If you are visiting Lisbon, Praça do Comércio is one of Lisbon’s iconic squares that you must visit.
A place full of memories, Praça do Comércio is better known by the locals as Terreiro do Paço, since before the earthquake of 1755, it was where the palace of the portuguese kings for two centuries.
It is one of the largest squares in Europe and it provides access to several Lisbon attractions such as Pátio da Galé, Cais das Colunas and the modern Lisbon Story Centre – an innovative centre dedicated to the history of the Portuguese capital, featuring state-of-the-art technology – inspired by the wide array of facts and events that have shaped this amazing city.
From Terreiro do Paço you can easily go to the Arco da Rua Augusta, appreciate the calçada portuguesa and contemplate the Tejo river.
In one of the buildings of the square, is the famous coffee shop Martinho da Arcada, the oldest in Lisbon, and one of Fernando Pessoa’s favorites.
The King José I and the horse Gentil statue are the perfect spot to rest and breathe the Lisbon atmosphere.
So, next time in Lisbon, remember: make Praça do Comércio your starting point for discovering the city!