Colourful Cascais

We head to Cascais’s market to check out some local produce but as it’s a quiet day I spend more time looking at the ornate tiling on the exterior.

These countryside scenes are examples of Azulejo – a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework.

Azulejos are found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, ordinary houses, schools, and nowadays, restaurants, bars and even railways or subway stations.

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After checking out a few fish we head out to the town again to scout for more architectural details.

There’s plenty of them to be found, mainly in shades of blue.

Legend has it that it was a Cascais fisherman, a certain Afonso Sanches, and not Columbus who discovered the New World ten years before the famed date of 1492.

So it’s only apt to feature some of the many boat themed tiles that can be found around the town.

Succulent plants contrast beautifully with this deep shade of blue on a back street house.

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