Tiled and colourful Lisbon

Ceramic wall tiles in different colours and patterns or Azulejos, in Portuguese, are a big tradition in Portugal that was introduced during Moorish times and is still decorating numerous buildings in Lisbon. Azulejo derives from the Arabic word az-zulayj , meaning polished stone. The dominant colours are blue, yellow, green and white and the patterns are usual…

Lisbon, colourful beauty built on 7 hills

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, located at the mouth of the Tagus river is Europe’s westernmost capital city and the only one along the Atlantic coast. The city is built on seven hills and despite its steep, uphill streets I fell in love with it from the first afternoon walk. I was impressed to find…