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We invite you to learn about the traditional process of Portuguese tiles “azulejo” making during our unique Portuguese tile workshop near Lisbon. It is a great opportunity to create your own Portuguese traditional handmade ceramic tile “azulejo” and bring this unique souvenir with your own tile painting (your own handmade Portuguese typical craft-work) back home with you.
The azulejo industry began in Portugal in the 16th century and quickly gained popularity in architecture. Since then, Portuguese traditional tiles are being used to cover large surfaces and buildings serving as a centuries-lasting construction material. As the industry of the tile making in Portugal grew and styles changed both in colors and design, new decorative uses were found with individual artisan quality preserved.
However, with modern technology, much of the Portuguese traditional tile handicraft characteristic has been lost to industrial tile making techniques and assembly line production.
Nevertheless, some small traditional manual tile producers have taken up the challenge to continue the work of the ancestors, by reviving an art which has inspired the Portuguese since the 16th century. And we invite you to explore this traditional method of Portuguese handmade tile production and tile painting.
The technique you will learn during our unique Portuguese handmade tile workshop near Lisbon is adapted from the original method. All work is done by hand requiring time, care, patience and dedication.
Yet all effort is largely rewarded by the inner relaxation and therapeutic influence of the artistic creative moment you will be emerged into during this best tile workshop near Lisbon. You will be surrounded by nature, away from busy city life, letting your creative energy flow and find its expression in a traditional Portuguese handmade ceramic tile “azulejo” that you can take back with you as a souvenir. And it will have your own painting on it.
Besides, you could as well taste some local Portuguese cheese and Portuguese wine from the world-wide famous producers of Setubal region once you choose to combine your Portuguese tile painting experience with our sightseeing tour to Arrabida – Sesimbra – Azeitão -Cape Espichel. Especially if you are traveling with children – our Portuguese traditional tile workshop near Lisbon provide a fun activity for children to explore during your holidays in Portugal. You could as well combine this tile making experience with dolphin watching near Lisbon. Children especially love it and both activities are located nearby.
Duration: 1.5 – 2hs.
Distance from Lisbon: about 45km
Tile delivery: the next day after the workshop ( after painting the tile will have to go to the oven for the last cooking process).
Cost per person (both adults and children): 40€
Cost includes: workshop, tile, delivery, guide assistance/ translation.
Round trip transfer to the workshop from Lisbon: 50€ / person or 100€ per car (up to 4 pax.)