In 2012 we toured Porto in a flash. Its magical beauty, gorgeous riverfront, vibrant atmosphere and irresistible pastries and BBQ chicken lured us back in June for a week-long reunion.
We visited Lisboa and Macau (near Hong Kong, a Portugal colony until 1999) several times and always love their decorative ceramic tiles, - azulejos in Portuguese. So the walking tour “Tiles of Porto” is a must – and what a delight it turned out to be.
Nuno, the guide, is an architect, a history buff, a researcher of Portugal tiles, a musician and a polyglot all in one. His erudite knowledge about the history of Portugal ceramic tiles, the evolution of the manufacture process and the famous artists and their masterpieces made the tour both entertaining and educational. These topics resonated with my own knowledge in the history and production processes of Chinese porcelain.
The tour covered many sites and Nuno’s systematic presentation led us through the fundamentals of Portugal tiles, their functions and architectural applications, the preservation program, and the indicative process to distinguish good tiles from bad. All artists make mistakes and Nuno showed us some profoundly hilarious bloopers.
On top of all these, after the tour, Nuno diligently followed-up with further detailed information of the artists and a map of the tour for reference.
If you visit Porto, make sure you book a tour with Nuno. Besides Tiles of Porto, he conducts several other tours and excursions.