Do you like Portuguese paving? Don’t forget to walk through the most beautiful sidewalks of Lisbon!

Avenida da Liberdade

The Portuguese paving, known as Calçada, is one of the city’s ex-libris. Its an art form that decorates our streets for centuries and wonders locals and tourists.

Besides the creativity and the engineering mathematic, setting-up the white and black stone blocks is a hard task – physically demanding and requiring a great level of patience.

Enjoy some of the finest Calçada examples of the Portuguese capital:

D. Pedro IV Square

Known more commonly as Rossio, its here the Portuguese traditional paving was born.

The pattern used here is called “Mar Largo”, composed by waves made with black stones – with origins in 1849.

This pattern was repeated throughout the world, from Copacabana (Brasil) to Macau (China).

Baixa Pombalina

Império Square

Located in the gardens of Jerónimos Monastery, Belém, you can also find the “Mar Largo” pattern. Next to the Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Discoveries Monument) you can find a world map illustrating the Portuguese routes and some astrologic references.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos



The Chiado paving has a spiral pattern that encircles the subway station.


Duque da Terceira Square

Located in Cais Sodré and dedicated to the Duke of Terceira whose bronze statue you’ll find at the centre of the square.

Cais Sodré (Cais means Piers) got this name due to the surname of an important family that in the XV century had a lot of influence in the sea shipping trade activities.

Praça Duque da Terceira

Liberdade Avenue

In the most important avenue in Lisbon you can find some of the finest calçada examples and patterns, worth the walk.

Abstract and floral designs go from Restauradores until the Marquês de Pombal roundabout.

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Largo do Camões

All the square around Largo do Camões is a very good example of the calçada paving.

This is also the main entrance for the most known night entertainment neighborhood: Bairro alto.

Vitória street

Back in 2006 the city decided to pay tribute to this art form. This very old craft got two bronze statues, in real size, who are “working” on Lisbon’s main symbol: a São Vicente boat surrounded by crows.

Gosta de calçada portuguesa? Não deixe de visitar as mais belas da cidade!

Parque das Nações

Although a very recent area of the city, Parque das Nações followed the paving tradition. You will find a lot of sea motives, from marine monsters to sea activities. Visit Oceanário and Alameda dos Oceanos to enjoy the work.