Ever since I first arrived at Pinhão station in Portugal’s Douro Valley, I’ve been amazed by its beautiful blue tiles (azulejos). Overall, there are 3024 of these hand-painted tiles, arranged in 24 panels depicting wine production in the Douro as it would have been a century ago.
The station dates back to 1880, but the tiles didn’t arrive until 1937. They were painted by J. Oliveira and produced by the Aleluia tile factory in Aveiro. The tiles were renovated in 2011 and look beautiful. Here’s a short film of the station and the tiles, which are explained by João Roseira.