The Azulejo Tiles of Portugal

The entire country of Portugal is basically covered in ceramic tiles. Plain ones, colorful ones, intricately patterned ones. They are called Azulejo and they serve a variety of artistic and practical functions.

All through our trip I was constantly making Mike slow down so I could take pictures of the sides of houses and churches. Here are some of my favorites.

15 Responses to The Azulejo Tiles of Portugal

  1. Mara Sousa June 12, 2015 at 9:36 AM #

    It is! But specially the north of Portugal. You have a city called Aveiro that has almost 70% of the houses covered in azulejos. It’s really cool! X

    • Steph June 12, 2015 at 6:22 PM #

      That must be awesome to see!

  2. Audrey June 12, 2015 at 8:15 PM #

    Did you get to visit the National Azulejo Museum in Lisbon? It chronicles the evolution of the azulejo designs from the 1600s to the present. It’s a pretty cool spot to learn a bit about the history of these famed blue tiles. 😉

    • Steph June 15, 2015 at 7:18 PM #

      Oh no, I didn’t even know about that! Next time I guess.

  3. stephentravels June 12, 2015 at 9:47 PM #

    Nice pics! That church is outstanding.

    • Steph June 15, 2015 at 7:18 PM #

      It stopped me in my tracks.

  4. Andrew June 12, 2015 at 11:34 PM #

    Mesmerizing designs … that’s the legacy of Portugal and Spain’s Moorish past, if I am not mistaken!

  5. Siobhan June 13, 2015 at 4:12 AM #

    Gorgeous! I love the church covered in them, it looks amazing. I’m always doing that to my OH (or travel companions in general for that matter) – slowing down to snap door knockers or decorative signs etc…

    • Steph June 15, 2015 at 7:19 PM #

      Yes, Mike will be walking and then realize I’m ages behind him snapping pictures of a window or a cat or something.

  6. Where's Zoe Now? June 13, 2015 at 7:29 AM #

    That church!!! Wish more buildings in the world were as beautiful as that…

  7. TravelUnbeatenPath (@Lo_Canuto) June 13, 2015 at 9:59 AM #

    Aren’t they gorgeous? You can find them all over the northeast of Brazil too, leftover from the Portuguese colonial times… Just beautiful!

  8. Backpack Babe June 14, 2015 at 1:37 PM #

    Beautiful!!! Loving all the different, colorful patterns 🙂 xx

  9. annieanywhere June 15, 2015 at 7:47 AM #

    Oh well I’m happy I’m not the only one having tons of azuelos pictures. It was driving my travel partner crazy!

  10. Mima Isono June 17, 2015 at 4:20 AM #

    Nice pictures. Those colourful patterns remind me of Istanbul and a Turkish bath.


  11. Greg June 22, 2015 at 8:22 AM #

    Those patterns are beautiful! Making me want to go to Portugal!

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