John lovett - LISBON AND PORTO, PORTUGAL Watercolour Workshop

DAY 1: Saturday 12 September, 2020 Lisbon, Portugal
Tour members will be met at Lisbon airport at 2.00pm and transferred to our workshop hotel. The remainder of the day is free for your own exploration of Lisbon. This evening there will be welcome drinks, followed by an included dinner.

DAY 2: Sunday 13 September, 2020 Lisbon, Portugal
This morning we will enjoy a Lisbon city tour with a local guide. We will visit Alfama, Lisbon’s oldest and picturesque quarter. We will then continue along the Tagus River to Praça do Comércio, where a sculpture of King José I on a bronze horse stands tall. You will also see iconic Lisbon landmarks such as Belém Tower and the Monument to the Discoveries. This afternoon John will commence the first painting session in Lisbon.

DAY 3: Monday 14 September, 2020 Lisbon, Portugal
John Lovett will lead the workshop group to a good painting location in the Alfama. He will carry out a demonstration and then help individual workshop members with their work. There will be time for shopping and relaxation.

DAY 4: Tuesday 15 September, 2020 Lisbon, Portugal
Today we travel to the lovely town of Sintra with a local guide, just 28km from Lisbon. Sintra houses a Royal Palace that we will visit, used by generations of Portuguese royalty prior to the 1910 revolution. The surrounding hills are divided by the remains of the Moorish Castle and by the nineteenth-century Pena Palace. We will spend the afternoon painting in Sintra.

DAY 5: Wednesday 16 September, 2020 Lisbon, Portugal
Our last day of painting in Lisbon. John will lead the group to a great painting location, paint a demonstration and then help individual workshop members with their work. Enjoy painting and sightseeing in the beautiful Portugal cities of Lisbon and Porto. The stunning capital city of Portugal is one of the most charismatic and vibrant cities of Europe and will be a delight to paint. Porto is a historic and varied city, from the warren of narrow streets that make up the ancient Ribeira district through to the grand plaza of the Trindade district. The region is famed for the production of Port, which is still stored and matured in the vast cellars that stretch along the banks of the Douro River. There will be many opportunities to paint in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere.

DAY 6: Thursday 17 September, 2020 Porto, Portugal
This morning we head north to the town of Obidos. Surrounded by a classic crenellated wall, Óbidos’ gorgeous historic centre is a labyrinth of cobblestoned streets and flower-bedecked, whitewashed houses livened up with dashes of vivid yellow and blue paint. We continue on to Nazare, it is said that the picturesque village of Nazaré got its name from a statue of the Virgin Mary brought to town from Nazareth by a monk in the 4th century. Today it is Portugal’s most famous fishing village, having always drawn visitors to its beaches. We will then continue our journey onto Porto. Located along the Douro river estuary in northern Portugal, Porto was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996. Dinner is included each night of our stay in Porto.

DAY 7: Friday 18 September, 2020 Porto, Portugal
This morning we will meet our local guide for a sightseeing tour of Porto. We will see the remarkable bridges over the Douro River, the Baroque Church of St Francis and the town’s beautiful architecture with traces of Romanesque, Neoclassical and Gothic styles. Our tour will include a cruise down the peaceful waters of the Douro River by boat. You will see Porto to one side and Gaia to the other and all of Porto’s stunning bridges connecting the two cities. You will quickly notice that no two bridges are alike, each with their own architecture and personality, making for stunning photo backdrops. In the afternoon there will be a painting session.

DAY 8: Saturday 19 September, 2020 Porto, Portugal
Porto’s rich history dates back many centuries, its old centre is a tangle of World Heritage-listed lanes tumbling steeply down to a medieval waterfront. It’s hard not to be wooed by Porto’s atmospheric riverside, dotted with old port-wine boats, pinched lanes and shadowy archways. Varied historical monuments including the cathedral with its Romanesque choir, neoclassical Stock Exchange and the typical Portuguese Manueline-style Church of Santa Clara depict cultural richness. Today John will find some great subjects for a full day painting in Porto.

DAY 9: Sunday 20 September, 2020 Porto, Portugal
John Lovett will lead the group to a good painting location. He will paint a demonstration and then assist workshop members with their individual work.

DAY 10: Monday 21 September, 2020 Porto, Portugal
This morning we will enjoy a demonstration and a painting session with John Lovett in Porto. In the afternoon we will take a tour of one of the Port cellars in Porto and taste their ports. These cellars have been responsible for the production and export of the fortified wine. ‘Port Wine’, a gift to the world is named after the city of Porto.

DAY 11: Tuesday 22 September, 2020 Porto, Portugal
After breakfast the group will travel by private coach to the attractive port town of Viana Do Castelo for a day of painting in the centre of its historic old town. The town’s focal point is Praca de Republica with its delicate fountain and elegant buildings. You may like to catch the funicular railway to the top of Santa Luzia Hill for a grand view across the Rio Lima River.

DAY 12: Wednesday 23 September, 2020 Porto, Portugal
This morning will be our final painting session in Porto. In the afternoon, there will be a final critique session with farewell drinks followed by an included farewell dinner where you will be able to reminisce about all the highlights of the tour.

DAY 13: Thursday 24 September, 2020 Departure
This morning we will be transferred to Porto airport for our flights home departing after 12.00pm.