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Q: I have traveled a lot but have never been to Portugal. I like to visit places of culture, would there be enough to keep me occupied in Portugal?
A: Absolutely. The capital Lisbon has some fanatstic sights including the 12th century cathedral and the unique Belem Tower. Then there are the nearby towns of Cascais and Sintra that have plenty of cultural interest. Further afield there is the north-western city of Porto or the southern beaches of the Algarve.

 
Virtual Tour of Praça do Comércio, Lisbon, Portugal
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Kate Lancaster says:
"This is absolutely stunning - a complete must see (and I love the castle!) "
 
Angelina Szabo says:
"Being of portuguese decent I would love to visit, I have been to the azores but would love to see the mainland "
 
Lois Ronberg says:
"Grand, majestic, historic and ever so memorable. When you are in Praca do Comercio (Palace Square) in Lisbon you are surrounded by the most stunning architecture as it stands on three sides of this area, also called Terriro do Paco square. Now I mentioned grand and it really is. On the site, for four hundred years, was a palace which was almost completely ruined in the 1755 earthquake which saw the demise of most of Lisbon’s commercial centre of the day. We visited on a chauffer-driven, private tour in a smart, black BMW and our driver was well versed in the history of this stunning square and the surrounding architecturally amazing buildings, now used for government offices and some restaurants and cafes. The day we were there the huge 170m by 170m square was nearly full of little Smart cars, delightfully colourful with advertising all over them. The contrast of modern vehicles in the environment of such ancient and arched buildings was quite memorable for me and there was plenty to capture on my trusty camera - for sure! Near the Tagus river, this tourist attraction has plenty to see including the huge Arch of Triumph (Arco da Rua Augusta) which dominates the square. It has a clock and statues on it, including one of Vasco da Gama a Portugese mariner/traveller. Walk through the arch on your way to the shopping, commercial area of modern day Portugal. There is a huge, impressive, ornate statue of King Jose I on his horse. He reigned over the Portugese during the earthquake/tsunami and was responsible for replacing the palace with a commercial centre - The Square of Commerce. Call in at the really old café: Martinho da Arcada which opened its doors to offer hospitality in 1782. Lisbon has so much to offer and I do recommend you include Praca do Comercio in your itinerary as it is huge, wonderful to see and a good place to start your tour of this capital city of Portugal. "
 
Martin Kenney says:
"Take a tram ride to the castle for something different. Well worth it !"
 
Tal says:
"Beautiful city with many gorgeous historic buildings. Weather is fantastics and the food is great. Don't miss John Malkovich's restaurant - you might enjoy a celebrity sighting..."
 
360TG EDITOR says:
"Praça do Comércio - Remodelled after the 1755 earthquake, this famous square sits between the River Tagus and the Triumphal Arch."
 

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