The arch features statues of some of the most famous names in Portugal’s history including Nuno Álveres Perriera, Vasco de Gama and the Marques de Pombal himself. In the center of the square is a large statue of King José I, around the square what was once the main government offices have been taken over by restaurants and cafés with large outdoor seating areas. Here you will find the famous Café Martinho da Arcada which dates back to 1782, famous for being a favorite of some of Portugal’s famous literary figures. In the Comercio square, you will also find the museum ‘The Lisbon Story Centre’ dedicated to the history of the city and there is also a ‘Museum of Beer’.
The most romantic form of transport for the area is the tramcars that will lift you up to the castle and the hilly neighborhoods of Alfama and Graça where you will find the winding narrow streets full of history and folklore. The tramcars will also take you all the way out to Belém where you will find the famous Monastery, the Palace and of course the famous Pastéis de Belem café where you can sample the original famous Portuguese custard tarts.
For transport to & from Baixa, you can catch the train out of the city for day trips out to the coast or to the famous village of Sintra. From the Cais de Sodré you can take a boat out to the south side of the river Tejo to the Cristo-Rei (the large statue of Christ) that was inspired by the Christ Redeemer in Rio, and built during the dictatorship of Salazar to signify gratitude for the Portuguese being spared the horrific effects of World War II.
Parking in Baixa
Parking in the Baixa is not exactly easy but there are several options available. Firstly it is important to know that parking on the street is prohibited. parking in the Baixa is limited to the private car parking available. Here is a list of the car parks and their prices
Praça da Figueira
24hour mon-sun Underground parking with 499 spaces. Height restrictions 7’6″ (2.29) Price 28€ for 24 hours.
Chão de loureiro
Address: Travessa do Chão do Loureiro Lisbon-24hr mon-sun multi-story with 195 spaces. Price 1 hr 1.45 €, 2 hrs 2.95€, 3 hrs 4.80€, 4 hrs, 6.80€
Rua Almirante Passanha– Address: Rua Almirante Pessanha, 3 Lisbon – 24hrs mon-sun Covered parking with 298 spaces. height restrictions 6’7″ (2.00m) 36€ for 24hrs.
Praça do municipio
Address: Praça do Município 1100 Lisbon – 24hr mon-sun Underground with 485 spaces. 2.50€ per hr day, 1.15€ per hr night. 44.65€ for 24 hrs.
Largo do Corpo Santo
Mon-Fri 7.00 – 24.00, Sat 8.00 – 24.00. Uncovered, 1.25€ 1 hr, 2.45€ 2 hrs, 5.20€ 4 hrs.
Address: Praça Luis de Camões 1200 Lisbon – Underground with 341 spaces, 1.70€ for one hour, 40.30€ for 24 hrs.
More detailed information and a map of all the secure car parks in Lisbon can be found here .