor of the surrounding structures. What a sight. The space leading out to the crisp blue waters, with good weather, can make this quite a visual experience. The central statue also provides an element of elegant architecture that complements the huge arch that breaks into the city and attracts and allows tourists and locals to feel a sense of release from the claustrophobic tiny streets of Lisbon, that may have absolute charm, but can feel closed in. This monumental square is reminiscent of St Petersburg. Equally special.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written November 24, 2023
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom10,677 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We loved Lisbon and we had 5 days here but even if you only have a day in Lisbon, then this is a beautiful, open waterfront square that you don't want to miss. It is an excellent place to start exploring Lisbon because the Tourist Information centre is here and trams run past here constantly.
You enter via a gleaming white triumphal arch. The old royal palace and arcaded walkway wraps around three sides of the plaza. The fourth side opens up to the harbour, where we sat to watch the sun set across the water.
Taking centre stage is the 14 m tall statue of King José I (1750 – 1777). He sits upright, on his horse and is wearing the emperor's mantle although most of my attention was taken with his rather spectacular feathered hat. I was also intrigued that he appears to be riding over a nest of vipers with snakes are writhing around the horse’s legs. Are they symbolic enemies? Around the base, there’s more mayhem. Limestone angels cavort with a baby elephant, a man is being trampled by an elephant and another is about to be come to serious harm underneath a rearing horse.
Historically, this where the royal palace stood for over two centuries until the devastating 1755 Earthquake and tsunami which completely destroyed the palace and along with it, much of Lisbon. Jose I was already king then and the royal family quickly packed their bags and ran to Belem for safety.
There is a lot to do and see here:
∗ Rua Augusta Arch and the viewing platform at the top
∗ Watch the sunset over the harbour – just beautiful
∗ Wines of Portugal Tasting Centre – see separate review
∗ Tourist Information Centre
∗ The trams run alongside the square so it’s a good, central jump on/off point
∗ Café Martinho da Arcada, which has been here serving poets novelists since 1782
∗ Lisboa Story Centre museum
Written January 29, 2021
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This is a lovely water-front square, the largest in Lisbon and one of the largest in Europe. Led by the Marquis of Pombal, the area was completely redesigned after the 1755 Lisbon earthquake that destroyed much of Lisbon. A triumphal arch, the Arco da Rua Augusta, is flanked on both sides by a symmetrical design of yellow-hued buildings. The centerpiece of the square is an equestrian statue of King José I inaugurated in 1775. A monument honoring the Marquis of Pombal, who really deserves the credit for this beautiful space, is located further north on the Ave da Liberdade. Praca do Comercio is conveniently located near Belem, making it the perfect ending to your sightseeing. The Time Out Market is nearby, as well as numerous restaurants/cafes on R. Augusta.
Written November 15, 2021
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Livinit.lovinit
Berlin, Germany845 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
What a stunning piece of art this is! So much detail and care clearly went into it. Its perfectly positioned as well, welcoming you into the city / city square. If you visit this site, make sure you sit down for a couple of minutes and give it the appreciation it deserves. I feel so many people just walk up, take some selfies and leave. Stay awhile, admire it and appreciate the detail.
Written January 30, 2020
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Sharon H
Las Vegas, NV2,101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We passed under the huge archway from the city onto this expansive square that reaches down to the waterfront. Amazing views from all directions and great people-watching. Be sure to walk past the magnificent equestrian statue of Don Jose (Portuguese king at the time of the devastating 1855 earthquake) and turn around so you see the amazing archway into the city, flanked by the beautiful yellow horseshoe of buildings. Get that classic photo of Lisbon with the statue, the arch, and the buildings all in one!
Written March 24, 2020
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Barb R
Toronto, Canada62 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I don't know if I would recommend eating at any of the restaurants surrounding the square, but it's a great place for a drink and people watching. The fireworks display for NYE was a lot of fun and it was a good time despite the overcrowding. This was the final stop for a couple of walking tours that I did so there is an interesting history to the square that does make it a good place to visit.
Written January 13, 2020
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One_Big_Hopping_Dot
Boston1,202 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
from the tourist's point of view,

Poor wayfinding, poorly used, Poorly connected transportation.

At the end of the square, the crossing's signal to the water front is way too short for the average pedestrians.
And, the installation Sand, metal, stick art is nothing but the non thought-provoking output, amateurish. The worst is The Metro stops are far from the square to walk to. There are 2 Tourist Information centers and none of them is operated by the city. They are private (Lisbon Card is sold, also private)
My point is Lisbon Card is easier to buy than the Metro card for the first time visitors.
The Tourism government seems to be quite slow. Even the Christmas Tree light was being set up for more than 4 days. That was extremely slow.
Written February 19, 2020
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BelaN74
Mississauga, Canada5,591 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Family
You feel like Royalty back in the day when you go through the big arch and you are in a big spacious square. The architecture around the square is breathtaking and we were lucky to witness some local children putting on a dance in the square. I could have stood there and taken the sights for hours.
Written April 4, 2020
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swirlwind
Perth, Australia457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
A short walk from the hotel along the open 18th century arcades, The square is facing RioTejo. The iconic yellow tram 28 stops in front of the statue of Dom Jose. Take a stroll along the river front to the east, you'll reach Fadu Museum in old town of Alfama in 15 minute. A 5 minute walk to the vibrant Baixa-chiado.
Written January 21, 2020
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neil_hun
Horsham, UK183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
The Praça do Comércio is a huge square in central Lisbon and marks a perfect starting point for exploring the city. The square itself is surrounded on 3 sides by beautiful architecture and the Tagus river on the other side. A multitude of restaurants, bars, cafes....and a beer museum now occupy the buildings around the square.
Written February 18, 2020
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howiet1971
Swindon, UK1,714 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Reminds me of St Marks square in Venice. Beautifully designed, I would suggest getting there early as possible if you want to take photos as the square gets busy.
Make sure you go up the arch.
Written February 28, 2020
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