My special friend João Moreira has the skill that I will never have, nor dream to...
His atelier, at the north entrance of Turquel deserves to be visited. Tiles and glasswork are his speciality, and if you decide to buy something, you will be the lucky one.
The oldest (almost 80 years) and more solid shop in Turquel, with a policy of quality products in mid range prices, sold comparatively cheap.
In VT we need objectivity. But in this case allow me some subjectivity. This is, no doubt for me, the best shop in the world, because... it's mine, and it is managed by the woman with the best taste in the world - Fernanda. ( Don't dare to doubt! She is the woman who choose... me!)
What to buy: All clothes for women, men, children, and home.
What to pay: Always less than elsewhere, for the same kind of article.
João Moreira, 43, has been hand-painting Tiles since he was 23. This makes 20 years on the job now !!.
João is not only a good friend of mine, but also an extraordinary skilled artist on his Art.
Still nowadays and for many years now, his workshop has been one of my favourite places to pay a regular visit while I'm in Turquel. My goal on visiting João is just to get a glance on what he's producing (aka: painting) on that given moment !!
João's customers come from all over the place !!
Besides Portugal, nowadays João's hand-painted TILES are found in various countries such us Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, USA, Australia, Israel, Brazil, being France and Spain his biggest markets alongside Portugal.
João Moreira is also a restoration master. In Portugal, he uses to be given the job for restorations on Tiles of the XVIII and XIX centuries that are covering walls at ancient churches and other Portuguese monuments.
According to the difficulty of each job to be produced, prices for the Tiles vary from 5-7 euros (each individual piece) to 10 euros maximum.
What to buy: Hand-Painted Tiles
What to pay: from 5 to 10 euros a piece (each Tile)
Yes! It's MY shop. It was unwise if I didn't start my pages from the place that allows all my travels. And where I will be pleased to meet you