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Where to find Street Art in Lisbon

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The simple answer to where you can find street art in Lisbon – just about anywhere you can imagine!

Lagos and Porto both had amazing artworks in their street, but for sheer volume, variety and star power, Lisbon is where you can find stuff from some of the best street artists in Portugal and the world. I managed to find some random wonders by just wandering the streets, but I also managed a more curated viewing through maps and a guided tour. I love how hunting for street art has become such a great and fun way to explore and understand a city!

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Aryz Horse

How can you not be in awe of this giant artwork?

Here are some spots to check out street art in Lisbon – this is by no means an exhaustive or definitive guide of Lisbon’s street art works, merely just a recap of some of the places I visited and see some of the awesome art that I saw – there were plenty of places left unexplored. Sometimes you come across the coolest things most unexpectedly, like this great Vhils exhibition in Belem that I stumbled upon… till next time perhaps? 🙂

 

LISBON STREET ART RESOURCES

Most of the time I google a destination to decide on some obvious must-sees like I did with Lagos, but it was a little impossible with Lisbon just because there is so much going on, so I made use of a couple of resources:

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art GAU Liberdade

Oops you can’t see Gabriela, but here’s when we ran into the group that we missed quite serendipitously!

Lisbon Street Art Tour:

This is a great way not just to see some of the good street artworks, but also to learn a little about the street artists and their backgrounds, and a bit of the history of the places that they are found in. Our guide Gabriela was really great, and even though we missed the first half of the tour because we were late, she went out of the way to show us around and even brought us to a more out of the way area to check out works when she found out we were really interested.

Currently, the tour is conducted on Wednesdays 10.30am and Saturdays 3pm (Oct – May) or Sundays 10.30am (Jun – Sep) and last about 2-3 hours, with the meeting point at the Luis de Camoes Square (Praca de Camoes). Payment is by donation, usually 10-15 euros on average, though the amount really is up to you.

* Tour timings + website updated in 2017

 

Street Art Lisbon Vol 1

This little book is small and handy and comes with a folded map with all the places in the book marked out

Street Art Lisbon Vol 1:

I bought myself this little book from Ler Devagar at LXFactory for 9 euros (I saw it marked up to 18 euros at other smaller shops!) which comes with a handy map cum poster that shows you where to find the works within the book, though remember that with the ephemeral nature of street art, some works might not exist any more! With the map in hand, I could pinpoint whether there were works in the area around me wherever I happened to be.

 

SPOTS FOR STREET ART IN LISBON

Check out my handy Google map where I’ve done my best to mark out the spots so you know where you can head to yourself!

 

GAU / URBAN ART GALLERY

Street art is so important to Lisbon that they set up GAU – Galeria de Arte Urbana or the Urban Art Gallery under the wing of the city’s culture and heritage department as a place for street artists to let loose. Proposals are put forth and those accepted get to translate their ideas onto large billboards set up along the sloping street – these works change very regularly so you’ll always see something different here. There is another long wall on the adjacent street about halfway down the slope which is a more free for all type of wall where people can just let loose.

How to get there: Take the subway to Restauradores and if you’re feeling rather sprightly, walk up the crazy steep slope of Calçada da Glória where you’ll find the works near the top of the slope and on the adjacent Largo da Oliveirinha. If you have a day pass, why not take the very graffiti-ed funicular (which costs 3.60 euros per trip without!) to the top, and then slowly make your way down. Alternatively, approach from the Bairro Alto side of Rua São Pedro de Alcântara. Definitely better to walk down than up this slope!

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art GAU Hill

On top of the hill as we approached from Bairro Alto

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art GAU tram

This place is so steep they have a tram serving it, which is naturally covered with graffiti

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art GAU Last Supper

Various boards like this are set up along the slope, and selected artists get to showcase their works here. Thiis piece is by Portuguese street artist Nomen called A Ultima Ceia aka The Last Soup, which seems to be a bit of a political commentary

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art GAU Oliverinha

This stretch is about halfway down the slope – Largo de Oliverinha – this part isn’t regulated by GAU like it is along the slope

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art GAU Pink Panther

The pink panther is kinda cute

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art GAU In action

Gabriela had some aerosols on hand to let us try our hand at it. How could I resist?

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art GAU Chat

Further down the Largo stretch as we were walking towards the Teatro area is this famous cat by french street artist Monsieur Chat (that’s french for cat) aka M Chat – we would find several of his works scattered across Lisbon!

 

TEATRO MARIA VITORIA / MARIA VITORIA THEATRE

This old theatre district only has one functioning theatre now – the rest of it is like a very large empty parking lot, but within its walls it is both bigger than it looks, as well as contains more street art than you would think. Definitely have to thank the street art walk and Gabriela for bringing us here, I doubt we would have walked here on our own!

How to get there: It was a short walk from GAU – Parque Mayer is off the main Avenida da Liberdade close to the metro station Avenida. You should be able to see the sign for Teatro Maria Vitoria outside, and another sign which points to Restaurant A Gina, which is apparently quite good.

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Teatro Maria Vittoria Entrance

Entering the theatre district – Teatro Maria Vitoria is the pink building on the right

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Teatro Maria Vittoria Walls

The inside feels like a huge carpark – the walls are covered with street art!

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Teatro Maria Vittoria Pano

Panorama shot of the interior – click on picture for larger view!

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Teatro Maria Vittoria Words

I can’t remember the name of this guy but he apparently usually incorporates some text into his works

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Teatro Maria Vittoria Boat-Chat

M Chat makes another appearance, but I actually like the detailed purple boat by Swiss street artists Sybz and Meyk better! Their piece was done in 2013.

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Teatro Maria Vittoria Girl

Ah I did manage to get Gabriela on camera after all! This giant piece is a little faded as it was done in 2011, but is an awesome international collaborative work by Resone, Mr Dheo, Pariz and Katre. See a nicer pic here.

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Teatro Maria Vittoria Mime

This one and the one above were part of Writers Delight 2011 – this piece is by Wuna, Park, Rak, Esko and Agios. Too bad you can only now see a small part of it now… More here.

 

 

CRONO PROJECT

The Crono Project that happened back in 2010 was one of the events that garnered quite a lot of international attention and placed Lisbon on the top of the street art map, by inviting international names to collaborate with local Portuguese street artists. These works are pretty eye catching and hard to miss if you take the bus from the airport into the main city area.

How to get there: The buildings are located on Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo. The closest subway station is Picoas on the Verde/green line where the right entrance will put you right next to the building. Alternatively, I walked from Parque station on the Azul/blue line which was about 5 minutes away. There are two more works in the Crono Project which are at other locations – more info at Stick2Target.

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Crono Project Os Gemeos Blu

Os Gêmeos (aka the twins) from Brazil collaborated with Italian street artist Blu in 2010

 

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Crono Project Os Gemeos

Os Gemeos are famous for their yellow skinned people – he’s holding a man in a suit as a slingshot!

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Crono Project Blu man

Blu’s piece seems to be a commentary on the environment as a guy wearing a crown with various petrol company logos on it is drinking our of the earth with a straw..

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Crono Project Sam3 Thief

La Noche by Sam3 from Madrid, Spain whose works typically feature a lot of black shadowy figures

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Crono Project

The third building features Italian artist Ericailcane and the English Lucy McLauchlan

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Crono Project Ericailcane Croc

Ericailane or Erica Il Cane likes to do large scale animals

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Crono Project Lucy Mclauchlan

Lucy McLauchlan has quite a distinctive black and white aesthetic  – we also spot M Chat again!

 

AMOREIRAS

This particular spot is for those who really are quite passionate about street art and don’t mind a bit of a workout to get there – big props to Gabriela for bringing us here after the official street art tour tour was over to make up for us missing out on the first half of it! There is a massively long stretch of wall that surrounds an old fortress, which is now entirely covered with street art. It is one of the first places where street art first grew in Lisbon in about 1995 and some of its works have been on its walls for a very long time so its earned its place in Lisbon’s street art history. Gabriela recommended the West side walls along Conselheiro Fernando de Sousa for newer and better works – this stretch is almost 1km long so you can imagine the amount of art here!

How to get there: Amoreiras feels like a suburban area – bunch of fancy hotels in the area and much quieter than the downtown tourist stretch. The closest metro station is Marques de Pombal, but be warned that Avenida Eng. Duarte Pacheco is a really, really long steep hill to climb up, and that’s saying something considering the number of slopes and hills there are in Portugal. You could take a bus – I grabbed a taxi from the nearby Amoreiras Shopping Centre after that because I could not walk any further, so that’s another landmark you can use for directions. The walls run along Rua Artilharia 1, Rua Marques de Fronteira and Conselheiro Fernando de Sousa.

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Amoeiras Slope

The super steep slope that we climbed!

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Amoeiras Blindfold

It’s hard to illustrate through the pictures just how LONG the stretch of wall is. This is on the East side

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Amoeiras Tupac

Tupac by Aspen

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Amoeiras Mark

Another place, another mark

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Amoeiras West Wall

On the west side

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Amoeiras Nomen

Nomen has quite a number of famous works here – Pray for Portugal came in the wake of the EU crisis

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Amoeiras Puppet

This collab piece by Nomen, Slap and Kurtz is called As Marionetas de Merckel, or Merckell’s puppets – you might recognize German chancellor Angela Merckell as the puppeteer here controlling Portugal’s state leaders…

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Amoeiras Layers

layers upon layers of street art

 

SANTA APOLONIA COASTLINE

I passed this coastal stretch while heading up to the Azulejos Museum in Madre de Deus, and on the way back I decided to drop by to get a closer look at these works. Here you’ll find the larger than life collaborative works of local legend Vhils and Pixelpancho, and Wall Lisbon – Santa Apolonia painted under the Pampero Public Art Project in 2010. After that I walked inland and up towards Lisbon Se and the Castle.

How to get there: Take bus 728, 735, 759,794 and stop at Casa Conto bus stop along Avenida Infante Dom Henrique. It’s hard to miss the large collab works on the buildings by the coastline when you travel along this road.

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Santa Apolonia Wall

warehouses along the coastline

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Santa Apolonia horses

Horses by Jose Carvalho

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Santa Apolonia que

Que? – like M Chat, you’ll see a bunch of ‘Que?’ works all around town

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Vhils-Pixelpancho lady-robot

Larger than life Pixelpancho

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Vhils-Pixelpancho Face

Vhils iconic subtractive works in collaboration with Pixelpancho

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Vhils-Pixelpancho Man-Boat

This Vhils-Pixelpancho work is probably one of my favourite art pieces from Lisbon

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Vhils-Pixelpancho man-boat closeup

Close up of the detail – Vhils work is super intricate

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Cane Morto Long

Look out for this work by Italian street artist Cane Morto

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Cane Morto face

Cane Morto’s stuff is a little bit creepy looking

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Copyblogger

How much is this shit? Man, ask my art dealer by Copyart

 

PÁTIO DOM FRADIQUE

Perched right on top of the hill, the castle of Saint George has some pretty amazing views of Lisbon, but on the way down, make sure to look for Patio Dom Fradique. It’s where the remains of the Cerca Velha wall are, and this part of the ruins has been transformed into a rather organic outdoor gallery of sorts with various artworks and graffiti all over.

How to get there: Take Tram 28 or bus 736 up the hill to the Castelo and walk down. This particular spot is on the southeast corner of the hill. Look for Marker #2 Patio Dom Fradique, or if you’re going uphill, look for Beco do Maldonaldo off Rua Sao Tome

 

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Patio Dom Fradique Plant

Spotted this cute little hungry plant while walking around the Castelo grounds

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Patio Dom Fradique Dont Be Mean

Don’t be mean!

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Patio Dom Fradique Flowers

This sudden burst of floral action is a part of Disoriented Pavilion by Camila Caneque – what looks like a real garden is actually fake flowers

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Patio Dom Fradique Fish

Pretty koi fish

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Patio Dom Fradique Animals

You’ll find a surprising amount of art when you poke your head inside the ruins

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Patio Dom Fradique arch

Entrance to Patio dom Fradique from Beco Do Maldonald

Portugal - Lisbon Street Art Patio Dom Fradique Beco Do Maldonald

Beco Do Maldonald is a stairwell lined with various street art and tags

 

This is just a smidgen of what I managed to find while I was in Lisbon in such a short period of time, so, Drop a note here if you know of any other street art hotspots in Lisbon to share! Also, check out my street art guide to Lagos if you want to see more awesome graffiti and murals in Portugal, or my full list of street art guides around the world.

Looking for more things to do in Lisbon? Check out my experience in Belem or why not head to Sintra or Cabo da Roca for a quick day trip?

Comments

  1. Just spend a couple of days wandering Lisbon, looking for street art. Your guide was quite helpful! One little update – the Parque Mayer area is a bit of a mess. One of the theatres looks like it is being renovated and there is construction fencing blocking access to all the works (Writer’s Delight stuff) on the far back wall.

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      hey Andrew, thanks for the update and glad the guide was helpful for you! well the thing about street art is that it tends to be a bit transient, but hope that means we’ll get new works up soon 🙂

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