Porches Pottery
Porches Pottery
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
Porches Pottery creates the original and most distinctive handpainted ceramics of the Algarve. This working pottery is a family-run, local business that was founded over 50 years ago by two famous artists; Patrick Swift and Lima de Freitas. It was their dream to show that old crafts and artistic traditions did not have to die in our modern, plastic age. Porches Pottery is now world-famous for its colourful pots and tiles, all made by a small team of talented local artists, many of them trained by the founders. Together they continue a tradition that is thousands of years in the making. All year-round, on any weekday visit, you will see highly skilled artisans at work. Visit Porches Pottery to discover unique, hand made ceramics and take home a truly unique souvenir of Algarve. After your visit, stay and relax, and enjoy a light, refreshing lunch in the beautiful gardens of our Bar Bacchus café.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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JLeeR80
Walnut Creek, CA22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
Great selection if locally made ceramics, tiles and other pieces. Also you have the opportunity to watch some of the artisans at work.
Written 16 February 2024
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Bobman
Bobcaygeon, Canada190 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Large selection of beautifully crafted ceramics. Friendly, informative staff. Small cafe on premises.
Written 31 May 2023
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Janem1956
Lymington, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
What an absolute delight . Authentic portugese pottery and then a picture perfect cafe/bar for fresh orange juice and Greek salad. Perfect
Written 22 May 2023
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vonelleswanson
Lincoln City, OR28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We had read about this and decided to go…so close to our Airbnb. Hats off to the women who sit there all day and hand-paint all these ceramic pieces! Wow! The cafe next door is fabulous as well!
Written 17 February 2023
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Dave R
Caledon, Canada157 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Interesting shop with many ceramic pieces and various price ranges. Hand painted items and you can watch the artists hand paint the plates, etc. very talented artists.
Written 5 February 2023
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Jeremy B
Wells, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2022
Well worth visiting both the pottery and the cafe. Wide range of high quality hand-painted pottery. There is a cafe attached where staff are friendly and there is a good selection of drinks, cakes and light meals.
Written 10 July 2022
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Susan Joy
Naples, FL57 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022 • Couples
My husband and I stopped by on our travels and frankly were disappointed. We love to find unique, local products and were left underwhelmed, especially based on the hype of the shop. The women seemed to be having a very good time painting but the works are very “casual” to the point of sloppy in my opinion. In addition, we were the only customers and the staff didn’t even bother to greet us. We are quite familiar with hand painted pottery having purchased an entire set in Tuscany last fall but this didn’t even compare. Frankly, I am such a pushover for pottery so if the staff had made any effort at all I am sure I would have purchased (and shipped home) and entire set despite my overall feeling. There is a lovely cafe where we ordered a fresh squeezed orange juice and an espresso and sat in the courtyard but again the staff were not very friendly. Such a shame.
Written 30 June 2022
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JoRo989
London, UK13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Family
There are many pottery shops in the area but this is the real McCoy - the others trade off the superb reputation and products of this one. Friendly staff, plenty of stock and a great place to stop for a snoop around. I have been retuned many times of a number of years - budget airlines have richly benefited from my overweight luggage. They do offer shipping to the UK..!
Written 2 June 2021
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Thank you very much for your kind review! We work very hard to maintain high standards, and to keep the tradition of hand painted majolica pottery alive here, and it is not always easy! So, we really appreciate your support and your custom. We hope to see you again soon!
Written 17 February 2022
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Cathyjr12
Edinburgh, UK23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Family
A really interesting pottery shop with beautiful tiles and crockery. The pottery is much heavier than most we had previously looked at.
We had lunch in the garden and really enjoyed the beautiful ceramic tiles that decorated the outdoor space. Lunch was great freshly made and very tasty. A really enjoyable visit .
Written 8 September 2020
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Thank you for your generous and thoughtful review! So pleased you had a lovely lunch and enjoyed the tiles. These tiles were all painted by the pottery's founder and his daughters, two of whom run the pottery to this day. One of the reasons our pottery is a little heavier is that most pieces are wheel-thrown from clay that is manually sourced here in Portugal. This lack of refinement adds to the charm of the pottery, but also to the weigh a little bit! Look forward to seeing you again soon.
Written 10 September 2020
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Q8020EDwendyr
Wellesley, Canada18 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The pottery is very good quality, but very expensive. Enjoyed watching two women painting the pottery by hand. Many items available. Decor is beautiful if you like the blues and whites. The little cafe was a highlight. Good food, well priced.
Written 5 March 2020
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