Picture of Azulejo in Lisbon; Portugal

Portuguese Azulejo | Lisbon, Portugal

If you’ve ever been to Portugal, you probably know “Azulejo” very well. These are colourful tiles that are used to decorate buildings, palaces, churches, schools, etc. They are usually of different forms and tints. It was a big surprise for us to discover that in actual fact, the primary purpose of Azulejo, was a practical and not a decorative one.

Pena Palace in Sintra in Romantism style; Portugal

Pena Palace in Sintra mountains | Portugal

We found the fairy-tale glow of the castle, which contrasted the evergreen hills of Serra da Sintra, quite unique. Each part of it had different paint and almost gave an impression of a separate building, taken out of different worlds, but with its own imaginative ornaments.

Jerónimos Monastery and The Garden in Lisbon; Portugal

Jerónimos Monastery | Lisbon, Portugal

Golden hour is one of our favourite times to visit the Jerónimos Monastery. The tourist buses disappear briefly, and the soft evening light frames the Manueline style façade of the building and the gardens become a calm wonderland.

InterContinental Hotel in Palácio das Cardosas in Porto; Portugal

Palácio das Cardosas | Porto, Portugal

The centre of Porto is a fabulous place for a photographer to be. In comparison with other cities in Portugal, whereby architecture is marked by baroque, the architecture of Porto is rather monumental and dominated by granite constructions.

Porto City Centre, clear sky and the Porto sign; Portugal

City Centre with Porto sign | Porto, Portugal

This sign was placed just in front of the Portuguese Centre of Photography, which gave the image a very special meaning. This winter morning before the sunrise, was a perfect time to capture the installation in Porto city centre, which during the day would usually be very packed.