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Admiring Valencia's Tiled Art  Valencia  Spain

Admiring Valencia's Tiled Art

Valencia is famed for its ceramics — Lladró is based here, and has a factory in town — but one of the more charming sights is the tiled art you’ll find on many street corners in Old Town. Known as “azulejos,” these painted tile signs advertised the services of the shop owners inside with caricatures and images associated with their trade (you’ll find many of these in Barcelona as well). Others have religious themes or are simply decorative, but you’ll notice them everywhere once you start looking. Because the area is so strongly associated with ceramics, a piece of local pottery makes a wonderful keepsake of your trip, but if you’d rather travel lightly, you can do as I did and make a game of spotting and photographing as many of the tiled signs as possible.