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About those giant pottery penises of Caldas da Rainha....

Caldas da Rainha is a bustling market and spa town famous for it pottery. Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro in the 19th founded a pottery factory here that today is a key exporter of cabbageware. His satirical figures may have lead to another type of art altogether,

Yes, there is another tradition in Caldas da Rainha pottery - naughty pottery and penisware.

They say that the local potters came up with the large pottery penises when King Dom Luis told them to make something a bit more interesting.


The naughty pottery of Caldas is called louça fálica, and while there are all kinds of product, the massive penis wine jugs are the real stars of the show. The pottery is quite a tradition, and often surprises the visitor – but if you are looking for a unique souvenir and a conversations starter, then head to Caldas -- just an hour north of Lisbon.


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