If you are a fan of the typical Portuguese tiles “azulejos”, then one of the best places to go is to the city of Ovar! This Arab-origin art dates back to the second half of the 15th century.
The tiles were mainly used indoors on palaces and churches. In Ovar, by the end of the 19th century semi-industrial pattern tiles were applied in the façades of most of public buildings, ornamented with balusters, pine cones and small ceramics statues. Tiles became increasingly more democratic and could be seen now on private-owned houses. These pattern tiles mostly with flowery motifs were produced in the factories of Vila Nova de Gaia and Aveiro.
The city of Ovar is also famous for its main gastronomic speciality, the “Pão de Ló” sponge cake, whose origins date back to the 18th century. Absolutely delicious!