Learn all about Azulejos, the famous Portuguese tiles, at a craftsman‰Ûªs workshop and a visit to National Azulejo Museum with a day trip from Lisbon.
• See how tiles are made according to old traditions
• Paint your own tile after learning the basics of the art
• Discover the most impressive tile artwork around Lisbon
• Visit the Azulejo Museum and admire its impressive collection
The beautiful Azulejo tiles you see in Lisbon and around Portugal are the result of an art form with a long history in the country that began during the Arabic occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.
You`ll begin this day trip from Lisbon by heading south of Lisbon to the beautiful Azeitão region, where you`ll visit the well-known Azulejos de Azeitão workshop. Learn how the tiles have been made over the years, as old techniques are still used to replicate centuries-old art.
After learning the basics about the art, you`ll have a chance to paint your own tile, which will be baked later and sent to your hotel in Lisbon, or back home if your prefer (cost of shipping not included).
Following a busy morning, choose where you`d like to have lunch with your guide: The fishing village of Sesimbra is just a short drive away.
Return to Lisbon and, en route, admire some of the most impressive tile artwork around the city.
In the afternoon, you`ll visit the lovely Madre de Deus Convent, dating from the 15th century, and home to the Azulejo Museum. The interior of the church is a Baroque masterpiece, considered to be a total piece of art, where all elements were designed to form the perfect whole.
The Museum features an impressive collection of tiles, ranging from the 15th century to contemporary artists, and includes the most important international schools, as the Spanish and Dutch, among others.
End the visit seeing some iconic pieces from Portuguese masters such as Bordalo Pinheiro, Raúl Lino, and Maria Keil, among others.
More info about Lisbon:
Lisbon is Portugal’s coastal capital, also known as ‘the city of seven hills’. This is actually inaccurate, as Lisbon is sitting on eight hills (the eighth one being the tallest – Graça). But, don’t worry, a discrepancy in number of hills will definitely not affect your visit to this wonderful city.
More info about Portugal:
Portugal is a small European country on the Atlantic Ocean, sharing Iberian Peninsula with Spain. The country’s position at the sea has shaped its past and present and will inevitably shape its future. Portugal was major maritime power during 16th to 19th century and this has left deep impact into its culture and history.