Praca da Figueira

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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
  • Rossio • 2 min walk
  • Baixa/Chiado • 5 min walk
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Vladimiramirela
Mississauga, Canada1,776 contributions
Sep 2019
There are a lot of historical squares in Lisbon, most of them dominated by statues, fountains, or a little central parc. Lisbon is an amazing city and I loved every minute of our visit.
What makes the Figueira Square important is that a few public trasnportation lines start from here, including tram 15 which will take you along the river all the way to Belem. Hoping on a tram or bus at the terminal is always better since they will get really crowded, really fast.
The trip is a sight-seeing experience on its own and it costs close to nothing. Especially if you invest in a one or two days Lisbon card which will include public transportation all around the city.
Written January 18, 2020
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Mairwen1
United Kingdom6,324 contributions
Mar 2020
The most likely reason you’ll find yourself here is to catch the #15 tram to Belem. This is where the tram starts its journey so getting on here is your best chance of getting a seat.
The plaza itself is nowhere near as attractive as Rossio or Commercio. It’s a large, open, exposed space with a plain grid & block pattern on the paving.
The main feature is an equestrian statue of King John I. Although it looks very traditional, it’s actually pretty new and was only placed here in 1971.
John I was king for around 50 years, from 1357 to 1433. He secured both Portugal’s independence and developed very strong ties with England. I was mostly intrigued by his connection with the Treaty of Windsor - the oldest treaty in the world. Way, way back on 9 May 1836, he signed an alliance with England which is still in force today, over 630 years later. I found that remarkable – it’s a long time to have someone’s back.
Written February 4, 2021
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Traveller of the world
1,115 contributions
Apr 2022 • Solo
Really is nothing wonderful. Dirty with some sketchy characters. Usual shops and whatever else. The Sunday evening I walked by, there was a market selling food and drinks and quality but pricey products from bags to jewellery and more. Nice to browse. Not sure if this is always there. Otherwise don't bother!
Written April 17, 2022
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
Apr 2019
"Praça da Figueira" is one of the iconic squares at Lisbon's "Baixa Lisboeta" or "Baixa Pombalina". After the terrible earthquake of 1755, the ruins of an old hospital were removed and the area re-urbanized, becoming, along the centuries, an important square. At the beginning of the years 2000, "Praça da Figueira" was totally renovated and is today one of the main hubs of the city's transport system. At its center, a magnificent bronze equestrian statue of King Dom João I. Many tuk-tuks are seen around it, awaiting visitors for tour rides. Famous "Confeitaria Nacional" is at one of its corners. Enjoy!
Written March 31, 2020
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LisaKWSmith
Miami, FL81 contributions
Feb 2020
Great square to visit walk around and really take in the sights. This is a great place to pick up a tuk tuk ride from a local. We did a 1 hour tour and it was awesome. Look for SPR Tours with Pedro M. find him on FB @ #lisboatukexperience this man loves his city / country and can show you amazing things and the best view of the city EVER :)
Written February 22, 2020
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK153,681 contributions
Jul 2019
Praca da Figueira is a nice square in the centre of Lisbon. It's kind of hard to miss as it's so central and also on the way to some notable Lisbon landmarks no matter which way you're headed. As with most European public squares, there a lot of cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating to enjoy the views, especially with the districts of Alfama and Penha Franca in the background.
Written August 20, 2019
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA29,568 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
We were descending from the Graça area and what a nice surprise was waiting for us on the Praca da Figueira: the most charming, hustling and bustling market. We tried a great variety of local delicacies: wonderful cheeses from the Azores, meats and sausages from Amarante, delicious Spanish sangria, breads, pastries and the best sardines I have ever had in my whole life. We bought food for dinner and decided not to go out at night; honestly, it was one of the best dinners of our Portugal trip. The photos will give you a better idea. Delicious!!!
Written September 2, 2017
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GeorgeKinggettCrooke
London, UK83 contributions
Dec 2014 • Friends
This is always a nice square to walk round and explore the adjacent shops. A particular favourite
of mine is Mercardo Figuera, an old fashioned shop with a green awning at the entrance, Good quality produce and helpful staff.

In the square now is a tented market. They do not call it Christmas Market. it lacks lights and decoration, but it is as good as.. You can buy gifts and lots of edible goodies to take away or eat there. The black pork rolls were popular. Wine etc is sold by the glass.
Written December 17, 2014
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Billythefish1
Southport, UK1,410 contributions
Oct 2013 • Family
Praca De Figueira is the main hub for trams and buses that link up Parca Commercio and Belem. Nice square with shops all around and an open air market over the weekend we were there. Tried to get something to eat at the market but a bit too early so went to the Mercado de Figueira for a look round. What a find! Home made soup of the day 1 euro. served in a bowl. No seating but small tables where the locals have their espresso and a cake. After the soup we had a coffee and a cake and 2 euros for 2. We made a point of dropping in when we were in the area for a bite to eat. They have a toilet there as well. The supermarket was also very good, with fruit very cheap, meat, beers and fresh fish. The wine and spirits were much cheaper that other shops and a good selection. No wonder the locals are always using this place.
Written November 4, 2013
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Dickd1946
Charleston, SC1,228 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
King Jose the First proudly sits atop his trusty mount in this one of the busiest squares in the heart of Lisbon's Older city. Straight ahead of the statue and across the street is a fantastic shop to cater and satisfy your sweet tooth. From here you can also look up to the hills and view St Georges Castle. This is also a spot to catch the Hop-on Hop-off buses, streetcars/trams, and tourist buses..
Written September 2, 2013
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