Livraria Lello & Irmao
Even though it’s a bookstore, Livraria Lello could easily pass off as an ancient museum or a breathtaking art gallery. Two figures painted by José Bielman lavishly adorned the neo-gothic facade. The gorgeous interiors are designed by Xavier Esteves, and is considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world. If rumours are to be believed, famous author J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for the popular Harry Potter series took flight here. (Rua das Carmelitas 144, Porto).CASA DO TURISTA, FUNCHAL
National Tile Museum
I have to confess that I am addicted to Portuguese tiles. Although the most elaborate examples were kept for the interior of the houses, these are in its great majority painted with a Lapis lazuli blue on a white background and are best reviewed as paintings. Lisbon has an Azulejo Museum of its own, that I strongly urge you to visit, as a complementary educational visit to the ones you find in the narrow back streets of the Alfama, Castelo, Baixa, Bairro alto, Chiado and Principe Real districts.