Street Art in Lisbon
Lisbon is already a city renowned for urban art and in a simple walk through the centre or across the historic neighbourhoods we are surprised by works of art. We unveil some of the places where you can enjoy the sight.
On the way to the Castle, in Graça and in Santa Apolónia
One of the points of attraction of Lisbon is its highest point, the Castle of São Jorge. But before you reach the top, coming from Rossio, try going up Rua da Madalena and then up the Escadinhas de São Cristovão. On a series of facades, a group of artists portrayed the Fado vadio, a natural choice since we are close to the neighbourhoods of Mouraria and Alfama, birthplace of this World Heritage song.
Also near the Castle and along the route of tram 28, we can do the Graça Literary Walk, where the project Ebano Collective was invited to do murals depicting the Portuguese writers who lived in the neighbourhood, showing how one can connect artistic practice and ethnographic research. The group of artists comprises Eime, Leonor Brilha, Lorenzo Bordonaro, Mariana Dias Coutinho, MrDheo, Pariz and Violant. And the Portuguese writers represented are Natalia Correia, Angelina Vidal, Sophia de Mello Breyner Anderson and Florbela Espanca also referenced in the street name.
On the way down from Graça to Santa Apolonia, don’t miss out on the Jardim do Tabaco (Tobacco Garden). The walls of an old customs building are now giant canvases with works by Pixel Pancho and Vhils.
At the city's lifts before arriving at the viewpoint
Two undeniable attractions in Lisbon are the lifts and at the very top, the natural viewpoints of the city. Both the street of Elevador da Glória, which connects the Praça dos Restauradores and the Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara (Garden), and the street of Elevador da Lavra, which connects Avenida da Liberdade to Jardim do Torel (Garden), are spaces of urban intervention where we can see works by various artists.
Near Marquês de Pombal
The large roundabout Marques de Pombal marks km 0 Lisbon and it is also the meeting point of the main avenues of the city. In one of them, in Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo (towards Saldanha, close to the Picoas underground station), there are 3 buildings with large paintings on them that make us stop and observe, by Os Gêmeos, Blu and SAM3.
Between Baixa (downtown) and Belém
Continuing along the river toward Belém, by car or tram, pay attention near Alcantâra, before the bridge pillars, because on the facade of one of the buildings of Lx Factory you will see a portrait by Vhils and, on the opposite side, a mural by Hom & Nosm.
But there are many other places in Lisbon where we can find examples of urban art and many itineraries that can be proposed. Before planning your visit take a look at the Lisbon Urban Art Gallery page at Galeria de Arte Urbana de Lisboa or the map of the project Street2target.