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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The area
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • dennis2go
    Alexandria, Virginia131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lisbon Must See
    Center of the tourist shopping and restaurant waterfront district. Bus, train, metro, ferry hub. It was the site of a large free Freedom Day concert during my stay. Stunning square in its own right.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 27 April 2023
  • Nicole D
    8 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 12 June 2023
  • AnselmColom
    Grays Thurrock, United Kingdom2,360 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 22 June 2023
  • Dutchtraveller007
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands251 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 July 2023
  • JYarba
    Huntsville, Alabama215 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
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Patty B
    Nashville, Tennessee1,480 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • Oana P
    Targu Jiu, Romania31 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 August 2023
  • Bartonbears
    Coffs Harbour, Australia1,972 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
    Travelled with friends
    Written 19 August 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 August 2023
  • Heli P
    Helsinki, Finland6,406 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
    Travelled solo
    Written 14 November 2023
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wireless_in_CA
United States5,029 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The largest square in Europe was a can’t miss attraction in Lisbon. It was created after the destruction of the palace during the great Lisbon earthquake. While there were lots of visitors that January afternoon it did not feel crowded due to its wide openess. There were great views of the water, access to the beach, wonderful architecture to admire, outdoor restaurants to eat and people watch, stores to shop and a TI. For a higher perspective one could climb up the Rua Augusta arch which was the gateway to Baixa and more shopping.
Written 2 April 2024
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Travel with Sean
Madison, WI262 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This beautiful square was the site of the Ribeira Palace, which was the Royal Family’s residence, until the palace and much of the city was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake. The statue in the middle of the plaza is of King José I who was king in 1755. It’s now the home of the Portuguese Ministry of Finance and other government offices. The plaza is located in the heart of downtown Lisbon and easily accessible on foot or by Metro.
Written 31 March 2024
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Ann H
York, UK2,517 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Lisbon's largest plaza is said to be the largest in Europe and is a must see when in the city. Beautiful architecture, lovely statues and a great view to the river. There are bars cafes and tourist information too.
Written 23 March 2024
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HolidaymakerfromHove
Brighton and Hove, UK1,622 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This impressive square runs from the amazing Rua Augusta arch to the steps to the sea right on the shoreline. It is vast. Just a 5 min walk from our hotel we passed through here often.

Very photogenic.

Must see, hard to miss in fairness.

Tram 728 to Belém stopped here.

Highly recommended.
Written 16 March 2024
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Caroline LP
London, UK204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
You can’t come to Lisbon without visiting this iconic site, it’s so big and surrounded by amazing buildings and had some modern sculptures there too. It the meeting place everyone seems to come to and gather together.
Written 17 February 2024
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VickyLargs
Largs, UK177 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Presumably the largest square in Europe which looks quite empty even with the crowds of tourists. You’ll come right to it if you wander along the Rua Augusta which opens up a view to the square via an impressive arch. In the middle there is a large statue of King Jose I and there are a number of interesting modern art installations there too.
Written 15 February 2024
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia50,598 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This is a large square in Lisbon located at the end of Rua Augusta. Its apparently the largest square in Europe.

Located beside the square is the Arco da Rua Augusta where you can climb to the top and get great views of the surrounding area.

In the square you will find the statue of King José I and thehorse Gentil.
Written 8 February 2024
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Eli K
Brooklyn, NY646 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This huge plaza is so nice. You can grab something to eat along the plaza or can even get fresh squeezed juice by a vendor by the water. There’s some nice sardines stores in the area. Pink street and Time Out Market are a short walk away.
Written 5 February 2024
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Quill2005
Ocala, FL268 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Lisbon’s main square that’s on the Tagus River. It’s centrally located and near to numerous sites. The infamous assassination in 1908 of King Carlos I and his heir, Crown Prince Luis Filipe, took place here and there is a plaque on the northwest corner of the square commemorating the tragedy. You can climb the Rua Augusta Tower on the square for some nice views.
Written 5 January 2024
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Dragonbaby
Orange, CT88 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We loved the architecture and art in the plaza. It had a nice view. The arch is beautiful. It doesn’t take long to see (about 10 minutes to walk around).
Written 4 January 2024
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