Clay date: a ceramics tour of Lisbon

Alfama, Lisbon

Clay date: a ceramics tour of Lisbon

Many a social-media feed has been filled with Lisbon’s azulejo (tiles). But on this expert-led tour you’ll get to visit artist’s ateliers, tile workshops and even a ceramics studio to try making them yourself.

You’ll learn how the azulejo was brought to Portugal in the 15th century, when the Iberian Peninsula was under Moorish rule, visit the National Museum of the Azulejo, housed in the Madre de Deus Convent, and then move on the meet local artists, still creating the on-trend tile today. Finally, you’ll swing by a new studio space – which has created custom-made ceramics for some of our hotels – where you’ll get to make tiles, bowls or even plates of your own.

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From €400 for 2 people

Carolina Forjaz Trigueiros

Your insider

Carolina Forjaz Trigueiros

Connected curator

Carolina’s career puts the people she works with in the frame. She’s collaborated with the Lisbon and Estoril film festival, and curated events such as Exquisito, dedicated to the emerging arts and young Portuguese creatives. Recently, she’s been working at the Biennial of Contemporary Arts (BoCA) as an artistic advisor, finding time in between to write for culture magazines and lead tours on Lisbon’s long-held link with the arts.

Explore azulejo tiles and artist’s studios on this aesthete’s tour

Duration
4 hours
Start Time
Tours run between the hours of 10:00 and 16:00
Booking
Call our travel specialists 24/7 on 1 800 464 2040 or contact us to find availability
Where you'll go
You’ll start with a private tour of the National Museum of the Azulejo in Alfama, housed in a former convent, then hop across to an artist’s studio to get an in-depth history of the azulejo, before visiting a historic tile shop and finally getting your hands dirty at a pottery workshop in a stylish new studio – and leaving with your own creation. Note that if you do the experience less than two days before the end of your stay, you’ll have to pay for shipping, which varies from €5 to €50, depending on the size of the creation and distance, as the studio needs time to glaze and fire the items.
What you'll sample
Aside from encountering Lisbon’s up-and-coming art scene, you’ll be served coffee and tea at the artist's studio and ceramic workshop. You'll decipher the meanings behind tiled panels (say, the mysteries of The Chicken's Wedding), watch as they're restored to full colour and see how this art form has evolved over the years: all of which will inform your own artistic leanings when you craft your own.
Experience location
You will meet at the National Museum of the Azulejo; we’ll send you the details in your confirmation.