After spending nearly 2 months exploring the cities, towns and countryside of Spain, Barcelona easily wins the title of the best city in Spain for street art. (Just one caveat: I missed out on visiting Valencia; it’s been left for a future trip. And Valencia does also have a street art scene, so I might have to re-evaluate in future…)
Within Barcelona, you won’t find many artworks in the old Gothic Quarter, which is thronged daily by tourists. In that area you need to instead rely on the many beautiful historic buildings to supply eye candy, which is definitely not in short supply. Instead, head northward to the district of Gràcia.
Gràcia was once it’s own town, separate to Barcelona, and the district still maintain it’s own vibe, at once hip and cool but residential and family-friendly. The streets are lined with cute boutiques, funky cafes (including some great brunch options) and tiny bars. (Although you’ll have to settle for more sedate closing times around 3am at these bars, instead of them being open to dawn.) It’s becoming increasingly popular with visitors to the city, for good reason, and it’s my favourite area of the city to stay in.
But getting back to Barcelona street art… Wander down many of the streets and laneways of Gràcia and bright works will pop out at you. Many of the works are painted on garage doors (meaning you’ll see more outside of business hours). And while most are painted works, there’s also some great stencils. So, let’s have a wander…