“Azulejos” is the Portuguese word for tiles. Its origin is Arabic, and it means “small polished stone”. Initially, all these tiles would be cut into geometric shapes and painted with very neutral tones. While we were walking around we took pictures of just a small sampling of these beautiful tiles, which cover just about every building you see. From simple patterns, to entire scenes depicting the lives of saints, or famous people, the Azueljos are everywhere. Usually hand-painted, the artistry is absolutely amazing.