On the Bright Side

On the Bright Side

Azulejo, or glazed tiles, are the most singular and mesmerizing element of Portuguese decorative arts. Explore the beauty and uniqueness of this art by discovering gorgeous palaces, churches and gardens where azulejos are the absolute stars.

Spanning more than five centuries of history, the azulejo is an inextricable part of Portugal’s identity. In cobalt blue or in shades of yellow and green, they’re always a serious case of brilliance and beauty. Profusely used in Portuguese architecture, azulejos create impressive effects, covering façades and interiors, fountains and balconies, in domestic and religious buildings. These magical colored tiles, composing geometric patterns or figurative scenes, are always a major attraction in Portuguese architecture, both traditional and contemporary. At Episode – Travel with Art we have put together exciting new programs to discover the art of azulejo in Portugal. Starting in Lisbon, with special visits to the Museu do Azulejo, a sanctuary of glazed tiles, and the stunning Palácio Fronteira, where some of the rarest azulejos in Portugal can be seen. Not far from Lisbon, at Quinta da Bacalhôa, it’s all about Renaissance inspiration and mythology, while in Porto, at the church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, azulejos are the protagonists of a rococo spectacle. Embark in this luminous and inspiring journey, enjoy a hands-on experience by creating your own azulejo and delight in the fabulous world of azulejo.
Find out more about the art of azulejo in our cultural tours and city breaks!

MAAT opening: Following a very glamorous soft-opening, MAAT, Lisbon’s new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology will open to the public this October. The building, on the bank of the Tagus river, is a project by British architect Amanda Levete and is in itself an attraction, but ultimately it’s what’s inside that’s generating a lot of excitement. From October 5th, a new exhibition,  “The World of Charles and Ray Eames”, will bring design to the forefront of an ambitious curatorial program.

ARCO 2017: The first edition of ARCO Lisbon, the contemporary art fair,  held earlier this year was such a big success that the organization has confirmed  a second edition for May 2017 (18 to 21 May). A sister-project of the renowned Madrid art fair, ARCO Lisbon has quickly established itself as a central art event in Portugal where gallerists, artists and collectors gather yearly. At Episode – Travel with Art we’re already getting ready for an arty Spring. Plan your trip with atailor made tour!

Portugal, Top Destination:
Portugal won a total of 24 awards in the 2016 European edition of the World Travel AwardsThe Algarve was chosen as “Leading Beach Destination” and Madeira won again, the “Leading Island Destination” award. Known as the “Oscars of tourism”, the World Travel Awards are a reference in the travel industry.  The pedestrian circuit Passadiços do Paiva (Arouca UNESCO Global  Geopark) was distinguished for its innovation, as “Leading  Tourism Development Project”.

What our friends and clients are saying about us:

“Portugal is something completely different. You’ll only experience it if you are fortunate enough to have Episode Travel, in Lisbon, Portugal, as your tour planner, leader and travel beacon”
Bruce and Edith

Episode Travel, Your Personal Travel Consultant for Portugal

WHO we are: Episode is about traveling with art. With a unique heritage, thrilling landscapes and a world of contemporary creativity waiting to be discovered, Portugal is Europe’s best-kept secret.
WHAT we do: We design and provide tailor-made tours to discover Portugal under a new light. Taste superior food & wine in charming restaurants, spend the nights in handpicked hotels where you will time-travel through History and learn about the extraordinary culture of this country blessed by the sun and open to the sea. A team of experienced travel consultants will arrange personalized tours just for you.  Away from the crowd. Designed to fit your interests and needs. Made to amaze you.
WHERE to find us: For more information or to prepare your tailor-made visit to Portugal, please send us an e-mail to enquiry@episode-travel.com or call us on + 351 916 207 990.