Ubeda - the Centre of Renaissance Spain
Have been having a fabulous sourcing trip over the past couple of weeks, and spent a night in Ubeda which, along with her sister town, Baeza, is one of the most important Renaissance towns in Andalucia. Ubeda and Baeza benefited from extensive patronage in the early 16th century resulting in the construction of a series of beautiful tiled palaces and churches which have been preserved ever since. In 2003, UNESCO declared the historic cores and monuments of these two towns a World Heritage Site.
I spent a happy morning in the Barrio de Ceramica in Calle Valencia, and came across the famous Ubedan potter, Paco Tito. I bought one of his beautiful plates for my own little Andalucian house further south in Almeria. It made itself at home straight away!
Paco has a rather poetic website at http://www.pacotito.com.