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Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)

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Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco)

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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon
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Sintra and Cascais Small-Group Day Trip from Lisbon

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Unless you rent a car, traveling between the dispersed landmarks of Sintra and Cascais is a difficult task. Journey along Lisbon’s Atlantic coast with ease on a small-group day trip, limited to just eight people to guarantee personalized attention from your guide. Take a guided tour of the UNESCO-listed Pena National Palace, enjoy time at your leisure in the historic center of Sintra, and stop at the affluent coastal town of Cascais.
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belgianguy1 wrote a review Feb. 23
Bruges, Belgium10,640 contributions441 helpful votes
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This beautiful and impressive square lies at the very heart of Lisbon...surrounded by history here...the waterfront and promenade on one side, a giant arch at the other, and a big statue in the middle, it's a sight to behold!
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Prior wrote a review Feb. 13
4 contributions1 helpful vote
There are ministries like finance and justice nearby this square. Tagus River empties near here. But this place is ruined by people of questionable motivation harassing tourists.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Mairwen1 wrote a review Jan. 2021
United Kingdom3,522 contributions2,499 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Linda A wrote a review Nov. 2020
Scunthorpe, United Kingdom3,182 contributions540 helpful votes
No visit to Lisbon is complete without at visit to the Praca do Comercio, or "Black Horse Square" as we know it! This huge open square on the river front is a great place to eat, drink, catch a tram or just sit and watch the world go by. At Christmas and New Year, it's a vibrant party area and beautifully decorated, but it's worth a visit at any time of year!
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Date of experience: January 2020
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sos_kss wrote a review Oct. 2020
Sesimbra, Portugal104 contributions62 helpful votes
We go here often. The first few times, we took photos - night and day. Enjoyed the sculptures, sites, trolleys and street cars. There is also live entertainment on occasion. Sometimes jugglers, guitarists, street art. We were also here for a parade once. It's a really lovely area with a lot going on!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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