I Have This Thing With Spanish Tiles

I Have This Thing With Spanish Tiles

So it turns out, I have this thing with Spanish tiles.

Every time I travel, I find that I’m accidentally drawn to one particular part of that culture, not really knowing what that is until I return home and find 500 pictures of it on my camera roll (the memory space struggle is real).

When I visited Hamburg Christmas markets, I saw that almost all of the graffiti had smiley faces in it. When I treated hubby to a 30th birthday in Budapest, we saw that the colour yellow dominated the architecture. When I visited Berlin, I couldn’t help myself from snapping the oversized ornate doors on the high street.

I always spot something.

On my recent adventures in southern Spain, it was the tiles. It’s no secret that the Spanish love a good tile pattern, just like so many hot climates do. Tiles, whether ceramic, porcelain or natural stones can withstand years of hard wear, they’re water resistant, and their cool touch can really give you some relief – especially if you’re like me and struggle in the heat!

Whilst I know little about the exact names relating to the patterns, I want to learn so much more! Particularly as my first thought was to bring back some tiles, and get them on the fireplace in our new house.

Sadly, we didn’t find any and I’m at a loss as to what to search for! So consider this a dual-purpose blog post. Firstly, to show you just how gorgeous the little details of southern Spain are if you look for them. Secondly, a call for help. If you know what the style names of any of the below, I’d love to hear from you so I can put a little bit of this Spanish beauty into my home.

Which is your favourite? And tell me more about places I should travel for colour & culture. I’m all ears!

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Castilo De La Duquesa, Manilva
spanish tiles duquesa castle
Coloured bench near Castilo De La Duquesa, Manilva
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Parrot Foundation, Puerto De La Duquesa, Manilva
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Playa de Sabinillas
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Calle Picasso, Playa de Sabinillas
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Private home, Playa de Sabinillas

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Private home, Sabinillas

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Beachfront, Playa de la Sabinillas

duquesa wall mural spanish tiles

Los Corcelles de Neptuno The Horses of Neptune, Playa de la Sabinillas

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Main Street Shopping Centre, Gibraltar
spanish tiles Sacarello’s Coffee Shop, Gibraltar

Pharmacy, Main Street, Gibraltar

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  • You can get similar style tiles from an Amazon store called Tumi. They’re a Mexican style but quite similar. Shipping is also very fast. You can mix and match tile and it generally all comes together in the same package. https://www.amazon.co.uk/s?merchant=A18F2BXTGVKXA9&fallThrough=1

  • Oh these tiles are incredible! They are so vibrant, I love them. Having random visions of plastering them to the front of our suburban home, bet my neighbours would be happy 😉 Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc

  • Lucy Loves Ya

    Beautiful tiles! I am totally in love with all the colour in this post. So inspiring! x

  • Ah yes! I find travelling great for interiorspiration too. I always pinch ideas from B&Bs / Hotels etc that I stay in xx

  • Lots of wonderful finds. Makes me happy seeing all these colours 🙂

  • Oh those are amazing, I can see why you would want to take loads of pics! I’m not sure what the really bold bright ones would be called but the more subtle designs like the Sabinillas home would be considered encaustic tiles. There’s a company in the UK that ships from Spain that might be able to help? http://www.lantiquario.com xxx

  • Old Fashioned Susie

    You need to check out the tool Carnival of Colour talks about in her latest IG post- would really suit what your after. go see!!

  • Claire Armstrong

    Love your photos of the Spanish tiles. My parents live in Portugal and I think they love tiles even more than the Spanish. But they tend to me a bit more Moorish in style in Portugal and not quite as adventurous as the ones you’ve photographed.

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