Porto tiles tour
A journey through the history of Porto’s Azulejo tiles
The discovery: Porto tiles tour – A journey through Porto’s Azulejo tiles
Price: €30 per person
Duration: 2.5–3 hrs
Suitable for all ages
Max group size: 14
Min group size: 2
Children under 5 free (accompanied by an adult)
When you first visit Porto, you will be overwhelmed by the beautiful blue tiles which adorn so many of the houses and churches. We will take you on the colourful journey of this special Portuguese tile.
In our Porto tiles tour we will take you through the history of tiles from XVI to the XVIII centuries, from Hispanic-Moorish patterns through to Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles.
What we will do
At the start of our Porto tiles tour, we will visit an incredible collection of tiles housed in the centre of Porto. Then we will head out to explore the streets and examine the evolution, themes and historical framework of the development of Porto tiles in the city. We will discover tiles on the façades of buildings, cafes and shops. Many of these buildings were built at the beginning of the 20th century and were decorated with tiles in Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. We will end our tour in Carlos Alberto Square (Praça Carlos Alberto) at the Palacete dos Viscondes de Balsemão, where we can admire a unique collection of Porto’s tiles.
Where we will meet
We’ll meet at the entrance of Porto Central Library.
What is included and more info
- We will meet at Praça de Carlos Alberto
- Entrance fees included
- Tea or coffee and cake
- Guests should bring a hat, sunscreen, comfortable clothes and shoes
- The tour includes some walking along steep cobbled streets, so please be prepared
About your host Luisa
Born and raised in Porto, Luisa is passionate about exploring and sharing hidden gems of Portuguese history and culture. She has over 7 years of experience, is a trained and certified mountain and city tour guide with a degree in Tourism and training in History and Culture of Porto.
Inspired by her findings, she created the tiles tour, a unique experience in discovering Porto’s distinctive culture.
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