Street Art in Lisbon

Street art in Lisbon has a history that dates back decades. During the 1980s and 1990s, the city saw a proliferation of graffiti and murals inspired by the United States.

Over time, street art in Lisbon evolved, becoming an integral part of the city’s cultural identity. Local and international artists have contributed to the scene, creating murals and artworks that adorn neighborhoods and public spaces in the Portuguese capital.

Portuguese artists have played a significant role in Lisbon’s street art scene. Here are some influential names:

  1. Vhils (Alexandre Farto): One of the most internationally recognized Portuguese artists, Vhils is known for his kinetic sculptures and portraits carved into walls using techniques that remove layers of materials such as paper, posters, and tiles. This process creates striking, textured portraits that incorporate the history of the location where they are made. His work explores themes like identity, memory, and urban transformation.
  2. Bordalo II (Artur Bordalo): Renowned for his work in sustainable street art, Bordalo II uses recycled materials and industrial waste to create large-scale three-dimensional sculptures that highlight environmental issues and excessive consumption.

Best places to see this kind of art

Today, Lisbon is known for its many locations where urban art is expressed. Places like Bairro Alto, Cais do Sodré, and LX Factory are true hotspots for admirers of this form of expression. The murals scattered across the city address a variety of themes, from social and political issues to the celebration of local culture and Portuguese history.

Moreover, Lisbon has officially embraced street art, with events like the “Lisbon Street Art Festival” and urban revitalization projects that include artists’ interventions in public spaces. This appreciation of street art not only beautifies the city but also promotes cultural dialogue and social inclusion.

However, despite growing recognition, street art in Lisbon still faces challenges such as the pressures of gentrification and regulation by municipal authorities.

Here are 5 experiences of varying durations. Learn more about each and choose the one that suits you best

KickStart Street Art Tour in Lisbon | 1.5 hours

Locations to visit: Graça and Mouraria

Lisbon’s Kickstart Tour With A Local | 1.5 hours

Locations to visit: Mouraria and Alfama

Lisbon Street Art Mecca | 3 hours

You will explore the historical area of Lisbon, from Baixa Chiado to Amoreiras, Mouraria, and Graça. Around the historical center, we will visit neighborhoods such as Santa Apolónia, Xabregas, Marvila, and Quinta do Mocho.

True Portuguese Soul in Lisbon | 3 hours

You will visit Baixa Chiado, Alfama, and Mouraria. In this area, we have the ancient Arab wall and baths to discover, Roman ruins, the roots of Fado, typical taverns, Fado houses, traditional shops, incredible viewpoints, and much more!

Discover Lisbon’s Best Street Art | 8 hours

You will explore the historical area of Lisbon, from Baixa Chiado to Amoreiras, Mouraria, and Graça in the morning. In the afternoon, we will visit the neighborhoods of Santa Apolónia, Xabregas, Marvila, and Quinta do Mocho.

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