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Tiles and Tales

50€

Portuguese Tiles: get your hands on it

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OVERVIEW 

Enjoy a fun and interesting day learning all about Azulejos, the famous Portuguese tiles, at a craftsman’s workshop and a visit to the National Azulejo Museum. You’ll pass by and have a chance to admire some of the most beautiful tile artwork in the city.

HIGHLIGHTS 
  • 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
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT 

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 tour 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).

After 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.

 PRIVATE TOUR

50€ (8 paxs) | 57€ (7 paxs) | 60€ (6 paxs) | 72€ (5 paxs) | 75€ (4 paxs) | 100€ (3 paxs) | 120€ (2 paxs) | 240€ (1 pax)

SHARED TOUR

70€ (with a minimum of 3 participants)

Prices per person in Euros 

 

INCLUDED

 Hotel pickup and drop-off

Around Lisbon expert guide

Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Wi-Fi on board the minivan

Complimentary bottle of water

Entrance ticket to Azulejo Museum

Tile Workshop

Accident and liability insurance

 

NOT INCLUDED

Lunch

Food and Drinks

Other extras not mentioned

 PRIVATE TOUR

  EVERYDAY (except Mondays as the Azulejo Museum is closed), on request

SHARED TOUR

  Every WEDNESDAY, with a minimum of 3 participants

 

 LANGUAGE OPTIONS

 PRIVATE TOUR: English, French, Spanish, German, Italian or Portuguese

SHARED TOUR: English

 

RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Departure point: your centrally located Lisbon hotel
  • Departure time 9h30am (exact pickup time will be confirmed within 48h prior to the tour)
  • Duration 7 hours (approximately)
  • Returns to original departure point at approximately 6pm
  • This tour is not available on Mondays as the Azulejo Museum is closed

     Ralph P [May 2016]

This was a very interesting tour that combined culture – when visiting the Tile Museum and learning the history of the portuguese tile its traditions and influence on architecture – and also fun, by painting your own tile! Besides the scenic part in Lisbon and Azeitão we’re also amazing. Last but not least our guide Nuno also made the day!

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