A remnant of their Moorish heritage, tile adorned building facades are a feature of many a Portuguese old town. Sneak behind the bar and souvenir lined main street and you will find the homes of those who live here and call these towns home, all year round. Here you discover these wonderful decorations, all very different, creating individuality for many of the dwellings and appealing very much to my love of patterns. In the brilliant light of the this far point of Europe, the colours, details and sheen of the tiles bejewel these simple cobbled streets, and otherwise architecturally unimposing buildings. My favourites are the the geometric patterns and the interlocking floral repeating patterns, those with a hint of gold in the design really do shimmer in the sunlight.
I would love to have wondered more and collected many, but on the day I got to mooch I had Tink in tow and after a couple of streets, without retail respite for him, the call was, “No more tiles please”. To be fair we were on a mummy and son shopping trip, so I was lucky to get what I did.
For other pattern addicts here’s the close ups….