Lisbon is well-known as a city on seven hills where you can experience a beautiful journey in time.
However, there is one hallmark of the Portuguese capital which strongly stand out from the city’s historical gems. That’s the Lisbon street art scene – one of the greatest examples of the urban art culture in Europe.
Lisbon Street Art
While mainstream points of Lisbon from guidebooks are located in specific parts of the city which you have to head to enjoy them, the urban art seems to be at your fingertips wherever you are! Inspiring collections of graffiti art were with me from the first minutes after landing – I've seen them on the wall just outside the airport building, in the subway, on some street corners or crowded squares. In shop windows, on random walls, facades of old buildings, fences and poles. Some of them were large and majestic, others small and subtle (e.g. a collection of mini-portraits of residents printed on the buildings in the Mouraria neighborhood) – but the majority of them were truly remarkable. In fact, the list of places where you can find cutting-edge examples of the Lisbon urban visual culture seems to have no end!
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Street Art Tour
If you want to discover the modern urban art scene in Lisbon on your own, I highly recommend you just to take some long walks through its districts without any guide, plan or schedule. It’s probably one of the greatest travel experiences to explore new areas in a totally spontaneous way – you can go wherever you want, stay in one place as long as you can and simply enjoy your discoveries. It’s the way how I found plenty of awesome murals in Lisbon. Almost every random trip surprised me a lot with some new pieces of art I found on walls as if this was a mural journeying, not just a city walk.
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International cradle of street art
In Lisbon, you can find inspiring artworks of national and international urban art artists. Individuals or group of artists concentrate their work on different themes – from culture and history of Lisbon – e.g. the Fado music – to common topics related to poetry, literature, sport, politics, and others.
The street art has totally changed the image of the city, creating one of the biggest underground scenes in Europe.
What’s more – thanks to the engagement of artists as well as the positive approach of the city council to these changes – we can observe Lisbon as a modern and cosmopolitan city with a very visible alternative culture.
Have you ever had an opportunity to explore a street art scene in Lisbon or in Portugal at all? If so, what kind of street art caught your attention? Share with me your opinion in the comments below!
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