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Praça do Comercio

Stand in awe of this historic landmark, as you unravel Lisbon's military and commercial past.

Nearby Attractions

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St George’s Castle
An impressive Moorish castle, overlooking the historic centre of Lisbon and the Tagus River.
Roman Theatre Museum
The site of a 1st century Roman theatre, situated on the slope of St. George's Castle.
Commerce Square
This beautiful seafront square was the location of the Royal Ribeira Palace until the 1755 earthquake; it was remodelled as a centre for customs administration.
Santa Justa Lift
This urban elevator from 1902 connects the lower street of Baixa with Carmo Square.
Former PIDE Headquarters
Uncover the secrets and scandals of the Portuguese security agency.
Rua Augusta
Lisbon's main pedestrian street connects Praca Rossio with Praca do Commercio through the triumphal arch.

Related Tours

First Time in Lisbon: The Private Express Walking Tour
Discover Lisbon, one of the world’s oldest cities and seaports, home to winding cobbled streets, wide piazzas, UNESCO treasures and vibrant yellow trams. On your private express tour, you will:

  • Explore four of Lisbon's most famous neighbourhoods: Chiado, Baxia, Se' and Alfama
  • Explore the open-air ruins of Carmo Convent, a reminder of Lisbon’s devastating 1755 earthquake
  • Enjoy panoramic views from Lisbon’s ornate iron lift, the Elevador de Santa Justa
  • Experience Rossio and its cobblestone square with Baroque fountains
  • Visit Baixa and Praça do Comércio to learn how Lisbon was rebuilt with distinctive Pombaline architecture after its infamous earthquake
  • Learn about Roman Catholicism at Sé de Lisboa, the city’s grand cathedral
  • Stroll through the steep streets of trendy Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest district
  • Admire the view from Lisbon's most famous view point, decorated with Azulejo tiles : Miradouro de Santa Luzia

On this walking tour, an expert local guide will introduce you to Lisbon, a city stuffed with Medieval towers, Baroque palaces and dome-topped monasteries. Dating back to 1200 BC, Portugal’s capital has always been one of Europe’s key seaports, a powerhouse to rival London, Paris and Rome. On this express tour, you’ll get a flavour of Lisbon’s past, visiting some of its most iconic historical and cultural sights.

You private tour begins at Largo do Chiado, where you will journey back to the Middle Ages to uncover the city’s Jewish and Moorish heritage. Hear about the impact of one of Lisbon’s defining moments, November 1st 1755, when a magnitude 9 earthquake— one of the strongest ever recorded— hit the city, followed by a wave of tsunamis and fires. The ruins of Convento do Carmo lend testament to this historical turning point; its nave remains roofless after caving in on that fateful day.

In Baixa, Lisbon’s downtown, commercial centre, see how the ruined district was revived by the Marquis of Pombal, who designed a revolutionary new grid pattern for Lisbon, filling the streets with neoclassical architecture and earthquake-resistant buildings. Walk through the grand Arco da Rua Augusta in Commercial Square and ride the skinny, 450-metre-tall Elevador de Santa Justa to appreciate Lisbon’s iconic street plan from an aerial perspective.

At Rossio Square, you can admire the wave-patterned cobblestones, pavement-side coffee shops and marble monument. The tour ends with a walk around the Alfama district, once a poor area set outside the city walls but now a popular arty district with labyrinthine streets. Wander the steep alleyways where yellow trams wind up to St George’s Castle, past ancient houses, Fado bars, and colourful shopfronts. The district is home to Sé de Lisboa, the 1147 Romanesque cathedral that has miraculously withstood the city’s many quakes.

If you’re looking for a quick, informative introduction to Portugal’s multi-cultural capital, then this express tour is the perfect option. 
Private Belém tour from Lisbon: Jerónimos Monastery, Belém Tower & River Cruise
Travel from central Lisbon to Belém with your tour guide to see some of Lisbon’s most famous landmarks such as the Belém tower and Jerónimos Monastery. Set on the waterfront, beautiful Belém is symbolic of Lisbon’s seafaring past, once home to Lisbon’s shipyards and docks. It was from here that 15th-century voyages launched, blazing a trail of discovery across oceans to India, East Africa and Brazil. End the tour with a panoramic river cruise back to central Lisbon. 
 
  • All-inclusive and fully guided tour Private tour with an Expert Licensed guide (all tickets and costs included)
  • Learn of Portugals rich Naval history and its age of world exploration in the Belem neighbourhood
  • See the UNESCO-listed Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (from the outside)
  • Enjoy a fully guided tour of Jerónimos Monastery Church and Cloister (tickets included) 
  • Enjoy a Cruise along the Tagus river - see the 25th of April bridge and the Cristo Rei statue - accompanied by your tour guide (tickets included)

Golden Age of Discovery
 
Belém is the perfect place to learn about Portugal’s Golden Age of Discovery, where the 15th-century explorers set sail to discover new worlds. Today their voyages are commemorated by the sail-shaped Discoveries Monument. These discoveries gave rise to incredible wealth from Portugal’s new colonies, which funded Belém’s grand buildings, parks and leafy plazas. Take in views of the 17th century Belém Palace, home to the Portuguese Royal Family for centuries and a prime example of English Baroque design.
 
Belém is famed for its remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 16th century Torre de Belém, a thin, stone tower which has become one of Portugal’s most photographed monuments. The gothic Jerónimos Monastery also claims UNESCO credentials, with its stunning Manueline architecture. 
Welcome to Lisbon: São Jorge Castle, Sé Cathedral & Baixa Private Walking tour
Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Lisbon is a city of colourful balconies and views, trams and cobbled streets. 

On this half day private walking tour, your guide will give you an overview of the city's history from its foundation to present day. You will visit the famous São Jorge Castle, with breathtaking views over the city, as well as the Se' Cathedral and the historic downtown area of Baixa where you can find many of the city's most famous landmarks: Rossio Square, the Elevador de Santa Justa, Rua Augusta, and of course the majestic Praça do Comércio
, the riverfront commercial hub of the city. 

  • Enjoy an all-inclusive and fully guided private tour with an expert, licensed guide. 
  • Enjoy a fully guided tour of Lisbon Castle, enjoy the spectacular views over the city and walk the walls of the medieval fortress (tickets included).
  • See the top sites of the city centre, from the city's highest viewpoint to the waterfront pier in the historic commercial centre.
  • Visit Sé Cathedral, often just known as Sé—one of the city’s oldest and most well-known sites, which has withstood several natural disasters, including the 9.0 earthquake of 1755. (tickets included). 
  • Walk down streets lined with artisanal shops and learn about the craft of the colourful Portuguese azulejo tiles.  
  • Enjoy time in the old harbour and Praça do Comércio, where the royal palace stood for over two hundred years until 1755. Today its’ massive plaza with surrounding yellow buildings make it one of the city’s most recognisable squares. 
Private Lisbon & Belem Full Day Walking Tour & River cruise (tickets included)
Portugal's capital city of Lisbon is built upon seven hills known as the seven giants — São Jorge, São Vicente, São Roque, Santo André, Santa Catarina, Chagas e Sant'Ana — all of them visible when arriving in Lisbon by river. This private walking tour of Lisbon & Belém will take you through the city, past its iconic landmarks, castles, and gardens and will include a River Cruise to boot. On your private tour, you will:

  • Enjoy an all-inclusive and fully guided private tour with an expert, licensed guide.
  • Enjoy a fully guided tour of Lisbon Castle, enjoy the spectacular views over the city and walk the walls of the medieval fortress (tickets included).
  • See the top sites of the city centre, from the city's highest viewpoint to the waterfront pier in the historic commercial centre.
  • Visit Sé Cathedral, often just known as Sé—one of the city’s oldest and most well-known sites, which has withstood several natural disasters, including the 9.0 earthquake of 1755. (tickets included). 
  • Walk down streets lined with artisanal shops and learn about the craft of the colourful Portuguese azulejo tiles.  
  • Enjoy time in the old harbour and Praça do Comércio, where the royal palace stood for over two hundred years until 1755. Today its’ massive plaza with surrounding yellow buildings make it one of the city’s most recognisable squares. 
  • Learn of Portugals rich Naval history and its age of world exploration in the Belem neighbourhood. 
  • See the UNESCO-listed Torre de Belém and the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (from the outside).
  • Enjoy a fully guided tour of Jerónimos Monastery Church and Cloister (tickets included) .
  • Enjoy a Cruise along the Tagus river - see the 25th of April bridge and the Cirsto Rei statue - accompanied by your tour guide (tickets included)"

From imposing São Jorge Castle, the view encompasses the old city’s faded pastel-coloured buildings, Tagus Estuary and Ponte 25 de Abril suspension bridge. Arguably one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Lisbon is a city of colourful balconies and views, trams and cobbled streets. Belém is a laid-back area of Lisbon on the Tagus River, known for its colourful houses and breathtaking landmarks that recall Lisbon’s seafaring history, like the 16th-century Tower of Belém. Your tour will end after the cruise back in central Lisbon. 
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