What you'll do
We'll begin with a 2 hour walking tour, discovering the secrets behind the tiles and exploring hidden treasures in Porto. You'll learn the origin of Portugal's tiles, which date back to the 15th century and be taken on a journey right up to modern day. We'll uncover various techniques of tile making and recognise famous patterns of Porto. Afterwards you'll be a tile expert and feel inspired to decorate your very own! We move onto Agostinha's Atelier, where a refreshment is waiting for you. Dive into a 1.5 hour painting workshop and choose what type of tile you'd like to decorate. Decide between a traditional 15th century Moorish tile with arista technique or a flat tile using stencil technique with a popular motif from the city. A little bit on why we do, what we do: Tiles with great historical value are stolen daily to sell onto tourists or destroyed by investors for holiday apartments. We aim to protect the original facades of Porto by raising awareness. We work with traditional techniques to ensure the artisan of tile making is promoted and kept alive. With the speedy rise of tourism it’s more important than ever to protect the tiles and sustain the city's legacy. The Mindful Step: Encouraging the preservation of tiles and supporting local artisans. We'll be protecting Porto's history but also the face of its future.
I'm an experienced tour guide who has a passion for the tiles of Portugal. When I first moved to Porto from the UK, I spent my days documenting the tiles through photography and researching in the local library to discover their stories. Each tile has a unique history, some dating right back to 15th Century. Unfortunately, with the rapid expansion of the city, the tiles are disappearing fast. That's how I met Agostinha and her wonderful Atelier. Agostinha has lived in Porto her whole life and shares a passion for ceramics. Together we've combined our expert skills to offer this unique cultural experience. Between us we have BA honours degrees in fine arts and theatre, a masters degree in visual arts teaching, postgraduate degree in painting, expertise's in glass and ceramics, and 5 years experience working in tourism.
1 tile ready to be painted, tools, materials and firing. You can choose to decorate a traditional 15th century Moorish tile…
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Where you'll be
Gasp at Porto's ornate blue tiIed facades, as we stop at Igreja do Carmo and Capela Das Almas. Pass through popular streets, including Rua Das Flores and Rua Santa Catarina. Unearth hidden gems, like former Neo-Arabian tile warehouse that's kept a secret from tourists and locals. Educate your tile knowledge at Banco de Materials. Feel inspired by Joana Vasconcelo's colourful mural. Transport through time at a Art Nouveau coffee & tea shop.
If you can't find availability for the time you are looking for, you can .
Wed, Oct 16 From 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.
$76 per person
6 of 8 spots left
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Up to 10 guests ages 14 and up can attend.
Please keep in mind, once painted, your tiles need to be fired. They'll be ready to pick up in 1-2 days. We can post tiles at an additional cost. Conserving energy is important for our environment. In the rare occasion that you're the only guest booked, firing your tile may take an extra few days.
Unique Tile Tour & Painting Workshop